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ESET Smart Security

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December 06, 2010    
 
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ESET Smart Security is an internet security software for windows created by publisher ESET, LLC.

Product summary of Eset's Smart Security

ESET Smart Security is an Internet security suite developed by ESET, an IT company in Slovakia. The first version of the ESET Smart Security suite was released on November 5, 2007, meant to compete with other security suites by other companies such as Symantec, Kaspersky, McAfee, and AVG. The ESET Smart Security suite is composed of firewall, antivirus software, and antispyware.

The Antispyware feature of Smart Security

When it comes to detecting spyware such as trojans and spam, ESET Smart Security delivers well. The spam filter works great and can integrate fully with Microsoft Outlook. It will also detect threats from all the email messages from POP3 email clients. The spam filter of ESET Smart Security, however, doesn't look at IMAP connections for email. IMAP, aside from POP3, is another way for the computer to get email from the email provider or ISP. This is just one drawback to getting ESET Smart Security. IMAP is quite common, and emails entering the system through this connection won't be filtered for threats. On the other hand, the virus scanner, which is integrated with the trojan scanner, is effective in preventing trojan horses from infiltrating the computer system. It also does a good job in detecting and removing trojans that are already present in the system before the ESET Smart Security suite is installed.

The Antivirus feature of ESET Smart Security

What's great about the antivirus feature incorporated into the ESET Smart Security suite is that the scan times are fast enough and the virus scanner works well. It catches nearly all the viruses that are entering the computer system, as well as removes the viruses that are already present in the system. The scan time runs for approximately 20 minutes, which is very fast compared to the other programs that scan computers for more than two hours.

The Firewall feature of ESET Smart Security

The ESET Smart Security suite provides a solid firewall that definitely works well. The base configuration tracks what operators uses and modifies the firewall to deal with threats correctly in a wide variety of situations. Tech savvy users can also set advanced firewall rules. They just have to find the area located in the advanced setup tree to create the rules.

Installation and usability of ESET Smart Security

It's relatively easy to install the ESET Smart Security suite. It only takes a few clicks, and the program will even undergo a quick update procedure, after which, the suite will work just fine. The configuration just needs to be done during startup. The default configuration works pretty well, although there are specific areas wherein the default configuration may need to be modified. ESET Smart Security is also easy to use, with menus that are pretty easy to navigate as well.

For users who need tech support, the help file included along with the suite is a good source. In case the information needed by the user is not there, ESET also has an online knowledge base as well as email support where users can ask questions. All in all, ESET Smart Security is a good security suite. It offers great features and gives users ab great value for their money.

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