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ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 Review

Pros: Good usability test scores; Integrates email protection; Scans external media for threats
Cons: No live chat support; Performance test results not the very best
The Verdict: ESET NOD32 has a great feature set and an intuitive interface.

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If you're looking for antivirus software for your home computer, ESET NOD32 Antivirus is a solid choice. It provides adequate protection from various types of malware, and it can work to repair your system if any viruses find their way through. The icing on the cake: This antivirus software is extremely simple to use.

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Because different types of malware use different attack methods, the best antivirus applications have tools to combat malware on a number of different fronts. ESET NOD32 Antivirus guards your system against viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and rootkits. This antivirus software protects you while you're online by scanning both outgoing and incoming email, and it can scan files on external media (like USB drives) that are connected to your computer.

The software scans files in real time - as they are opened. This ensures you won't inadvertently open any malicious files. The software pulls off these real-time scans very quickly, so you won't have to wait an extra-long time for your files to open.

If ESET NOD32 Antivirus finds a threatening or suspicious file, it compares the file to a list of known threats. However, the software's effectiveness is not limited to malware that has already been catalogued; it can also evaluate files that seem dangerous, even if they aren't on a list of known threats.

Even with the best antivirus software, it is possible for malicious code to slip through the cracks. If this happens while you're running ESET NOD32 Antivirus, rest assured that all will be well. In case of such an emergency, ESET NOD32 Antivirus can create a bootable disc so you can restore your system to its previously working status.

Even beginners to the world of antivirus software should have no problem navigating the software's interface and basic settings. The advanced mode is relatively straightforward. It is easy to adjust the settings for scheduling, reporting and logging. Plus, the software maneuvers in the background and can be set so that it doesn't require your input very often. It can truly be a "set it and forget it" application.

Independent tests by AV-Test give ESET NOD32 Antivirus a usability score of 83 percent in a Windows 7 environment and 92 percent on Windows XP. This antivirus software is AV-Test Certified, and it also performed well in independent testing at ICSA Labs, Virus Bulletin 100 and West Coast Labs Checkpoint.

While ESET NOD32 Antivirus is not necessarily the most comprehensive antivirus software on the market, it does deliver excellent protection against the most common forms of malware. It passes muster with independent test labs. The biggest boons here are the easy-to-use interface and the real-time scans of any files you open on your computer.

ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4

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Technical Specifications
ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4



Software TypeSecurity
PlatformsWindows
Required ProcessorIntel or AMD x86-x64
Software Required OS:Microsoft Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit editions), Microsoft Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit editions), Microsoft Windows XP (32- and 64-bit editions), Microsoft Windows 2000
Required RAM44 MB
Disk Space28 MB (download), 35 MB (installation)
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