ESET vs. the Competition

Discover the ESET difference

Established track record in security driving our commitment well into the future

Why ESET?

Find out what independent testing organizations compare when testing antivirus software and why they focus on those particular traits. See how ESET performs in these tests and where we excel — not to mention where the competition falls unforgivably short. Check out ESET's advantage and see what makes our solutions stand out from the crowd in the global AV market.


Memory Usage during System Idle

Memory Usage during System Idle
Average Memory Usage during System Idle (MB)
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.passmark.com, September 2011

ESET Smart Security 5 uses the least system resources after the system enters idle mode, saving significant amounts of power for important system tasks.


Performance

Performance Rating
Performance Rating (Count)
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.av-comparatives.org, August 2011

ESET Smart Security is the only product that performed “very fast” in every category tested by AV-Comparatives in August 2011 Performance Test. 


Scan Speed

Scan Speed
Data throughtput of the on-demand scanner (MB/s)
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.AV-Test.org, May 2011

The scan speed refers to the capability of the antivirus scanner to check the largest amount of data in the least time. As proven by independent tests, ESET excels in this important area. 


Proactive Detection of New Malware

Detection rate
Detection rate (%)
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list, chart without multi-engine products)
Source: www.av-comparatives.org, May 2011

This chart shows the quality of detection of new malware, which illustrates the potential of the product to protect users in real time. ESET consistently scores at the top of this category.


Slow-Down Caused by the Security Product

Slow-Down Caused by the Security Product
Slow-down (s)
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.AV-Test.org, May 2011

Compared to other security vendors, ESET does not slow down the system and lets you work and play without constrains.


AV Comparatives Proactive Awards

AV Comparatives Proactive Awards
Number of awards recieved
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.av-comparatives.org, May 2004 - May 2011

This chart illustrates ESET holding the record number of the highest Advanced+ awards in proactive detection. No other vendor can match this achievement.

Proactive detection refers to the way ESET security solutions detect malicious programs that have not yet been discovered and catalogued. The scanning engine is trained to detect malware without relying on the updates of the antivirus signatures, i.e. catching malware by its intrinsic "malicious" behavior.

 


Proactive detection

Proactive detection
Proactive Protection (%)
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.virusbtn.com, April 2010, Platform Windows XP

Given that every day, malware authors create thousands of new infiltrations, it is essential that a security solution blocks new threats before they cause damage to the system.

 


Missed In-the-Wild Viruses

Missed In-the-Wild Viruses
Number of not detected threats
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.virusbtn.com, May 1998 - August 2011

ESET NOD32 Antivirus is the only solution in the world that has detected all real, “In-the-Wild” worms and viruses since the inception of testing in May 1998.