NOD32 Antivirus System v1.324

Reviewed by: Jeff Matthews
Published by: ESET Software
Requires: Win 98 through XP, DOS, Novell Netware Server, Domino, MS Exchange Server, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD; Internet connection for online updates
MSRP: $39.99

Have you always been a fan of Norton Antivirus or McAfee Antivirus fearing any change to other, lesser known antivirus software offerings? ESET Software's NOD32 is able to beat its competition in every aspect including speed and reliability. According to Virus Bulletin (, NOD32 had fewer failures than its competitors and has been praised for its performance.

NOD32 has many features including on-demand scanning and ANOM. Anom32 is NOD32's on-access scanner that continuously scans the system. It works quietly in the background working until it detects viruses, trojans and worms. If you try opening up an infected file, ANOM will alert you. ANOM is also able to disinfect files without prompting you. NOD32 scans incoming e-mail and alerts you if it detects something. NOD32 also has the ability to scan files that are in use (e.g.: DLLs).

I decided to do a test comparison of McAfee VirusScan 7.0 and NOD32. I ran a complete scan on my Windows XP system using NOD32 and attempted to do a full scan with McAfee Antivirus. McAfee tended to lag on certain file types. NOD32 zoomed right through. The speed of NOD32's scan engine amazed me. I had to stop McAfee Antivirus after a while because the process was taking an unusually large amount of time.

Those interested in buying NOD32 should notice that it is offered in a variety of languages and for a variety of platforms including Windows and Linux. For only $40.00 it beats what the competition is charging! Compare this price with McAfee Antivirus' MSRP of $59.99 and Norton Antivirus' MSRP of $49.95. Why pay more for a better known antivirus software package when NOD32 tests as well or better at detecting viruses and does so at a faster pace than its competitors.

Pros: Available on many platforms. NOD32 licenses each come with a year of free updates and upgrades. Those that want another year of updates have to pay $27.30 after their license expires. Those that have trouble can contact customer service via unlimited online support. Businesses can get discounts for multiuser licenses. A 10 user license is only $290.00 with a year of updates and upgrades.

ESET Software have a related antivirus solution for Novell Netware. The package comes with Anom.NLM (on-access) and NOD32.NLM (on-demand). It is security conscious and will alert an individual user on the network who tries to open a file that is infected. It will also continuously monitor events and alert an individual user on the network if a file which has just been downloaded is infected.




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