Emsisoft: You’ve Done It Again!

By | November 7, 2014
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Emsisoft Wins Again

If you’re one of those who think that the most dangerous threats to your computer are viruses, you’re wrong. The chances you’ll encounter a virus are 100 times less likely than you are to encounter malware. And the good news is: If all you are concerned about are viruses, just about any old antivirus will do. Viruses all have similar signatures — they all operate in a similar manner so they’re much easier to detect than malware which comes in thousands of different variants – most operating vastly differently from the rest. Viruses are much easier to detect – they’ve been around for a long, long time and virus detection has evolved to the point that – as we said – almost any anti-virus will protect you. Of course, most antivirus companies would love to convince you otherwise.

When we started Cloudeight Direct Computer Care in 2011 we had no I idea what to expect. We certainly didn’t expect to find so many computer problems caused by malware and pups. And we sure did not expect to find that 90% of all the computers we have worked on have been infected with malware. That’s a fact – not an exaggeration. It’s rare to find a computer that does not have any malware on it…and when we do it’s usually the malware / PUPs causing the computer issues.

So over the last few years we’ve become convinced that a good percentage of computer problems are caused by malware and PUPs. And they have become almost ubiquitous over the last decade as more and more freeware is bundled with malware, search hijackers, home page hijackers, toolbars and other garbage that really takes a toll on Windows computers. And the reason why so much malware and PUPs are around is because of good old fashioned greed. Malware developers discovered that if they paid freeware developers 50 cents to a dollar a download to put their garbage on people’s computer thus digging their dirty tentacles deep into Windows PC, they could a fantastic return on their investment. Much better than thowing money at advertising banners – after all they can make money by infecting PCs so every search, every ad, everytime the user of the infected PC uses the Internet – they (the malware developers) get paid.

And once upon a time Malwarebytes was our program of choice to remove this insidious garbage from peoples’ computer, but a couple of years ago or so, Malwarebytes took a curious turn and stopped detecting malware and PUPs from the Web’s biggest malware distributors like ASK (IAC) and Conduit. We tried to find out why, but the wouldn’t answer our emails. We ran test after test and Malwarebytes was barely detecting anything on heavily infected computers. We abandoned our recommendation and support of Malwarebytes and began a two week search to find something that could clean infected computers and help prevent them from getting reinfected. We tested over a dozen security products – and the winner, through every test was Emsisoft.

To make a long story short, Emsioft has never let us down, in fact they’ve continue to earn our trust by providing our mutual customers with world-class support and a world-class product. Over the time we have been recommending and endorsing Emsisoft, we have been been constantly reminded how good our choice was. Consistently, over the course of the last two years, Emsisoft has won many awards for its excellent protection. We were happy to learn that again this week Emsisoft was one of only two products that stopped 100% of the threats that were thrown at it during extensive testing. However, some of the other well known antivirus and antimalware software didn’t fare so well:
Failed = The security product failed to detect all infections and remediate the system during the testing
procedure.

avast Internet Security
AVG Internet Security
Avira Internet Security
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
McAfee Internet Security
Microsoft Security Essentials
Panda Internet Security
SourceFire Immunet Antivirus Plus
Symantec Norton Internet Security
ThreatTrack VIPRE Internet Security

(Testing by MRG Effitas October 2014 – download the PDF here . )

Test Results - Cloudeight InfoAve

Above: The test results in graph form… the more red the worse the detection rate.

We whole-heartedly agree with Emsisoft when they say:

…Any anti-malware worth its price tag should be able to remove any malware from any infected system – but, an anti-malware should really be more than just a cleanup crew. Any anti-malware that’s truly worth using should actually be able to prevent any new malware from getting in, and render the dangers of infection and the frustrations of cleanup completely unnecessary. The latest MRG Effitas 360 Assessment has shown that Emsisoft Anti-Malware can do just that.

