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Our review of ESET Smart Security 4:
Similar to Norton and McAfee, ESET is one of the better known antivirus providers. Based in Slovakia, ESET is best known for their Nod32 antivirus software. ESET Smart Security is based on the Nod32 technology but takes computer protection a step further with integrated antivirus, anti-spam, anti-spyware, and personal firewall security.
Browsing the Internet should be fun, educational, and hopefully productive. Unfortunately the bigger it gets, the more threats it poses and it is a good idea to have some tools in place to protect your computer and data from those threats. ESET Smart Security 4 provides this type of protection with its Antivirus, Antispyware, Firewall, and Antispam tools. It is one of the simplest product on the market whose main goal is to protect your computer and information without being overly complicated with settings or performing basic scanning functions.
ESET Smart Security 4 user interface is very clear and easy to navigate. It presents a user with five basic options: protection status, computer scan, update, setup, tools, and help and support. Each of these sections offers more details on the main screen, where you make concrete decisions related to security. Protection status keeps you informed whether or not any action needs to be taken to maintain safe. Its icon changes color based on a threat level. Green indicates maximum protection, Yellow is for potentially compromised protection, and Red reminds of faulty protection. I like the fact that ESET Smart Security 4 breaks down regions that are or are not protected. For example, if the maximum protection is not assured, it’s because firewall, antispam, or antivirus and antispyware are disabled and the software indicates which part is vulnerable. This information can help focus your attention to these particular areas without wondering what is wrong. It also offers explanation what might be causing problems and how to fix them.
The advanced setting options can be collapsed or expended and they are displayed one after another. They are logically presented based on which security feature they affect. After choosing a security option, more selections are offered to fine-tune the protection. There are dropdown menus to choose from or you can make selections by clicking on an appropriate box to activate or deactivate a feature. At any point you can go back to default settings.
The heart of ESET Smart Security 4 is NOD32 antivirus, which offers numerous benefits and features, some of which are listed below:
- Smarter Scanner that inspects HTTPS and POP3S channels for hidden threats; thanks to Smart Optimization, the software is able to scan the compressed files much faster than before.
- Scan the removable devices to ensure complete protection of your computer.
- Self Defense helps to combat malware and prevents it from causing any changes to the program settings that could potentially compromise it and make it easier for viruses and other threats to access your computer.
- System Tools such as SysInspector and SysRescue allow for simpler recognition and repair of areas that were infected; those tools perform more elaborate scans and lead you though a process of creating a rescue CD/DVD or USB drive in the event your computer was infected and needs repair.
- Antispam filter that is more efficient in blocking unsolicited messages and information.
PCWorld.com has been somewhat critical of ESET Smart Security 4. The reviewers were not pleased with its pricing and the fact that it didn’t perform well in detecting new malware (based on the in-house testing). On the plus side, ESET Smart Security 4 has one of the strongest rootkit trackers, for both active and inactive rootkits, and is able to detect very well most known malware. The reviewers also complimented the software for fast boot time, simple interface, free help and support and finally option to create a restore disk, feature offered by a small number of programs. Based on the performed tests, ESET Smart Security 4 received a score of 3 out of 5 stars. The users who rated the product on PCWorld.com appeared to be more enthusiastic about it awarding it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Finally, TopTenReviews.com ranked ESET Smart Security 4 fifth among 23 competing products it reviewed. With a score of 3.5 out of 4, the software obtained the highest score only in two categories: Ease of Use and Other Security / Features. Installation and configuration was fast and automatic nevertheless for optimal protection and correct functioning, the software might require you to look into the advanced settings. One of the features missing from the software is parental control, a criticism that is common among many reviewers. In summary, TopTenReviews.com calls it a reasonable option if you’re looking for a basic protection. The fact that it falls short in some test when compared to the best products available makes it an “average” product available on the market.
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