IKARUS Malware Scan Engine

IKARUS anti-malware technology

High-performance technologies for advanced malware detection

  • Cross-platform malware detection
  • On-premise analysis without cloud uploads
  • Arbitrarily scalable and powerful

How the IKARUS Malware Engine works

The IKARUS Malware Scan Engine works with highly developed, particularly powerful scanning technologies to analyse a wide variety of content. The system’s special features include broad support for different operating systems and platforms as well as consistently high detection rates independent of the operating system for which a malware was designed. Another unique advantage is the unchanged detection strength even in offline operation.

Regardless of the modes of transmission and the external appearance of the content, the IKARUS Malware Scan Engine uses various multi-level and modular procedures to analyse the file type and content of a container. It does not only examine the code statically and with the help of heuristic analyses, but also dynamically in self-developed sandbox environments. There, actions, reactions, and accesses of the file are observed and evaluated.

Compressed archives are unpacked for these analyses, whereby the IKARUS Malware Scan Engine, unlike other solutions, can unpack unlimited interleaving to check each file individually. Password-protected files can be decrypted and scanned using password lists.

On premise scanning: no data-uploads to the cloud

Files are analysed, extracted, and checked until either malware has been found or all contents––including hidden codes or links––have been checked and the file is classified as “clean”. Via telemetry, code snippets or metadata of suspicious files that require further analysis can be automatically forwarded to the IKARUS Analyses Team for further processing.

All file scans and analysis take place on premises. The IKARUS Malware Scan Engine does not upload any customer data to the cloud. Even without internet connection, the detection performance of the IKARUS Malware Scan Engine remains unchanged strong, making it perfectly suitable for the integration in air-gapped systems.

Speed, reliability, and scalability

In international comparison, the IKARUS Malware Scan Engine convinces with its detection performance and speed. Various working modes support a resource-saving mode of operation, while multithreading enables an almost linear increase in performance by increasing the number of parallel threads. Furthermore, the IKARUS technology is designed from the ground up towards stability, resource preservation and scalability. The IKARUS Malware Scan Engine and its OEM versions are continuously being developed. Different integration variants enable use in almost all environments and for all use cases.

As a 100 % privately owned company located in Austria/Europe, IKARUS Security Software meets all requirements for the highest level of data protection and independence.

Customised support directly from the manufacturer

Customers benefit from professional advice, guidance, and support services directly from the manufacturer as well as from the possibility and ability to respond to individual customer requirements.

Learn more about the IKARUS managed security solutions and the integration options of the IKARUS anti-malware technologies! Contact us at +43 1 58995-500 or via form (see below).

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IKARUS OEM technologies for professional malware detection

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Satisfied customers and partners



Securepoint is the German market leader in developing professional Unified Threat Management solutions (solutions combining different security tasks on one platform) and the most significant global manufacturer in the cloud sector.

OPSWAT: Simultaneous Anti-Malware-Engines

“Since the partnership started, we were continually very happy with the IKARUS scan.engine”, Vinh Lam, OPSWAT´s Senior Software Engineer

Cumulo – nimbusec website security monitor

“With IKARUS we have a clear benefit for nimbusec and we benefit also from the long experience of the Austrian company”, says Dipl.-Ing. Marin Leonhartsberger, CEO of Cumulo GmbH.


IKARUS Security Software GmbH Blechturmgasse 11
1050 Vienna

Phone: +43 1 58995-0
Sales Hotline:
+43 1 58995-500


Support hotline:
+43 1 58995-400

Support hours:
Mon – Thu: 8am – 5pm
Fri: 8am – 3pm
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