Excerpt: ESET Smart Security is a full internet security suite, boasting customizable parental controls, firewalls, spam filters and most importantly, complete malware protection and removal. With versions for Windows, Mac and mobile operating systems, ESET constitutes a viable internet security suite for most computer users.
Pros: A proven track record illustrates the software's ability to fully combat both known and emerging online threats.
Cons: Initial scans take quite a while and you'll have to adjust settings to ensure subsequent scans don't interrupt regular use.
Conclusion: ESET Smart Security 4.0 contains only the most essential suite elements, which partially explains its minimal impact on system performance. But it's not the best at malware cleanup and blocking; its firewall is limited; and it costs more than suites that offer a lot more.
Pros: User interface hides complexity. Speedy installation. Minimal performance impact. Powerful scheduler. Antispam filters all e-mail account types. Includes SysInspector diagnostic tool. Bootable SysRescue disk/USB for emergencies.
Cons: Real-time protection finds some threats over and over. Firewall offers no program control by default. No parental control or privacy protection. Costs more than suites that offer much more.
Excerpt: Eset Smart Security 4, a security program starting at $59.99 for one user license ($69.99 for three, $94.99 for four) does three things superbly: it offers a foolproof interface, plenty of manual controls, and a lightweight design. The problem is, for that kind of money you can choose from a spate of other programs that offer such features as online backup, tuneup utilities, and parental controls. If you can live without these extras, Smart Security 4 is worth a look.
Summary: Eset Smart Security 4 excels at security itself, delivering unobtrusive performance along with plenty of manual features for techie users. But for the average consumer, a comparably priced security suite, such as the foolproof Symantec Norton 360 ($69.99) or the more expert-friendly BitDefender Total Security 2010 ($79.95), would be a better choice, since they offer more automation, parental controls, online backup, and tuneup utilities.
Pros: Simple interface, Plenty of manual settings, Lightweight,
Cons: Lacks features many comparably priced security programs offer, Diagnostic tool doesnt give users solutions for fixing found problems, Phone support is not 247,
Summary: Verdict: While not perfect, Smart Security 4 has a number of strong points that make it a worthwhile buy for new users interested in protecting their PCs. We recommend updating to this newer version even if you have the predecessor because even though it isn't a major overhaul, the new features do make it a more comprehensive security product.
Summary: New Version ESET Smart Security 4 isn’t a major overhaul compared to the previous version, but its enhancements certainly make it a more powerful product and worth the upgrade. The anti-virus system now cleans and deletes most of the detected infiltrations without requiring user intervention.