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I have tried many a different antivirus and so far for me nod32 has come out tops.There smart security improved the speed of my windows almost like I was running Ubuntu linux again.
It even did its job of actually removing viruses its a miracle.
As far range of features goes there aren't many it just has antispam,firewall and antivirus. Where Avg has all that and a special plugin that scan pages before you go to them. This can be both a good and bad feature as it has accidentally blocked some pages before so I very quickly turned that off.
My biggest problem with nod is I wish i could schedule a time of day for it to update instead of trying to connect at lunch tome and slowing my internet.Which is not a good internet package.
Like norton it does have an annoying feature of scanning your mmachine when you switch on which slows your machine for about ten minutes other wise most part of the day it sits quietly in corner.
The Antispam only really works with Microsoft Outlook and outlook if you Like me and you use Mozilla thunderbird. Although they do say new version does work with thunderbird have not notices it.it does can my mails though and says at the bottem of each mail scanned my nod32.
As far as pricing goes it was almost have the price of norton internet security I got it for 32 Us dollars for a single license for a whole year.
So far its been worth all its money.
Nod 32 is probably, in my humble opinion, one of the best antivirus applications available. Believe me, over the years I have tried nearly all the others but found this one to be the most impressive by far.
It has an extremely light footprint for starters, meaning that it is almost unnoticeable in your taskbar and does not hog your system memory like so many other antivirus applications out there.
It sits there quietly and unobtrusively, not giving those ridiculous "pop up" messages and "nagging screens" that other top brand scanners do.
Automatic updates are smooth and regular, and when they have finished downloading, a little box will appear informing you that the update is complete.
Like any of the other antivirus applications out there, it will not find and rid you of every nasty that is out there, but it will do a far better job than almost any other application available.
Reasonably easy to install, although the tweaking to your individual needs can be a bit overwhelming, especially for those who are new to the computer world.
Scanning times are reasonable, certainly not as fast as the Manufacturers state, but anyway, the scanning time will obviously depend on the number of files etc. that are on your PC!
Now I can be somewhat paranoid about the safety of my laptop and indeed I have had previous computers hit by pretty nast viruses, so having an anti-virus program that really works, that I trust can and will identify as many up and coming viruses as possible and that won't significantly slow down my computer is what matters to me.
I like to research on the internet, trawl through download.com and search on Google and wherever else, to find the best software around, whenever I'm on the lookout for something new and on this ocassion, a few weeks back, the months free trial of McAffee that my laptop had installed, ran out, so I started to research what the best antivirus solution would be. I had heard quite a few bad things said about McAffee (now obviously im no real antivirus expert and I can't say if those things are true or not) so I decided to look elsewhere.
I came to the conclusion that Esets Nod32 Antivirus (home edition) program appeared to be the most reliable and one of the best performing anti virus programs available, that runs on Windows Vista, as well as on all other Windows operating systems, according to the website.
Now its likely that your thinking Eset? Nod32? I've never heard of that before, unlike McAffee, which is much more of a well known brand. Fair enough, I'd never heard of Eset Nod32 or Eset at all before I looked into it but all the same, I'd say that the user reviews online pretty much say it all. You know what its like, with almost any product there will be a few negative reviews, as people who have had bad experiences will feel more keen to let others know about it and those who have had good experiences won't necessarily think to let others know about that but compared to a number of other (including well known brand name) anti virus programs, this one has significantly fewer bad reviews, so I thought that was a good sign.
I decided to give the general 30 day trial a go and see how good it was and I haven't been disappointed, indeed just this morning (as the trial was to run out tomorrow evening and I've got the time this morning) I decided to purchase a years license for the program.
So, onto more information about the program itself...
- What does Nod32 Antvirus provide (protection-wise) & how does it fare in tests or otherwise against competing programs? -
Nod32 Antivirus home edition provides protection from spyware, viruses, worms, and other malware.
