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ESET's Smart Security takes the structure built by their popular antivirus program NOD32 and adds on two wings: a personal firewall and a spam filter. Because much of Smart Security is the same as NOD32, this review will focus only on the firewall and spam filter.

The firewall's advanced settings are Smart Security's strength. Users can extensively customize the firewall's behavior, but don't have to. There are five default settings: automatic, automatic with user-defined exceptions, interactive, policy-based, and learning. You can set safe zones, configure remote desktop access, and manage intrusion detection, all from an uncluttered and easy-to-use menu. ESET chose usability over flashiness with its design, and users can jump between advanced options for any of Smart Security's tools from the same pane.

The antispam filter is similarly effective and configurable. The program can automatically mark outgoing addresses as safe, as well as detect global address books. Smart Security is surprisingly light, consuming around 50MB of RAM when running, and users should note that NOD32 has consistently scored near the top of several independent antivirus testing organization ratings for finding the most malware while encountering fewer false positives than most. Uninstallation is still tricky, unfortunately, leaving behind residual system files and Registry settings. Still, for getting all your security tools in one box, Smart Security is an effective and well-respected choice.

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    4.4 stars

    out of 257 votes

    • 5 star: 179
    • 4 star: 34
    • 3 star: 18
    • 2 star: 17
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 13 votes

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    • 3 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best!!!"

    September 7, 2011  |   By Un_knownM

    Version: ESET Smart Security 4.2.71.2

    Pros

    It doesn't slow your computer down. It's user friendly.

    Cons

    Nothing that I could find. I have always been with ESET. Their anti virus is the best.

    Summary

    I suggest if you want a decent Internet Security software, you get this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best Internet Security Suite"

    September 7, 2011  |   By gsdarisa

    Version: ESET Smart Security 4.2.71.2

    Pros

    Good in performance, low in price, user friendly, computer friendly... and many many more.

    Cons

    Nothing really that i noticed

    Summary

    Go get it...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Spectacular and light"

    September 5, 2011  |   By tuneup-secure-maniac

    Version: ESET Smart Security 4.2.71.2

    Pros

    Perfect antivirus,perfect removal and detection.
    Light on resources.

    Cons

    Not so many options as i expected

    Summary

    It's the best security i ever had,this so light product can be so effective.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best by far"

    September 2, 2011  |   By shreysanwaria

    Version: ESET Smart Security 4.2.71.2

    Pros

    i hav used everything from norton to avg to kaspersky but this is d best.no system impact at all .

    Cons

    the features could have been better ...but the next version of eset<v5>
    which is up in september 2011 is a fully featured av with the same 0 system impact

    Summary

    completely flawless

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  • 5.0 stars

    "ESET Smart Security dame nice"

    September 1, 2011  |   By unspacy

    Version: ESET Smart Security 4.2.71.2

    Pros

    very good help support

    Cons

    the cost should lower if staying to or more year

    Summary

    buy it!!!!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Light footprint n light customer support"

    August 30, 2011  |   By qquirks

    Version: ESET Smart Security 4.2.71.2

    Pros

    Light system footprint on a space-restricted netbook.

    Cons

    Was taking online security class and discovered constant port scan attacks from four separate Chinese IPs, which got me to install ESET Smart Security for a trial. ESET never identified any virus or spyware, nor did malwarebytes or rootkitbuster.

    Summary

    Was taking online security class and discovered constant port scan attacks from four separate Chinese IPs, which got me to install ESET Smart Security for a trial. Called customer support, who after day one didn't call back (still trial). Turned into DNS cache poisonings one morning and reformat and reinstall of hard drive since I didn't want to be misdirected from financial or purchase online sites. ESET never identified any virus or spyware, nor did malwarebytes or rootkitbuster or HijackThis. But within minutes of sign-on, all four port scanners began again with visits every few minutes . GMER wouldn't run at all and finally convinced me whatever it was wasn't being found at all. So now went on to old time higher footprint security suite. So far so good on the firewall and the port scans seem to be gone.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "by far the best antivirus ive ever used"

    August 24, 2011  |   By jenn92039

    Version: ESET Smart Security 4.2.71.2

    Pros

    ive used avast, avg, norton and threatfire. ESET is by far the best, very powerful, 50 mb database unlike norton which downloads 130 mb for updates. very powerful detection

    Cons

    none watsoever

    Summary

    the best antivirus in the world and thats y ESET is the most successful slovakian company

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Actually the best Anti-Virus software by far"

    August 17, 2011  |   By cjrocksu

    Version: ESET Smart Security 4.2.71.2

    Pros

    Really powerful with user friendly networking controls (makes sharing easier)

    Cons

    None . . .

    Summary

    Look on their website before buying . . . you might save some $$$ or try looking for the product on Amazon

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Light and Great!!!"

    August 16, 2011  |   By William_Haha

    Version: ESET Smart Security 4.2.71.2

    Pros

    Low RAM and CPU consume, great firewall, great anti virus and anti spyware, easy to use!

    Cons

    hmmmm.... none!

    Summary

    I had used AVG, AVAST, Norton and Microsoft Security Essential before, but ESET is the best I had ever use!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best security u could ever get!"

    August 16, 2011  |   By travis_podol_ski

    Version: ESET Smart Security 4.2.71.2

    Pros

    everything! very powerful and easy to use interface, blocks every bad site and is very light.

    Cons

    absolutely none

    Summary

    the bottom line, the bottom line is eset is the best AND THATS THE BOTTOM LINE CUZ STONE COLD SAID SO

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