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I had used ESET NOD32 for a long time - 16 years to be precise -- and am very happy with it. I am debating upgrading to ESET Internet Security.

My question is:  Is there any drawback to upgrading I should know about? For example if I decide I don't need or want some of the added features, how hard is it to disable them?  Or to put it another way, other than an extra $10 a year am I risking any unwanted hassle by upgrading.

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1 hour ago, Arcalion said:

I had used ESET NOD32 for a long time - 16 years to be precise -- and am very happy with it. I am debating upgrading to ESET Internet Security.

My question is:  Is there any drawback to upgrading I should know about? For example if I decide I don't need or want some of the added features, how hard is it to disable them?  Or to put it another way, other than an extra $10 a year am I risking any unwanted hassle by upgrading.

I'd recommend Internet security over nod32 because of it's firewall, network protection.

Smart security premium, which is the one higher up than Internet security, contains a password manager and file encryption.

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Hello,

Here is a snippet of a post I made on Reddit discussing the differences between ESET NOD32 Antivirus, ESET Internet Security and ESET Smart Security Premium:

Feature Comparison

NOTE: This section is updated from the post here discussing the ESET Version 13 consumer programs.

Program► Feature▼ ESET NOD32 Antivirus1 ESET Internet Security ESET Smart Security Premium
Advanced Machine Learning ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Advanced Memory Scanner ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Anti-Malware1 ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Anti-Phishing ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Anti-Spam 🚫 ✔️ ✔️
Anti-Theft 🚫 ✔️ ✔️
Banking & Payment Protection 🚫 ✔️ ✔️
Botnet Protection 🚫 ✔️ ✔️
Cloud-based protection2 ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Connected Home Monitor ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Deep Behavioral Detection ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Exploit Blocker ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
File encryption 🚫 🚫 ✔️
Firewall 🚫 ✔️ ✔️
Native 64-bit Support ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Network Attack Protection 🚫 ✔️ ✔️
Gamer Mode3 ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Offline Updates4 🚫 🚫 🚫
Parental Control5 🚫 ✔️ ✔️
Password Manager 🚫 🚫 ✔️
Remote Management4 🚫 🚫 🚫
Removable Media Device Control ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Router Vulnerability Scanner 🚫 ✔️ ✔️
Script-based Attack Protection ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
System Registry Scanner ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
System Settings Restorer ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
UEFI Scanner ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Vulnerability Shield 🚫 ✔️ ✔️
Webcam Protection 🚫 ✔️ ✔️
WMI Scanner ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

[I'll point out that this is very much a "best effort" by me, and it's possible I got some things wrong. Check with an actual ESET sales person if you have a question about supported features.]

Notes

1 Although this program contains the word 'Antivirus' in its name, this is strictly for marketing purposes because that's what most people use as a search term. These programs are all actually beter described as anti-malware programs, and detect adware, agents, bootkits, droppers, injectors, password stealers, potentially unsafe applications, potentially unwanted applications, ransomware, rootkits, spyware, trojans, viruses and worms, just to name a few of the things caught by the software. Today, actual computer viruses account for less than 10% of malware detected on a day-to-day basis.

2 Also known as ESET LiveGrid (and previously called ThreatSense.Net), this provides real-time threat telemetry as well as assists in blocking certain kinds of malicious software such as ransomware, dangerous web sites, and so forth.

3 Prevents pop-ups and messages from being disabled while running full-screen applications. Called Gamer Mode in home versions and Presentation Mode in business versions.

4 This feature is only available in business editions. See this post fore more information.

5 Blocking of undesirable web sites. Called Parental Control in home versions and Web Control in business versions.

 

You can view the original post at https://old.reddit.com/r/eset/comments/jghcyy/eset_version_14_for_home_users_released/.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

 

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