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As far as scanning configuration is concerned, users may pick an in-depth, contextual menu or Smart scan, as well as set the scanner to only detect infected files without removing them.

Advanced settings may be altered when it comes to the scan objects (operating memory, boot sectors, emails, archives and self-extracting archives, runtime packers), heuristics and Smart signatures, cleaning level, file extensions, size limits, alternate data streams, logging, Smart optimization, and background scanning. Additional options can be configured for the real-time guard, HIPS, gamer mode, anti-stealth protection, web access, email client, and anti-phishing.

In order to run a complete scan, it is necessary to pick the entire PC when tinkering with the custom mode behavior.

ESET Smart Security is built on award-winning ESET NOD32 Antivirus (see comparison) and its powerful Threat Sense engine, an advanced heuristics technology which proactively recognizing threats, and has precise detection with zero false positives.

Another features of ESET products is lightweight design which requires less memory and CPU power, plus fast scanning speed.

The setup procedure is fast and requires a bit of attention.

ESET asks users to enable or disable detection of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), depending on their preference.