ESET NOD32 Antivirus 2018 – 6 Tips to Improve My Computer Security

Product: ESET NOD32 AntivirusNod 32 Antivirus
System Supported: Windows, MacOS
30-Days Trial: Windows, MacOS

ESET NOD32 Antivirus Overview

I was working on improving file server security for a company in 2010. This company was negligent on file security, and many computers got infected by copying files from the file server. I tried many free antiviruses, but the infected rate was still high until I chose ESET NOD32 Antivirus. The number of infected computers was getting down from 63% to 0.3%.

During the ESET NOD32 development, it has more attentive designs for users. For example, the Gamer Mode, if you are in a presentation or playing a game, activating gamer mode could prevent any pop-up message to impact your activity. The System Cleaner, after antivirus cleaning threats, it will help you to restore the computer to a usable state. The Internet Protection includes web access protection, email client protection, and anti-phishing protection to provide a secure internet environment.

Antivirus Comparison Review – ESET NOD32 and Dr.Web

ESET NOD32 Antivirus Dr.Web Antivirus
Exploit Blocker YES YES
Advanced Memory Scanner YES YES
Script-Based Attack Protection YES YES
Gamer Mode YES No
Real-Time virus detection YES YES
Windows, Linux, MacOS Supported YES YES
Firewall No YES
Anti-Phishing YES YES
Anti-Spamming YES YES

Features of ESET NOD32 Antivirus – Why You Need This Software

Exploit Blocker: There is not perfect software or operating system in the world. Bugs are always existed in it and need solutions. Before bugs being found and fixed, hackers get an advantage to spread viruses, spyware or other threats to your system. With the Exploit Blocker, any suspicious events will be detected and blocked the activities.

Advanced Memory Scanner: This function is working with the Exploit Blocker. If malware is designed to act in memory, the Advance Memory Scanner will be able to scan memory, reveal threats and block executions with the Exploit Blocker.

Script Based Attack Protection: People search information, read articles and watch online films with browsers. The JavaScript is the most used in browsers to download subjects like pictures, pages, flash, and movies. If a malicious script loaded, your browser will download and install malware on your machine without your permission. The Script Based Attack Protection can detect and clean these malicious scripts before scripts loaded on browsers.

Gamer Mode: When you are playing full-screen games, or on a presentation, the mode will disable notification windows, minimize intrusion and maximize system performance.

Improve My Computer Security – 6 Advanced Settings

ESET NOD32 Antivirus InstallationEnable detection of potentially unwanted applications. With this setting, ESET NOD32 Antivirus can block any additional software that without your permission.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Advanced SetupNavigate to Setup and open Advanced Setup page

ESET NOD32 Antivirus Real Time ProtectionReal-time file system protection, enable settings of Runtime packers and Advanced heuristics/DNA signatures. With these setting, ESET NOD32 Antivirus can check the behaviors of executing programs.

ESET NOD32 Antivirus On demand computer scanOn-demand computer scan, enable settings of Email files and Archives. With these setting, the ESET NOD32 Antivirus can detect any suspicious threats from email attachments and compressed files.

ESET NOD32 Antivirus Removable mediaRemovable media set the Action as Automatic device scan. With this setting, you will not worry about sharing USB sticks with other people.

ESET NOD32 Antivirus Proxy ServerIf your computer is working on a Proxy network, please set the information of proxy for updating the latest virus database.


There are more and more fraudulent activities trying to attract people on the internet. Without a reliable antivirus protecting, hackers and scammers will steal your private without awareness. Malware, viruses, ransomware, rootkits, worms, and spyware are everywhere on the internet, e-mail, software, browsers and phishing websites. You should have the ESET NOD32 Antivirus to improve your system security.

What antivirus do you prefer to use for system protection? Please leave a comment or a question below. I will be happy to discuss with you.

Eli Hsu


  1. I’m shopping for a new antivirus program after mine failed, and this one sounds like a good choice. does it work for mac or just pc? if not mac, what ones do you recommend for mac? Thanks

    1. Hi Penelope,
      Yes, ESET NOD32 Antivirus works on MacOS system.
      I have updated the information about MacOS in my post.
      Your computer will be protected by ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
      If you are interested in another strong antivirus, please review my article of Dr.Web Antivirus.
      Both of them are able to protect and improve your MacOS system security.
      Have a nice day.

