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ESET NOD32 Antivirus Review

Manufacturer: ESET

Product: Antivirus, Antispyware

Licenses: 1 PC

Systems: : Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7

Overall Score: 10
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Overall: 10

One of the fastest, lightest and most effective antiviruses on the market. NOD32 sits together with Kaspersky at the top of our table. Less "bells and whistles", maybe, and missing some helpful accessories, but leaner and meaner. Perfect for gamers and under equipped/older computers.


  • Outstanding detection rate
  • Extremely light on resources
  • Fast scan speed


  • Frugal user interface

Detection rate: 10

Using advanced ThreatSense® technology, ESET NOD32 Antivirus proactively protects a computer from new attacks, even during the critical first hours when other vendors' products aren't aware the attack even exists. ThreatSense is very effective too; it raises far fewer annoying "false alarms" than any other products that use heuristics. ESET NOD32 Antivirus detects and disables both known and unknown viruses, trojans, worms, adware, spyware, rootkits and other Internet threats.

Light on resources: 10

ESET NOD32 Antivirus is "lean and mean," typically using just 44 MB of memory, a fraction of what other products consume. Because it's fast and "light," upgrading your existing antivirus protection to ESET NOD32 Antivirus can literally be like buying a new computer. And the new automatic energy-sipping battery mode lets you work or play longer.

Ease of Use: 6

ESET’s products have always been very “spartan” in their “look and feel”, but things have vastly improved with the last few editions. An Advanced Protection Status screen informs you of threat detections.

Features: 7

Self Defense: ESET NOD32 Antivirus has built-in technology to prevent malicious software from corrupting or disabling it, so you can rest assured your system is always protected. Energy-sipping battery mode extends laptop battery life without compromising security. Password protection prevents ESET NOD32 Antivirus from being uninstalled by strangers ESET NOD32 Antivirus inspects SSL-encrypted communication channels like HTTPS and POP3S and intelligently scans compressed files to find hidden threats other products miss.

Scan Speed: 10

ESET NOD32 Antivirus is lightning fast, so fast you won't even notice it's there. Even disk-intensive operations like performing a "full disk scan" to run smoothly in the background while you work or play.

Value for money: 9

NOD32 Antivirus ranks very high in our Value for Money table. Super effective, with all the basic security tools required from an antivirus, and offering one of the highest protection levels around, at an average price. Look no further for a fast, all-rounded protection.


Processors supported: Intel or AMD x86/x64

Operating Systems:

Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP (32-and 64-bit editions), Microsoft Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit editions)

Memory: 44 MB

Disk Space (download): 28 MB

Disk Space (installation): 35 MB