Thursday, October 28, 2021

It's Time to Renew my Antivirus and I'm Renewing Emsisoft

For a while now, I've had Emsisoft guarding my Windows computers.  If you aren't a diehard geek like myself, you may be asking "why?" and "who is this Emsisoft?"

I'll answer the second question first.  Emsisoft is an incredible antivirus company based out of New Zealand.  Their AV solution is powerful and it works.  Plus it doesn't get itself insidiously wrapped all around your operating system so that you can't get rid of it... even if you want to.  That is something many of the large companies in the AV space do.  Basically even if you uninstall some of the big boys, there are still fragments of their program floating around in your operating system and mucking things up.

Not so with Emsisoft.  They do *everything* I can ask of an AV solution.  I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, if you are looking for an AV solution, you'd be making a mistake if you didn't consider them.

Now to answer the "why" part.  In addition to their superior product offering, they are also a company that is doing the right things.  In the past year, we've seen an explosion in the number of ransomware attacks on businesses and healthcare.  If you have been paying any attention to the infused space, you've been reading about Colonial Pipeline and Kaseya.  What you *have not* read is that those companies were saved in their plights by decryption software provided by Emsisoft, free of charge.

The company has been providing *free* decryption tools for ransomware victims for a while now and this year they have become huge players in the fight against ransomware.

For the full story from Nicole Perloth (one of my favorite newspaper people and book authors) read this story she wrote for the New York Times.  

If you would like an even deeper dive into all the good things Emsisoft has done, they have an incredible blog post with even more backstory that you can access here.  

 I think after reading these stories you'll have an greater understanding of why I feel good about putting my money into a product from Emsisoft.  People helping people and striving to do the right thing is something that has been in short supply for a decade or more.  We NEED more companies like Emsisoft.

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