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Editors' Review

by   / September 26, 2014

Emsisoft Free Emergency Kit's powerful tools can scan and clean malware-infected PCs without having to be installed. Free Emergency Kit is portable freeware, so it runs from USB drives and similar devices. It detects, quarantines, or removes not only viruses and malware but also adware, PUPs, and other programs that may be annoying, unwanted, and unnecessary but not a threat.

Pros

Three tools: Emsisoft Emergency Kit Scanner is the tool most users need, but Free Emergency Kit also has a Command-line Scanner and the BlitzBank, which deletes stubborn infections on boot up.

Smart Scan: Start with the recommended Smart Scan, which targets places malware likes to hide, and then follow with a system-scouring Full Scan. Quick and Custom Scans help keep things clean.

Tips: Optional security tooltips provide something to read during scans, but they also refresh your security knowledge.

Quarantine: The program recommends quarantining any items in the scan results you're not sure can be deleted safely. If no harm comes, delete them later.

Cons

Update delay: Our initial update took a long time, in part because the software download included a lot of translation resources some users might not need. If you're cleaning out a gunked-up PC, you may want to scan first, then update and run deeper checks.

Expedient, not permanent: Like the name implies, Free Emergency Kit is for critical jobs, not everyday system security.

Bottom Line

It's no surprise that Emsisoft Free Emergency kit belongs on any user's portable PC toolkit since that's exactly what it's designed for.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2017.8.0.7904

Version 2017.8.0.7904: New: Forensic log: a condensed timeline that shows all events and user actions in an easy to read form; Improved: Several minor tweaks and fixes.

General

Publisher Emsisoft
Publisher web site http://www.emsisoft.com/
Release Date September 01, 2017
Date Added September 21, 2017
Version 2017.8.0.7904

Category

Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 315.04MB
File Name EmsisoftEmergencyKit.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 86,147
Downloads Last Week 28

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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