Back in May, Eset, which is pioneered and continue to lead the industry in proactive threat detection, released the public beta of their new protection suites – ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 & ESET Smart Security 5, that came with a Free username and password for testing purposes. Today, Eset has officially released the final version (188.8.131.52) of both the protection suites, and are ready to download now. The main window of ESET NOD32 Antivirus & Smart Security 5 has been completely redesigned and Advanced Setup is more intuitive for easier navigation. Both the products offer many improvements to existing functionality as well as a few new important additions.
What are the new and improved features in version 5.x?
Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) – protects your system from malware and unwanted activity attempting to negatively affect your computer.
ESET Live Grid – cloud-powered reputation system based on the previous release’s ThreatSense.Net technology, allowing for faster, more accurate malware detection and prevention of false positives.
Removable Media Control – system for preventing malware infection from USB flash drives, CDs and DVDs, etc. Supports creation of rules based on specific media parameters.
Gamer Mode – suspends pop-up notifications, scanning and scheduled tasks while playing.
Shutdown after scanning – your computer can now shut down automatically as soon as an on-demand scan has completed
Transparent IMAP/IMAPS scanning – besides POP3/POP3S, email received via IMAP/IMAPS is now checked independently from the email client used
Parental Control – lets you block sites that may contain potentially offensive material. In addition, parents can prohibit access to up to 20 pre-defined website categories. (Only available in ESET Smart Security)
Other minor improvements and fixes
About ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5:
Built on the award-winning ThreatSense antivirus and antispyware engine, ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 is a tightly integrated security solution that protects you from known and emerging threats when competing products can’t and keeps your system running fast. After just a quick and easy installation, ESET NOD32 Antivirus runs quietly in the background, freeing users to enjoy a safe and protected computer experience.
Key Features of ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5:
Antivirus (ThreatSense® technology) eliminates Windows, Mac and Linux viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits and other malware.
Antispyware protects your online privacy and identity.
Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) blocks unauthorized changes to programs.
Cloud-Enhanced Whitelisting (Cloud-Powered Reputation) enables faster, more accurate malware detection.
Removable Media Control prevents malware infection from USB flash drives, CDs and DVDs; enables blocking by device ID.
Antirootkit detects and removes malware that hides from the operating system.
Gamer Mode suspends pop-up notifications, scanning and scheduled tasks while playing.
Internet Security Training teaches you tips and techniques to make your online experience even safer.
Pros – User interface hides unnecessary complexity. Can scan in Safe Mode. Good malware cleanup. Good scores from independent testing labs. Includes wizard to create Rescue CD.
Cons – Needed tech support help to remove one detected threat. Failed to block installation of one detected threat. Very low scores for malware blocking. Weak against rootkits. Rescue CD wizard won’t work without Microsoft AIK.
Bottom Line – This antivirus gets good marks from the independent labs. In my testing it did a decent job of malware cleanup but flubbed the malware blocking tests badly. You can do better.
About ESET Smart Security 5:
ESET Smart Security 5 is designed to be a lightweight, set-it-and-forget-it security suite for home users. While the product has been developed based on the the already award winning NOD32 antivirus and antispyware engine, several key features have been added to the basic antivirus system, turning this security suite into a complete all-around internet security suite. You will get real-time antivirus protection, on-demand scanning, a firewall, spam filter, browsing protection, parental controls and more
Features Available Only In ESET Smart Security 5:
Antispam blocks unwanted emails and images.
Intelligent Firewall defends against remote attacks with technology that adapts.
Parental Controls restrict access to websites by specific category or individual URL.
Pros – Improved interface. Mostly good malware removal. Good results from independent labs. Decent spam filter. Minor effect on system performance.
Cons – Complete malware removal required third-party assist. Poor malware blocking. Retro firewall defaults to no program control. Rudimentary new parental control system.
Bottom Line – This suite has some good points. The labs like it, it didn’t put much of a drag on the test system, and malware cleanup was mostly good in my tests. However, other sub-par components make it a poor choice.
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Download ESET NOD32 Antivirus & Smart Security 5:
ESET Smart Security 5 32-bit and ESET Smart Security 64-bit, and ESET NOD Antivirus 5 32-bit and ESET NOD Antivirus 64-bit are all available as free trial versions at http://www.eset.com/ for PCs running Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/Home Server.