Day 30 of TechPP Mega Christmas Giveaway. It’s the finale!! What an amazing journey this has been. This campaign deserves a grand finishing and luckily I have my most favorite antivirus solution – ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 to be given away! Before that let us check out why this software is my favorite!
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Review
ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4 is a great desktop security solution, complete with effective protection and advanced features. ESET NOD32 is particularly useful for home users looking for a simple easy-to-use security software that they can simply install and let the software do the work for them. ESET has proven to be one of the best overall performing antivirus software, and continue the trend with their most recent installment, ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.
NOD32 has always been a people’s favorite and has a great reputation in the software world. With version 4, ESET builds on that reputation, emphasizing its community-sourced ThreatSense for preventing attacks before they occur, a slick interface, and some of the highest independently-tested detection rates married to low rates of false positives.
NOD32 – Installation
Installation of NOD32 was brisk and straight-forward. With the wizard based installer, the user has little to choose and hence worry upon. Activation can be done during or after the install. To activate the software, users have to enter the username and password provided to them when they purchase the software.
NOD32 – User Interface
NOD32’s main program interface window can be accessed by double-clicking the program’s icon in the system tray. There is no wait time for the window to open, which is a clue to how well optimized NOD32 is. NOD32’s user-interface is very clean and simple looking, yet very effective. The program comes defaulted to Standard Mode which is fine for most users. For advanced users NOD32 has an Advanced Mode that gives the user much more control over the software with the many more options made available.
NOD32 Antivirus 4 – Key Benefits
- Keeps you safe from viruses, spyware, trojans, password stealers and other malware threats
- Stops most new threats proactively, well before other vendors have issued a signature, maximizing your defense against new and unknown threats
- Scans and cleans Internet traffic and email, even when it’s SSL-encrypted, so your email is always safe
- Stops threats from entering through removable devices so you can share files with confidence
- Integrated SysInspector and SysRescue simplify system diagnosis and recovery
- Self defense prevents malware from degrading your level of protection
- Tiny signature updates happen discretely as needed and won’t bog down your system
- Free technical support via the Web, email or phone
ESET System Inspector & SysRescue
ESET SysInspector and ESET SysRescue simplify diagnosing and cleaning of infected systems by allowing deep scans of system processes to find hidden threats, and creating bootable rescue CD/DVD or USB drives to help you repair an infected computer.
Performance and Effectiveness
Ease of use is the main USP of NOD32 AV. Select Smart scan or custom scan as per your wish. You can pause or stop the scan anytime. When the scan is complete you will be shown a list of the results and you can decide what action to take from cleaning, ignoring, or quarantine the malware. With Real-time scanning enabled you will get a notification and can immediately decide what to do with it.
As for the effectiveness, I personally don’t care about how many virus an antivirus can catch, as the number of virus in the list is nothing but to brag about. Still, NOD32 is amongst the best (if not THE best) when it comes to effectiveness. For me what matters more is ease of use and memory utilized by the antivirus solution. This is where NOD32 scores most of the points.
The product installs a Windows service and runs a single executable for the program’s interface. Amount of RAM used is very minimal. None of the antivirus I have tested till date come close to NOD32 in terms of performance and stability. A full scan of my system’s hard-disk which is around 35GB just took 15 minutes and 20 seconds, which might not be the fastest scan, but still faster than many.
NOD32 Antivirus Product Support
ESET’s Help Files within the program are very useful and well laid out. The product support is top notch. You can either email the the technical support team or log a ticket via their website. The phone support is for limited hours and there is no toll-free number which is the only downside.
NOD32 Antivirus: Verdict
NOD32 Version 4.0 is an extremely easy to use program. Its user-interface is the easiest to use with everything clearly laid out. NOD32’s Performance and Effectiveness are both top-notch. It is extremely light on system resources and performs very well on a home system. NOD32 Antivirus 4 is a polished and user-friendly software security solution. They offer a free 30 day trial and is $39.99 per year after that. It officially supports Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus – Free Licenses Giveaway
Today being the Grand Finale of TechPP Mega Christmas Giveaway, we have teamed up with ESET to provide you 30 Free Licenses of NOD 32 Antivirus 4, each license will be valid for 1-year and is worth $40.
The giveaway contests ends at 12pm December 31st 2009
Yes! The giveaway runs for a week and the winners will be announced on New Year Day! This gives all our readers who are busy celebrating Christmas and enjoying their holidays a fair chance to win a free license of probably the best Antivirus solution! Just leave a comment below to enter the giveaway contest, Feel free to promote it amongst your friends, family on colleagues.
Update: This Giveaway is now closed.
Winners: Ajay, tarzan, Pups, acr, Leo, Simran, thathagat, springboy, Curt Henning de Thurah, gilian, syed hussaini, Vilmantas, Murphy, Siraj Patel, Sputnik, chetan, Win7user, StrayCat, Schlange, zvonimir, Phoenix, REST, Mehek, Rajesh Kanuri, colpha, Granny, Mak Narayan, Ryan, Prasanth Chandra, Torsten