In this full spectrum, “real-world” assessment of 17 of the most popular anti-malware vendors in use today, Emsisoft Anti-Malware was one of only two products to block 100% of all malware samples used. 279 trojans, 203 financial malware variants, 67 backdoors, 60 ransomware variants, 42 potentially unwanted applications (PUPs), 21 rootkits, 31 other malware threats – and not a single one got through.

Needless to say, we are very proud of these results because they confirm to our users that they have chosen one of the best anti-malware solutions available today. On an Internet where the amount of time a malware infection resides on your PC is directly related to the amount of money a malware author can make at your expense, comprehensive prevention is crucial. In fact, in the particular case of un-decryptable ransomware, prevention is the only way to avoid financial loss, as just “cleaning up” is usually impossible.

– See more at: http://blog.emsisoft.com/2014/11/04/emsisoft-blocks-everything-100-prevention-in-mrg-effitas-360-assessment/#sthash.wQZXwDBv.dpuf …”

Finally, we want relate a rather typical experience with a customer we had this week. She was using Avast and Malwarebytes. We suspected her computer was being overwhelmed by malware just by looking at her processes, startup programs, browsers and her app data folder.

We ran a scan. This woman, who trusted her computer to Avast and Malwarebytes, had over 200 malware files on her computer. We installed Emsisoft for her after removing Avast. Emsisoft provides excellent virus protection as well as malware protection. And now she has the peace of mind she deserves – her computer is well protected and she won’t ever see her computer become overwhelmed by malware and PUPs. To see the results of our initial scan of her PC click here.

We know it’s hard for you to believe anyone anymore on the Web. Everyone is trying to convince you that one product is better than another. Everyone seems to have something negative to say about everything. But when we say we think Emsisoft is the best antivirus and anti-malware you can put on your computer – we mean it and we believe. We use Emsisoft on all of our computers – and so do our friends and family members. We trust the program and we trust the company. Emsisoft Anti-Malware (and antivirus) is the best security solution for your computers. Not only is Emsisoft Anti-Malware a world-class program that was one of only two programs to block 100% of malware, rootkits, and other malicious files, Emsisoft backs their product with the best support we have ever seen. They treat our mutual customers with respect and give each and every person who contacts for help, a personal reply.

In a Web full of half-truths, charlatans, avarice and lies, it’s hard to know who to trust and who to believe. We can only tell you that we believe in Emsisoft and the test results make us proud.

Find out more about Emsisoft at http://thundercloud.net/emsisoft/

14 thoughts on “Emsisoft: You’ve Done It Again!

  1. Muriel.S

    Congrats Emsisoft. And again, thanks TC and EB for being vigilant and willing to share..

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  2. Larry Hubble

    Thanks for this article. I have just a couple of questions:
    1. I downloaded the 30-day trial of Emsisoft through your page. How do I purchase at the end of 30 days so you guys get the credit for the purchase, if I decide I like it and want to keep it?
    2. On the download page of the Emsisoft website, it says this program has been configured to run with most other antiviruses. Should I remove my current AVG antivirus? Would that be the better option?

    Thank you for all you do for us, I am one grateful fellow!

    Larry

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    1. Davlat

      Hello Larry! I thought I could help Dary and TC with the reply to your questions 🙂

      Thank you for trying Emsisoft! If you decide to stay with our product, you can purchase Emsisoft license at Cloudeight’s online shop: http://thundercloud.net/emsisoft/.

      Emsisoft Anti-Malware is designed to work next to other antivirus programs without any problem, if you decide to keep your existing antivirus next to Emsisoft just in case. However, Emsisoft provides full protection and you don’t need to burden your computer with any other antivirus or antimalware.

      Best regards,
      Davlat, Emsisoft Team

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      1. Larry Hubble

        Thank you for the answer, that is very helpful! I am no longer feeling really comfortable with AVG, and will probably end up purchasing the license. I’ll use the 30-day trail to get comfortable with how the program functions and operates. Thanks again!

