Eset NOD 32
Strengths: This product includes protection on all fronts including web, email and files
Weaknesses: None we could find in this test
Verdict: Priced a bit lower, this would have been a strong contender for our Recommended award. An extremely strong product with a lot of features
NOD 32 contains several pieces that integrate very well. When combined, they protect against viruses, worms, spyware and other malicious attacks. The pieces include anti-virus, email, document and internet monitors. These monitors are delegated to serve their specific purpose, which means that protection is complete without a single monitor being overburdened.
The monitors work nicely together to proactively protect the computers. Another component of the system is the NOD Scanner, which can be controlled from the console to scan systems on a schedule or on demand.
The NOD32 system, while powerful and feature-packed, is easy to use and intuitive to deploy. The installation was quick, consisting of just a few small executable files. Once installed, we went to the console and deployed clients without problems. We were then able to update the clients and run scans. The console itself is well organised, simple and intuitive.
The appearance of the many monitors and scanners might lead one to think that the application would be heavy and slow down the clients. However, this is not the case. The client application is very lightweight and uses only about 23Mb of memory. Also, the product constantly monitors every facet of possible infection, which is a definite plus.
The documentation provided comes in a small installation and configuration guide. With clear step-by-step instructions and many screenshots to guide the way, getting this product running is an easy task.
There are also administration guides available on the vendor website to augment the installation guide. We found the documentation to be helpful and well organised.
Eset offers a lot of support on its website. This includes telephone assistance, downloads, documentation, frequently asked questions, forums and updates. Around-the-clock phone support is also available via a service contract.
This product is a good investment for almost any-size environment. Although the price is a little high, it is balanced by the many areas of protection offered, as well as its extreme ease of use and management.