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ESET Smart Security

$59.99
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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 263 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.381.0
  • Total Downloads:
    897,374
  • Date Added:
    May 20, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $59.99 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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This year, ESET Smart Security drops the version numbers from its antimalware suites, but it adds banking and payment protection.

Pros

High-quality detection engine: According to analysis by independent labs, such as AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, ESET has an extremely good detection rate and generates a low number of false positives (which happens when a program mistakenly thinks it has detected malware).

Layered configuration options: You can more or less set and forget ESET, or you can toggle individual components like email scanning and online banking protection. Or, instead of toggling, you can adjust a variety of parameters for each component. For example, you can tell the bundled software-based firewall to ignore the filtering rules set up by Windows' built-in firewall, specify how many days you want ESET to retain a log file before deleting it, or instruct the on-demand scanner to ignore email files, while telling the automated periodic scanner to examine email files.

Clearly explained settings: For the most part, ESET does a good job of explaining each setting in plain English. These explanations don't clutter up the interface, because they only appear when you hover your mouse pointer over an icon to the right of the setting.

Solid antitheft options: After you've installed Smart Security, you can create an account at anti-theft.eset.com that might help you recover a stolen computer that has your copy of Smart Security installed on it. The website has a tool that will instruct Smart Security to take a screenshot of your desktop and snap a picture using a webcam (if available), as well as track the IP addresses used by the device. Given its capabilities, the tool is more pro-recovery than antitheft, but it's easy to understand and use.

Cons

Slow download speeds: When you install ESET for the first time, it downloads the latest version of the program from the company's servers. This is normal for an antivirus app, but our download took about 20 minutes to complete, and a download of that size would ordinarily take a fraction of the time. This can be a problem when you're installing new software on multiple devices and want to monitor each one for issues. Once the program installs, it also needs to get the latest virus definitions, which takes a protracted amount of time. Ultimately, it took nearly half an hour to get Smart Security up and running, although it did automatically seek out and download definitions after it was installed.

Banking & Payment Protection didn't work smoothly: The way that ESET describes this feature makes it sound like Smart Security will automatically recognize that you are accessing a banking website and offer to load the page in a secure browser. This is the behavior that we experienced recently with Kaspersky. However, we couldn't get ESET to do the same thing. We could manually add URLs in ESET's settings, but this did not appear to trigger the desired behavior either. To open a secure browser window, we had to open ESET, click Tools, then click Banking & Payment Protection. ESET also does not explain (in the client or on its support pages) what makes this browser window secure, though we deduced that the window was running without our usual add-ons. The browser window did at least have a green border to distinguish it from the others.

Relatively pricey: The default license for Smart Security is good for only one device; at comparable prices, Norton offers five-device licenses, and McAfee Antivirus Plus can be installed on an unlimited number of devices.

Bottom Line

Although ESET Smart Security's download speeds are slow and the banking protection tool appears to have some issues, its actual malware protection is very good. However, there are other more competitively priced alternatives that don't produce the issues that we experienced with Smart Security, making it difficult to recommend.

 
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1 stars

"ESET Smart Security 2016 (ver. 9) is BUGGY!"

January 11, 2016  |  By prston

2016-01-11 15:14:34  |  By prston

 |  Version: ESET Smart Security 9.0.349.0

Pros

None. Its bugs make it impractical to use. An ESET Level 3 Technician admitted that he uses Smart Security 2015 (ver. 8) in his 'home' PC (as his discrete advice). Yes, Smart Security v8 works extremely well.

Cons

1. BIG BAD BUGS: After installing Smart Security 2016, I went through the procedures of activating various features. When I activated the Anti-Theft feature, Smart Security totally locked up. I had to force close Smart Security through Windows Task Manager - End Process. When I reopened Smart Security, the software was crippled.

2. UNINSTALLATION FAILED: An ESET Level 2 tech advised me to uninstall and reinstall Smart Security v9. I tried that...EXCEPT the uninstallation failed.. Thus, I was left with a partially uninstalled Smart Security 2016, which just made matters worse. I was bumped up to a Level 3 technician for a remote session whereby the technician accessed my PC and removed the remnants of Smart Security. He then offered a download link for Smart Security 2015 (ver. 8), which does work great.

Summary

I purchased ESET Multiple-Device Security 2016 which includes ESET Smart Security 2016 (aka version 9). What a disaster!

I do not know how Smart Security 2016 received top reviews from 'professionals' at tech websites. Last year's version deserves great reviews, but the 2016 version is a sheer nightmare as of January 2016.

Updated on Jan 11, 2016

PS: As the previous reviewer noted, the banking and payment protection module of Smart Security 2016 is buggy too. The 2016 version still feels a 'beta'.

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4 stars

"Usability is Good"

November 05, 2015  |  By Frogg11

2015-11-05 01:07:21  |  By Frogg11

 |  Version: ESET Smart Security 9.0.318.0

Pros

Minimal impact on system.
Expensive.

Cons

The new banking and payment protection simply does not work.
It made both my regular browsers unusable, so I had to disable it.

Summary

OK, except for the fundamentally flawed banking and payment protection module.