Whats special about Nod32 is that it uses something called the ThreatSense engine which has advanced heuristics, which the website claims blocks approximately 60% more unknown threats than the competition. I'm no expert as I say but from what I've read, they claim that this program is written and run in a different way to some others which means that it runs quicker with less interference with processing speeds and its also quicker to detect new viruses and trojans.
Eset also claim that the scanning speeds (presumably during computer scans, or if you select a specific file to be scanned) are 3 to 34 times faster than that of competing programs, which sounds good to me. The scans I've experienced have certainly been quite quick and I have no worries that it missed anything, so it seems quite an efficient.
As far as tests go, Nod32 Antivirus apparently fares very well. As far as 'in-the-wild' virus tests are concerned, Nod32 has consistently come out well, being given awards from virusbulletin.com for the performance of its program. Apparently, according to virustotal.com Nod32 offers 88% real time protection against 16 zero-day viruses, compared to only 6% for Symantec and 31% for McAffee. My source for this is the Eset site, see:- http://www.eset.co.uk/products/compare-NOD32-vs-competition.php
Of course that is only comparing it to two other competing programs, there may be others that offer similar protection but it certainly makes Nod32 seem very capable, if nothing else.
- What features does Nod32 offer? -
There are a number of benefits to Nod32 Antivirus, some of which I mentioned at the start of this review (ie what I was looking for, which this program delivers, or certainly appears to deliver). Just to make it clear, I feel the main benefits of the program are as follows:-
* Automatic update checks and downloads - It quickly and quietly downloads any new update and alerts you to that once its finished downloading, with a note of the new, updated virus signature database number.
* An in-built scheduler - this allows you to schedule it to automatically scan your whole computer on a regular basis, anything from once a day to once a week or after a particular event happens
* Little drain on system resources - The program runs in the background but I haven't noticed any real slowing down of my machine, the only time it seems to be a little slow is when its running a full computer scan, which is fair enough and should be expected, though even then its not so slow that you can't still browse the 'net in the background or anything.
This is a good program for novice to intermediate IT or home computer users I feel as its default setup appears about right and you can just install it and leave it to run, without it getting in your way and without having to worry that you'll need to do anything too advanced or fancy to give your machine proper protection.
- What if I need a firewall? -
If your using a home network and you don't have a firewall (I mean apart from your Windows firewall), then you should look into Esets other program, called Security Suite, which also offers a full firewall program, which the antivirus program doesn't include.
I've asked about installing and using a freeware firewall while also using the antivirus program and that doesn't cause a problem, so im personally doing that at the moment as there are a few decent firewalls that are free and its saved me having to pay extra for the firewall provided with the Security Suite program, though im not entirely convinced I really need a firewall anyway, since we have a proper firewall controlling the wireless network router plus I have my built in Windows Vista firewall too but now I should be even more protected, so its not a problem.
- Useful links -
You can read all about it on the official company website here:-
and if your looking to read some of the reviews I've mentioned, then check out the reviews of it on download.com, at reviewcentre.com, pcadvisor.co.uk, pcmag.com and reviewboard.com
- How much does it cost? -
That depends on a) how many years you want to have cover for and b) how many computers you want the program installed on. To view the full range of current prices, check the Eset website here:- https://secure.eset.co.uk/order/category.asp?intCategoryId=24
The prices aren't the cheapest but to me, its worth it because your getting what I believe to be very good protection that doesn't get in your way, thus prolonging the life of your computer in a sense and its worth paying a little more for that, or in my mind it is anyway.
- Can I try it before I buy it? How easy is it to install? -
Yes. Eset offer a 30 day trial of the program, so you can try it out for a month and see how it goes before purchasing it or uninstalling it.
If you'd like to apply for a trial of the program, go here:- https://secure.eset.co.uk/CustomerPortal/Pages/Trial/Request.aspx
About the only downside I can say about the trial or the program at all is that during the trial, the icon in the taskbar turned orange and I got a warning from Windows claiming the program required my attention after only a couple of weeks into the trial, whereby if you load the program, it claims that it can no longer guarantee continued protection as your trial is due to end in 14 days, which is basically just a nag screen to 'encourage' you to purchase a full year or longer license. Now thats fair enough when you've only a few days to go before your trial runs out but with 2 weeks left? hmmm... I thought that was a bit cheeky, especially if its making Windows claim that the program isn't running properly, when its not that at all (as far as I could figure out), its just nagging you to purchase a longer term license, so it knows it can continue to update itself...
