Emsisoft Anti-Malware rated top performer in AV-Comparatives Scanner Test

  • October 20, 2016
  • 1 min read


AV-Comparatives released its second 2016 scanner test results on 16 October, the cumulative result of tests run on various security products, including a false positives test.

In total, 19 products were reviewed in the scanner detection test. Emsisoft Anti-Malware was awarded the top rating of Advanced+.

The Advanced+ for Scanner test only happens twice per year and is a key indicator of anti-malware’s ability to detect malicious files. Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a top performer in detection rates with low false positives (files considered malicious that aren’t).

The AV-Comparatives rankings, awarded in four categories (“Advanced+, Advanced, Standard, Tested), take into consideration blocked non-malicious domains/URLs are counted as false positives (FPs). This is part of the false-alarm component of the whole scanner test, which comprises both wrongly blocked domains (while browsing) and also wrongly blocked files (while downloading/installing).


AV-Comparatives says it necessary to test both scenarios because the duty of security products is to protect against malicious sites and files, not to censor or limit the access only to well-known popular applications and websites. Emsisoft Anti-Malware recorded few false positives offering proven protection for your digital life without unnecessarily censoring your online experience.

The full report is available for download.




Freelance writer and security enthusiast based in Wellington, New Zealand.

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