Emsisoft Antimalware review, manual and guides


Emsisoft Anti-malware is a program which will protect your computer from trojans, unwanted programs, spam and other threats[1]. It is developed by Emsisoft, which is based in New Zealand. The company was established in 2003 and runs successfully to this day.

Emsisoft Anti-malware is one of the most powerful and unique antimalware applications on the market. Many kinds of users will find this software useful.

The interface is very simple but there are a lot of unique features like the dual-engine malware scanner, fast scans, which require only 1 minute to complete, hourly updates, email notifications, new device monitoring and more. The Emsisoft customer support is very active and is always ready to answer your questions.

Pros Cons Verdict
Hourly updated Big program’s size Great protection for your computer in every situation  
Inexpensive Quick scan might not find all the malware 
Simple interface

Download and Installation

After you download Emsisoft Anti-malware from this page, open the installation file and follow the instructions provided to you. The installation is very simple – in order to continue, just click “Next”.

After the installation is complete, you can choose to use a 30-day trial version, to enter a key to unlock the full version or to order a full version of the software right away.

You can test Emsisoft Antimalware for 30 days.

If you don't have a license key and you are not ready to buy the full version yet, click on “Test for 30 days, free”. Then you will get an offer to join the Anti-Malware Network. It lets you post your software statistics anonymously, which helps programmers research and remove the latest malware from your computers.

If you are not interested in this feature, skip it by clicking “No, thanks”. The last step will be an automatic update. It could take a few minutes to automatically download and install the latest updates for Emsisoft Antimalware.

Emsisoft develops products for home and business users. When it comes to home users, Emsisoft offers security solution for Windows PC – Emsisoft Anti-Malware, Emsisoft Emergency Kit, and Emsisoft Mobile Security for Android devices.

Emsisoft Anti-malware provides a complete protection for Windows PC. The package starts at $19.99 for a yearly subscription that covers one PC. An additional subscription for Android device will cost extra $10.00.

This application is compatible with Windows 7/8/10. It supports 32&64 bit systems.

Emsisoft Anti-malware test results

We tested this software for about 30 days. The computer we used had an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and HDD. The operating system is Windows 10, 64 bit. 

Antivirus protection

Emsisoft aims to provide its customers with advanced anti-malware and antivirus protection. In order to achieve the best performance possible, Emsisoft has two scanning engines that focus on mainstream threats and unwanted applications. In order to detect both, known and unknown malware, Emsisoft uses traditional signature-based detection techniques and heuristic monitoring. Finally, all suspicious icons are sent to Emsisoft’s cloud-based servers where those files are examined and investigated.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware did not participate in the most recent antivirus tests, conducted by the independent testing lab AV-TEST. However, in its earlier tests, Emsisoft demonstrated superior antivirus protection by detecting 100% of both zero-day and widespread malware samples.


As it was mentioned before, Emsisoft focuses on providing users with the best anti-malware protection possible, so it focuses only on security and antivirus features.

The package includes a Surf Protection feature which helps to protect users against trojans, spyware and other malware attacks while surfing the web. Real-time File Guard feature scans on all newly downloaded and adjusted files, while Behavior Blocker monitors your apps’ behavior in order to protect users against the most recent cyber attacks. Emsisoft Anti-Malware also protects users against ransomware, blocks annoying adware and PUPs, including browser toolbars, adware and other annoying and potentially unwanted software.

System-performance impact 

Emsisoft Anti-Malware has a mediocre system-performance hit. As we tested the software, we did not notice any system slowdowns or lags, as it was impacted only by 10%. However, even though the application did not participate in the most recent tests by AV-TEST, in its earlier tests, Emsisoft hit the system slightly more than the market average, as the system was impacted by 37% while installing frequently-used apps, and by 19% while launching standard software apps. In comparison, the market average is 33% and 19%, respectively.

Scanning performance

The quick scan was surprisingly fast. It was completed under a minute. Although it was fast, it didn’t find any threats, while other anti-malware products found a few infected files. After completing the full scan[2], there were a few threats found. The information bar shows the name of the malware, the location, and the risk level. You can select to quarantine[3] or to delete the infected file or application.

The full scan was completed in under 20 minutes – this is a very good result compared to other similar anti-malware software. The quarantine function is very handy for keeping harmful files in a safe place if you still haven't decided whether you want to delete or keep them.

User interface

Emsisoft Anti-Malware has a very simple user interface, as all the main features are accessible in the main window. So users can check the device’s health status, adjust the main options such as Surf Protection, File Guard, Behavior Blocker and Anti-Ransomware, perform scans, view logs and quarantine items.

Customer reviews

There are many Emsisoft Anti-malware reviews on the Internet. Although most of these reviews are positive[2] and the developers are working hard to make their customers happy about the product, you can discover some negative opinions about this software.

We would like to warn you that usually these opinions are false and may be created by various competitors or customers who weren't able to operate the software correctly. 

The Emsisoft customer support is eager to answer your questions.

If you have any problems with the application, you can easily contact the customer support to get answers to your questions.

The final verdict 

Emsisoft Anti-malware is a very affordable application that offers great antivirus protection against all types of malware and cyber threats. The software is a great solution for those who want to keep their computer protected against the latest malware threats. However, it does not offer antivirus products for Macs and does not include any privacy or family protection, so it wouldn’t be capable of protecting the entire family.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Nearly perfect
Additional features Features focuses only on anti-malware protection
System-performance impact Mediocre
Scanning performance Quick scans with a mediocre performance hit
User interface Easy to use

Emsisoft Anti-malware offers really great protection for your computer in every situation. The interface is clean, simple and very easy to get used to. There is a very active support team compared to other similar software. Your computer will be protected even from the latest malware, especially if you use the full scan function.

Other products

Emsisoft Mobile Security for Android

Emsisoft has developed Emsisoft Mobile Security for Android in order to secure users' personal data and privacy from all the cyber threats. Emsisoft offers a next-generation advanced security package that provides a wide range of security features including, malware scanner, in-the-cloud detection, app lock, real-time protection, surf protection, anti-theft, privacy advisor and more. 

Emsisoft mobile security features

Emsisoft Mobile Security is a great choice those, who look for simple but yet effective antivirus app for their Android device.

Emsisoft Emergency Kit

In order to ensure your computer protection, Emsisoft has launched Emsisoft Emergency Kit. The emergency tool is efficient and effective malware scanner and removal tool for highly infected systems. Emsisoft Emergency Kit can be stored in USB flash drivers and includes award-winning dual-scanner to detect and clean infected PCs. It scans the PC for various type pf malware including viruses, spyware, trojans, worms and other unwanted software.  The tool is also completely free for home users.

Emsisoft Emergency Kit


Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Spyhunter 4

Emsisoft and Spyhunter security software companies were both launched in 2013. However, their security packages have different specifications and provide its customers with a different level of security. Emsisoft is inexpensive software with easy to use interface and helpful customer support, while Spyhunter 4 provides more advanced malware detection and removal rates, that detect even the smallest threats. Both suites are quick, comparing to other Internet security software in the market, and does not slow down the system. 

Emsisoft Anti-Malware and WiperSoft

According to researchers, Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a perfect choice for those who need basic and inexpensive protection. It has various useful features, easy to use and convenient interface, and offers reliable malware detection and removal. Meanwhile, WiperSoft is faster than Emsisoft. However, it offers slightly worse malware detection and removal, and will not be capable to protect heavy users or businesses. 


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Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Antivirus software analyst

Alice Woods is an anti-malware analyst at Reviewedbypro.com. She is passionate about testing new pieces of software and discovering pros and cons of each program.

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