Free & Portable Emsisoft Emergency Kit 2.0: A Review

If you have remembered, I have wrote a post on Emsisoft AntiMalware 6.5 some times back. Today I am going to write about the Free Portable Emsisoft Emergency Kit, which is a perfect to tool to have in everyones USB stick for scanning files and PC on the go. It has recently updated to include all the features of the latest version of the paid AntiMalware.

Features & Specifications

  • The software can be downloaded as a 147 Mb archive from the following link
  • It is multilingual. Currently supports 28 languages.
  • It can run on any Windows version, 32 & 64 bit.
  • After download comletion, extract the contents to a new folder and you will see a few files and folders in it. Launch start.exe since it is the all in one key application for the entire package.
  • The software has four basic components as can be already seen in the screen.
Emergency Kit Scanner
  • It looks alike Emsisoft AntiMalware except few features.
Main GUI of Emergency Kit Scanner
  • It supports only manual updating of detection signature. You can set the application to download Language, Beta software and signature updates.
  • The software offers full scan and removal features of the paid version. Only scheduled and real-time scanning is unavailable. You can set some detection to whitelist, can set actions at scan end and also submit false detections.
Malware Detections
  • You can participate in Anti-Malware Network for sending information about detected malware.
Commandline Scanner

This scanner contains the same functionality as the Emergency Kit Scanner but without a graphical user Interface. The commandline tool is made for professional users and can be used perfectly for batch jobs. To run the Emsisoft Commandline Scanner, do the following actions:
– Double click the file “CommandlineScanner.bat” in the root to run a smart scan with automatic quarantine of found objects.
– Open a command prompt window (Run: cmd.exe),
– Switch to the folder of the kit, e.g.: cd f:Run
– Run the scanner by typing: a2cmd.exe

  • The Commandline Scanner supports the following commands and switches.
Commandline Scanner Commands and Switches

HiJackFree helps advanced users to detect and remove Malware manually. With HiJackFree you can manage all active processes, services, drivers, autoruns, open ports, hosts file entries and many more. For your full control over your system.

Managing Ports from HiJackFree
Managing Services from HiJackFree

BlitzBlank is a tool for experienced users and all those who must deal with Malware on a daily basis. Malware infections are not always easy to clean up. These days the software pests use clever techniques to protect themselves from being deleted. In more and more cases it is almost impossible to delete a Malware file while Windows is running. BlitzBlank deletes files, Registry entries and drivers at boot time before Wndows and all other programs are loaded. This tool used to be in beta but now in its stable build.

BlitzBlank GUI
My Verdict
I always have this portable scanner in my USB drive and will recommend you to have it. Emsisoft has one of the best malware detection and the additional tools in the Emergency Kit are efficient for cleaning up remnants. The only problem I face is that you need to download the full ‘additional’ signature if the last update has been carried out a week ago. This is understandable since the ‘additional’ signature comes from Ikarus and its a problem of them to sent out incremental update after a certain period of time. But considering the efficiency of the Ikarus engine, it is quite acceptable.
Please remember to run all the components of EEK with administrative rights for getting the correct result.
Still have older version of the Emergency Kit in your USB drive? No problem, just run a update and you will be automatically upgraded to the latest version.
Cheers !!

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