Are you looking for a second opinion scanner or something to provide primary protection?
I’d say Emsisoft is still every bit as good as it used to be for either role. Quite honestly, the BitDefender engine has been through some uncertain times the last year or so. For a while they were really lagging in zero-day detection, and Emsisoft would use their in-house engine to pick up the slack. However, lately, I’ve been noticing BD has once again become one of the first few engines that picks up on new Emotet/AgentTesla variants so maybe that’s getting better again. Either way, IMO it never got so bad to the point that I wouldn’t recommend BD.
Well that depends. If you're talking about their Emergency Kit free scanner, it's still among the best, alongside with Malwarebytes Free and HitmanPro.
As for their paid real time protection, Emsisoft Anti-Malware, it's still one of the best product on the market. It's light, powerful enough, and respects your privacy.
It kind of feel like the hype for Emsisoft from a few years ago is gone, but I think that's simply because they're well established now and they haven't released any major update in a while. Also, as @MacDefender said, there's a lot of very good security softwares out there.
i remember you were loyal customer of kaspersky solution. Did you change your security policy ??Emsisoft is still a good choice but honestly there’s a lot of great choices now. F-Secure, BitDefender, Norton360, Kaspersky all have fairly similar approaches to AV protection and are arguably more widely tested so you might have more data points to go with.
I think Emsisoft’s developers being so passionate about privacy and their cloud based management console are their two most compelling differentiating features, but it’s worth cross shopping.
P.S. I’m relatively new here so I don’t know how long you’ve been gone, but at least since 2019, Windows Defender has gotten so good that it’s honestly becoming more and more difficult to justify why pay for a third party solution....
i remember you were loyal customer of kaspersky solution. Did you change your security policy ??
yes i agree with that. in the past couple of years ,Microsoft bought a lot of good startup which most of them was specialized in machine learning for AV solutions and integrated their expertise in its windows defender so their protection is enhanced a lot.their protection became much harder to evade and their protection is improved especially for their endpoint protection.if i see that their protection is enough to depend on for their built in solution and i may give up third party AV solution soon if there resource utilization and RAM consumption is improved."My principle is less software>>less conflict ,vulnerabilities and miss-configuration>>less surface attack better overall protection.Not too much. Kaspersky still tends to be objectively one of my favorites in terms of how well it performs. Actually my primary machine is still running KTS2021.
I still like to give credit where credit is due -- for those who haven't been paying attention to the industry in the past 2-3 years, back then Windows Defender was clearly a second-rate product with some good ideas. Nowadays, it really does perform well enough that the average user should really stop and ask if they need a third party AV, as opposed to the old school knee-jerk reaction to always replace WD with something else.