Who is Emsisoft?
We are committed to providing home users and businesses with the best malware protection possible. In order to protect you against brand new online threats, we combine first-class dual-scanner technology with behavior blocker technology that has been developed to perfection over the years. Our products constantly win top rankings in independent comparative tests.
We are one of the youngest and smallest companies amongst the international competitors of the antivirus industry and mainly set ourselves apart from others through our premium products and first-class customer support.
Our company's organization has been entirely virtual since its foundation in 2003. Our approximately 25 employees are located all over the world, but work together as if they were in the same building.
Every year, more than one million users download our products. Market researchers estimated in 2011 that our company has a global market share of more than 1% in the antivirus software sector.
2013 - Emsisoft Anti-Malware triumphs in tests by AV-Comparatives, MRG-Effitas, and more
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8 brings faster and significantly smaller online updates. With its many improvements, there seems to be no stopping our software from winning numerous awards, including 100% in AV-Comparatives real-time protection tests and MRG-Effitas online banking tests, first place in COMSS.TV antivirus test as well as the highest possible certification in the AVLAB.PL performance test. We also gain all VB100 awards for 2013. Emsisoft's solid business performance sees us win 1st place in the small business category of the "Austria's Leading Companies" competition for the Salzburg region, as well 2nd place for the Austria-wide ranking.
2012 - Change of secondary scan engine - Launch of IsThisFileSafe.com
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 7.0 heralds a new technological partnership with Bitdefender, and finishes first with a detection rate of 100% in all real-time protection tests run by MRG-Effitas in 2012. We win two VB100 awards. Emsisoft Online Armor 6.0 integrates the cloud information of the 10 million known files in the Emsisoft Anti-Malware Network. The website www.isthisfilesafe.com grants public access to the entire file database.
2011 - Emsisoft Anti-Malware with best protection in MRG test - 1% market share
In a test comparing anti-malware software, the MalwareResearchGroup has once again awarded the top position to Emsisoft for its excellent protection against new threats, thereby placing it well ahead of the 19 biggest players on the market. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 6.0 offers up to 450% faster scans, uses less resources, and for the first time breaks the 5 million signatures mark. Online Armor Firewall 5.0 with new File & Registry Shield gets published. More than 6 million users rely on Emsisoft products, and market research companies estimate its market share in antivirus software at over 1%.
2010 - Taking over Online Armor Firewall - New Emergency Kit - Good bye a-squared
Online Armor Firewall, the leading firewall brand and "Firewall of the Year 2009" is taken over from Australian manufacturer Tall Emu. Emsisoft Anti-Malware is released without the "a-squared" for the first time in its version 5.0 and with the new freeware mode it succeeds a-squared Free. As one of the first products with behavior analysis that fully supports x64, it wins its first VB100 Award. In December, the first version for Windows servers gets released. Emsisoft Emergency 1.0 is the first free and fully portable dual-engine scanner for use on USB sticks or CDs. Tools for businesses are being launched. Among these are the update proxy, commandline scanner and new helpdesk licenses.
2009 - MalAware 1 min Scanner - winning tests constantly
The independent antivirus test organization PC Security Labs compares detection rates of antivirus software and concludes repeatedly that Emsisoft's Anti-Malware has the best detection rate of all. This has won our software the Antivirus of the Year Award. MalwareResearchGroup confirms these results. The users vote Emsisoft's Anti-Malware the winner of the Epsilon Shareware Award 2009. The ultra-fast and extremely small 1 minute cloud scanner, MalAware 1.0, is published. Emsisoft announces a technological alliance with Tall Emu, the manufacturer of the Online Armor Firewall.
2008 - First free dual engine virus scanner worldwide
a-squared Anti-Malware receives a second scan engine with version 4.0. By combining our own scanning technology with Ikarus Antivirus' proven technology, we take the detection skills of Anti-Malware to a whole new level. a-squared Free will also be receiving the second engine making it the first free dual-engine scanner in the world. The new Surf Protection in a-squared Anti-Malware is now also blocking known dangerous and fraudulent websites. Also new in Emsisoft's product range: The Emsisoft Emergency USB Stick for offline cleaning of infected PCs. Mamutu 1.5 gets a community-based recommendation function that helps decision making easier when faced with behavior analysis alerts.
2007 - Isolation of behavior analysis for a new product: Mamutu 1.0
In order to demonstrate the company's key competence, we integrated Emsisoft Anti-Malware's behavior analysis into a new independent product called Mamutu. Version 3.0 of a-squared Anti-Malware takes the product to a new level in professional use. Some new features include: support for non-admin accounts, support for Windows Vista, introduction of the Anti-Malware Network as well as optimized utilization of RAM.
2006 - Emsisoft 2.0: Round Two for most products
Product maintenance is the main focus: a-squared Anti-Malware 2.0 features a new and easier to use program interface, a-squared Free 2.0 comes with advanced scanner features, a-squared HiJackFree 2.0 offers optimized system analysis for professional users, and a-squared Anti-Dialer 2.0 protects you from expensive dialers. About 3 million users already rely on Emsisoft products.
2005 - Innovation: Protection against new and unknown threats through behavior analysis
a-squared Personal 1.6, Emsisoft Anti-Malware's predecessor, receives the Emsisoft behavior analysis module for the first time. At the time it was called Malware IDS (Intrusion Detection System) and shows how to put an end to the cat-and-mouse game that the antivirus industry and malware authors are playing, namely through generic detection of behavior patterns. It is way ahead of its time.
2004 - The market niche - Emsisoft Online Security Check
The Emsisoft website allows visitors to perform online audits of their PC protection by externally and automatically attempting to break into their PC and by uncovering configuration gaps. a-squared Personal is, at that time, a pure niche product against trojans and worms, supplementing classical antivirus software.
2003 - The idea - Foundation
Emsisoft is founded as an association of people interested in malware that have had several years of experience in the field and are aiming at providing better protection against Internet threats. Emsisoft thereby follows the already highly successful projects Anti-Trojan, ANTS and YAW. On December 10th 2003, the first version of the new product a-squared (a²) was published.
Christian Mairoll - CEO/Founder
Founder and head of our company who has been actively implementing the idea of a virtual company since 2003. His initials were the inspiration for the brand name "Emsi": "MC", hence "Emsi".
Davlat Aminov - Sales & Partner
Responsible for setting up and managing the worldwide distribution and dealer network with the goal of having a local Emsisoft representative in every country.
Specializes in detecting and removing any malicious software, so-called malware. It contains a file scanner that combines two huge antivirus technologies as well as a behavior blocker that detects and blocks harmful behavior thanks to signature scans and behavior analysis.
Emsisoft Online Armor Firewall
Complements Emsisoft Anti-Malware by adding an impenetrable firewall - ideal for solid protection against attacks. Online Armor monitors not only network traffic, but also potentially dangerous processes on the system itself.
Emsisoft Freeware Tools
Additionally, Emsisoft offers a collection of free programs that help to make your PC even safer. These programs are bundled as Emsisoft Emergency Kit.