Stronger and more effective proactiveand antispyware protection with a powerful yet easy–to-use two-way personal firewall and robust antispam technology. ESET Smart Security is so fast you won’t even notice it running.
The good: Eset Smart Security 3 is fast and effective against malicious software.
The bad: Eset Smart Security 3 lacks antiphishing and some features found in other Internet Security suite offerings.
The bottom line: Eset Smart Security 3 offers best of breed antimalicious software protection without a lot of extras.
ESET Smart Security Standout Features:
With Smart Security, Eset builds on the solid base of its NOD32product, adding a personal firewall and antispam protection. Compared with other Internet Security suites on the market, this may seem lightweight, but the individual quality of these extra features makes up for the quantity seen in other suites.
Eset continues to improve on its ThreatSense technology, allowing Eset Smart Security to be proactive, yet use very few system resources. We like that during a scan you can either manually toggle the scan to the foreground or push it into the background.
The personal firewall was easy to configure. The default settings will be welcomed by beginners, and advanced users will like the filtering options. The same can be said for the antispam settings. Missing are the additional features found on other Internet Security suites, such as secure utilities to remove browser cache contents, to identify online phishing, and to back up data in case of disaster. While this is a serious drawback for some users, those wanting a solid core of Internet protection tools will be pleased with Eset’s package.
In terms of protecting your PC, we refer readers to leading independenttesting organizations. At AV-Comparatives.org, in on-demand tests, NOD32 found 97.7 percent of the malicious software and earned an Advanced + (highest) rating. And in Retrospective/ProActive tests, NOD32 found 71 percent and earned an Advanced + (highest) rating. At AV-test.org, Eset Smart Security 3 earned a respectable 94 percent in both malicious software and prevention. It also earned high marks for its lack of false positives, fast scan speed, and proactive detection. Finally, Eset Smart Security was one of four products to earn CheckVir.com’s Advanced rating.
NOD32 provides extensive, context-sensitive help files. For example, if you are on the Actions tab and you click Help, Smart Security takes you to the Actions tab definition page within Help. It’s a small touch, but other than in Kaspersky, we haven’t seen it offered in other security software. On its Web site, Eset provides a fairly thorough PDF-file manual for download, plus online FAQs for Smart Security, links to an active user forum dedicated to the software, and a Web form for contacting Eset customer support. While Eset offers live telephone support, the call is not toll free and is available only weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT.
Missing from Eset Smart Security are the additional features found on other Internet Security suites, such as secure utilities to remove browser cache contents, to identify online phishing, and to backup data in case of disaster. While this is a serious drawback for some, those wanting a solid core of basic Internet protection tools will be pleased with Eset’s package.