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New versions of ESET Smart Security and ESET NOD32 Antivirus Home Edition were released on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. ESET Smart Security 5 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 feature many improvements, including a new look, Parental controls, HIPS and Gamer mode.

Looking for Business Editions of our version 5 releases? Please see the following Knowledgebase article:

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New Look

  • Home Screen: Quick links make important tools and features more readily accessible:

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  • Advanced mode: All key features and configuration options are included in the new Graphical User Interface - you no longer have to toggle advanced mode.
  • Protection status icon: Now located in the upper right-hand corner of the main program window, the Protection status icon provides access to the main menu from any screen.

  • Breadcrumbs: When viewing a nested screen, breadcrumbs aid navigation by allowing you to jump back to a previous window.

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Parental control

Exclusive to ESET Smart Security 5, Parental control allows parents to use their ESET security product to control what content their children have access to on the Internet. Key features of Parental control include:

  • Web content filter: Automatically selects appropriate web categories for easy setup and blocks or allows specific web pages and categories.
  • User Accounts: Create and manage user accounts with pre-configured and custom profiles based on the age and profile of the user (i.e. Parent, Teenager, Child and Custom).
  • Activity log: View a log of sites visited, whether those sites are allowed or restricted, and their time stamp.

For more detailed information, see the following Knowledgebase article:

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ESET Live Grid

ESET Live Grid is a new feature that speeds up scanning by utilizing a safe whitelist from ESET users in the cloud. By skipping files, folders and programs that are known to be safe, ESET Live Grid speeds up scan time and boosts system performance.

  • First time scans with a new virus signature database do not utilize the cloud whitelist
  • ESET Reputation System: Running processes are displayed along with their risk level and number of users in the cloud who are also running them

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Removable media control

Removable media control gives you the ability to do the following:

  • Scan, block or adjust extended filters/permissions for removable media (CD/DVD/USB/...)
  • Control how a user accesses and works with a given device
  • Prevent the insertion of removable media containing unsolicited content

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Gamer mode

Gamer mode is designed to ensure that gaming and important presentations are not interrupted by your ESET security product.

  • System protection runs in the background without requiring user interaction
  • Pop-up windows are disabled
  • CPU usage by ESET is minimized
  • Scheduled ESET tasks are postponed

Additionally, Gamer mode can be configured to initiate automatically when running applications in full-screen mode.

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Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) protects your system from malware and unwanted activity attempting to negatively affect your computer.

  • Advanced behavioral analysis
  • Uses network filtering to monitor running processes, files and registry keys
  • Actively blocks intrusion attempts


Anti-Stealth technology (enabled by default) protects your system from dangerous malware (such as rootkits) that are designed to hide themselves from your operating system. For more information on rootkit detection, refer to the following Knowledgebase article: 

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Automatically check for product updates

ESET Smart Security 5 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 can be configured to check regularly for the latest product version automatically.

Activate using a proxy server

ESET Smart Security 5 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 can now be activated using a proxy server.