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Disable automatic updates in ESET Windows home products


This article applies to the following products:

  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus
  • ESET Internet Security
  • ESET Smart Security
  • ESET Smart Security Premium


Keeping the update modules updated is an important part of obtaining the maximum level of security and protection. By default, your ESET product checks for updates every hour and downloads new updates when they are available (typically 2-3 times a day). However, you can configure your settings to disable automatic updates.


Disabling automatic updates is strongly discouraged and can leave your computer at risk

If you disable automatic updates, we recommend you configure an update task to run at least daily (click Tools → More tools → Scheduler Add task, select Update from the Task type drop-down menu and then click Next to configure), or manually check for updates often (click Update → Update virus signature database).

  1. Open the main program window of your ESET Windows product.

  2. Click Tools → More tools.

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  1. Click Scheduler.

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  1. Deselect the check boxes next to Regular automatic update, Automatic update after dial-up connection and Automatic update after user logon. Automatic updates are now disabled. 

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Security alert

Disabling automatic updates will immediately trigger a Security alert in your ESET product. To re-enable automatic updates (and clear the Security alert), open the main program window of your ESET product and click Schedule update task

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