[KB7045] What's new in ESET version 12 home products


ESET has released version 12 of its home products.

Released Products

The following table lists the released version 12 home products:



 ESET NOD32 Antivirus 

 ESET Internet Security 

 ESET Smart Security Premium              

* ESET Smart Security is no longer available and has been replaced by ESET Internet Security. If you use ESET Smart Security, click here for information about upgrading for free to ESET Internet Security

Click here for a list of features available in ESET home products. Continue reading below for an overview of the new and improved features.

  • Refer a friend program—The Refer a friend program allows users to recommend ESET products to friends and family. 
  • Security Report—The Security Report provides users with real-time statistics about how your ESET home product keeps you protected.
  • UEFI Scanner—Proactive scanning that runs in the background and only notifies you if a problem is detected.
  • License Manager—New feature added to my.eset.com that allows you to view and manage your licenses and connected devices. 

System Requirements

Version 12 has native support of 64-bit code and is compatible with Windows 10 and the new Windows security features.

See the Online Help topic System requirements.

Refer a friend Program

The Refer a friend program is a new feature in version 12 home products that allows users to share ESET products with friends and family. Trial users who share Refer a friend links with friends and family will receive a trial license extension for each Refer a friend link that is used to download the product by their friend or family member. Users who receive the Refer a friend links can download ESET home products with an extended license duration. For North American ESET customers, the license extension received is for 30 days. New trial users will be able to use the product for free for 60 days.

For more information, see the Online Help topic Referring ESET product to a friend

Security Report

The Security Report provides comprehensive statistics of the security categories ESET uses to keep you protected. 

Security Report also displays real-time global virus information using a map of the world. You can activate the following security features from Security report to strengthen your protection:

  • Password Manager (ESET Smart Security Premium only)
  • Secure Data (ESET Smart Security Premium only)
  • Parental Control (not available in ESET NOD32 Antivirus)
  • Anti-Theft (not available in ESET NOD32 Antivirus)

For more information about Security Report, see the Online Help topic Security Report.

UEFI Scanner

The UEFI Scanner runs in the background and only notifies you if a problem is detected.

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a specification that defines a software interface between an operating system and platform firmware. Similar to BIOS, it runs during device start-up when a device is restarted or turned-on. 

The ESET UEFI Scanner adds an additional protection layer against UEFI bootkits by scanning for malware in firmware.

For more information about UEFI, see the WeLiveSecurity.com post Malware in firmware: how to exploit a false sense of security.

ESET License Manager

View the status of your licenses and connected devices with the ability to manage user devices, license activation and deactivation (transfer licenses to new devices), license sharing and renewals. 

For instructions on how to use ESET License Manager, see the article How to use ESET License Manager.

Deep Behavioral Inspection

Deep Behavioral Inspection is an additional layer of protection that works against sophisticated malware. This extension of HIPS analyzes the behavior of all programs running on the computer and warns you if the behavior of the process is malicious.

HIPS exclusions from Deep Behavioral Inspection enable you to exclude processes from analysis. To ensure that all processes are scanned for possible threats, we recommend only creating exclusions when absolutely necessary.

For more information about Deep Behavioral Inspection, see the Online Help topic Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS).