05-05-2009 12:05 AM - edited 05-05-2009 12:09 AM
I was upgrading the anti-virus programs for two computers which prompted me to look up Eset, since one of it has NOD32 2.5 which I wasn't sure about. The other one was just a simple upgrade from Avira (Personal) 8 to 9, since it's not meant for internet use and I could always fall back on my computer's NIS09.
Eset.com has a competition chart and listed itself as having the best threat solution products. So I helped myself to av-comparatives, passmark, and virus bulletin. What I found out was that Eset really had a cumulative good track record, no dispute with it's website there, BUT it is not significantly better than Symantec in av-comp's recent tests. In my opinion, history is just for reputation. What matters is a product's current performance.
Symantec's staff are really doing a good job, even bettering Norton 09 products without waiting for Norton 10. I do not know much about what's actually going on behind the scenes, but I find Symantec's forum better than Eset's, especially the staff support. I also do not buy Eset's saying that they do not release updates on the weekends because staff need to be off, except for what they think is a critical def update.
Does Eset's historical reputation warrant a higher price for their products? Can someone also enlighten me with the missed-in-the-wild viruses results posted on eset.com?
edit: KUDOS to Symantec for enabling pulse update to run on battery!
05-05-2009 12:27 AM
It's purely marketing. Offcourse , they won't put on their own website that Symantec or any other vendor is any better than ESET itself. Symantec wouldn't do that as well.
Just try for yourself and you will experience which is better
05-05-2009 12:46 AM
I had used NOD32 AV version few years back. I like the strength of the NOD32. However, times change, I now preferred using a ALL IN ONE program (like NIS2009) and ESET Smart Security just does not do the job.
I personnally think that ESET Smart Security are lacking in features. ESET SS has SPAM, Firewall & NOD32, at that price, I will bgo with NIS2009.
So far, NIS2009 has not failed me, I am very happy with it and will continue to use, unless Norton changes.
05-05-2009 01:31 AM
Thanks, Seamonster! I really like Symantec for their quick cures for their own hiccups, unlike patch tuesday.
And Stu, I don't mean to try Eset at all, because I've used Norton for a long time and I still trust it to do its job. I just hope to get an opinion about the "missed-in-the-wild viruses" test, since I don't have a vb subsription to read up on the test.
I think it may not be too big a problem about the missed test, but I'm pretty sure Symantec knows what's best for its users
05-05-2009 01:50 AM
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05-05-2009 06:16 AM
Usually I don't like the A vs B type discussions as it usually turns into bashing and opinion wars. However I will say that for those who are interested in following the decline of a once promonent AV company they have a support / beta board at the forum over at www.wilderssecurity.com .