December 1, 2009 | San Diego, CA | Press Releases

ESET Secures Record 12th "Advanced+" Award in Proactive test from AV-Comparatives

ESET, the leader in proactive threat protection, has secured its 12th "Advanced+" rating in proactive/retrospective testing from AV-Comparatives, an independent research organization. The latest test measured proactive on-demand detection capabilities of 16 antivirus products. ESET's closest competitor has six (6) Advanced+ awards.

AV-Comparatives provides a three-level ranking system of Standard, Advanced and Advanced+ award. To receive an "Advanced+" rating, a product must be rated with not only an excellent proactive detection rate, but also a low false positive rate.

The retrospective test is performed using passive scanning and demonstrates the ability of the products under test to detect new malware proactively, without being executed.

"ESET continues to be the only vendor tested by AV-Comparatives that has always received the highest ranking (Advanced+) in proactive detection tests," said Andreas Clementi, founder and chief researcher for AV-Comparatives. "As its impressive testing record indicates, ESET has always understood the importance of strong heuristics in fighting malware."

ESET's industry-leading products, including the popular NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security, deliver a significant improvement over traditional solutions in the marketplace today. Powered by ThreatSense® technology, ESET's products combine speed, accuracy and minimal system impact. The advanced heuristics engine enables proactive detection of malware not covered by even the most frequently updated signature-based products. Unlike traditional approaches, ESET solutions use an emulated environment to decode and analyze executable code in real-time. By allowing malware to execute in a secure virtual world, ESET is able to clearly differentiate between benign files and even the most sophisticated and cleverly-disguised malware.

About ESET
ESET develops software solutions that deliver instant, comprehensive protection against evolving computer security threats. ESET pioneered and continues to lead the industry in proactive threat detection. ESET NOD32 Antivirus consistently achieves the highest accolades in all types of comparative testing, and is the heart of the virus and spyware detection in ESET Smart Security. ESET Smart Security is an integrated antivirus, antispyware, antispam and personal firewall solution that combines accuracy, speed and a small system footprint to create the most effective security solution in the industry. Both products have an extremely efficient code base that eliminates the unnecessarily large size found in some solutions. This means faster scanning that doesn't slow down computers or networks. Sold in more than 160 countries, ESET has global production headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, with distribution headquarters for the Americas and Asia-Pacific located in San Diego, California. ESET also has offices in Buenos Aires, Prague, and Krakow and is represented by an extensive global partner network. For more information, visit or call +1 (619) 876-5400.