        Larry

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  3. JoninOz

    What a great feeling knowing that every program recommended by TC & EB during the last 15 + years has performed exactly as described, until significant changes cause the program to operate in a manner, ‘different’ to the original operation.
    There is a massive bonus to top this off, when a recommended program fails to operate as described after a period of time, TC & EB will be first in line advising members and others to discontinue using, or to remove the program, and describe in detail the reason for the advice.

    The trust in both of them is well deserved.

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  4. Barbara Jansma

    We bought Emsisoft through TC & EB and it was easy and everything was taken care of.
    Since Emsisoft has been on our computer it has stopped many malware programs from infecting us by letting us know that they have stopped them. Can’t imagine how many got through before we had this program. Do not why I hesitated so long to buy this program. There is no way I’m going to be without Emsisoft from now on.

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  5. Joan

    I preface, without a doubt, that Emsisoft is the best which I use on both my XP and Windows 7. I wish to repeat that EB and TC are always ahead of the curve re the best programs and the overall & most vital information that most of us might not think to research, and if we did more often than not it would take hours, if found at all. That being said, I have sent a third support request to Emsisoft with no response regarding my Update Log for my Windows XP. I find this surprising as well as disappointing. If I am missing something re protocol I don’t know what it is which includes checking my Spam folders, etc. Repetitive or not….again, many thanks to you TC and EB for the untold hours you spend researching and testing (hope your income is rightfully increasing as well) to provide us with invaluable information which gives us both pleasure and peace of mind when using our computers.

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  6. Cricket

    Congrats Emsisoft for being the bestess and TY so much TC n EB for all ya’ll’s great work and for all ya’ll do for us,Ya’ll Rock wooohooo,We’s be lost TC an EB without you 2,♥ ya’ll

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  7. Jeanne

    I am in my second year of Emsisoft and I have never been more pleased with this program. I have trusted you folks for at least 10 years and have never known you to push something that wasn’t a good product and if you did learn later it was, off it came and you explain why. Thanks to your continuing website, my computer has been in good shape for a long time! Thanks for all the work you two put into getting out such help to the public!

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  8. Leslie in MA

    What Jeanne (the lady above me in the comments) said except I think I’m closer to 15 years of being educated and amused by TC & Darcy.

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  9. Shirley Seefeldt

    This summer, I finally used one of my “Keys” and Darcy connected to my computer and cleaned it up. Needless to say, I was bumbarded with malware and spam. I did not have an Anti-Mareware problem, only using Avast anti-virus. After Darcy finiahed cleaning up my computer, she uninstalled Avast and installed Emsisoft. I so pleased and my computer is running like new. It’s about 8 years old. I wil be renewing my Emsisoft when it is time to do so. I hope that they notify me when it’s time to do this. Darcy and TC you are the best ever.

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  10. Don Elias

    Partly based on your recommendation, I installed (as I remember) the free 30 day trial of Emsisoft. Since it has been running on my computer, I have picked up 3 malwares that I don’t know how to get rid of. They are Yahoo Hijack, Ad Choice, and I can’t remember what what the 3rd one is. Emsisoft will not remove any of them.

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    1. infoave Post author

      What detected this so-called Yahoo hijack? This is not malware – those are so-called “tracking cookies” which Emsisoft doesn’t waste its time on because they are not malware — they are no kind of “ware” at all. The suffix “ware” means applications – programs that “run” on your computer. Tracking cookies is a marketing term for some antivirus and antimalware companies to make it look like they’re detecting something some other anti-malware or antivirus is not. It really angers me that companies identify tracking cookies as malware – every cookie could be classified as a tracking cookie, actually. And my feeling is if a program detects tracking cookies as malware it sure doesn’t belong on my computer. Malwarebytes is famous for this – but at least they allow you to turn off tracking cookie detection. That’s the first thin you should do… Yahoo hijack eh? The whole Yahoo site is a hijack in my book.

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