August 2, 2012 | San Diego, CA | Press Releases

ESET Smart Security Receives "Advanced+" in Heuristic and Behavioral Protection while ESET Endpoint Security Earns Top Score in PassMark Software Test


AV Comparatives, AV Test, PassMark SoftwareESET, the leader in proactive protection celebrating 25 years of its technology this year, has achieved another Advanced+ award for its flagship product ESET Smart Security 5 in AV-Comparatives’ testing. This time, the award was in heuristic detection and behavioral protection category, where ESET’s solution ranked among the top tested products. In addition, ESET’s flagship endpoint solution for business ESET Endpoint Security has secured the best overall rating in PassMark Software test.

ESET Smart Security 5 earned the highest possible mark, "Advanced+" in AV-Comparatives’ testing, achieving 87 percent heuristic detection and heuristic/behavioral protection. What’s more, ESET had only a “very few” false alarms, a result achieved by only one other vendor. “The AV-Comparatives’ test shows how good the proactive heuristic/generic detection capabilities of the scanners were in detecting new (sometimes called zero-hour) threats used in this test,” states the report. In a string of recognitions, ESET Smart Security 5 has earned certification in the AV-Test – the independent IT-Security Institute – in its May-June testing. It is a seal of approval certifies that the product has achieved all of the levels of performance required and defined by AV-TEST in the categories of protection, repair and usability.

“We have earned another "Advanced+" in an important testing category,” says ESET Senior Research Fellow Righard Zwienenberg. “Especially Advanced+ in heuristic and behavioral protection is further proof of the strength of our R&D teams and talent around the world. Thanks also go to our customers who make our scanning engine even stronger facilitating the in-the-cloud ESET LiveGrid® technology,” he added. 

The award-winning scanning engine and heuristics are an important part of ESET’s flagship product for business. ESET Endpoint Security itself has earned top overall score from PassMark Software - a leading authority in software and hardware performance benchmarking and testing. In its latest report “Fast and Effective Endpoint Security for Business 2012,” commissioned by ESET, the solution was evaluated as having “fastest, best overall performance” - earning the highest rating and excelling in several performance and usability categories.

About ESET

ESET is on the forefront of security innovation, delivering trusted protection to make the Internet safer for businesses and consumers. IDC has recognized ESET as a top five corporate anti-malware vendor and one of the fastest growing companies in its category. Trusted by millions of users worldwide, ESET is one of the most recommended security solutions in the world. ESET NOD32 Antivirus consistently achieves the highest accolades in all types of comparative testing, and powers the virus and spyware detection in ESET Smart Security and ESET Cybersecurity for Mac. Sold in more than 180 countries, ESET’s global headquarters is in Bratislava, Slovakia, with distribution headquarters for North America located in San Diego, California. ESET also has offices in Buenos Aires, Prague, Krakow and Singapore and is represented by an extensive global partner network. For more information, visit or call +1 (619) 876-5400.