ESET Smart Security 6 – Free download and software reviews – CNET

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by: Seth Rosenblatt on 13, 2011

The bottom line: from the nearly …, or at the un-updated, ESET returns high-level security that’s on your system. But for a top-tier it’s also light on Good thing it’s lower, too.


5 of ESET Smart Security is a creative attempt to create a that adapts to a rapidly threatscape, with an emphasis on detections and the now-commonplace reliance on cloud and locally stored It left us wanting in one area many don’t consider security, and so its lower price and benchmarks might win over unhappy with other

ESET Smart Security 5

ESET’s installation could be although it’s by no means It’s slowed down by a of screens, including registration, and an query as to whether or not the user Potentially Unwanted Program protection activated or not. a legitimate query, there’s no for it to slow down the install by yet screen to click through.

are definitely a security issue, so perhaps the program ought to scan for them on the first automatically, and then ask you if it’s a you always want.

One decent thing about the process is that it’s all from within the suite–no to jump to your browser. there’s no reboot required the installation. Still, the one-minute-or-less from Norton and Trend should be a goal that all suites aspire to.


The of ESET 5 remains unchanged version 4, except for minor although neither is quite as to use as it ought to be. The interface opens to a indicating your security The default is colored green and Maximum Protection, which to red and a warning when core features, such as Network have been disabled.

The pane doesn’t indicate very clearly, but the plain Maximum Protection labels tell you which parts of computer and activity are protected are links. Click one to drill into your settings, features, and gain more control over your

The left nav lets you access features, including Computer Update, Setup, Tools, and To the interface’s credit, each layout is kept similar, and are helpful mouse-over tooltips help clarify things the differences between default but key features, like the Advanced window, are hard to find.

Along with a lack of about how to get around ESET’s is the confusion created by redundancy.

nothing gained by making harder to find, and even users will probably to take more time necessary to get up to speed.

Features and

ESET Smart Security core features put the suite at or the top of its class. Its collection of features, not revolutionary, are nevertheless extremely implemented. What it lacks are of the modern ancillary features justify the higher price.

On the of the basics, there are two default a Smart Scan and a custom ESET has improved its antivirus and engines so that they detect only threats, but your host files corruption before the bad guys go you. There’s removable control, so you can block USB keys or drives from connecting to computer, and the new gamer mode initiates silent running a program is running at full

This is perfect for movies and as well as games. You can also it from the system tray.

ThreatSense, ESET’s cloud-based isn’t new–yep, it had it three ago–but it’s been in version 5 to include reputation All of that comes in the basic Upping to Smart Security you antispam, parental controls, and a firewall that learns how computer uses the Internet quickly.

For example, many don’t know what to do Firefox’s development build initially, and will ask you to verify it’s legit. ESET’s it immediately and let it through without an pop-up.

Speaking of browsers, browser guards are browser-agnostic, and require an extension. You won’t get results ratings, but ESET blocked us from attempting to known dangerous Web sites on in search results.

The firewall’s settings remain Smart strength. You can extensively customize the behavior, but you don’t have to. are five default settings: automatic with user-defined interactive, policy-based, and learning. You can set zones, configure remote access, and manage intrusion all from an uncluttered and easy-to-use

ESET chose usability flashiness with its design, and you can between advanced options for any of Security’s tools from the pane. Unfortunately, the advanced settings are buried–it’s easiest to get to through the Network option on the screen.

The antispam filter is similarly and configurable. The program can automatically outgoing addresses as safe, as as detect global address Smart Security is surprisingly consuming around 15MB of RAM running a scan.

ESET over many of the ancillary that the high-end suites to include, such as password free online storage and syncing, or mobile protection. Smart Security retails for about $10 cheaper than Internet Security suites.

not too much of a stretch to say that owns the Support space. In to the hot-line support, forums and base, no other security offers an education module ESET does. Called Training, the module features an city that you can explore to about how to protect yourself, personal data, and your when online.

It’s an approach that we wish vendors would take, at the end of the day, it’s going to be own wits that keep you

It’s accessible from the CD if you buy the physical boxed copy of the and we’re not sure just yet how to launch it from the downloadable


ESET’s overall presents a reliable security It’s not the most effective suite we’ve seen year, and the benchmarks leave for growth, but overall it’s a secure choice, with low positives and a light touch on computer’s performance.

Real-world results for ESET were On our real-world test computer, an x86 7 laptop that we use for all hands-on of security suites, ESET were invariably slow and On average, the first scan nearly two hours, and subsequent were only faster by 20 to 30 minutes. These marks did not up to CNET Labs’ results, found ESET’s scan on a freshly imaged computer to be the fastest results we’ve so far this year.

Because of the number of programs that get and uninstalled on the real-world laptop, could adversely affect the Registry, we’re inclined to the labs results in this

CNET Labs’ benchmarks both ESET Smart 5 and ESET NOD32 5 to have generally well above Note that we can’t compare this year’s with last year’s we upgraded our testing computer Windows 7 x64 to Windows 7 x64 with Pack 1.

Smart Security slowed the Labs’ computer boot by an average of 17.2 seconds–five faster than the average of all tested to date this NOD32 5 added an impressively low seconds. For both programs, boot time impact was

Both suites had a small on the computer’s shutdown time, it down only by about six to seconds longer than an computer. However, it should be that the shutdown time for an computer was half that, so though ESET’s impact was when compared with suites, it’s still a big affect on the computer itself.

On all of in-use system performance except for the Cinebench test, impact was extremely minimal. The results were close to the level of impact. So, all things equal, you’re not going to much when ESET is as you go about your computing

This was borne out by our real-world too.

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