Emsisoft has announced the release of Emsisoft Internet Security 10 and Emsisoft Anti-Malware 10. The biggest news of the announcement claims a dramatic cut in scan times with a typical Malware Scan (previously known as as a Smart Scan) dropping from a time consuming 13 minutes to complete the scan to only 24 seconds. That’s a 97% scan time reduction. How is such a huge time-shave possible?
The company’s blog post about the release of Anti-Malware 10 and Internet Security 10 says they were able to achieve such a result because “…we have changed the way the dual-scan engine reads files from the disk. It does not only use the full potential of fast SSD storage devices and multi-core processors, but also reads data in the most effective way for low memory usage now.” This begs the question does this mean less data is being read to improve scan time?
The update also comes with a new Privacy Panel that gives users complete control over all privacy settings. If you feel uncomfortable with any Emsisoft features you can just disable them. Emsisoft is an anti-malware/antivirus product that doesn’t track and submit websites you’ve visited. Users will find a new Behavior Blocker feature in the update as well. The Behavior Blocker panel will list running programs and help users filter safe programs from ones that need a second glance. The new Behavior Blocker panel can be accessed via the Protection menu.
Emsisoft also listened to its customers and delivered on the demand to make the scheduler more flexible. Users can now run scans at brief intervals on a daily, weekly, monthly, startup, or shutdown schedule. Multiple scan tasks can be set up as well ensuring that protection needs are always met. Other enhancements included in the update include a simplified user interface, smarter installation, and other tweaks “under the hood”.
If you already use Emsisoft you will receive the updated software automatically. If you’ve never used the software and would like to take it for a spin, you can test the latest version of Emsisoft Anti-Malware here.