2011 No.5 Antivirus:
ESET Nod32 Antivirus
Publisher: Eset Version: 4
Pros: Proven security without the slowdown, ESET features heuristic detection and advanced diagnostic tools.
Cons: ESET has all the essentials covered. The interface is good, but not great.
The Verdict: We can definitely give ESET a nod of approval for security and performance.
ESET Nod32 Antivirus Review
Eset Nod32 Antivirus is a great desktop security solution, complete with effective protection and advanced features. Eset Nod32 is particularly useful for home users looking for a simple “down-to-earth” security software that they can simply install and let the software do the work for them. Eset has proven to be one of the best overall performing antivirus software, and continues the trend with their most recent installment, Eset Nod32 Antivirus 4.
Scope of Protection:
Eset Nod32 Antivirus certainly isn’t as far-reaching as the upgraded Smart Security, but the scope is definitely on par with other leading antivirus competitors. Eset Nod32 is equipped with all the essential technologies and features to keep your PC protected from traditional threats (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, and even rootkits), but is also fully armed to completely protect you while you’re online. Eset works behind the scenes to deliver protection from dialers, adware, and keyloggers.
Eset Nod32 integrates email protection to scan email (inbound and outbound) for viruses and other malware. The antivirus software also protects users from auto-running external media (like USB jump drives) by scanning files when the external medium is plugged in.
While Eset Nod32 isn’t the most effective, the software is consistently near the top in independent antivirus tests. Eset certainly holds its own with competitors for efficacy and efficiency. In the recent test from Virus Bulletin, Eset performed right on par with most of the competitors for overall reactive and proactive antivirus scanning, and came away without any false positives.
The recent evaluation from AV Comparatives showed some false positives (12), but Eset still scored at the top of the class for overall detection rates (with an impressive 97.2%), and garnered an overall A+ (Advanced Plus), the highest rating from AV Comparatives.
Ease of Installation:
Antivirus from Eset Nod32 is certainly easy to install and implement. The software is ready to run from the get-go. Setting up manual scans and scheduling specific scans is straightforward, or you can simply let Eset work in the background and take care of itself (and your computer) automatically.
Eset Nod32 Antivirus is equipped with the ability to create a bootable disc (or USB drive) in case of emergency. Working with the Microsoft Windows Automated Installation Kit, users will then be able to clean an infected or otherwise unstartable computer.
Ease of Use:
Eset Nod32 Antivirus is one of the easiest antivirus programs to use. The whole program is designed to accommodate beginners, and doesn’t require a lot of tweaking and/or manual maintenance to keep running properly.
The user interface is simple, but completely straightforward. Users will have no problem navigating the program with the simple graphic user interface and logical setup. The default setup is for beginners, and the advanced mode adds some functionality without completely alienating standard home users.
Scheduling, report logging, and adjusting settings are all easy tasks. For the most part, Eset works on its own and doesn’t require much intervention from you the user. You can even set Eset Nod32 to not ask for your input, and automatically take care of most security issues. Furthermore, Eset has implemented some new keyboard shortcuts for easy navigation.
Eset Nod32 Antivirus is engineered for speed, and the software didn’t disappoint. Eset has traditionally been one of the few companies that mastered the most advanced scanning technologies but didn’t take a serious performance hit. Eset Nod32 Antivirus maintains utmost security and advanced protection, but not at the expense of your speed or processing power.
In fact, Eset Nod32 has incorporated a specific mode that can be turned on for laptops to optimize performance. This “energy-sipping battery mode” delivers top-notch protection without draining your laptop battery.
Part of Eset’s strength is found in their comprehensive feature set. Eset Nod32 Antivirus has all the right features (but they haven’t tacked on useless bells and whistles). The features are specifically designed to enhance protection and ease of use.
Current top of the line antivirus software providers like Eset Nod32 have implemented heuristic technology to help catch viruses that are so new traditional signatures haven’t been developed yet. Eset’s refined ThreatSense technology provides proactive protection from malware, protecting you from viruses that would otherwise sneak past solely signature-based solutions.
Eset Nod32 Antivirus is equipped to scan files in real-time, or “on-access” as they are opened or executed. And while this ensures malicious files don’t cause any problems, it doesn’t mean you have to wait around and wait for Eset before opening a file. The real-time scan happens almost instantaneously, and happens in the background, so you won’t even know it’s happening.
Another innovative approach that the best security software companies are using is to take advantage of their large community of users and find strength in numbers. Eset’s ThreatSense network gives users quicker protection by having each (participating) user serve as a “watch guard” for other users. When a virus is detected on one PC, Eset is notified immediately to help get protection out to everyone.
Eset doesn’t rely solely on virus signatures, but it’s still an essential part of the multi-layered security approach. As such, they have regular updates set to run automatically to keep the signature database current. These updates occur in the background for the most part, because they are often enough and small enough.
Help & Support:
Eset stands by their products with additional help and support as needed. The software is complete with a fairly in-depth product manual, and in-program links to additional support resources. Online you can find answers to questions by searching the product-specific knowledgebase, or from the forum. We also liked that the product manual was available online.
Specific questions can be requested by submitting an issue with their online form, which will be responded to over email or the phone.
Overall, Eset Nod32 may not be the most popular antivirus software, but their antivirus software is certainly among the best. Eset Nod32 Antivirus 4 delivers comprehensive antivirus protection, with an impressive track record for speed and effectiveness. There are a few better antivirus solutions out there, but you really can’t go wrong with Eset Nod32; a refreshingly simple approach to antivirus.
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