The company was founded in 1992 when Miroslav Trnka and Peter Paško, authors of antivirus software NOD, partnered up with Rudolf Hrubý. They adopted ESET, the name of the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and love, as the company name. In 1998 NOD received the VB100 award of Virus Bulletin, which helped the company establish subsidiaries in the United States, Argentina and Singapore, and development facilities in Poland and Czech Republic.Timeline
1987 - The first version of antivirus NOD is created by Peter Paško and Miroslav Trnka
1992 - Founding of ESET spol. s.r.o. in Czechoslovakia (now in Slovakia)
1998 - ESET NOD32 Antivirus received the first Virus Bulletin Test award
1999 - Forming of ESET, LLC in San Diego, United States
2001 - Founding of ESET Software Company in Prague, Czech Republic
2008 - Founding of ESET Research and Development Center in Poland
2012 - Founding of ESET Research and Development Center in Montreal, Canada
2013 - ESET launches ESET Secure Authentication, its first authentication product
2013 - ESET launches Managed Service Provider (MSP) Program
ESET is privately held and has branch offices in San Diego, United States; Montreal, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil; Prague, Czech Republic; Kraków, Poland, Singapore; and Australia as well as distributors in over 180 countries.
According to Gartner, ESET showed the largest worldwide growth rate within the Consumer Security industry for 2011. ESET falls within the Niche Player category of the Gartner Magic Quadrant. According to the Gartner report, "ESET has built a substantial installed base in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, particularly in Eastern Europe, and it has a rapidly growing small and medium-sized business presence in North America. Its Completeness of Vision score benefits from good malware effectiveness in a lightweight client, but it still suffers from weak enterprise management capabilities and lack of investment in market-leading features, such as application control and virtualization support. ESET is a good shortlist option for organizations seeking an effective, lightweight anti-malware solution."
According to Frost & Sullivan, "ESET offers high-performance, proactive endpoint security solutions, and the company goes above and beyond the competition to add value to its products by educating both Mac and PC users on how to defend themselves against the latest cyber threats" and it concluded that "ESET will continue to maintain a strong presence in the endpoint security market and provide high value to its customers." It awarded ESET the 2012 North American Endpoint Security Products Customer Value Enhancement Award and the 2011 Global Customer Value Enhancement Award.
ESET Endpoint Security was rated Five Stars by SC Magazine, and won the Best Antivirus Software of 2013 award by Maximum PC. It further received the Parent Tested Parent Approved seal from PTPA Media.
In 2009, CNET awarded ESET Smart Security 4 the CNET Editor's Choice Award under the Internet security suite category. Reviewers stated that "ESET Smart Security is surprisingly light, consuming around 50MB of RAM when running" and concluded that "For getting all your security tools in one box, Smart Security is an effective and well-respected choice."
In early 2013, Maximum PC awarded ESET Smart Security 5 a 6/10 rating and was impressed with its comparative strengths. Reviewers stated that "Things weren’t quite as bad as they were with McAfee, and ESET did a much better job at blocking polluted downloads and keeping us away from murky websites", but concluded with "We had high hopes for ESET, but we are ultimately let down by this year’s release."
In late 2013, Maximum PC awarded ESET Smart Security 6 a 9/10 rating and was impressed with the improvements made in version 6. Reviewers were unimpressed with the user interface, stating that "There’s nothing flashy about ESET’s interface. It hasn’t been modernized for Windows 8 or touchscreen displays" although they concluded "We dinged the program last year for letting a few nasty containments through, a rare misstep for a program that’s collected a dozen straight VB100 awards from Virus Bulletin in the past two years. It fared much better in our tests this time around."
ESET products are tested and certified by organizations such as AV-Comparatives (Advanced+, Approved Corporate Product), AV-TEST, Virus Bulletin, ICSA Labs, West Coast Labs (Checkmark), CheckVir (Highest Advanced Rank), VMware (VMware Ready) and Microsoft (Windows 8 Certified). ESET set a world-record when it received 100 consecutive VB100 awards from Virus Bulletin.Home/home office
ESET Smart Security Premium
ESET Internet Security
ESET NOD32 Antivirus
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac®
ESET Cyber Security for Mac®
ESET Mobile Security for Android™
ESET Parental Control
Endpoint and mobile security
ESET Endpoint Security (OSX, Windows)
ESET Endpoint Antivirus (OSX, Windows)
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business for Linux Desktop
ESET Endpoint Security for Android
ESET File Security For Windows Server
ESET File Security for Linux / BSD / Solaris
ESET Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange
ESET Mail Security for Linux / BSD / Solaris
ESET Mail Security for IBM Lotus Domino
ESET Security for Microsoft SharePoint
ESET Security for Kerio
ESET Gateway Security for Linux / BSD / Solaris
Data and access protection
ESET Secure Authentication
DESlock+ Data Encryption
ESET Online Scanner
ESET Social Media Scanner
ESET AV Remover
ESET SysRescue Live
ESET Remote Administrator
Kaseya RMM Integration Plugin
LabTech RMM Integration Plugin
ESET Remote Administrator is a free central management console designed to allow network administrators to manage ESET software across a corporate network. On February 25, 2015, ESET released Remote Administrator 6, a completely re-written platform to administer ESET software from a browser or mobile device.
ESET SysRescue Live is a Linux-based bootable Live CD/USB image that can be used to boot and clean heavily-infected computers independent of the installed operating system. The program is offered free of charge, and can download updates if a network connection is present.