ESET NOD2 antivirus comes packaged in two editions: business and home. This multifunctional program has many specific purposes and roles. You may be wondering: How is the home edition differ from the office edition?
The main purpose of the ESET NOD32 or also known as NOD32 home edition is for specific detection of common virus that lurk in personal computers. The business edition includes the ESET Remote Administrator permitting server use and opening the doors to allowing other programs to run or be accessed.
This anti-virus is also accessible on mobile devises. Smart phones are protected against viruses, spyware, adware, worms, rookits, Trojans, and any other uninviting software. Preventing viruses to penetrate your hand held devises is a move in a positive direction. Any server that accesses any site on the internet should be protected with an anti-virus software.
To test the reliability of this software, every year numerous in-depth security tests have been performed. Each test scans for the quality and virus detection dependability of the program. The program detects malware, scans archives and detachable devices, and any viruses and or abnormal activity. A handful of upgrades have been designed to improve the anti-virus software and a trial version of the anti-virus protection software is accessible via download on the official ESET site.
ESET NOD32 holds a high performance ranking in relation to computer protection against viruses. Before purchase of any anti-virus software, you should always research the compatibility of your pc with the program and if ever unclear or have questions, consult a customer service representative at a computer/electronics store.
The product has a number of claims to fame. First it is a very fast piece of software to use. It does not need much in the way of memory or CPU resources so it will not slow your machine down. Secondly it is very effective. It is the only piece of software that has never missed an 'in the wild' virus since 1998.
Using the software is very simple. Once configured, you can just leave it to do its thing quietly in the background. You will see periodic messages to let you know that the software has performed an update to detect the new viruses. This all happens without you having to get involved so there is no chance of you forgetting to update your software.
You also have access to an on demand scanner. I find this useful for checking every new file that comes onto my computer before I open it. This may be a file passed from a colleague or something that is downloaded from the Internet. The interface used to be one of the letdowns of this software but this has been improved with the new version 3.0.
You'll be glad to know that your email is also protected so you won't have to worry about malicious programs getting through. Still, it is good practice to be wary of any emails from people that you don't know especially if they have an attachment.
This is a very useful piece of software that is ideal for home and business users. Hot or Not? This one's definitely hot.
The Protection test was an evaluation of ESET’s ability to protect against malware infections such as viruses, worms and Trojans. The first part of the protection evaluation was based on its protection abilities against zero-day malware attacks including web and e-mail threats. ESET scored 90% and was below the industry average of 92%.
In the detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months, ESET scored 98% for the 215,999 samples provided. ESET was at par with the 97% industry average and this was a good score from this antivirus solution.
For the detection of widespread and prevalent malware, ESET unsurprisingly scored 100% for the 5000 samples provided and this was similar to the rest of the industry. So there were no real surprises there.
Overall, ESET had a 5.0/6.0 protection rating and there were better scoring antivirus programs like BitDefender and Kaspersky.
The Repair test was based on ESET’s ability to clean and repair a malware-infected computer.
Firstly, it was tested on the detection of actively running widespread malware including rootkits and it scored 95% for the 43 samples provided and was at par with the rest of the industry.
The second evaluation was on the removal of all active components of widespread malicious software including rootkits and stealth malware. ESET scored 88% and was below the industry average of 91% for the 43 samples that were used
And the last repair evaluation was on the removal of all further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications. ESET scored 74% and was above the 60% industry average for the 43 samples used.
Overall, ESET had a disappointing 4.5/6.0 Repair Score and we found many better performing for Windows 7 in our review.
The Usability test is based on the security software’s impact on the usability of the whole PC.
ESET showed good results in the evaluation to see its average slow down of the PC during daily use. It had a 7 second slow down, which was better than the industry average of 10 seconds slow down. And ESET’s performance was better than some of the best antivirus programs for Windows
ESET also revealed impressive results for its false positive test and the false warning and false detection of certain actions during download, installation, and use of legitimate software. It performed well above most security products and beat other top antivirus programs like Kaspersky and Norton.
Overall, ESET had an impressive 5.5/6.0 Usability Score and was one of the best performers.
Conclusion - Quite Good
ESET's ability to block fresh malware attacks is good, as are its malware cleanup and phishing protection. That's the problem. ESET is good, while others are great.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus delivers comprehensive antivirus protection. Independent test labs find it easy to use. It protects from malware by comparing suspect files to its known list of threats. It also examines files that seem threatening to see if they are dangerous even if they aren’t in the list of known threats yet. The software protects you from email threats and external media. If you switch to battery mode on a laptop, the software adjusts its behavior so that non-essential activities are curtailed until the laptop is plugged in. In case any malware penetrates the barriers and collapses a system, the product enables creation of a bootable disk or USB drive that will disinfect the PC and restore it to health.