I’ve been using ESET’s Smart Security 4.0 on my main notebook for a couple of days. Regular readers will know that, although I have a couple desktop computers and a Dell Mini-10 netbook, my 5-year-old Dell Inspiron 8600 continues to be my main workhorse.
I have’t given up on Sunbelt VIPRE Antivirus+Antispyware, Sunbelt Personal Firewall and the free PopFile anti-spam "email classificationn" program. But, I often have users who want to use a suite instead of individual products, so I decided to use Smart Security 4.0. I also want to use two different security systems (on different computers) so I don’t have all my eggs in one basket, as the old saying goes.
I used ESET’s NOD32 Antivirus from 2003 until mid-2008, when Sunbelt released VIPRE, so trying ESET’s suite seemed a natural thing to do. So far, I’ve been very impressed.
One thing I liked was the Reset To Defaults selection in Smart Security 4.0’s "Advanced" mode. I changed a few settings and managed to block my access to the Internet. Naturally, I didn’t make any note of what I changed <grin>. The reset to defaults let me get into operation again very quickly. This reset button is labelled Default and is located in lower right corner of the Setup-Advanced dialog box.
The basic Standard mode Smart Security 4 screen looks like the image below on the left. The image on the right is the Advanced screen.
The next screens we see are the summary screens for Setup. Similar to the above, the image on the left is the Standard mode. The right image is the Advanced mode dialog box.
From the Advanced mode screen, we can click on the "Enter entire advanced setup tree…" option and be able extensively modify the settings. You can also bail out of trouble by clicking on the Default button…
So far, so good with ESET’s Smart Security 4.0. The interface is easy to use — as easy as the user wants. Pricing is typical, with significant discounts for multiple years and/or multiple computers.
I like it…