How to use Emsisoft File Guard to protect your system in real time


What is the purpose of File Guard?

The Emsisoft File Guard is a crucial part of the four layers of malware prevention built into Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Using a dual-engine scanner, it checks all files that are downloaded or run against millions of signatures of known malicious software and self-optimizes continuously, allowing for real-time protection.

In this short demonstration you can take a peek at how the Emsisoft File Guard actually works:

From a technical perspective, File Guard is more or less the same as Emsisoft Anti-Malware’s on-demand scanner. Where it differs is that it’s active all the time in the background, which means you don’t have to bother with frequent manual disk scans and won’t feel the impact of its power – even as it scans dozens of files every single second.

This allows File Guard to effectively and efficiently protect you by detecting and intercepting malware before it can successfully infect your system.

Configurable features

Navigate to the “Protection” menu and from there to “File Guard” to see all available options.


Scan level

This allows you to choose between best performance and best protection. By default, it is set to “Default”.

Malware detections

This allows you to select what happens when File Guard detects malware. By default, it is set to “Quarantine with notification”.

PUP detections

Choose how you want File Guard to deal with potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). By default, it is set to “Quarantine with notification”.

Only scan files with specific extensions

The default list of file types is predefined with all file extensions that are known to be able to contain malware. To save hardware resources, you can further limit the list of files if you believe they are safe. Conversely, you can add new extensions to the list if you suspect a specific new type of file might contain malware. In general, there is no need to change that list.

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Key takeaways

In summary, File Guard works quietly in the background to protect your system in real time. Using its advanced dual-scanner engine, File Guard checks your files against millions of malware signatures without putting too much strain on system resources. Default settings provide a great balance between performance and security, and will provide more than enough protection for most users. Power users and those with specific requirements can configure File Guard as discussed above to better suit their needs.

Senan Conrad

Senan Conrad

Senan specializes in giving readers insight into the constantly and rapidly changing world of cybersecurity. When he’s not tapping away at his keyboard, he enjoys drinking a good coffee or tinkering in his workshop.

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