ESET Smart Security is normally priced at $59.95 for single PC license per year. Like other security software, it usually comes with 30 days of trial. But, if you are not interested in usual 30 days trial, there is a promotional offer to get ESET Smart Security 9 180 day trial.
To take advantage of this offer, simply download the special OEM offline installer after a free checkout using a link at the bottom of this post. The download file size is 88 MB on disk, pre-loaded with 180 days of free trial and you don’t need any extra username and password for 6 months free subscription of this product.
ESET Smart Security 9 180 Days Trial Overview
ESET simply comes with single license key to be used for laptop, computer or on mobile device. So, it will be a good decision to purchase multi-device support license in order to use the same license for all of the devices.
AV Test Results
At the mid of 2016, Independent Lab AV Test performed various test on its detection capability. In comparison with other Antivirus protection software, ESET is found to be an average protection. It was analyzed for accurate detection of all old and new zero day threats. It gained perfect score on its usability as no false positives were found.
AV-Test concluded ESET Smart Security performance to be in average as there was a quite bit impact on system performance. The test was conducted on PC with latest version of Windows 10.
On our personal test, first we disabled the protection of ESET Smart Security and kept few viruses, key-logger Trojans on our PC. After we enabled the protection, at the same time, it started deleting them without any false positives. We believe this proves the effectiveness of this security software.
As on final test, we tried to browsing several phishing sites and ESET blocked each of them scoring 100% on safe online browsing.
Least and New Added Features
ESET Smart Security lacks password manager feature though its combined with powerful firewall, IM protection and kid’s safety features. Lack of password manager feature could lead to the chances of identity theft. Password manager protects login details on severe case of threats. The added feature of data recovery helps to restore data corrupted by viruses.
Help and Support
ESET provides weekdays help and support on phone or by one to one online chat available at office hours. It could be unforvorable if you need support on weekends.
ESET actually emerged from Slovakian Software company and still has office in Bratislava. The company did well to uplift the ESET products reliability to be among the best security software of 2017.
ESET Smart Security Key Features
- Antivirus and Anti-spyware for protection on emerging online and offline threats.
- Reliable online chat and phone support for all existing customers.
- Online banking protection for safe transaction.
- Inbuilt firewall protection blocks unauthorized hackers access to the computer. This feature also keeps public Wi-Fi secure.
- Parental control automatically protects children from viewing inappropriate content on internet.
- Webcam and router protection prevents unauthorized webcam access. In addition, it also checks for vulnerabilities on home router.
- It keeps logins and passwords safe and encrypts important data locally or in removable media.
- Prevention of online script based attacks by detecting suspicious dynamic script attacks.
- Most of it, Anti-Ransomware is another part of Host Based Intrusion Prevention system.
In case of protection, it worked well on independent lab test although its spam and phishing protection got poor rating. It is not the best as it claims to be but works good as per expectation.
- Provides better protection against phishing and malware.
- Light on system and heavy on protection.
- Rated best by Independent testing labs.
- Feature to find out stolen computer.
- Works extremely well on PC.
- Presence of some bugs.
- Rarely but fails to uninstall.
- Its competitor’s product is slightly better than it.
- Doesn’t works good on spam and phishing protection.
- Parental control feature is not perfect as of its competitors.