The results are in, and Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 has placed within the top tier of AvLab’s best in antivirus performance for 2014. Among 36 comparable programs, Emsisoft came in 4th, leading the pack in 9 of 14 sub-tests.
AvLab is an independent antivirus testing organization based in Poland and dedicated to finding the very best in antivirus software for both home and enterprise users. The 2014 Performance Test was designed to find most unobtrusive, efficient, and effective antivirus program on the market today.
Primary test conditions were identical for every program evaluated. To emulate the average user experience, AvLab ran the test on a machine running Windows 7 Professional X64 + SP1, with all critical updates up to September 3, 2013.
The computer had the following hardware:
-CPU: Athlon II X2 240 2.8 GHz
-RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 1333 MHz
-HDD: Seagate 500 GB SATA II 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
Where Emsisoft Stood Out
We’re proud to say that Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 received top rankings in 9 out of 14 AvLab Performance sub-tests, earning itself a Highest Certification. Some of Emsisoft’s highest rankings were on tests that evaluated the software’s unobtrusiveness and speed.
Number of processes
Antivirus programs that minimize child processes can operate more efficiently than bulkier, more process heavy programs. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 uses 2 child processes, which placed it in the highest tier of AvLab’s number of processes sub-test. Slower, lower ranked programs were found to use up to 12 processes to provide an equivalent degree of protection.
Impressively, AvLab actually used another Emsisoft program, Emsisoft HiJackFree to conduct this sub-test.
Speed to start GUI
Graphical user interface launch speed is one of the most noticeable aspects of any computer software, especially for everyday home users. AvLab used APPTimer to determine GUI start speeds and took the average of 5 start times. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 ranked 5th in GUI launch time, with an average start speed of .07 seconds!
RAM usage at rest
AvLab used Window’s Performance Monitor to test each program’s RAM usage. The monitor took measurements every five seconds for five minutes. At rest, Emsisoft’s antivirus component used 103 MB and the software as a whole used 1190 MB. These results placed Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 as the 5th best software in the sub-test.
Processor usage at rest
AvLab used a similar methodology to its RAM test to determine each program’s processor usage. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 was the top scorer in this subtest, using only 0.2% of the testing computer’s processor space.
HDD system at rest
Much like RAM and processor usage, Emsisoft’s HDD usage at rest was top tier and minimal. Window’s Performance Monitor measured a mere 0.1% disk space usage, putting Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 in a tie for first place with 7 other low usage contenders.
Processor usage while scanning
High rankings while at rest are important, but a truly unobtrusive antivirus program is one that can remain so while scanning. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 placed 5th in this sub-test, utilizing 38% of the testing computer’s processor during scan.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 scanned 15073 MB of data in 134 seconds. That’s a throughput rate of 112.5 MB/sec. This impressive speed made us the 4th fastest antivirus system in AvLab’s performance test.
What this means
Placing 4th overall in a tough field of 36 competitors is something to be proud of. To do well in the AvLab Performance Test, software must be able to operate quickly and unobtrusively – and as the results have shown these are two of Anti-Malware 8’s greatest strengths. Placing 4th puts Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 in AvLab’s top tier of performers and has earned us a Highest Certification ranking.
With a little more work and refinement, we might just become Poland’s Best come 2015.
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Emsisoft Anti-Malware triumphed in two of the latest MRG Effitas assessments, achieving a perfect score, and once again proving its reliability in online security.
1) MRG Effitas Time to Detect Assessment Q2 & Q3 2013
The MRG Effitas “Time to Detect Assessment” examines which antivirus products are able to prevent infections of 300 brand new malware samples as well as the time to accomplish a 100% detection rate within a 24 hour period. 275 of the attempts to infect the system were performed using live URLs via Internet Explorer and 25 via a USB stick.
Amongst all 17 participants, Emsisoft Anti-Malware was one of the few to pass the MRG Effitas Time to Detect Assessment with a detection rate of 100% on the first run!
Read the complete report at the MRG Effitas website.
2) MRG Effitas “Time to Detect & Remediate Assessment” Project Q2 2013
The latest MRG Effitas “Time to Detect & Remediate Assessment” focuses on core financial malware such as ZeuS and Torpig, which are still one of the most active and widespread malware families worldwide. All 17 tested antivirus products were challenged to prevent infections of 250 brand new banking trojans from live URLs. In addition, for security applications that were not able to prevent the infections initially, the time until the vendors reacted to new appearances (remediation performance) was also taken into consideration for the final rating.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware passed the MRG Effitas “Time to Detect & Remediate Assessment” with a score of 100% out of the box and was certified with the MRG Online Banking Security Assessment Q2 2013 award.
