Emsisoft also has an Emergency Kit, which can be found on our forum. No resource usage unless being ran, so it can be installed and left. Excellent tool to have.
To make it more clear about my ESET upgrade issues, it's usually when switching between NOD32 and Smart Security that the cleanup tool needs to be used. At present, am running NOD32 Version 8, along with Online Armor as a Firewall software, plus what my router offers. I catch these deals at Newegg, usually 3 PC's for $19.99 or so, and I keep one or the other on hand at all times. Even if they're well outdated (2-3 years old), all I need to do is download the current version, and the key in the box will activate it, w/out the hassles of installing an old version & still have to upgrade. I'm now settled on my security plan for each OS, and shouldn't have anymore issues going forward.
I was using ESS only after the first year with NOD32, but I also keep my mother-in-law protected with one of my keys, and ESS is just too much for her system. So I use NOD32 on 2 of my lesser important systems, ESS on some others, and Emsisoft Anti Malware on the most important ones. They all perform well. Going from version 7 to 8 went good on one of my NOD32 installs, the other was a clean one to a new OS.
There was a recent Bitdefender promo on the forum (a 6 month freebie) that I use on one seldom used 8.1 install, and it's good security also, and it's scan engine happens to be one of two of those with Emsisoft Anti Malware. EAM will run on most any computer, even older XP ones w/out bogging down the system.
Except for the Kaspersky incident, I can't really recall any security option, paid or free, that has given me troubles. Fortunately, I uninstalled Avast before anything happened.
(Was its company founded in 2003?)
Yes it was, by Christian Mairoll. They have some really great tips that ships every week to your email if you subscribe to their blog, and I've bookmarked all. Here's a little bit of history about Emsisoft. I was introduced to the brand by a European member of a XP forum sometime around 2008, a few months before Windows 7's betas were released. Back then, they had a truly Free version of a-Squared.
The Emsisoft team has came a long way since I first used the brand, well past most anyone's predictions. It wouldn't surprise me to see them capturing the top crown at AV-Comparatives in the very near future, they're that close, winning test after test. That type of performance & protection with few false positives will only serve to continue to boost the brand to newer highs.
And yet they accomplish all that & provides A-1 personal customer service with the fewest staff of any well known security brand.
Edited by cat1092, 28 November 2014 - 12:55 AM.