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I have been using ESET's products for a couple of years now, since I discovered that Norton almost as bad for my PC as the viri it was trying to keep away. I was instantly amazed to see how lightweight, efficient and quick ESET's AV was, and so I have recently upgraded to Smart Security.
First off, Smart Security works 100% with the new Windows 7 operating system, which is good news considering it is set to be the most widely used OS to date.
It is still lightweight, still easy to use, and includes an excellent firewall and pro-active defense system which makes you feel extremely secure when surfing the web, downloading files, or even opening emails.
Basically, this is what Anti Virus protection should be like - not bloated, not begging for updates or spamming you with various offers, but rather a clean, quick, safe and secure program which runs takes very little CPU usage and which neutralises threats without hesitation.
All in all, the best AV solution there is on the market at the moment. Worth the subscription!
Shalom to you, friends . . .
I have had this product on my PC for just under two years, to date, and just want to say how satisfied I am with its overall performance. There is no sign of any false alarms and it does not need a pat on the back every so often for the supposedly good work it is doing, like not a few other Internet Security products around. Eset Smart Security 3.0 just simply does its work efficiently and very quietly.
It is not for nothing that this company has the highest success rate as far as Virus Bulletin (Website: www.virusbtn.com) 100 awards is concerned, of all Internet Security products tested to date. I heartily reccomend it to anyone who is either looking for a good Internet Security program for his/her PC, or who is perhaps just not satisfied with the performance of his/her current Internet Security program.
The four integrated ( into one) components of Eset Smart Security, i.e. the Antivirus, the Anti spyware, the Personal Firewall and the Anti spam component work very well together to produce a really excellent product for its price, which is not much for the quality program you will get.
The options for purchasing Eset Smart Security 3.0 are as follows: As a first time client you will have to purchase a 1 or 2 year user license (new). Once payment is confirmed, the company's control centre will send the client the username and password of his/her license by e-mail.
Once this initial term has expired, the client then has the option of renewing said license for additional terms of 1 or 2 years. The cost of the latter will amount to approximately 66% of the price of a new license. These prices should be easily obtainable from the company's website, mentioned in the next paragraph.
One is also able to download Eset Smart Security from the ESET website at www.eset.com for a trial period of 1 month. When the homepage opens, just look for, and click on the purple heading called . . . ESET - Antivirus Software with Spyware & Malware, and you will see the program advertisement there, with a tab for "purchase" or "trial".
This is really a nice gesture from the ESET company, because 30 days are more than enough time to see for oneself just how well this program will perform on one's PC. I have just visited their website and discovered something that I was not even aware of . . . version 4 of the program has now been released. I am definitely going to upgrade. If version 4 is any better than its predecessor, it will be just outstanding!
Something one must be aware of when installing this program, or its sister program, NOD 32 Anti virus and Anti spyware, which, by the way, is on an absolute performance par with the program under review, is that . . . these ESET security programs DO NOT, under any circumstances, tolerate any OTHER internet security programs, so . . . it is very important to completely uninstall whatever other internet security program you may have on your PC, if you would like to test these 2 babies out!
I, for one, do not blame Eset Smart Security for not wanting to work with other, less impressive, internet security programs. Why should it? It wants to be in charge of your PC's overall protection, so that if it messes up, which it absolutely won't, it, alone, will get the blame. Why should it get the blame for the mess another internet security program causes?
The company's logo reads: "ESET - WE PROTECT YOUR DIGITAL WORLD." I most certainly agree.
Yours respectfully, Mayan820.
It was as an angel, descending from heaven to save my computer's soul.
Everything was fine up until I tried to save something from the internet, and had a lack of space error. This is strange because even though I hoard data, I'd not long had a good clean-up of my hard drive and I knew there ought to be at least a few gigabytes free. It was then I found some strange files that kept being created and were sucking up all my free space. At the time I was running an up-to-date version of Norton Internet Security and even though it hadn't alerted me to anything in real-time, I decided to have a good sweep of my system. It found a few viruses and tried to delete them, but this seemed to make the problem worse. To cut a long story short, I had a worm called "Fake Alert" which puts lots and lots of viruses on your computer in an effort to get you to download and run their own "antivirus" software. Norton hadn't found the original worm, but was trying to delete some of the viruses it was spawning, and as they were being deleted, more spawned. Catch 22.
So off I went (on my linux laptop. Apparently people don't write viruses for linux hehe!) to trundle the web and find a good free antivirus. I downloaded a few but found that as I ran the install executable the virus would close it down. That was when Norton finally gave up the ghost and decided it'd had enough. I tried to run it in safe mode AGAIN, but some of its files had been corrupted and it wouldn't run.
My second scavenger hunt to the internet was a bit more frantic, I started googling my computers symptoms and this is when I found out what the virus was called. I came across a forum that suggested using Eset Smart Security and even pointed me towards a free trial. I was sceptical and thought that like the others, it also wouldn't install. It did install, and not only that but after scanning in safe mode, it found and removed all traces of the original worm, and also all the viruses it had spawned and saved my harddrive. I didn't have to pay a penny for it either. I've used this ever since and have never had problems like I suffered last year, thankfully. I'd recommend it to anyone with a windows pc!
* Processors supported: 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) Intel®, AMD® or 100% compatible
* Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP (32 and 64-bit editions), Microsoft Windows Vista (32 and 64-bit editions)
* Memory: 33 - 38 MB on average
* Disk Space (download): 16MB
* Disk Space (installation): 78MB
Malware detection centres around a piece of advanced heuristics technology called "ThreatSense" which can detect 0-day threats. This is malware that is so new it hasn't been labelled with a signature yet, which is how most other virus scanners detect threats. Additionally when a suspicious piece of code is found, the user can manually or automatically send this information to be tested by Eset. Finally, I receive updated virus signatures nearly every day, which I do find reassuring.
The security suite also contains a firewall. Now I am not a firewall person, in fact I usually switch them off because I find I have endless problems during gaming sessions. I will also be the first to tell you I know NOTHING about firewalls, including how to set them up properly, but this one has never caused me any problems. The other thing that impresses me about this firewall is that on the few occasions it has popped up and told me that it has blocked a connection, it hasn't been a false alarm - it's truly something that shouldn't have been there. This used to be the reason I switched firewalls off - I'd get hundreds of alerts throughout the day because something I'd initiated was trying to connect on a different port than it did the last time. It's the story of the boy crying digital wolf.
I think the only thing that really lets it down is the Antispam module, which integrates into Outlook (and probably Outlook Express too, but I've not tried that). The concept is a simple blacklist that filters mail from tagged spam addresses into a spam folder, which you can then peruse, and if necessary untag mail that you'd like to read. Mail in the spam folder can only be read as a text version, other elements such as pictures and links are disabled as a safety feature. Although there is a safe list of addresses that is editable by the user, I've yet to find a way of editing the blacklist and for some reason, sometimes addresses I've already blacklisted still manage to evade the filters and sneak mail into my inbox, which is a bit annoying.
All in all though, this is a solid piece of software - when the manufacturers boast it is the industry's best antivirus, they're really not joking. It's also well worth the cost of a year's licence. £39.10 buy's you a licence for one computer for a year, and you get discounts if you buy more than one licence and/or for more than a year.