Contest: 10 free licenses for Emsisoft Internet Security 2015
Update: If you’re looking for an Internet Security suite you can get ZoneAlarm Internet Security free via TrialPay
The winners of the 10 licenses for Emsisoft Internet Security pack are: Peter Warezow, vinay khatri, Nikki Graxiola, Sueton Tranquil, Konstantyn Zawadzki, Nikos Nx, Lee Otaku, Firsy Lorit, usuarisson silva, Baris Yilmaz. I’ve sent emails with license keys to all of the winners, if you are on this list and haven’t received an email yet (maybe was delivered to your spam folder) post a comment so I can resend it.
I’m organizing another contest where the prize consists of 10 free full licenses for Emsisoft Internet Security pack. This suite actually includes Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Online Armor Firewall, so basically each winner will receive 2 licenses. If you were looking to get a security package to protect your PC while surfing, now is your chance to get one for free and spare $50 (i.e. the price of a license for the entire pack).
The best part about the contest is that you don’t have to do much to participate, just join via the widget provided below and you’ll get one chance for the final drawing. You can increase your chances by performing additional actions, but those are optional. Here’s the few rules:
- Contest starts today (March 21, 2013) and ends next week on March 28, 2013.
- Anyone can participate for free, no restrictions at all. Anyone except for editors of PC World and CNET, they’re not allowed to participate as every freakin’ giveaway they organize is for US only.
- When the contest ends we’ll draw (randomly) 10 lucky winners and each will receive registration keys for Emsisoft Internet Security pack.
- Be honest, don’t cheat.
Here’s the magic widget that can get you a license for Emsisoft Internet Security (EIS):
So how well does EIS protect your computer? Here’s some of the latest comparatives I’ve found regarding its efficiency in protecting computers:
- VB100 award (December 2012) for Emsisoft Anti-Malware, plus the program scores very high in the VirusBulletin RAP (reactive and proactive tests), quadrant Jul 2012 – Feb 2013. It scores higher than big names such as ESET or Kaspersky, see for yourself the graphic at http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/RAP/RAP-quadrant-Aug12-Feb13-1200.jpg.
- A large Russian web portal, COMSS, did some comparative tests and Emsisoft had a 99,7% detection rate. The link to that report isn’t important since the article is in Russian, but if you know the language just visit it and you’ll find the article.
- MRG Effitas, an independent UK IT security research organization, did some tests too and Emsisoft had a 0 fail rate (full article at mrg-effitas.com/current-tests/flash-test-results/).
- It also recently received an editor award from Cyber Defense Magazine, full article at http://www.cyberdefensemagazine.com/emsisoft-receives-editors-choice-award-for-2013/
Conclusion is that it will do a good job in protecting your computer, it’s just a matter of you being lucky enough to win a license :). The download and installation of EIS doesn’t take long (and you can download it from their main site at http://www.emsisoft.com), as mentioned initially the pack actually consists of two separate programs, so when the anti-malware finishes installing the firewall will start being installed too. What I liked about the installation is that the setup included all the necessary virus/malware signatures already, so when it finished installing there were no updates to download and install. One annoyance that I had with Kaspersky and NOD32 was just this, when the installation finished the update took forever – it’s not the case with Emsisoft.
Emsisoft Antimalware (free via TrialPay) features:
- Update and Privacy. Right when the program finishes installing and starts for the first time, you are prompted with options to opt joining the anti-malware network (this gives you online statistics) and download language packs/beta updates.
- Security Status. This is the dashboard where you can manage the main actions of the program, scanning the pc, quarantine, view logs and change configuration. You’ll see the status of various components as well as links to resources.
- PC Scanning. This is the part of the program that does the hard work of protecting and cleaning your computer. You can do quick scans (only active programs and spyware traces are scanned for), smart scan (same as quick but also scanning windows files and programs), deep scan (the slowest one that scans everything) or a custom selection. Aside scanning files/folders, the program can scan your incoming/outgoing emails as well.
- Quarantine. This is the place where suspicious files will be stored. These files don’t represent a danger anymore while they’re in quarantine, and its purpose is to allow you recovery of a file that might have been falsely marked as malware.
- Logs. Every operation is logged and you get notifications whenever something important happens. The guard, quarantine and update operations are logged so you’ll be able to see if something went wrong and correct it.
- Guard. This is the core component of Anti-Malware, comprising of Application Rules (which of your applications are blocked by it, monitored or trusted), Behavior Blocker (you can define suspicious behaviors that you want monitored for proactive defense), Alert Settings (when a danger is detected you get notified and this is how you control those notifications), File Guard (this scans files before they are executed and before any other actions such as connecting to the internet), Surf Protection (protects you from suspicious websites when you browse the Internet) and Host Rules (rules for certain applications stored in the hosts file). This is also the prevention component and the guard components are enabled at startup.
- Miscelaneous. The program offers other various settings, such as those for improving the performance of the scanning process, such as the possibility to use multiple processors, number of threads to start, what priority to allocate, advanced caching, setting a scan whiltelist, etc. I liked how the program protects itself from being shut down using a captcha, that’s something I didn’t see in any other programs.
- Firewall. The most important component of Online Armor, the firewall that doesn’t let anything go out on the internet or get in from the internet without your approval. It does recognize the valid programs and whitelisted ones not to bother you anytime a program wants to get out, while giving you the choice to decide what to do with other programs.
- Keylogger protection. Keyloggers are the worst of the malware genre, as they monitor the keystrokes you enter on various important sites (i.e. PayPal) and report back to their malefic creator to give them access to your accounts. If a virus at worst makes your computer unusable, a keylogger can leave you financially broke. That’s why it’s important to have anti-keylogger protection and Emsisoft Online Armor provides that too.
- DNS-Spoofing protection. When you visit an important domain, such as your online banking website, the Web Shield component of Online Armor will make sure that the domain you’re visiting is not a phishing one. It does that by doing a DNS check on the visited domain (if it’s in Protected mode) to see the information is valid, but also does other verifications such as checking the data transferred through BITS (BITS stands for background intelligent transfer service, a component that uses idle bandwidth to transfer data).
- Autoruns management. Windows has a list of programs that start automatically when your computer starts too. You can see that list by running the msconfig.exe Windows utility for basic management of those programs. However Emsisoft’s integrated Autoruns Management utility does more than that, by monitoring if any unknown programs add entries in the autoruns list and showing a warning for you to check if it’s a suspicious program.
If you’re already an user of Emisoft’s products or tried them in the past, feel free to leave a comment regarding your opinion of the programs.