  2. I’ve never heard of this antivirus program… Thank you for the thorough review. I couldn’t imagine working on the computer without the antivirus system installed. I am using the common one, Avast antivirus system. It does seem to be working properly (at least I hope so). It’s more like my hubby’s thing to take care of things like this. He’d be definitely interested in this article.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Gosia,
      I tried many free antiviruses, including Avast antivirus, but got system infected by viruses eventually.
      It’s not a good idea on using free antiviruses to protect your relevant data.
      If your husband is familiar with system security, please read my articles of ESET NOD32 Antivirus review and Dr.web Antivirus review.
      These articles would be helpful for improving your computer security.
      Have a nice day.

  3. I do almost everything on my computer from banking to shopping, investing, conducting business, communicating, and the list goes on and on. Therefore computer security is of utmost importance to me because if my system gets infected and I can’t access my computer that will be far more expensive than paying for a good anti virus program.

    Thanks for the details article which explains clearly the features and benefits of the ESET NOD32 Antivirus program. I’ll give it a try and let you how it goes.

    1. As you mentioned.
      Keeping system security is the most important thing. It is an exact opinion for computer protection.
      If you want to understand more about system security, please read my another article, The Best Antivirus Reviews – Dr.Web Antivirus.
      Have a nice day.

    1. Hi Kwacha,
      If you have any question about system security, please feel free to contact me.
      I will be happy to help you.
      Just follow 6 tips and set ESET NOD32 Antivirus, your system will be more secure than before.
      Have a nice day.

  4. Wow what an epic review! I have recently purchased a whole lot of new tech and the default anti virus just won’t cut it. Your in depth review has given me an option that I will place at the top of my list for potential anti virus programs. Best thing is that your site can now provide me with all the info on other programs going forward!

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Jake,
      Thank you for your positive comment.
      ESET NOD32 Antivirus and Dr.web Antivirus(on another post) are my the best promotions.
      Because I worked with them and had a very good experience on their performance.
      If you are interested in ESET NOD32 Antivirus, this software won’t let you down.
      Have a nice day.

  5. Very interesting! Something to think about. On my daughter’s computer, all we are using is Windows Defender. If I was to get an Antivirus, do I need to do anything to the computer so the 2 programs will not ‘fight’ with each other? Thank you.

    1. Hi Colleen,
      Yes, if you plan to replace windows defender with ESET NOD32 Antivirus, you need to uninstall windows defender first.
      Windows defender has good technologies on detecting viruses. But managing phishing and scam websites is worse than the ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
      In the modern world, there are more and more fraudulent activities trying to cheat you out of your private information like password, credit card number etc…
      A strong antivirus not only protects your computer security but has to keep your private data safe.
      Thank you. Have a nice day.

  6. I am using Avast antivirus system and I was just wondering if this is a good one or not. I was not aware of this new antivirus system and how much it does do for protecting viruses. My system seems to be working fine right now but if I run into problems, I will be back to check in with you.

    1. Hi Bobbi,
      If you were using free Avast antivirus, I would suggest you have a paid antivirus like ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
      Most free antiviruses have basic protection. But it isn’t enough to protect you from various cyber attacks.
      Phishing, scammer, cracked software, bugs of operating system etc… there are many ways to make your computer get infected and lost your relevant data.
      ESET NOD32 Antivirus has various technologies to improve your system security as my introduction.
      If you are going to consider another antivirus, ESET NOD32 Antivirus won’t let you down.
      Have a nice day.

  7. I used to use Nod32 quite a while ago, but for some reason that i can’t remember, stopped using it and started using Mcafee Toal Protection. To be honest i’m not 100% sure i’d set Nod32 up right after reading your article. Is it set up that way straight out of the box so to speak or do you have to enable certain aspect depending on what you want protected?
    My brother still uses Nod32 ( that’s who recommended it to me in the first place) but i’m not even sure he’s using it right! LOL.
    Seeing as i’m using Mcafee now do you think it’s a good choice and how does it compare to Nod32?

    1. Hi Sharon,
      The default settings of ESET NOD32 Antivirus are suitable for most users.
      But if you want more security, my tips could help you improve your computer more secure than default settings.
      I list 3 different features of ESET NOD32 Antivirus and Macfee total protection below.
      1. ESET NOD32 Antivirus has the ability to scan memory, to detect suspicious execution and block threats.
      2. ESET NOD32 Antivirus has the gamer mode to give users a good user experience on playing games or presentations.
      3. The Macfee Total Protection has the McAfee Shredder to erase data completely. Nobody can recover your data.
      I hope that my answer can help you understand the advantages of ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
      Have a nice day.

