Help Me Decide Emsisoft Anti-Malware 12 or G DATA Antivirus 2017?

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Emsisoft Anti malware 12 or G DATA Antivirus 2017?

  1. Emsisoft Anti malware 12

    41 vote(s)
  2. G DATA Antivirus 2017

    6 vote(s)
  1. amir 957

    amir 957 Level 4

    Jan 9, 2017
    Windows 10
    List of products to compare:
    Emsisoft Anti malware 12, G DATA Antivirus 2017
    What I am most interested about:
    • Learning curve (Ease of Use)
    Why I want to compare:
    G DATA has released 2017 version and finally includes anti ransomware
    I want to know which you prefer
    I use Emsisoft 12 and actually love it
    But i never used G DATA
    Wich one is better in (Detection, Behavior blocking,Phishing site blocking and...)
    And which is lighter?(This is important for me:D)
  2. Zero Knowledge

    Zero Knowledge Level 5

    Dec 2, 2016
    Dark Cloud Universe
    I use Kaspersky Total Security but I would go Emsisoft before I went G-Data.
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  3. Parsh

    Parsh Level 24
    Trusted AV Tester

    Dec 27, 2016
    7 Islands of Bombay
    Windows 10
    Here's an MT thread (with video review) by the awesome reviewer @safe1st for 'Emsisoft VS Gdata'.
    Of course you should take it with a pinch of salt as they say. But if you want a balanced review, the thread will help.

    I'll just add a point - I've read on multiple forums that GData scans are quite slow.
    * Not to forget that both sport a Bitdefender engine.
  4. Spawn

    Spawn Administrator
    Staff Member Content Creator

    Jan 8, 2011
    Windows 10
    #4 Spawn, Jan 10, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017
    Ransomware Protection has been available for some time now, initially as standalone beta builds, but now are included in most Antivirus or Internet Security packages 2016/17.

    To recover from a Ransomware attack is to have System and Data backups on-hand, don't rely on your Antivirus to protect you if you run suspicious executable, without checking it's authenticity.

    @nsm0220 uses G DATA, but haven't seen him online in a long time.
  5. Orko

    Orko Level 1

    Dec 26, 2016
    Emsisoft is lighter than gdata. For detection and behavior both are equally good
  6. Solarquest

    Solarquest Moderator
    Staff Member AV Tester

    Jul 22, 2014
    I had Gdata for many years and now Emsisoft.
    Emsi is lighter, faster and with a better behavior blocker than Gdata, in my opinion.
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  7. I would highly recommend Emsisoft over Gdata any day of the week & that's never going to change unless Gdata suddenly manages to overtake Emsisoft in all aspects of the AV. Emsisoft has a nicer GUI, is faster, has one of the best if not the best Behaviour Blocker. It also has extremely good signatures, the company are full of amazing trustworthy & good people & the protection components all work well - the Behaviour Blocker, Surf Protection, Firewall, File Guard are all fantastic.

    Honestly in my opinion the top 5 AVs are:

    1) Emsisoft
    2) Bitdefender
    3) Kaspersky
    4) ESET
    5) MalwareBytes V3 - this may surprise you but I have tested it several times & every time it amazes me how good the protection is.
    5) There are also a few other AVs that could get space No. 5 though...

    I wouldn't personally recommend Gdata when you can get all of these other AVs which I would consider as "better" overall applications for several reasons.
  8. Faybert

    Faybert Level 20
    AV Tester

    Jan 8, 2017
    Florianópolis, Brazil
    Windows 10
    Both are very good, especially for the detection rate, but I would choose Emsisoft Anti-Malware for being lighter than G Data
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  9. Lockdown

    Lockdown From AppGuard

    Oct 24, 2016
    AppGuard LLC Virginia, U.S.
    #9 Lockdown, Jan 10, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017
    Anyone can verify this through their own testing - GData's behavior blocker will block some ransomware and Emsisoft's will block most ransomware.

    For a single example, GData's behavior blocker will not stop encryption by an undetected Cerber ransomware. Emsisoft blocks Cerber.

    It seems GData's primary ransomware protection is their newly integrated back-up storage.

    Those are my observations and my comments are not an endorsement or criticism of any product. They are just matter-of-fact statements.
  10. _CyberGhosT_

    _CyberGhosT_ Level 52

    Aug 2, 2015
    Central US
    Linux Mint
    "For me" this is a no-brainer ;)
    Emsisoft all the way !
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  11. bunchuu

    bunchuu Level 7

    Mar 17, 2015
    Sales Supervisor
    Windows 10
    hands down, Emsisoft rules!

    -proud user of Emsisoft-
  12. Tairan

    Tairan Level 3

    Oct 1, 2016
    Dayton, OH
    G Data has a great behavorial blocker, possibly better than Emsisoft. However, Emsisoft has better PUP, support, and lightness, therefore getting my vote.

    If you want lightness, go for Emsisoft.
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  13. jamescv7

    jamescv7 Level 61

    Mar 15, 2011
    Web and FileMaker Developer
    Windows 10
    Both products have very good detection capabilities including BB component.

    However everything goes on the stability and performance wise on a system where Emsisoft is lighter than Gdata.

    Gdata needs to trim down the resource usage issue even though the engines incorporated is not hunger.
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  14. giants8058

    giants8058 Level 4

    Jan 26, 2016
    Windows 7
    Emsisoft for me. Lighter, better behavior blocker, great support and privacy stance..As for Ransomware, Emsisoft..Ransomware was named after their CTO/researcher Fabian Wosar (Fabiansomware) out of spite because he is consistently cracking their encryption.
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  15. spaceoctopus

    spaceoctopus Level 11

    Jul 13, 2014
    Distant galaxy
    Windows 10
    Great products.The two offer excellent protection. If GDATA was as light as Emsisoft, perhaps i would have preferred it over Emsisoft.
    Emsisoft has a formidable BB, light, not expensive and one of the best customer care you can get among all other brands. The only thing that i don't like with Emsisoft is the amount of bugs with every major updates. Sometimes they are brutal. Perhaps its linked to their perfectionist and fast paced way of working. Anyway, for this round i would choose Emsisoft, but GDATA is as good as Emsisoft in terms of protection i think.;)
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