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300x250 ESET Smart Security 5 - Save 25%I am a firm believer that every PC should be protected by a trustworthy antivirus software. And through my decades of experience as a computer user, surely, protecting your computer system with the best antivirus solution would definitely enhance your PC security tremendously. And best of all, a good antivirus suite can effectively block malware from creeping into your system.

Nevertheless, one of my favorite antivirus solutions is from a renowned antivirus software maker – ESET. ESET is a prominent antivirus software provider, and based on my personal user experience, I can testify that they are VERY GOOD in the respective field indeed!

Well, it all started when I got my first copy of ESET Smart Security 4 that I installed on my trusty Dell laptop. To tell you the truth, I was totally amazed with the software’s capabilities. ESET Smart Security 4 was lightweight - it consumed very little resources when performing a full system scan, and it also has a tiny memory footprint too – 80MB to be exact.

Of course, I have since retired ESET Smart Security 4 in exchange for the latest ultimate version – ESET Smart Security 7.

Below is my comprehensive review of ESET Smart Security 7, so enjoy!

Installation

ESET Product Download And Installation

ESET Smart Security 7 has a rather smooth installation procedure – the entire process was hassle-free, and it was very automated indeed. Generally, ESET Smart Security 7 utilize a double installation procedure, whereby the software requires you to download and run an initial Live Installer file (1.5MB), which would then download and install the complete ESET Smart Security 7 software package into your computer system.

Being an extremely lazy person that I am, I ran the Live Installer file right away on my computer, without uninstalling the already installed ESET Smart Security 4. To my amazement, ESET Smart Security 7 was smart enough to detect the already installed Smart Security 4, and it removed the previous system without requiring me to even lift a finger to facilitate the process.

However, I have to mention that the Live Installer download process was rather slow, as it took 30 minutes to download all the necessary ESET Smart Security 7 files (70MB) from their server to my computer. Of course, the download speed is location dependent, thus, this factor might vary depending on your download location. Nevertheless, after the files were fully downloaded, the installation was extremely quick which took just 2 minutes.

Pros: Speedy + Hassle-Free Installation

Cons: Double Installation Procedure + Slow Download Of Files


Product Activation

ESET Product Activation

ESET Smart Security 7 has dual product activation options, whereby you can activate your copy of the software with either an Activation Key or activate using a Username and Password. There’s no difference in both activation systems, whereby if you do activate via an Activation Key, you’ll still receive a Username and Password, which would be emailed directly to you after successfully activating the product. Surely, activating using a Username and Password is an added advantage, as this would allow you to renew your existing license, and continue using the existing security suite without interruption.

Pros: Dual Product Activation Option + License Renewal

Cons: -


ESET Anti-Theft

ESET Anti-Theft

Do you know that the latest ESET Smart Security 7 has a spanking new functionality called the ESET Anti-Theft security feature? Generally, the Anti-Theft feature allows you to take your computer security up another notch higher, as the module allows you to

- Watch thieves who stole your device via webcam
- Get snapshots of missing device’s screen
- Obtain device’s location on a map
- View recent photos and snapshots through your online account

Pros: Revolutionary Anti-Theft Feature – First Of Its Kind

Cons: Not All Computers Are Equipped With A Webcam, And The Thief Might Not Use Internet Connectivity Which Discloses Location


Antivirus Protection

ESET Main Console

ESET Smart Security 7 virus database is updated frequently on a daily basis. Whenever a new virus threat is registered by ESET’s security team, the virus signature would be promptly updated on their cloud-based virus database.

Generally, I tested their virus detection capabilities by intentionally inserting malicious files into my test system. ESET detected over 98 percent of these malicious files, which is comparable to Bitdefender Internet Security, which scored 97 percent.

And as for malware detection capabilities, ESET detected 95 percent of the samples, which puts them in the highly competitive region, which is comparable to Bitdefender Internet Security, which scored 94 percent.

ESET Smart Security 7 also provides Phishing Protection, whereby whenever a fraudulent site is accessed on your computer system via any web browsers, ESET Smart Security 7 would automatically steer your browser clear of the website to a safe warning page.

Pros: Virus Signature Database Updated Very Frequently + High Detection Rate

Cons: -


Antivirus Scan

ESET Smart Scan

ESET Smart Security 7 provides several antivirus scanning options:

- Smart Scan

Smart scan would scan through critical files on the hard drive. Scanning through 25GB of files on my C: drive took just 30 minutes.

- Custom Scan


Allows you to specify what to scan, ie, Operating Memory, Boot Sector, Local Drives, using several scanning profiles, 1) In-depth scan, 2) Context menu scan, 3) Smart scan.

- Removable Media Scan


Scans USB storage drives, DVD, CD, and other removable media.

What I like the most about ESET Smart Security 7 is the low resource usage when performing system scans. The smart scan that I performed on my system utilized 100% of the processor for the first 2 minutes of the scan, then CPU usage drops drastically to just 10% for the rest of the scan. ESET Smart Security 7 also utilizes a very small memory footprint too, in which it only consumes 90MB to 130MB during the Smart Scan.

Pros: Multiple Antivirus Scanning Options + Low System Resource Usage

Cons: -


Updates

ESET Updates

ESET Smart Security 7 has dual update options, namely, Virus Signature Update and Product Update. Unlike the previous versions, ESET Smart Security 7 now allows you to update the product/software through the Product Update option. This is a major feature improvement found on their software, as you get to update the core of the security suite via a simple click of a button. Also, if you find the Product Update to be faulty, you can simply rollback to the previous version through the Update Rollback functionality found in the Advanced Setup menu. And as for the Virus Signature Update, ESET updates their cloud database several times a day, with a minimum of 1 update a day, to up to 3 or more updates daily.

Pros: Daily Virus Signature Update + Product Update + Update Rollback

Cons: -


Social Media Scanner

Another revolutionary feature found on ESET Smart Security 7 is their Social Media Scanner. Generally, this module automatically scans and block malicious links found on your social profile. The Social Media Scanner also lets you manage multiple social media accounts through a single administration interface.

Pros: Automatically Scans Social Profile + Manage Multiple Social Media Accounts Via Single Administration Interface

Cons: -


Conclusion

Let’s recap on the overall Pros and Cons of ESET Smart Security 7:

Pros:

Speedy + Hassle-Free Installation

Dual Product Activation Option + License Renewal

Revolutionary Anti-Theft Feature – First Of Its Kind

Virus Signature Database Updated Very Frequently + High Detection Rate

Multiple Antivirus Scanning Options + Low System Resource Usage

Daily Virus Signature Update + Product Update + Update Rollback

Automatically Scans Social Profile + Manage Multiple Social Media Accounts Via Single Administration Interface

Cons:

Double Installation Procedure + Slow Download Of Files

Not All Computers Are Equipped With A Webcam, And The Thief Might Not Use Internet Connectivity Which Discloses Location

Verdict


ESET Smart Security 7 is definitely an awesome security suite. The security suite functioned flawlessly on my system, and the virus detection engine is very effective in eliminating a high percentage of virus threats on my computer. Internet Security threats were averted through the Real-time Protection system, thus tremendously minimizing security breaches to my overall computer security. But best of all, the system utilizes an extremely small memory footprint, and scanning the entire system only uses a small percentage of CPU.

I would highly recommend you to try ESET Smart Security 7!

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