Year after year, version after version we can see how ESET NOD32 is making serious improvement in several fields to become one of the best malware protection tools on the market. And version 4 is not the exception to this continued growth. Today I'm going to review its most important features and recent novelties.
Light But Solid
In my humble opinion, the most remarkable characteristic of NOD32 which makes it stand out over other similar products is definitely its balance between solid protection and light resources consumption. Developers claim that NOD32 features the smallest footprint and the lowest performance hit along with fast scanning speeds and provides exhaustive malware protection. The combination of these factors makes of NOD32 an ideal protection for gamers or even those who own a not so fast PC. As a matter of fact we can check out that NOD32 only occupies 38MB of our hard disk and when performing a deep system scan it takes around 48MB of RAM. Not bad, huh!
NOD32 has a really intuitive and easy to use interface, and in its default Standard mode can quickly and efficiently satisfy the average user's (me) needs. Everything is conveniently arranged in two panels, in the left we see the categories: Protection status: which shows the level of protection, Computer scan: where we can start a system scan on two modes Smart and Custom, Update: is the place to find if our virus definition database is up to date or not, Setup: has the ability to administer our profile and to enable/disable protection and finally Help and support is where we find various options in case we have a trouble or doubt about NOD32 and its functioning.
Toggling to Advanced mode is done clicking the Change... blue link on the lower left corner of the UI. And when Advanced mode is selected an extra category for Tools is shown, here we can see deeper aspects of NOD32 like Log files, Quarantine, Scheduler, and SysInspector.
I'm going to tell you about the last of this tools which I found really handy and complete. SysInspector shows, after a short system scanning, the level of threat found in several aspects of our system like Running Processes, Network connections, Registry entries, Windows services, drivers, critical files and more. The interesting thing about it is that is show through a color system the level of risk found in each scanned item, being green the safest and red the most risky. SysInspector can be run in the main window or separately from the Start menu.
The NOD32 setup process went without a hitch, and I found that the default settings were almost ideal for me. Only a little thing that called my attention: once I started a system scan no matters if it was a full scan or a quick one, I would not respond to the stop button it went on just like that. On the other hand, I found really encouraging the fact that NOD32 offers an integral malware scanning, including virus, spyware, and adware detection, this is another item that makes it different to other programs that require separate scans for every type. NOD32's multi-threat detection engine can also detect rootkits.
Well, I think we could have a good taste of NOD32 its speed and light system footprint, maybe we also could say it is almost bulletproof, anyway, I think that for sure it is a comprehensive and reliable anti-malware solution. Unfortunately it is not for free, but its price seems to be well worth.
Have you tried ESET NOD32? Do you own it? Nice, share your opinion in the comments section below.
Author: Lucas Artigas Review on: NOD32 Antivirus 4.0.314