Emsisoft Antivirus Expert Review

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    Our Verdict

    Emsisoft is a home and business antivirus solution that packs quite a punch for its affordable price. It’s extremely configurable and provides a comprehensive layer of protection for devices, distinguishing itself for pricier, poorer-performing solutions.

    However, this antivirus hasn't been vetted by many independent research labs, while its major competitors, such as Intego, Trend Micro, and McAfee, hold long lists of awards. Furthermore, some of its features are too limited for it to be the one to recommend.


    • Affordable
    • Quick and efficient
    • Independent surfing protection
    • Blocks ransomware


    • Lacks independent test results
    • Awkward interface
    • Complicated console management
    • Limited phishing detection
    • Basic plans only cover PCs

    Overview of Emsisoft

    Emsisoft is a New Zealand-based company that's been in the anti-malware business since 2003. Today, it provides plans that cater to the needs of individuals, small businesses, and even enterprises. 

    This program protects the device and beyond, extending to secure surfing and phishing protection, all in several affordable plans.

    How to Set It Up and Install

    To start using Emsisoft, you either sign up for a free trial or provide your license code. The program will then launch a download and installation in a matter of minutes.

    1. Click ‘Install.’
    2. Accept the End-User License Agreement.
    3. Accept the installation of browser add-ons.


    Emsisoft doesn’t offer many super-advanced features, but still, the program provides a well-rounded protective service.


    Money-back GuaranteeYes, up to 30 days from the date of purchase
    Free VersionNo
    Parental ControlsYes
    Email ProtectionNo
    VPN ServiceNo
    Smartphone OptimizerNo
    USB Virus ScansYes
    Automated Virus ScansYes
    Game ModeYes
    Safe BrowserYes
    Passive ModeYes

    Threat Protection

    Adware PreventionNo


    The Scan window in the main interface allows you to run quick and deep scans of your device. Emsisoft is super-configurable, too, allowing you to set up customized scanning of only parts of your PC.


    PlanPriceNumber of DevicesTop Features
    Anti-Malware Home€19.99 yearly1 Windows PCAntivirus, Web Protection, Automatic Updates, Basic Remote Management
    Business Security€39.98 Yearly3 Windows PCsAll Home Features, Full Remote Management, Runs on Servers
    Enterprise Security€59.98 Yearly3 Windows PCsAll Business Features, AD Integration


    Emsisoft offers special discounts for educational purposes to students, teachers, schools, and universities, as well as charitable organizations.

    Privacy and Security

    Privacy - the browser add-ons help protect user privacy by blocking malicious and phishing websites from picking up any credentials or other sensitive data.

    Security - anti-malware protection and easy configuration provide a decent level of security and virus protection.

    Performance and Protection

    The quality of both performance and protection provided by Emsisoft is good, but not excellent. It’s reasonably quick to catch issues when they arise.

    Malware Protection

    The antivirus section of this program captures and prevents malware, covering all known virus types.

    Ransomware Detection

    Emsisoft features a behavior blocker and dual scanner that prevent ransomware.

    Phishing Detection

    This program blocks and whitelists phishing websites, although on a limited number of browsers.

    Spyware Detection

    The dual scanner that protects against ransomware is also quite efficient in detecting spyware.

    Firewall Protection

    Emsisoft’s Internet Security provides great firewall protection, and you’ll find the details on the console.

    Lab Test Results

    Unfortunately, few of the major independent labs tackled Emsisoft. The antivirus holds VirusBulletin's VB100 certification, and it got an ‘Advanced’ at AV-Comparatives. These provide some level of reassurance, but more results are always better.

    Ease of Use and Interface

    The UI is quite cluttered for a program that doesn’t offer many bonus functions. You’ll find four main tabs, many links and shortcuts, and extra options as you scroll down each.

    This feature doesn’t make the program difficult to use per se, but it makes the task a bit more tiring for the average user. On the flip side, the more technically-inclined will find the plethora of options a bonus. 

    Customer Support

    Emsisoft offers two main support options to its users. Unfortunately, you can only contact them through email, but the user guides are many and detailed.