A Word About Emsisoft Internet Security
For all Windows users
Recently Emsisoft began offering users of Emsisoft Anti-Malware (and antivirus) a free “upgrade” to Emsisoft Internet Security. We’re going to tread lightly here because we both really respect the Emsisoft team.
We can understand why Emsisoft is heavily promoting its Internet Security Suite. The Internet Security software industry is highly competitive and Emsisoft wants to compete with other security suites.
The truth is, the only significant difference between Emsisoft Anti-Malware is its firewall. And whether the firewall is made by Emsisoft, Avast, Norton, McAfee or any of a myriad of other security software companies, it’s unnecessary. Windows Firewall protects users as well as any 3rd party firewall; it’s never been proven that any other software firewall protects users better than the firewall Windows users already have.
And while the “upgrade” to Emsisoft Internet Security may be free, the renewal is quite a bit more expensive than the renewal for Emsisoft Anti-Malware and the protection is the same.
We believe that Emsisoft Anti-Malware is the best anti-malware and anti-virus you can have on your computer. As long as Windows Firewall is turned on your protection will be as good as it gets, without spending more than you need to.
The problem with 3rd-party firewalls is that the generate warning for many connections which are normal, every day connections made by respectable programs just doing their job. After a while users get so used to clicking OK or Cancel to every warning that when/if something pernicious comes along, they react to it the same way the reacted all previous warnings.
Windows Firewall has been much maligned by every who is trying to sell a 3rd-party firewall, but the truth is the truth. Windows Firewall offers both inbound and outbound protection, albeit the outbound is not on by default. But here’s the deal — if you have good anti-malware and anti-virus what malicious programs are you going to have on your computer that an outbound firewall is going to prevent connecting to an Internet server? Well, how good is your anti-virus / anti-malware? If it’s excellent then you have nothing to worry about. While Windows Firewall has been denigrated by tech writers eager to sell you an unnecessary third-party firewall, it’s never been proven that any 3rd-party firewall is better than Windows Firewall.
We could have sold Emsisoft Internet Security and made more money, but we had to be honest with you. We didn’t sell the Internet Security suite because we really believe that you’d be no safer with it than with Emsisoft Anti-Malware and the Windows firewall.
We really respect the Emsisoft team and the software they develop, and we believe they make the best anti-malware / anti-spyware program on the planet. And we do understand why the Emsisoft team feels the need to compete with the big name “Internet Security Suites”. But our concern, as always, is you. We care about your safety. We always recommend whatever protects your privacy and your computer best. And nothing we’ve ever tested, or worked with, protects you better than Emsisoft Anti-Malware (and anti-virus) and the firewall that all of you who use Windows users already have.