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Eset Smart Security Editor's Review

Smart Security from Eset is one of the most comprehensive solutions for malware issues. It combines a two way firewall with anti spam filtering to effectively deal with any kind of security threats. Parental control can also be enabled. Heuristic technology has been used to intercept and eliminate any kind of threat the system is facing.

Smart Security from Eset is compatible with any version of Windows starting from 2000 to Windows 7. It works best with Intel or AMD processors. Installation is pretty complicated unlike most other security software. Pre-configuration wizard involves multiple steps like installing automatic updates, checking for unwanted apps and already existing firewall like Windows or of any other software which takes relatively long.

The interface has been retained from the previous version of Smart Security. Menus are located on the left hand side in the landing screen. Application window contains a summary of what security systems are in place now and which all programs are being protected. Access is allowed to control each protection layer. System scan can be performed without affecting the system adversely and without having much impact on the system’s resources. User has the option of choosing between three scan profiles namely smart scan, in-depth and context menu. Custom scan profile can also be created if you want to customize the configuration of the ThreatSense Engine as a part of advanced heuristics. Advanced heuristics is primarily used for detection of specific objects where the entire system’s detection resources are allocated for the purpose.  A different mode of cleaning can also be defined for your computer.

The Eset Smart Security has a new and improved parental control and access to as many as twenty website categories can be restricted along with any sites with offensive material. The antispam feature has also been improved and logging of all blocked spam is available.

Online threats are handled efficiently by Smart Security but in some cases system reboot are required for total removal of the threat. The firewall is powerful and is effective in detecting any malicious codes which has been inserted in some other process. However, the firewall could not prevent dropping threats in system 32, in which the process required is quite elaborate. Unlike firewalls of most other competing software the decisions of the firewall is not based on a predefined algorithm but is rather governed by heuristic technology. When run in automatic mode, all outgoing traffic is considered safe, and incoming traffic is blocked.

Built-in antivirus module of Eset is pretty ordinary. In tests, its detection rates were not awesome and were not awful too. It detected average number of threats unlike Norton or Bitdefender or Kaspersky. Deep system scanning took a little more time to complete than it does using other programs. However, toll on system resources wasn’t anywhere near heavy.

Filtering can also be initiated according to user defined rules. If a problem arises with no predefined rules then the user is manually asked for taking the necessary action. If a manual intervention is required, the process becomes plagued with pop ups, which renders the process undesirable. The module has integrated support for a wide range of mail clients like Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail. The coverage for outlook is particularly impressive as different labels are created and mails are put in the desired label according to utility. Labeling can be changed manually and if mails from some address have been put into spam by mistake it can be moved to inbox.

Real time activities of files and network can be monitored from the Tools menu along with status of threat detected, processed and spam. List of items quarantine scheduler can also be viewed from this panel. Access to SysInspector is also granted from here. SysInspector is an app designed to take intermediate snapshots of your system and includes detailed report on drivers and programs installed, network connections and modifications or entries in registry. It is extremely useful in diagnosing a malware or analyzing the root of a malfunctioning application. The tool can also be used for comparing a program before and after some changes were affected. It also gives detailed stats about which all files were added or removed from the program and what changes it had on a program.

Positive Points:
 -   Light on system resources.
 -   Implementation of heuristic technology on firewall as well.
 -   Significant improvement over its previous versions.

Negative Points:
 -   Installation is a little complicated and takes relatively long as compared to other similar security packages.
 -   Reboot required for complete removal of threats.
 -   Ordinary detection rates.
 -   Hefty price tag.

Conclusion:
Eset Smart Security is extremely light and as it avoids unnecessary complications in modules and options. The ware has also a tightly integrated parental control, generates lower number of pop ups and is also extremely secure for transmitting personal information.  Although it fails to detect sensitive threats and scans at a relatively slow speed, it works without putting any toll on the system which makes it a good, if not excellent,choice for average home user.

Rating: 3.5/5







Eset Smart Security Publisher's Description

ESET Smart Security was designed to be complete solution in the field of computer protection against infiltrations and attacks ESET Smart Security was designed to be complete solution in the field of computer protection against infiltrations and attacks. Eset Smart Security offers more than just a sum of its parts it is synergy that matters most. If all components are used simultaneously, the effectiveness of the whole program is multiplied. ESET Smart Security unifies all its functions to create a complex security solution.ESET Smart Security is based on three basic pillars:ESET NOD32 Antivirus + AntispywareThis component is in fact an improved version of the award-winning scanning engine of NOD32 Antivirus v2.7. With respect to program's unprecedented scanning speed, the following improvements have been made:Improved system of cleaning and deleting infiltrations. The antivirus system now intelligently cleans and deletes infiltrations with no need for user interaction.Computer scan can be run in background in order to use only a part of system resources. Thus scanning will not affect the performance of your computer and you will be able to work on it as usual.The resident protection supports archive scanning.Update optimization, smaller update package size than in version 2.7, more effective management and protection of update files against damage.Email protection for users of Outlook Express.ESET Personal FirewallFirewall monitors all traffic between a protected computer and other computers in the local network and in the Internet. High quality protection is provided by the following functions:Scanning of application protocols HTTP and POP3 (used for Internet browsing and for retrieving email from servers) for infiltrations.Checking low-level network communication which helps to avoid many of various remote attacks.Ability to recognize the character of network connections established by various types of infiltrations and ability to automatically terminate them.Filtering of incoming and outgoing communication based on user defined rules.Monitoring changes in executable files.Interactive and automatic mode. The former enables you to create your own filtering rules, the latter filters all communication automatically.ESET Anti SpamESET Anti Spam serves to filter unsolicited email, which makes your work with email more effective. The key features of the ESET Anti Spam are:Support for the RCF email formatSupports several scanning techniques including the combination of Bayesian filter, virus signatures and user defined rules.Supports the creation of Blacklist and Whitelist.Integration with the Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration client.Ability to control multiple messages simultaneously.Here are some key features of "Eset Smart Security":integrated firewall and antispam moduleimproved graphical user interface2 operating modes for common and advanced usersimproved and automatised cleaningtrue incremental updatesexport / import settingsLimitations:30 days trial. .

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Publisher: eset | License: Shareware | Price: $59.99
Version: 5.0 | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 10-6-2009 | Rating: 5 | Title: Eset Smart Security

Author Url: http://www.eset.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.eset.com/us/home/products/smart-security/
Download Url: http://www.eset.com/us/download/home/

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