ESET NOD32 Antivirus provides a reliable layer of protection from an array of threats. Its antivirus engine earned near-perfect scores during tests, and its advanced diagnostic tools rank among the best available. Furthermore, this program stands out as one of few to include password management within its free edition – making it a useful addition for any device.
The program features an intuitive, straightforward user interface designed to make the experience seamless for both non-technical users and power users alike. Resizable dashboard windows make viewing reports and other information even simpler than before.
NOD32’s anti-virus detection engine is among the very best available, consistently outscoring Bitdefender at 86% while coming close to Kaspersky at 93% in independent tests. This includes those conducted by AV-Comparative which found NOD32 blocked 91% of malicious URLs compared with 86% blocked by Bitdefender (86%) and coming within striking distance of Kaspersky (93%).
One unique bonus tool that sets it apart from its competition is Device Control, which lets you decide what happens when connecting any USB printers or scanners, Bluetooth devices, smart card readers or modems to your computer. This can help protect personal information from being stolen through devices connected with it or prevent identity thieves from accessing devices that steal identity.
Anti-theft software provides another useful feature, enabling users to track down stolen PCs or mobile devices using a web interface. If they remain online and within Wi-Fi range, it even displays their location on a map! Should anyone try unplugging or powering down their system without your knowledge, use anti-theft utility remotely delete all its data or lock down system before it falls into criminal hands.
ESET’s NOD32 provides outstanding antispam and phishing protection. This program can block spam emails and websites as well as attacks against web browsers and PDF readers, blocking attacks designed to bypass anti-virus detection as well as lockscreens or ransomware infections.
NOD32 may lack some features found in other products, such as firewall and parental controls; this should not be seen as a major setback as these components can be downloaded separately.
ESET’s Internet Security Advanced Protection bundle combines these missing tools, as well as some extras like network protection and free local-based tech support, into one package for those who desire the highest protection without incurring extra costs for full suite security solutions. ESET prominently displays their phone number in their website footer so customers should have no difficulty reaching customer service representatives if there are ever any issues with using it; something many competitors do not provide round-the-clock support.