The 2014 ESET NOD32 Antivirus Review
Back in the day Norton was king. We had Norton Utilities that seemed to fix everything or point us in the direction of the problem, and then when virii started popping up Norton came out with the Norton Antivirus program and it was just great. I was sold on Norton for many years. Then something odd started to happen… my computer (no matter how much processor or RAM I had… ) just started slowing down after a time. Norton began to add features that I “had” to have. They started becoming bloatware. If your antivirus program is using up 20-50% of your system resources during a background scan something is wrong.
That’s why I like this 2014 ESET NOD32. Right now while I’m writing this article I have it doing a background scan and it is using between 8 and 11% of my CPU. I have 32 Gigs of RAM and it is using 375 megs of it. I can’t tell that it is running at all. In fact, I just switched out and played Call of Duty Ghosts (Multiplayer) and pwned noobs for 10 minutes and still couldn’t tell it was scanning). That’s what I want. I feel like Antivirus software should be like the President’s Secret Service protection detail; A lurking out of the way presence that is going to respond with deadly force quickly, quietly and without being seen. That is exactly what you get with the 2014 ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
I read a review of the new 2014 Norton Antivirus done by PC Magazine and they said it didn’t do too badly against malware.. it pulled 86% of the test material it was given. Hmm…. then they went on to give it an Editor’s Choice award and claim they use it at home. I don’t know about you… but that is odd. It’s a lot like when the corporate executives who work for companies that the US Gov bailed out…. you know when they got their performance bonuses… that year… with our money… hmmm…. 14% of the malware got through… malware is kind of a big deal there guy… just for clarification Wikipedia says that Malware is: “Malware, short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. It can appear in the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software. ‘Malware’ is a general term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software. The term badware is sometimes used, and applied to both true (malicious) malware and unintentionally harmful software“
So I mean if you want 14% of the stuff out there to gain access to your computer, steal banking info… keep it from working… I guess you can hire the fat guy that eats donuts all day for your protection detail. I’m going to stick with the trim slim ninja ESET NOD32 myself. I like a fella that can stand on his feet all day and still kick some ass. The 2014 ESET NOD32 knocked out 100% of the viruses, malware and exploits we threw at it in the Virtual Machine test systems we installed it on. That’s a nice round number too… 100.
I don’t know how the folks at PC Magazine rate stuff, but if I were a malware maker I’d make sure I sent all my new stuff over there because there seems to be a willingness to have information taken there. Worse though, I don’t know how they can with a good conscience recommend that stuff to people. Maybe the article is more like an advertisement? Maybe that’s their thing now? I don’t know.
What I do know is that the 2014 ESET NOD32 Antivirus software does the following extremely well:
- Kills Viruses Dead.
- Kills Spyware Dead.
- Stops Phishing.
- Stops Exploits.
- Scans Social Media (facebook, twitter, etc…)
- Won’t be a pain in the ass when you are playing a game, it will shut up and do its job without popping up on the screen and that’s a big deal when you are pwning noobs.
- Automatically scans USB drives and other removable media when you plug them in so you don’t get something sharing data.
- Has an Advanced Memory Scanner that deals with heavily encrypted malware, and prevents browser attacks/exploits.
Hell it will even give you some free training to help you defend yourself against cyber threats, scams and hackers. This might not seem like a big deal, but believe it or not a lot of hacks are done through social engineering. This means some hacker gives you a call or an email and has you thinking he is someone he isn’t. “Hi my name is roger from Capital One’s fraud department. Are you Seth Rogan? I show your credit card ends with 5640. I am showing you have some pending charges from Russia and we wanted to call and confirm the charges before we let them through. Oh you didn’t make those charges? Wow I’m glad we called you! I need you to go to capitalone.fraudmeup.com and make a few adjustments to your account. Can you login using your account info please? Thank you. Do you see the charges? If you could just click the ones you didn’t make, and then to verify that you are indeed the card holder if you would just put in your whole social security number, your DOB and your mother’s maiden name and hit submit we will take care of the rest.”
Two months later you have an additional mortgage on your credit. Why? Because capitalone.fraudmeup.com doesn’t belong to Capital One. The web login will accept any information you put in (it records it so now they have your login and password) and all the info was fake except the part where you put in your real social security number, your DOB and your mother’s maiden name. You just gave a social engineer everything he needed to steal your identity. Good job.
Sure there are tons of other antivirus programs out there, and you can definitely get something like Avast or AVG for free. Those programs eat up a lot of resources and constantly nag you to pay them. While they are very decent I haven’t found an Antivirus solution that is better than the 2014 version of ESET NOD32 for system performance and protection together. It’s one or the other with the rest of them. The way they achieve this is by having an absurdly good heuristic detection. Heuristic detection is neat, in very basic terms you teach the program what behaviors to look for. Most of the other companies take snapshots of the viruses called header information and because there are hundreds of thousands of these headers they all need to be loaded up and everything you have on your computer is compared to these signatures. It takes a HUGE amount of resources to scan through and match signatures. ESET does use signatures but they don’t have to use as many because they improve that Heuristic engine every year, teaching their program what behaviors to look for instead… so when a new virus comes along ESET is more likely to detect it and kill it right away while the rest of the Antivirus software programs have to wait for an update to clean it. This is a huge advantage.
The 2014 ESET NOD32 is definitely worth the $39.99 and if you are still on the fence you can try it out for 30 days free. We give the 2014 ESET NOD32 Antivirus 10 out of 10 stars and a 2014 Best Buy Award.