ESET’s NOD32 is rapidly becoming one of the best pieces ofsoftware on the market today. ESET’s NOD32 once again has delivered an excellent product that is highly effective, and now, easy to use. The strength and beauty of this software is its light footprint, relatively fast scanning and superior ThreatSense® Technology that detects malicious software before it has been reported. Its interface is intuitive and easy to use for the average home user, but can be configured and tweaked by the advanced user. The one-user, one-year package is priced at $39.99, which is the middle range of the software products reviewed.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Standout Features:
* Light footprint on your computer (34M)
* Excellent scanning speed
* Excellent proactive protection
* Is one of the few companies still offering products for legacy O/S’s such as DOS and Windows 95, Windows 98, etc.
* Impressive Business Edition available
Ease of Use:
ESET’s NOD32 is simple to use right out of the box (figuratively speaking … it’s a download) and requires little or no configuring for the average user. Yes, it’s an “install and forget program! The interface is clean and simple with enable/disable toggles and a configure option for those who are into tweaking theirsoftware. Unlike Kaspersky, which allows you to tailor their software based upon the perceived threat and the level of protection desired, advanced configuring NOD32 requires a bit more knowledge of your system. Fortunately, NOD32 works as it should in its default configuration and most users will never have to do anything but simply install this excellent software.
ESET’s NOD 32 is among the most effectivesoftware products on the market today. Independent tests show that NOD32 removed about 98% of the virus threats it faced. In addition, NOD32 is certified by all the major independent testing laboratories the world over. Of the major software packages tested, NOD32 interfered less with our other computer operations than any of the other products reviewed. Its protection is a little weaker than one might like, putting it on the same level as Kaspersky’s 92%. Where NOD32 stands head and shoulders above its competitors is in its proactive detection and protection.
Unlike Kaspersky and BitDefender, ESET’s NOD32 only updates its virus signatures once a day. That’s probably a short enough interval considering that ESET has the power to “push” updates to your computer in the instance of attack. Also, with ESET’s highly effective heuristic, proactive engine, it is very likely that NOD32 will recognize malicious code before the signature is available. These two features make us more comfortable with the slightly longer update intervals than some of its competitors have.
ESET’s NOD32 is all about effectiveness AND speed. This software uses fewer resources than any of the packages tested and this is a thing of beauty. NOD32 is a breath of fresh air in a world of bloated software in that its code is efficiently written. From the perspective of the average user, this means this software has a light footprint and fast scans, both very good things. Its ThreatSense® Technology’s proactive defense is among the best heuristic programs on the market.
NOD32 is among the fewproducts that still supports such legacy operating systems as DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, etc. as well as Windows XP and Vista.
Ease of Installation:
Installation was prompt and easy. The package is just 34M making it among the lightestpackages we have ever seen. We were disappointed, though, that ESET did not automatically remove the existing software on our system. Instead, NOD32 prompts you to remove any existing on your computer before installation.
ESET’s NOD32 provides extensive, context-sensitive help files similar to Kaspersky and this feature by both firms should be applauded. It’s about time the other software developers include similar help files. It’s simple and quick for the user and doesn’t require much development cost for the software publisher. Online, ESET provides a fairly thorough 32-page PDF file manual for download, plus online FAQs for NOD32, links to an active user forum dedicated to the software, and a web form for contacting ESET customer support. While there is live telephone support offered, the call is not toll free and is available only during business hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday.
ESET’s NOD32 offers the software buyer one more excellent choice. Its sets itself apart from the competition with its scanning speed and light footprint on your computer resources. Its proactive approach to virus and other malware detection is among the best in the world, its virus detection is excellent, and now with an easy to use interface, this software ranks among the best available.