- So is it worth purchasing? -
In a word, yes. I haven't had any problems with viruses since I've used it, it uses minimal system resources and it automatically updates itself without me having to manual check for updates plus I was able to schedule a full computer scan to happen at a time that suits me, which is always nice. It lets me scan individual files or external devices connected to my laptop, it also, from what I've read, fares anything from good to very well in regular virus tests and is a decent competitor to the more well known anti-virus/security program names like Symantec and McAffee.
To me what really made the difference was the number of good things I've read others post about this program online. As I've said already, almost any and every program will have a few unhappy customers who will happily complain any and everywhere online about their bad experiences but in this case, I've only found, at the most, probably about 2 or maybe 3 slightly negative reviews and this includes from unbiased customer/consumer reviews and reviews by experts, by computing websites, IT websites, magazines and so on.
Again I'd say that this program could be a good choice for novice computer users as there is minimal configuration required really, its easy to download and install for the trial and if you choose to purchase it, its very easy to simply enter your new license details into your already installed trial program and that unlocks it so thats it, its all ready to keep on protecting you for however long you've paid for.
I took days to research other anti virus programs and from the hours of research I put in, this program appeared to be the best solution, so I wanted to let people know, perhaps I'll save people some valuable time but trust me I searched quite a few places, I like to think im fairly thorough when it come sto researching for the best items/products to purchase.
The program is simple to install and use, it hasn't caused any problems being run on Vista Home Premium (which, trust me, is a relief!) and it fares well in tests plus consumers and experts alike very much for the most part regard it highly, so I give it the two thumbs up and say if you haven't heard of the company or this program, I'd gladly recommend you have a look into it and give it a try.
I hope this review has been useful to you, thank you for all r/r/c's. This will also be posted over on Ciao under my username which is the same name, IzzyS.
When my 90 day symantec trial for my Acer ran out, I was offered NOD32. I had not heard anything about this product ever before, but once I had used it for a month, I was never going to use another AntiVirus again. The sheer ease of use was the first thing that appealed to me. Click a few things to make them start working, done. Then when that was sorted, I just continued what I was doing for the next month. By the second week I was dreading that some sort of offer or notice was going to pop up and kill whatever I was doing because it used so much memory (Like McAffee), but nothing came! Nor the week after that, nor the week after that. That is one of the main features I would like to point out; the only thing you will ever see that is NOD32 related on your computer is if it pops up a small notice saying it's been updated, or if you've clicked on some dodgy file and it's burning red and alerting you to the problem. The second thing is that it is lightweight (I mean really really, really lightweight) in comparison to almost all other antiviruses. It uses so little memory, it's hard to tell if it's still there!
I would recommend this to anyone who was searching for a new antivirus.
A brilliant all round product, to say the least.
Having tried many antivirus applications out there, I came to use and trust NOD32. Why?
Firstly, NOD32 is fast. Really fast. One thing that struck me about other antivirus programs out there - including Kaspersky, McAfee, ClamWin and several others - is that they tend to fail in balancing features, interface and speed. NOD32, however, gets the balance just how I want it: an interface simple and clear enough for the intermediate home user, while still keeping resource usage low enough to run in the background while performing other CPU-intensive tasks, such as playing games. This was a pleasant break from my experience of others, which could even slow down startup times. That, for me, was unacceptable; if your primary concern is security, perhaps a startup wait isn't a major concern, but otherwise, consider this a major advantage of NOD32.
Still, speed alone can't cut it in the saturated antivirus software market. With free offerings out there such as the fine Avast! and AVG, why would you choose to pay for NOD32?
