Enable or disable HIPS in my ESET product

Issue

  • HIPS is disabled after upgrading from version 4.x or earlier
  • Disable HIPS for troubleshooting purposes
  • HIPS is inactive
  • Anti-Stealth is non-functional

Solution

"HIPS is inactive" and "Anti-Stealth is non-functional"

If you are receiving these error messages, HIPS has been disabled. Follow these steps to re-enable HIPS and stop these messages from appearing.

HIPS is enabled by default

You only need to re-enable the HIPS module if you have upgraded from version 4.x or earlier, or if you have disabled HIPS for troubleshooting purposes.

Disable HIPS protection for troubleshooting purposes

Troubleshooting only

You should only disable HIPS if instructed by ESET Customer Care, or for troubleshooting purposes. When you are finished troubleshooting, be sure to re-enable HIPS protection.

  1. Open ESET Smart Security or ESET NOD32 Antivirus. How do I open my ESET product?
     
  2. Press F5 to access Advanced setup.
     
  3. Click Antivirus → HIPS, and click the slider bar next to Enable HIPS

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  4. Click OK.

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  5. Restart your computer. HIPS will be completely disabled after your computer finishes restarting. The ESET program window will display a red border to indicate that maximum protection is not ensured and your computer is vulnerable to threats. Be sure to re-enable HIPS after you finish troubleshooting.

Enable HIPS protection

When you are finished troubleshooting:

  1. Open ESET Smart Security or ESET NOD32 Antivirus. How do I open my ESET product?

  2. Click Enable HIPS.

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  1. Click the slider bar next to Enable HIPS.

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  1. Click OK and restart your computer for the changes to take effect. When your computer has finished restarting, maximum protection will be restored and your computer will be fully protected.

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