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5 stars

"BEST ANTIVIRUS FOR NOW"

October 31, 2015  |  By VAUVAU

2015-10-31 19:31:53  |  By VAUVAU

 |  Version: ESET Smart Security 9.0.318.0

Pros

FAST. Efficient enough.
Is not American. Is not Russian.
Is European and actually Slovakian.
Which mean is not under USA, or Russian or other European country, cooperation for... special purposes. I hope...

Cons

When you install it and use the pre-installer it download the main installer slowly some times. You can download the full installer instead and faster.

Summary

There is no 100% protection. With ESET you make the life of viruses and trojan more difficult. I suggest strongly to install and an ad blocker like adguard full version (the small version addon adguard and the adblock plus are not enough). Of course you must be careful anyway when you visit sites and what you accept. If you are not careful is like when you drive the car directly to rocks !

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5 stars

"The Best Internet Security For Slow PCs"

June 17, 2015  |  By ekit1301

2015-06-17 02:28:17  |  By ekit1301

 |  Version: ESET Smart Security 8 8.0.304.0

Pros

Light-weight and productive Internet Security
About 110 MB RAM usage ONLY (the previous Internet Security that i've used was AVG, which slow down my PC)
About CPU: 3 at maximum
Simple Interface

Cons

settings may not be designed for easy to use (there are amy settings and hide settings)

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5 stars

"Eset Antivirus ... the best for my money!"

May 17, 2015  |  By aususer3011

2015-05-17 18:01:20  |  By aususer3011

 |  Version: ESET Smart Security 8 8.0.304.0

Pros

Used the trial version then purchased the product

Cons

None so far

Summary

Purchased Bitdefender 2015 antivirus. Full system scan detected but failed to remove 2 viruses. Uninstalled Bitdefender and installed trial version of Eset antivirus which found and deleted the offending viruses. Immediately upgraded to the paid version of Eset 2015 antivirus and depending on its performance going forward I will consider upgrading to the full internet security suite. Thanks for the protection Eset!

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5 stars

"Best Antivirus"

April 14, 2015

2015-04-14 05:25:37

 |  Version: ESET Smart Security 8 8.0.304.0

Pros

It is powerful but not consumes too much of resources when running in the background. I am using ESET since it was named as NOD32 and upto now it has prompted out very few false positives. Also, setting up the software is easy and no any issues when uninstalling like some other leading antivirus softwares.

Cons

Nothing found so far.

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5 stars

"very stable software"

November 25, 2013  |  By manman142536

2013-11-25 06:03:17  |  By manman142536

 |  Version: ESET Smart Security 6 6.0.306

Pros

Very Stable Product

Cons

None until now

Summary

very stable and easy to use software

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5 stars

"better then other high end programs"

September 17, 2013  |  By tiejustice

2013-09-17 15:04:00  |  By tiejustice

 |  Version: ESET Smart Security 6 6.0.306

Pros

works better then Norton 360 and Malwarebytes ( missed 71 Trojans and virus) on my mothers laptop (facebook games)

it works well as it find more then other programs.

gaming mode works well to.

it can scan plug and play hard drives and networked hard drives thank god for that, now i know my back up back up is now virus trojan free.

find it quicker than Norton and use's less on the possessor

Anti theft really good for laptop if it is ever stolen

Facebook tweeter media scanner

Cons

none i have found yet

Summary

its not that bad a price for me as i have 3 laptops all now with anti theft and ESET for 3 years as it had a 25% off that there still doing it

norton was 1/2 the price but only 1 year cover so i have gained 1 year free ESET in the long run, and its much better than norton which let me down on my other laptops.

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4 stars

"Lightest antivirus"

June 10, 2013  |  By purnabhishek

2013-06-10 00:13:57  |  By purnabhishek

 |  Version: ESET Smart Security 6 6.0.306

Pros

1)It has all features which an antivirus should have and one click it scans all sorts of virus,malware,rootkits,etc.,.
2)Excellent blocking of malicious sites.
3)Light on system.Doesn't hog system resources.

Cons

1)Shows many false positives as malicious.
2)Settings not so easy.
3)Lacks in depth scanning.

Summary

Quite good antivirus for low price.Ideal for home use computers.But not good for office computers.For them I suggest bit9.

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5 stars

"Best performance and security from 10years for me"

May 21, 2013  |  By madnanbashir

2013-05-21 20:33:33  |  By madnanbashir

 |  Version: ESET Smart Security 6 6.0.306

Pros

Quick
No load on RAM
No load on CPU

Cons

No cons discovered yet

Summary

I've so happy with this software I recently mentioned it on my site http://howbees.com/2013/05/22/top-best-antivirus-free-downloads-and-reviews-2013/ as a top antivirus solution with bit of other research.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.0.381.0
  • Added: Clickable banner for ESET Mobile Security
  • Fixed : Minor bugs
General
Publisher ESET
Publisher web site http://www.eset.com
Release Date May 18, 2016
Date Added May 20, 2016
Version 9.0.381.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.88MB
File Name eset_smart_security_live_installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 897,374
Downloads Last Week 1,052
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $59.99

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