- One of the most recognized companies with multiple awards
- Flexible options when it comes to choosing a package and the number of devices
- The Eset Antivirus is available for Windows, Mac, and Android
- Solid protection from malware, ransomware, spyware, and phishing
- A good value for money
- The free trial lasts for 30 days
- A very intuitive and user-friendly interface
Eset was founded back in 1987 in Slovakia and is now widespread all over the world with offices in America, Germany, and other European countries. The company has antivirus solutions for desktop PCs, Macs, mobile devices running on Android, and businesses. Today, Eset is a recognized brand and a big name in the industry. They know exactly how to appeal to the average users and have some attractive deals for potential clients.
Efficient, fast, and reliable – those three words describe Eset in the best way. The security protocols will make sure your device is always well-protected. The company’s team of experts has been perfecting the antivirus formula for decades, and now they have a highly competitive product. And, you can always use the 30-day trial in case you’re not sure Eset is the right choice for you.
Finally, just like any other industry-leading antivirus, this one doesn’t put much strain on your device. Even if you’re running a relatively old computer, you still won’t feel it working in the background: no sudden pop-ups, no strain on the CPU – nothing like that. We’ll discuss third-party test results in more details later, but for now, let us say that they are above average.
- Regular users and small business owners
- Users looking for basic and affordable virus/malware protection
- Personal computers running on Windows OS
The List Of Pros and Cons
Just like any other antivirus solution on the market, Eset has its fair share of pros and cons. Apparently, it has more strong sides than weak ones, and that’s precisely why it is always in the top-10 of the best products on the market. Still, let us take a look at them right now so that you can at least have an understanding of what this company has to offer.
- Easy to download, install, and use
- Eset Antivirus doesn’t need many resources to work in the background
- 30-day trial is a nice touch
- There’s a free version for Android devices
- Flexibility and versatility
- Solid options for the Mac users
- Lots of additional features with the high-end tiers
- Despite the good value for money, multiple device packages could be a bit cheaper
- Basic Nod tier lacks features like Parental Control and Personal Firewall
- To protect several devices running on different operating systems, you’ll need to go with the expensive Smart Security Premium plan
- Customer Support lacks some key option
With the pros and cons out of the way, and with us having a basic image of Eset in our heads, it is now time to take a look at the price-tags. According to statistics, the price plays a key role when deciding whether one should buy a specific antivirus product or not. And while Eset might not offer the most attractive prices out there, it does, however, come through with smart and competitive policy, with lots of options to choose from.
|1 Device||2 Devices||3 Devices||5 Devices||10 Devices|
|Eset Nod32 Antivirus||$39.99||$49.99||$59.99||Not available||Not available|
|Eset Internet Security||$49.99||Not available||$69.99||$89.99||Not available|
|Eset Cyber Security||$39.99||$49.99||$59.99||$79.99||Not available|
|Eset Cyber Security Pro||$49.99||$59.99||$69.99||$89.99 ||$139.99|
|Eset Mobile Security||$14.99||$29.98||$44.97||$74.95||Not available|
|Eset Smart Security Premium||$59.99||Not available||$99.99||Not available||$149.99|
You can save about 12% by purchasing a two-year plan. If you hesitate whether going long term it worth it, let us tell you that every single Eset product comes with a 30-day free trial. This means you can download and install the full versions of these antiviruses and use them 100% charge-free for 30 days. No credit card information is required. Just go to the official website, enter your email, and that’s pretty much it!
Once the trial is over, you’ll have to buy the commercial versions to be able to keep using those products. Furthermore, the Android Antivirus is available as a free version. True, it lacks some key features, but it will be able to protect your device 24/7.
We highly recommend downloading Eset Smart Security Premium, as it’s the highest tier and is available on all major platforms.
Reliability and Security
When it comes to antiviruses, reliability is the #1 priority. Eset Antivirus achieved some impressive results in third-party tests ran by the world’s most recognized and respected companies. AV-Test reported that the antivirus discovered 100% of widespread malware. As for zero-day attacks, the results showed a solid 98% result (which is on par with the leaders of the industry).
In the Self-Protection test, Eset also reached a 100% score. AV-Comparatives tests awarded Eset with a rating of 98.5% for September 2018. In the 6-months test, it showed a protection rate of 99.1%. That put it on the 12th spot, but, again, the results are well above average.
SE Labs is another big third-party tester, and in their anti-malware test, Eset was ranked at #3 (only Norton and Kaspersky ranked higher).
While Eset might not be the best choice for Malware protection (it lags behind the Kaspersky mentioned above, Norton, and Bitdefender), the team is continually improving the engine. With a total score of 99.5-99.99%, you can rest assured that this antivirus will keep your device secure at all times. And with features like Ransomware Shield, Anti-Theft, and a personal Firewall, Eset provides an even stronger line of defense.
Once you click the “Computer Scan” menu on the left, you’ll get to choose between different scans, including scheduled ones. Or, you can just click “Scan Your Computer,” and the software will run it immediately, without asking you to set it up. Removable drive scans are also available, along with custom scans. They are quite configurable and allow you to “fine-tune” a scan to your liking.