The complete report is available for download at the MRG Effitas website.
About MRG Effitas
MRG is assessing the ability of a cohort of security products to prevent an endpoint from being infected by live, ITW malware. The two metrics MRG Effitas believes are most relevant are:
1. The time taken to protect a system. There are two sub elements to this metric:
- Time to detect
- Time to remediate
2. Assessment of data exfiltration. There are three sub elements to this metric:
- Determination as to whether a data breach has occurred or not (uncorrupted data)
- Calculation of what was breached
- Measurement of how long the breach occurred
Emsisoft Anti-Malware won the latest AV-Comparatives “Real-World” Protection Test in September 2013. With a perfect score of 100% and 0 false positives, we triumphed over 20 other antivirus products!
Head over to the AV-Comparatives website for an interactive version of above chart.
99.5% out of 129,253 sample variants were properly detected by Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.1 in the AV-Comparatives File Detection Test this September 2013.
A good file detection rate is considered as being one of the most important and reliable features of an anti-virus product. However, it’s only when this is combined with a low number of false alarms, that this rate is actually meaningful. For this reason, the highest possible Advanced+ award was only awarded by the AV-C committee to products with few (0-2) or very few (3-15) false positive warnings and a perfect detection rate.
This makes us more than happy to announce, that due to its excellent performance, Emsisoft Anti-Malware was decorated with the Advanced+ award in AV-Comparatives File Detection Test September 2013.
Among all contestants, up to 10% of the malware samples were missed and the average number of false detections in this test was 14.55 with the worst tested product having wrongly detected 37 non-malicious files.
As a result, only 9 out of 20* products scored lower than 10 false positives in this test and received a higher remuneration than an Advanced award. Emsisoft Anti-Malware performed supurbly, ranking in the upper league of all tested products in both test cases.
Top 3 products by Detection Rate (clustered groups):
1) Avira, F-Secure, Gdata: 99,7%
2) McAfee, Panda: 99,6%
3) Bitdefender, Emsisoft, Kaspersky: 99,5%
Average missed samples rate (all participating products): 2%
Top 10 products by False Alarm Rate
3) F-Secure 4) Fortinet
6) Emsisoft (7 FP)
7) Bitdefender, BullGuard, Sophos
The full report (in English) can be downloaded as a PDF from the av-comparatives.org Website.
* The test results of the Chinese products Kingsoft, Qihoo 3360 and Tencent QQ are included in the Chinese version of this report only, which was not available to us at the time of this summary.
VB100 recently published their latest Reactive and Proactive test results with a massive amount of unique and new WildList samples on Windows 7. Under very demanding conditions, the quality of each product’s heuristic and generic detection routines was measured.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware accomplished no less than 100% detection of all “On Demand” and “On Access” WildList samples, both standard + extended sets, with 0 False Positives and 0 Warnings. The VB100 “On Demand” test only used inactive malware samples, which were moved to the hard drive during the “On Access” tests in order to trigger on access scans of a product’s file guard.
While the detection rates were rather good throughout the tested products, Emsisoft Anti-Malware outpaced the competition with 38% less RAM usage and 75% less increase in CPU load compared to the test average. While running, access time for standard file activities remained economical, while some products suffered from a substantial increase.
The very impressive detection rate of 98.43% on the reactive test series, displays the commitment and passion of the Emsisoft team to consistently improve their products. With only four other products scoring above 94% in the Overall Reactive and Proactive ranking, Emsisoft Anti-Malware continues to compete in the top league.
About Virus Bulletin
For many years, Virus Bulletin has carried out independent comparative testing of anti-malware products. The unique VB100 certification scheme is widely recognized within the industry. Virus Bulletin tests anti-malware products free of charge and, unlike other certification schemes, does not allow re-testing – performances are reported exactly as they are found.
The PC Security Channel on YouTube recently tested Emsisoft Anti-Malware against 500 brand new malware samples. No less than 100% were detected!
See for yourself how well it performed:
Emsisoft Anti-Malware review and give-away (YouTube)
2013 seems to be our year! With a perfect score of 100% in the latest MRG-Effitas assessment, Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.0 makes its mark once again. Being awarded for the best overall protection for your data in other comparatives throughout the year, Emsisoft Anti-Malware is now officially certified for providing the best online banking protection.
Unlike last year, the report was split into quarterly tests instead of one single report. The first part of every quarters report was a “Detection and blocking of Zeus” test, including over 100 Zeus malware samples. Secondly, every candidate had to withstand the “Prevention of data exfiltration from ssl protected banking sites” test by preventing active malware to perform any data exfiltration. We are happy to announce that we successfully passed against all of the 4 unique MitB attacks during the Q2 testing period.