Well, a key advantage of NOD32 is that it can work completely silently. This includes updating itself at customisable intervals, such as connecting to the net or at certain times. This is a feature many free offerings lack. I found I really could 'set it and forget it'; for home users sharing with inexperienced users, this is a real blessing. The time you save by avoiding giving technical advice every time the antivirus pops up really does make the reasonable license fee worthwhile! In addition to its quality virus detection - whose awards from independent testing bodies do it greater justice than my words could - the package really does all you could ask for.
As for downsides, I find myself having to nitpick - this application really does meet my own needs very well. However, I haven't tried using it over a network or with centralised updating, so if you need to use these features, be sure to try the trail version first.
Additionally, a virus database would be a welcome addition: competitors such as Mcafee offer such information sources, which can be very helpful when the software itself only reports the virus name, rather than giving more comprehensive information. Again, considering there are others on the internet that are free to use, this is only a minor point.
I have Used NOD32 now for two years and agree fully with the views of the previous reviewers. NOD32 really is the most effective Antivirus programme I have ever used; it also scans the fastest & has never produced a false positive. NOD32 does require a bit of setting up though when it is installed, if you want to get the best out of it; not ideal for someone who has never used a computer before.
NOD32 is extremely quick at catching viruses before they infect your computer & the "warning" splash screen cannot easily be ignored.
As with all antivirus programmes, it is VERY important to update regularly (preferably daily) & do a full scan of your computer, at least once per week; also if an infection is suspected.
Occasionally, all antivirus programs (including NOD32)find a virus that is very difficult to remove. In this case, If you have Windows XP, you need to disable System Restore (copies of viruses can hide there). Restart the computer in Safe Mode (press F8 repeatedly on start up). Then run the antivirus programme; this should then remove the offending virus. Restart the computer normally (& enable System Restore). Hey Presto! - a virus free computer again.
In the UK, the ONLY place you can legally get NOD32 is from ESET at http://www.eset.com/home/home.htm .
this is one of the best antivirus that you can find on the market his specialities are that consumes little space doesn`t need much ram to work like norton it is very reliable and has many features.This is the website from where you can download a trial version of this popular antivirus www.nod32.it it is a 30 day trial with no limitations on the product.To cost to registration is 45 euros.On the trial version you have a standard antivirus,one monitor to analyze in real time the application that are currently running on your computer,one uttility for controling the Microsoft office documents automaticaly and one scaner for the e-mails and internet traffic.his qualities are also that is simple to use it doesn`t use much ram and disc space it`s fast in scaning.
April 4th, 2001 NOD32 is again #1 virus detector in the world, with 100% detection of all virus classes (types) in Virus Bulletin of April 2001. This makes THREE times consecutive of a clear 100% detection. It is very hard to make this TRUE 100% DETECTION achievement even one time, because is so many new virus in the wild at each day. In my experience, I think I am correct, only prior were two anti-virus programs to accomplish this, one time each - Frans Veldman's TBAV and Eugene Kaspersky's AVP. So NOD32 programmers are in good reputable company with the 2 "Great Men" of anti-virus heroes, but becoming now greater than both. I say in my prior opinion that sometimes Virus Bulletin "100% Award" can misleading a little part. Here you can see my meaning, at www.nod32.com.au, Australian web site of NOD32. In November 2001 Virus Bulletin test, NOD32 has exhibit 100% virus detection, but he is not given VB100% because he develops one false alarm. The Symantec-Norton Anti-Virus 2001,in same test fails to detect 297 virus, but he wins VB100% because he develops no false alarm. (?) This is strange to my mind. If you can understand why the calculation to elaborate the "win or lose" parameter of VB100% is so silly, you are more clever thinking than me. I will prefer one false alarm above 297 undetected virus any day of my life. :-) But of course, do never fall into false security, by thinking "My scanner will detect 100% of all viruses." This is not possible to accomplish for anyone, 100% of all times. There is no substitute for your own caution. Your anti-virus program can keep you only as much protected as you allow by your own actions. I advise "Safe Hex" at all times! katyusha -------------------- Please forgive my English Language, it is not yet very good, but I hope "understa
