Emsisoft Internet Security 9.0 is a new product from the company, a fully integrated security suite which includes antivirus, a firewall, and surfing protection.
What you'll notice first, however, is the brand new, faintly Windows 8-like interface. Four colourful tiles represent the program's main functions (Protection, Scan, Quarantine, Logs), and there's status information on your license and last update. You also get one-click access to common features and menus, and at first glance it seems to be a good balance between ease of use and functionality.
What we next noticed is that our system was only "partially protected"; the new firewall wasn't working. And when we tried to activate it, the program hung. Maybe it was something local to our system - the firewall seems to be working fine for others - or just a beta quirk, but don't be overly surprised if it happens to you.
The rest of the program ran as expected, correctly detecting malware (and a little more than Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, although slower) and blocking some malicious websites.
New features this time include a new firewall core with full support for IPv6, extended packet filtering rules and improved performance.
Enhanced Windows 8 and 8.1 support means the program will take greater advantage of live tiles and the new notification system.
Scanning accuracy and malware removal has been improved, particularly for 64-bit systems.
And this all comes packaged in an enhanced core which makes better use of Windows' own security technologies (ASLR, DEP), while also reducing resource requirements and boosting overall performance.
Please note, you must uninstall any existing Emsisoft Anti-Malware or Online Armor package before installing the beta.