SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ESET®, the global leader in proactive digital protection with a record of 10 consecutive years winning the prestigious VB100 awards with the company's flagship ESET NOD32® security products, today announced the launch of the seventh generation of its flagship consumer products, ESET NOD32® Antivirus and ESET Smart Security®. New features and core technology enhancements, including Exploit Blocker, Advanced Memory Scanner, Vulnerability Shield and ESET Social Media Scanner, promote a more enjoyable online experience, while delivering powerful protection against viruses, hacking, and a host of malware threats.
"At ESET, we create security products that help people use their technology safely, creatively, and with confidence," said Andrew Lee, CEO, ESET North America. "Our powerful new products open up areas of the Internet for protected exploration and discovery while maintaining an extremely light system footprint. Combining product innovation with user enhancements, we deliver even greater protection from threats, while putting a best-in-class defense in place against viruses and undiscovered malware."
Version 7 of the flagship products feature a powerful set of new technologies that work together to deliver unparalleled protection. Security enhancements include the ability to scan social media profiles for malware, protection for your personal network, and the addition of web services that provide cybersecurity training, education and innovative anti-theft tools.
Exploit Blocker (patent pending)
The all-new Exploit Blocker protects ESET users from advanced and targeted attacks designed to evade antivirus detection. The blocker targets the most prevalent attack vectors, including web browsers, PDF readers, e-mail clients, and Microsoft Office®. It also provides protection against new and undiscovered malware, also known as zero day threats.
Advanced Memory Scanner
The Advanced Memory Scanner stops heavily-encrypted threats designed to avoid detection. Advanced Memory Scanner extends the Host-based Intrusion-Prevention System (HIPS) technology which monitors process behavior and performs in-depth, real-time memory scanning. This improves detection of malware and enables effective infection-prevention, even when malware is specifically written to trick the target device's emulator/unpacking capabilities. With improved capabilities to analyze decrypted or "stripped" files directly in memory, the software can effectively prevent new and unknown malware attacks without having to rely on pre-existing profiles.
The Vulnerability Shield acts as an extension of Personal Firewall in ESET Smart Security. It operates on the network level and protects by blocking attacks attempting to exploit network vulnerabilities.
Social Media Scanning
There is a noticeable rise in the number of cyber threats on popular social media platforms. Version 7 of ESET NOD32 Antivirus and Smart Security offer improved social media scanning to protect users and their friends. After making more than 11 million Facebook scans of more than seven billion links, videos, pictures, wall posts, messages and other objects, ESET detected more than one million malicious objects for a 4.2 percent detection rate.
In addition to scanning Facebook profiles for malware, the new social media scanner also extends protection to the user's Twitter account. It monitors and protects the user and their friends' social network accounts from threats, allowing the user to choose from on-demand and automatic scans for malware detection. If any potentially harmful content is identified, it will be flagged by the Social Media Scanner and the user will be notified. The Security Center displays the current privacy level on Facebook and Twitter, with suggestions for changes to improve privacy settings. All these improvements are part of the my.eset.com web interface. By creating an account at my.eset.com, the user can manage the protection of their social media profiles and protect an unlimited number of accounts, including those of friends and family.
Improved Anti-Theft Tools
According to a recent Kensington® study, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds, putting the sensitive, personal information on the device and the owner at risk. With the new ESET Anti-Theft feature, users can designate their laptop as missing and initiate automatic monitoring. Using available Wi-Fi networks, ESET Anti-Theft displays the location of the missing device on a map available through the my.eset.com interface. Owners can send one-way messages to the laptop in order to increase the chance of successfully retrieving it. In addition, the new Laptop Activity Watch function will take photos via the laptop's built-in camera, as well as capture snapshots of the missing laptop's screen. ESET saves the photos to the new and improved my.eset.com interface.
ESET Research and Development teams have paid close attention not only to detection, but also to malware cleaning. The Cleaner Module has been improved specifically to address the removal of rootkits and a specialized cleaner has been added to help with the most resistant malware.
ESET provides a series of complimentary cybersecurity training modules to all ESET customers. The educational series features real-world cybercrime scenarios presented in an approachable and easy-to-understand format. ESET customers can take advantage of the learning offered by ESET by logging onto http://www.eset.com/us/download/training/.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security are officially certified for Windows® 8 and Windows® 8.1 operating systems and are currently available to the general public. To download the new Version 7 products and to find out more about the new core technology features, visit ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security product pages.
ESET®, the pioneer of proactive protection and the maker of the award-winning ESET NOD32® technology, is a global provider of security solutions for businesses and consumers. For over 26 years, the Company continues to lead the industry in proactive threat detection. By obtaining the 80th VB100 award in June 2013, ESET NOD32 technology holds the record number of Virus Bulletin "VB100" Awards, and has never missed a single "In-the-Wild" worm or virus since the inception of testing in 1998. In addition, ESET NOD32 technology holds the longest consecutive string of the VB100 awards of any AV vendor. ESET has also received a number of accolades from AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST and other testing organizations and reviews. ESET NOD32® Antivirus, ESET Smart Security®, ESET Cyber Security® (solution for Mac), ESET® Mobile Security and IT Security for Business are trusted by millions of global users and are among the most recommended security solutions in the world.
The Company has global headquarters in Bratislava (Slovakia), with regional distribution centers in San Diego (U.S.), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Singapore; with offices in Jena (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). ESET has malware research centers in Bratislava, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Prague, Kosice (Slovakia), Krakow (Poland), Montreal (Canada), Moscow (Russia) and an extensive partner network for more than 180 countries. More information is available at the ESET Press Center.