ESET Smart Security 5 Review

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Editors' rating:
The Pros

A proven track record illustrates the software's ability to fully combat both known and emerging online threats.

The Cons

Initial scans take quite a while, and you'll have to adjust settings to ensure subsequent scans don't interrupt regular use.


ESET Smart Security proves to be effective in detecting all types of malware.

ESET Smart Security is a full internet security suite, boasting customizable parental controls, firewalls, spam filters and most importantly, complete malware protection and removal. With versions for Windows, Mac and mobile operating systems, ESET constitutes a viable internet security suite for most computer users.

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ESET scores above average when it comes to malware detection and removal. The software has passed an impressive 70 VB100 tests with only three failures and maintains a 98.2 percent protection rate with the most recent AV-Comparatives test. These scores illustrate the suite's ability to effectively detect all types of malware, including rootkits, viruses, phishers, hacker attacks and much more.

When it comes malware repair and removal, ESET isn't quite as robust as its competitors. The security suite achieved certification from AV-Test but scored slightly lower than the industry average in this category.

When you first use ESET Smart Security, your initial scan will likely take several minutes to complete, as the software assesses hundreds of thousands files. This is fairly normal for internet security suites. However, to ensure subsequent scans don't take as long and run without interrupting use, you will have to customize the scan settings. You can determine how often and when to run the detection software.

Beyond malware detection and removal, ESET Smart Security provides beneficial prevention features including a personal firewall and external device scanning. Most impressive, though, is the software's comprehensive parental controls that provide full control over your computer's internet access. You can limit the type of content that is accessed through your computer using predefined site categories, such as adult, gambling and games. You can also regulate how much time certain uses spend online and block specific websites.

ESET provides comprehensive help and support options, though you may have some difficulty locating contact options on its websites. You are routed through the company's online support center before you can access its support telephone number and hours. Other resources you can peruse include informative articles, educational videos and a user guide.

ESET Smart Security provides efficient and effective internet security. It may have less-than-stellar malware repair, but its detection capabilities and security features make the software a strong contender among internet security suites.

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Software Type Security
Platforms Windows
Required Processor Intel or AMD x86-x64
Software Required OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP
Required RAM
Disk Space 55 MB
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