  8. Thanks for sharing the benefits of this antivirus program Eli. I am very much interested in this one as I can see the amount of protection it offers, and for such a price. Although my wife and myself are protected with a very well known software on each one of our laptops, it didn’t stop my wife’s computer to catch a virus which completely destroyed her hard drive. We tried everything to get it repaired, but nothing worked. Rather disappointing.

    I have a question though. I have not seen if one of the programs is for one computer only or for two, or three?

    Thanks for responding to that as I will make the purchase once I know if I should purchase one or two programs.

    John ツ

    1. Hi John,
      The ESET NOD32 Antivirus I promoted on my post is for one computer.
      The ESET NOD32 Antivirus has the ability to block the virus while it executing in the system.
      I completely understand your feeling when our computer was infected and destroyed.
      We have to spend time for recovering all the relevant data back eventually.
      That is why I recommended you to give the ESET NOD32 Antivirus a shot.
      It won’t let you down.
      Have a nice day.

    1. I list different features of ESET NOD32 Antivirus from Macfee Antivirus.
      1. ESET NOD32 Antivirus has the ability to scan memory, to detect suspicious execution in memory and block threats.
      2. ESET NOD32 Antivirus has the gamer mode to give users a good user experience on playing games or presentations.
      3. ESET NOD32 Antivirus has the ability to detect phishing and scam websites from its cloud database
      I hope that my answer can help you understand the advantages of ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
      Have a nice day.

  9. I just bought the kaspersky total security suite Eli.
    It cost me a hell of a lot more than 12.99.
    I can’t remember which website I did my research on but i looked into a whole bunch of benchmark tests.
    This is the first time I have heard about Eset NOD32 though.
    Wish I had have seen your article before I purchased but I have other computers and devices also in need so thanks for the review and keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Remy,
      You purchased the Kaspersky product for system protection.
      It meant that you had a good concept of system security.
      Next time, if you are interested in ESET NOD32 Antivirus, please give this antivirus a shot.
      ESET NOD32 Antivirus won’t let you down.
      If you have any question, please feel free to contact me.
      I will be glad to help you.
      Happy New Year.

  10. Hi Eli, this is a great post and actually these days, it is getting more crucial to have the laptop properly protected. I am using a MacBook and in the past, I didn’t really have to worry about virus and Mac. In fact, it seems virus-creators are just not keen to waste their time on MacOS but times are a-changing and I keep getting Malware which is really a nuisance. Apart from the antivirus you mentioned, is there any freeware you know of which can do a decent job of protecting MacOS/Windows?

    1. Hi Jude,
      I know the feeling that you meant.
      Actually, most free antiviruses just provide the basic virus protection.
      There are more and more fraudulent ways to get your attention and make you download suspicious software or files.
      For example, Cracked software, phishing and scam websites, bugs of system and software.
      Using free antivirus to protect your valuable data will be a high risk. Especially you have to work with a computer or laptop for your business.
      As my article.
      I had a very good experience on using ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
      Please give ESET NOD32 Antivirus a shot, it won’t let you down.
      If you consider another antivirus, please review my another article about Dr.Web Antivirus.
      They all supported the MacOS.
      Have a nice day.

  11. Thanks for the post 🙂 Sorry for maybe a dumb question, but I’ve always heard that Mac OSX is really safe and it’s a lot harder to get viruses on it than it is on Windows. Would you still recommend an anti virus program for Mac?

    1. Hi Sergio,
      It’s a good question. The answer is yes, I recommend you have a strong antivirus on your MacOS.
      MacOs is more popular in the world. That means that hackers are interested in getting valuable data from MacOS users.
      Because MacOS users like you thinking that MacOS should be more secure than Microsoft Windows.
      Hackers will hold the chance to spread malware, spyware and keylogger on a website and make you download and install software or files on your system.
      Thank you.

  12. For the most part, this is way beyond my scope of understanding. However, what I was able to understand was insightful and provided an abundance of information. As a Mac user, I will look into getting an antivirus. It has always seemed that I was safe from hackers, but according to your statement in that regard, I need to be better prepared.

    1. Your principle of MacOS system security is correct.
      You never know that when the malware will be set on your system.
      Please give ESET NOD32 a shot, it won’t let you down.
      Have a nice day.

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