The latest piece of security software from ESET is going to be a welcome change for those who have been using the previous version of the software, Smart Security 4. Soon after its launch, this earlier piece of software developed a reputation for unnecessary complexity, especially in regard to the user interface.
This latest ESET Smart Security 5 revision has dramatically simplified the operation of the program. Users are now greeted by a friendly, simple, and attractive system, which still allows for a decent amount of user control. Much like before, the advanced features are there, they have just been made much easier to use.
ESET Smart Security 5 Key Features and Benefits
Parental control lets you block sites that may contain potentially offensive material. In addition, parents can prohibit access to up to 20 pre-defined website categories.
Cloud Powered Scanning
Real-time streaming of threat-related information from the cloud, the ESET Virus lab keeps the reputation services up-to-date for a constant level of protection against Internet threats.
Antispam module integrated in ESET Smart Security 5 has undergone a thorough optimization process for even higher level of detection precision.
Enhanced Media Control
Block threats trying to get through to the system via removable media. ESET Smart Security 5 automatically prompts you to scan the content of all USB flash drives, CDs and DVDs. Block specific media based on a range of parameters like the device ID, media type, and serial number.
ESET Smart Security 5 helps you prevent unauthorized users from accessing your computer remotely and monitoring your network traffic.
When in full-screen mode, ESET Smart Security 5 automatically switches to silent mode, which saves system resources, so you can enjoy playing computer games or concentrate on important work tasks without distractions from pop-up messages.
Advanced HIPS Functionality
Customize the behavior of the system in greater detail: specify rules for the system registry, active processes and programs, and fine-tune your security posture.
Now let’s move into a more detailed analysis of this product.
Good thing about ESET Smart Security 5
The great thing about ESET Smart Security 5 software is that it knows what it is doing, and it does it well. Tests have shown that it manages to remove around 88 percent of all real-world threats. The threat removal is particularly impressive when a scan is run in safe mode. When tackling known malware its performance is even higher, this latest version of the security suite managed to remove 98 percent of threats.
Unlike some other popular security packages, ESET Smart Security 5 does not have an enormous drain on computer power. You will find that it can run quietly in the background without disturbing you. If your computer has limited specifications, this is going to be a significant advantage.
ESET Smart Security 5 software has a bit of a reputation for disturbing users while they are using the computer, but this software remains blissfully quiet. Unless there is a problem that is going to cause your computer to immediately meltdown, ESET Smart Security 5 is not going to disturb you, it will just quietly handle the problem in the background. It will not launch disturbing pop-up messages, filled with unhelpful red colours and warning signs.
Bad thing about ESET Smart Security 5
Unfortunately for ESET, the security suite market has become very competitive. There are numerous companies, all with excellent products which are often capable of outstripping ESET. The firewall on the software is particularly weak when compared to rivals. For example, Norton’s latest offering performed exceptionally in tests and ESET just simply failed to live up to this.
ESET Smart Security 5 has been rather late to the game with parental control features. This is the first security suite from the company to include them, and their first try is rather poor: the interface is rudimentary, the results list is incomprehensible, and the filtering categories are subpar.
To sum up the performance of ESET Smart Security 5 briefly, you could say that it offers adequate protection, without being too much of a drain on system resources. The protection is good, but not as good as some of its rivals, and they cost around the same price, $59.99. It is a significant improvement on the previous software, especially when it comes to the user interface.
If you have children, and are looking for adequate parental controls, then the software simply isn’t going to for you. Hopefully, the introduction of the parental control option will mean a more developed system in subsequent versions. Overall, ESET does deliver with this latest version, but not quite to the level of some of its competitors.