Among other very sophisticated products, our Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.0 was awarded with the ”MRG Online Banking Browser Security Certification” for Q2 2013. Please have a look at the download section of http://www.mrg-effitas.com for the complete report (as PDF).
The spirit of MRG-Effitas
Reports by MRG-Effitas rest upon the belief that cybercrime is one of the most significant threats affecting nations, corporations and individuals. With an estimated annual global value of $250 billion, cybercrime may be overtaking the revenues of international drug crime soon. As volume and diversity of malware is increasing quickly, it is necessary not only to use available technology to protect against emerging threats, but to evolve technology itself. This leads to MRG Effitas currently processing over 350,000 unique malicious binaries and up to 500,000 malicious URLs every day. In order to improve the accuracy and protection rate of today’s security products, these samples are supplied to testings labs and universities all over the world.
Emsisoft succeeded once again! COMSS.TV recently released their Antivirus Tests May-August 2013 results, where Emsisoft Internet Security Pack took the lead with 186 points (average: 111 points). Out of over 50 participating products only 4 scored 170 points or higher.
The Top 3 scores:
1. Emsisoft Internet Security Pack 8.0: 186 points
- anti-virus protection 93/104
- synthetic benchmarks 51/58
- running malware 40/40
- phishing 2/7
2. TrustPort Internet Security 2013: 180 points
3. Comodo Internet Security 2013: 172 points
For its outstanding performance, Emsisoft Internet Security Pack was awarded “the best antivirus August 2013“.
The ranking for level of detection, proactive protection (malware and phishing) as well as speed in the defense was categorized into “free anti-virus software”, “comprehensive antivirus” ,” anti-virus software” and “enterprise products”.
The official test results (Russian) are available at the COMSS.TV Antivirus Test August 2013 report, the English version is available via Google Translate.
In July 2013, Emsisoft has been awarded with “Advanced+“, the best award possible in AV-Comparatives’ “Real-World” Protection Test and keeps playing in the upper league. In the half-yearly assessment, Emsisoft comes in 5th, if one takes into consideration exclusively the rate of infections not prevented, even 3rd.
We are especially happy about Emsisoft Anti-Malware’s still acquitting itself very well as one of the few pure anti-malware products in the race against comprehensive Internet security suites.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 7.0 has successfully stood its ground against 1972 test cases in this first half-year’s 4 individual tests and gained two points above average for only 5 false alerts. 5 out of 19 participating products had to be degraded for partly very high false alert rates. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 7.0 puts the bar fairly high with 99.4% protection for the upcoming testing season with the now updated version 8.0. See for yourself and test this premium product for 30 days for free !
AV-Comparatives is an independent anti-virus testing organization that dedicate themselves to evaluating various security software in pretty realistic scenarios. Within the frame of AV-Comparatives’ “Real-World” Protection Test, modern anti-virus products are put to the test by downloading genuine malware, willingly causing infections through websites, e-mails, etc. to see how their protection components work together and the different concepts implemented by their manufacturers (signature scan, website blocker, behavior blocker, cloud scans, heuristics, firewalls…) are evaluated in an objective manner.
Please download the detailed test report at AV-Comparatives.org.
The results for Emsisoft Anti-Malware in the latest VB100 test, carried out on Windows Server 2012, were outstanding:
100% detection of all standard and extended WildList samples and zero false positives, with fast installation of the software and minimal memory usage while running. Plus: a perfect stability rating, which was achieved by only 4 out of over 40 products submitted!
Therefore Emsisoft Anti-Malware was awarded with the VB100 award for June 2013. Together with achieving 100% protection in the AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Test and MRG-Effitas recently, this is another major victory for Emsisoft this year. Let’s take a look at these remarkable test results:
- On demand Standard & Extended Wildlist: 100%
- On access Standard & Extended Wildlist: 100%
- 0 False Positives, 0 Warnings
- Time taken to install: 2:55min (worst performances by our competitors >15min!)
- Stability rating: Solid (awarded to 4/31* products, highest possible stability ranking)
Virus Bulletin concludes:
- “[...] Emsisoft has been doing pretty well in our tests lately”
- “The product is friendly and simple…”
- “Installing and updating was zippy, with no reboots needed, …”
- “Detection was solid, with good scores throughout.“
About Virus Bulletin
Virus Bulletin conducts some of the most respected tests in the Anti-Virus industry, as a neutral authority. We are proud to announce that Emsisoft Anti-Malware has once again achieved the VB100 award in June 2013. The full report can be found in the June 2013 edition of Virus Bulletin.
* out of over 40 products initially submitted, a few were excluded from the list of participants due to unreliability.