ndable". :-) I am Government Security Advisor on computer virus by profession. I test and analyze the anti-virus programs, the part of my every day working life. Each anti-virus company claims his "brand name" is #1 for virus detection, sometimes more than 60,000 viruses claimed. In truth there can be only a little more than 40,000 of "real" viruses, of these I own the samples. All other of many thousands of "detected viruses" are mutations (varients) or "non-virus" samples, to inflate and exaggerate the total detection figure, perhaps for the advertising purpose. It is therefore difficult for general people (public) to know who is #1 anti-virus, you must rely on the testing of some other for advice. From professional anti-virus testing bodies, for the most part, Virus Bulletin (www.virusbtn.com) is the most reliable, but the online report is "representative" and can sometimes a little part be misleading. The Virus Bulletin 100% Award does not mostly mean the named anti-virus detected 100% of all virus, but it is instead the close approximation. (In my memory, only ever three anti-virus programs detected the "TRUE 100%" of all virus in every category - TBAV, AVP, and NOD32.) To read the detailed Virus Bulletin analysis, you must subcribe to the magazine. For the most part, the top three anti-virus in Virus Bulletin testing are from Russia or former Russian State programmers. For some years, Kaspersky (AVP) has been #1, but now for more time than one year Eugene Kaspersky is overtaken by work of Miroslav Trnka and Palo Luka, great-minded programmers of Eset (NOD32). In February 2001 Virus Bulletin, order of rank is #1 NOD32 (Slovakia), #2 Doctor Web (Russia), #3 Kaspersky AVP (Russia). So my former country men are still the world's best anti-virus men, 1-2-3. :-) (In my own testing, for 1.5 years past, NOD32 (former name NOD-ICE) for the mo
st part has been #1 in each test, as with Virus Bulletin tests.) The difference of detection is not so great between this three programs, only a small number of viruses, but if one of this small number is the virus that infects you, then the difference is great, to you. But examine the difference of detection of this three programs, above the detection of other popular programs, and it is very significant! In some cases this group of three programs is ahead of other popular anti-virus programs by HUNDREDS of viruses! One reason for NOD32's high detection efficiency is a very powerful heuristic analysis, which can identify many new virus before it is written. This heuristics has historically showed its brilliance by detecting, first in the world, many "world tragedy" viruses - CIH, Melissa, Love Letter, Marburg, Anna Kournikova, and many others of a long list - detected as "a virus", but not knowing its name at the first detection. Some anti-virus people mock heuristic analysis (from jealousy, because he cannot accomplish it ?) he says it produces many false alarms, but my testing records show that in 1.5 years (many tests) NOD32 produced less false alarms than any other who mocks him. It is a fact that Virus Bulletin test, February 2001, NOD32 is the ONLY anti-virus that detected 100% of all viruses in every category, and with ZERO false alarms! So some others mock, and I laugh at their futile mockery. :-) NOD32 is the most easiest of all anti-virus programs to install and set up. A newly introduction POP3 e-mail scanner gives automatic set up of your e-mail accounts in Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Outlook Express. Updates and Upgrades are automatic downloaded from the home web site. Producer (Eset) home web site is www.nod32.com, but I prefer to use the new Australien web site www.nod32.com.au. It is the same program and price for both web sites, but the Australien web site is re
fined with some improved loading speed and some better English Language translations, and some interesting extra links to reviews also. For the home users or professional users, NOD32 is not expensive to obtain the best (consistently) virus detection in the world, and it is my foremost recommendation for the best value for your spent anti-virus money. Export NOD32 Price is AUD75.00 / GBP25.70 / EUR41.45 ---- AUD82.50 with local GST Tax if you live in Australia. Natalya Katyusha Mumbai, India -------------------- Late additional text: I just this few moments ago went to the www.nod32.com.au to look, and he has the addition of the evaluation key request by e-mail. (I do not need one, but you might like to obtain one.) This is the greatest news for any person wishing to test this program fully for your own self, because prior, without purchase, it was available only the download of the demonstration (a little part crippled) version. Now you can test "the real thing". :-) katyusha