With Eset, every file and folder can be scanned. You can even put them into quarantine, which isn’t an option that every antivirus on the market provides. The scans are pretty fast, especially the consecutive ones. Overall, Eset is a great choice if you put scanning options first and want to be able to quickly check whatever bothers you on your device.
Ease Of Use
Eset is among the most intuitive and user-friendly antiviruses right now, and it’s on par with big names like Kaspersky, Bitdefender, and Norton. Scans are one click away, just like everything else. The company did a great job of making every single one of its antivirus products autonomous. That means you won’t have to do anything for them to work correctly: they will make sure your device is secure the second installation is finished.
During our Eset Antivirus review, we were pleased by the interface and the dashboard that was easy to navigate. The “You are protected” sign tells you that everything is fine. For an average user, that’s all they need to know to feel safe.
Download And Installation
There’s nothing difficult about the download/installation procedure. Even users with absolutely no experience of installing antivirus software will figure everything out within seconds. Just go to the official website, choose the antivirus package you like, and click the big green button saying “Buy Now.” You can choose between different combinations (1 device, two years, five devices, three years, etc.).
Important note: as soon as any Eset package is installed, it automatically updates itself and starts a quick scan. The installation file weighs less than 4MB, and, it takes the software up to 3 minutes to install, which is much faster than, say, Kaspersky, but still not an industry-leading result. And keep your eyes on the installer, because it allows you to check and uncheck certain features.
The dashboard is incredibly friendly and cleverly laid out. Everything is right there in front of you. The central panel, the menus, and the colors they used all work together to create a friendly and calming user interface. An average user will need 10 minutes to make sense of all the menus and configure the antivirus to work best on his/her device.
Compared to most rivals, this antivirus prevails at putting a very light impact on the OS. With approximately 650 megabytes of hard drive space and 100MB of RAM in idle mode, Eset doesn’t require much computing power to work properly. In the Task Manager, it adds 2-3 processes. During our tests, the difference in performance with the antivirus on and off was +/- 10% at peak usage, which is a bit more than with Norton but still less than with most rivals.
Eset Nod32 Antivirus. This is the most basic package, and it is only suitable for devices running on the Windows OS. Although it is the cheapest offer, the users will get solid protection. Here is a list of available features:
- Exploit Blocker
- UEFI Scanner
- SSF (Small System Footprint)
- Ransomware Shield
- License Manager
Eset Internet Security (IS). According to statistics, this is the most popular Eset tier. It comes with all the features from the previous plan and adds some of its own:
- Payment/Banking Protection
- Parental Control
- Webcam Protection
- Anti-Theft (only available on Win OS)
Eset Smart Security Premium. This is the most advanced package. If you have a Windows PC at home, a Mac system at the office, and an Android device with you 24/7, this is the best bet. Just like IS, SP comes with every single feature from the cheaper tiers and adds two more:
- Secure Data
- Password Manager
Eset Cyber Security. This is the Mac alternative for Nod32. The cost and everything else is the same, but there are some exclusive features:
- Presentation Mode
- Automatic Updates
- Removable Media Control
Eset Cyber Security Pro. Again, this package is very similar to the 2nd Win tier – Internet Security. With features like Parental Control and Personal Firewall (which are not included with Cyber Security), your computer will be under proper protection. However, Anti-Theft and Webcam Protection aren’t available, along with some other less important features. But, the Eset Antivirus packages for Mac are well worth it.
Eset Mobile Security. The free version provides basic protection for your phone/gadget. With the Premium edition, Location Tracking, Anti-Phishing, and Anti-Theft will be unlocked, along with other features.
Eset Parental Control. For keeping your kids safe and secure on the Internet, this app will be of great help. The users can go for the free version, which is very impressive. If you need features like Child Locator, Web Guard, and full reports, then consider purchasing the Premium package.
Eset Support And Customer Service
When it comes to Eset customer support, there is a lot of room for improvement. While the FAQ page is pretty great, they only take calls during a specific time of the day, and it changes continuously. Email support is also available.
The Support menu comes with an extensive Knowledge Base – you’ll find answers to most of your questions concerning the Eset Antivirus there. If you go to https://support.eset.com/, you’ll find a Video Library with even more intuitive and user-friendly instructions. Email support is also available.
Still, it’s safe to say that the Eset online customer support is the weakest link in the otherwise strong “chain” of the company’s products.
Summing up our Eset review, we want to say that despite some minor flaws, this is one of the best antivirus solutions out there. It performs well during tests and can compete with the most exceptional products. Initially, this antivirus was made for the Windows OS, but these days, it’s also available on Mac and even Android.
Eset Nod 32, the most basic package, is very well capable of defending 1 PC running on a Windows system. If you have more devices, go with the top tiers. Pricing is standard. Installation is quick and easy. Lack of some useful features and the somewhat pricey high-end packages prevent us from calling it a #1 antivirus. Still, it is a worthy contestant.