ESET vs. Competition

Why ESET?

Find out what independent testing organizations compare when testing antivirus software and why they focus on those particular traits. See how ESET performs in these tests and where we excel — not to mention where the competition falls unforgivably short. Check out ESET's advantages and see what makes our solutions stand out from the crowd in the global Internet security market. For the full PassMark Software performance test of ten internet security suites click here.

 ESET has never missed an In-the-Wild virus

In-the-Wild viruses are real viruses that have been reported to Wildlist organizations by at least two independent reporters. ESET NOD32 Antivirus is the only solution in the world that has never missed an In-the-Wild virus since the inception of testing in May 1998.

Number of not detected threats
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.virusbtn.com, May 1998 - August 2011


 ESET has the most Advanced+ Awards in retrospective tests

ESET holds the record number of the highest Advanced+ awards in proactive detection by AV-Comparatives. No other vendor was able to match this achievement to date. Proactive detection refers to the way ESET security solutions detect malicious programs that have not yet been discovered and catalogued. The scanning engine is trained to detect malware without relying on the updates of the antivirus signatures, i.e. catching malware by its intrinsic "malicious" behavior.

Number of awards received
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.av-comparatives.org, May 2004 - May 2011


 ESET has high proactive detection rates

Given that every day malware authors create thousands of new infiltrations, it is essential that a security solution blocks new threats before they cause damage to the system. ESET's ThreatSense heuristics closes the window of vulnerability by proactively identifying and stopping malware attempting to enter or run on your system.

Number of awards received
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.av-comparatives.org, May 2004 - May 2011


 ESET Has Low System Impact

In June 2011 AV-Test reviewed the performance of 22 security solutions testing typical tasks, including download of different types of files, file copying, application install, application startup and others. 13 categories were tested and summarized in the "System Slowdown" category, leading with ESET.

Overhead (%)
Selected Antivirus Vendors (not a complete list)
Source: www.av-test.org, June 2011