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ESET products remain the best virus protection available in 2009, whether it's ESET NOD32 Antivirus or ESET Smart Security (built with the same ThreatSense® engine as ESET NOD32 Antivirus).

AV-Comparatives named ESET NOD32 Antivirus the "Best Antivirus Product" in 2006 and 2007 as they know that proactive, precise technology—not brand names— stop malware. ESET NOD32 Antivirus was then awarded "The Best Proactive On-demand Detection" and "The Best Overall Speed Performance" for 2008.

Direct comparisons with other antivirus solutions tell the story better than we ever could.

ESET Competitive Tool

Also, using the in-depth chart below, you can compare antivirus software and find out which type will provide the kind of protection you need. The study stands ESET NOD32 Antivirus up to some of the biggest brand names - Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro and Kaspersky - comparing protection as well as performance.

Comprehensive Protection ESET Symantec McAfee Trend Micro Kaspersky
VB100 Awards for Detection of All In-the-Wild Viruses in the VB Test Sets Without Any False-Alarms (, May 1998 - Oct 2010) 64 54 45 16 53
Advanced+ Awards Tests of Proactive and On-Demand Detection (, May 2005 - November 2009) Advanced+/Advanced/Standard 17/2/0 8/6/5 3/12/4 0/0/3 12/4/3
Missed In-the-Wild Viruses in Virus Bulletin Tests between May 1998 and April 2010 (
- On-Access/On-Demand 0/0 31/4 71/72 73/69 36/16
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Proactive Protection by AV-Comparatives (May 2009) 56% 35% * 25% No Data 50%
Proactive Test by on 1-Month Old Signatures (January 2008) 68% 26% * 30% 27% 24%
Performance Advantages Click to learn more
Boot Time Overhead Percentage by AV-Comparatives (December 2009) 15% 43% 48% 61% 34%
File Access Lag Time (; April 2010) 32.5
No Data 90 s/MB
Commit Charge (Clean Systems, West Coast Labs; September 2008) 100.63 MB 186.3 MB 157.93 MB No Data 156.12 MB
Application Startup Time (Internet Explorer, West Coast Labs; September 2008) 1.94 seconds 3.1 seconds 3.74 seconds No Data 2.17 seconds
Boot Times (West Coast Labs; September 2008) 157 seconds 229 seconds 187 seconds No Data 168 seconds
* Norton AV

"ESET is the worthy winner of yet another VB100 award, thus maintaining NOD32's position as the product with the largest number of VB100 awards." John Hawes, Virus Bulletin magazine, October 2009

VB100 Tests Passed

"In-the-Wild" viruses are real viruses that have been reported to the Wildlist Organization by at least two independent reporters.
When it comes to In-the-Wild virus detection, no one even comes close to ESET as the following chart illustrates.

Missed in-the-wild viruses in virus bulletin tests


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