FACT: Anti-Virus software may not protect you from trojans
Most computer users are nowadays aware of the very real risk that viruses pose
to their systems, and most users have at some point received some form of
virus, usually by email.
As a result of this, there are a large number of anti-virus applications to
choose from – Norton AntiVirus, Kapersky, F-Secure, McAfee, Panda and more.
One lesser-known fact is that many popular anti-virus applications will not
protect your system from trojans or trojan horses. Why? A more accurate
question would be to ask why should they?
What most anti-virus applications do
For all their different interfaces and levels of competency, anti-virus
software really attempts to do one thing. To protect a system from viruses.
What most anti-virus applications don’t do
Anti-virus software is not the be-all and end-all security application.
It is not a firewall, and so doesn’t prevent unwanted intruders from accessing
It is not a port monitor, and so doesn’t look for people trying to find a way
into your system, or unwanted applications from trying to find their way out.
It is not a content filter, and so won’t protect your children or prevent your
employees from accessing unwanted material on the internet.
And most importantly, it is not an anti-trojan application. So it won’t protect
your system from the very real threats posed by trojan horses.
As the article "What are trojan horses?" explains, viruses and trojans
are two distinctly different things. The only real thing they share in common
is that they are unwanted, but that’s as far as it goes!
The only way to ensure that your system is free of trojans is to use a
dedicated anti-trojan application, such as Emsisoft Anti-Malware, whose software uses a
combination of different search criteria, including filename, file location,
file size, registry entries and so on.
Once the trojan has been spotted and identified, Emsisoft Anti-Malware can then
remove the file automatically. Continue reading on the
Emsisoft Anti-Malware product page for further details of the software,
or simply try the free 30 day trial version.
How can I recognise good anti-trojan software?
A good anti-trojan application will do everything possible to make sure that
your system is clean of trojans.
Understanding how to do these things manually is a constantly-evolving science
within itself, and horribly time consuming and complicated. Good software, such
as Emsisoft Anti-Malware makes this a fast and simple process for the user, and
absolutely no technical knowledge whatsoever is required.
A good example is Emsisoft Anti-Malware - a fast and powerful anti-trojan application
which can detect more than 5 million different types of trojan horses.
Another feature to look for is some method of updating the software’s database.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware simplifies this by including free online updates that may be
downloaded and installed from within the software. The key here is ease of use
Will it work with my anti-virus software, or will there be clashes?
Emsisoft Anti-Malware will work side-by-side with all anti-virus applications. There is
no risk of clashes as the two applications are doing very different things.
Will it help to install more than one anti-trojan application?
If you choose software such as Emsisoft Anti-Malware, there is no need to look for added
layers of trojan security. With the constantly-updated database of
over 19,000 trojans and other malware programs, the software will fully protect
your system from all trojans or trojan horses.
What other software do I need?
To protect your system from trojans, none. Emsisoft Anti-Malware is enough. We do however
advise running and maintaining a reputable anti-virus application, and some
form of firewall software or hardware.