Free ESET NOD32 Antivirus! (Requires ten minutes of your time.)

Not satisfied with your current anti-malware program? Already checked out the free bad boys but still can’t find a good fit? Stop watching pron. Enter, stage right, ESET NOD32 Antivirus.

ESET NOD32 Antivirus is a security program that provides users with anti-malware protection. Here are the key benefits and key features of ESET NOD32 Antivirus (as per the developer):

Key Benefits

  • Keeps you safe from viruses, spyware, trojans, password stealers and other malware threats
  • Stops most new threats proactively, well before other vendors have issued a signature, maximizing your defense against new and unknown threats
  • Scans and cleans Internet traffic and email, even when it’s SSL-encrypted, so your email is always safe
  • Stops threats from entering through removable devices so you can share files with confidence
  • Integrated SysInspector and SysRescue simplify system diagnosis and recovery
  • Self defense prevents malware from degrading your level of protection
  • Tiny signature updates happen discretely as needed and won’t bog down your system

Key Features

Smarter Scanner – Threats don’t always enter your network in ways you expect. ESET NOD32 Antivirus inspects SSL-encrypted communication channels like HTTPS and POP3S and intelligently scans compressed files to find hidden threats other products miss. Proactive protection begins at the earliest point in system startup to ensure your computer is always secure.

Clean and Safe Email – Email scanning for Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, and other POP3/IMAP mail clients, ensuring your email is free of viruses and other threats.

Removable Media Security – Threats can enter your PC from removable media such as USB thumb drives. For self-running media, ESET NOD32 Antivirus scans autorun.inf and associated files when the medium is inserted, in addition to scanning any file on any removable device when it is accessed, or during a full-scan of the media. Power users can adjust ESET NOD32 Antivirus to perform additional levels of scanning on removable media.

System Tools – ESET SysInspector and ESET SysRescue simplify diagnosing and cleaning of infected systems by allowing deep scans of system processes to find hidden threats, and creating bootable rescue CD/DVD or USB drives to help you repair an infected computer.

Self Defense – ESET NOD32 Antivirus has built-in technology to prevent malicious software from corrupting or disabling it, so you can rest assured your system is always protected.

But hey, all that out the front door. Features are meaningless if protection is sub-par. Thankfully, ESET NOD32 Antivirus’ protection is anything but sub-par. In AV-Comparatives’ latest on-demand tests in August and latest proactive/retroactive tests in Novemeber ESET NOD32 Antivirus ranked among the top tier programs scoring 98.6% and 56% detection rates respectively; and with “few” false positives to boot. While dotTech has never reviewed ESET NOD32 Antivirus, based on AV-Comparatives’ findings all I have to say about ESET NOD32 Antivirus is this: Impressive, no?

That said, typically ESET NOD32 Antivirus would cost you $39.99 for a one year subscription. However, with a little of your time and patience, you can get ESET NOD32 Antivirus for free! (The promotion details don’t specify how long the license will be for, but I am guessing it will probably be for one year.) How exactly does one get ESET NOD32 Antivirus for free? One enters ESET Youtube Contest.

ESET Youtube Contest is a contest ESET is running in which users must submit short 15 second videos to Youtube “promoting online safety”. (A video that can literally take only ten minutes to make.) There will be, of course, selected winners of the contest but everyone that enters gets ESET NOD32 Antivirus or ESET Cybersecurity for Mac:

Prizes (See official contest rules for judging details):

Grand Prize:
The video selected as the Grand Prize winner via popular vote will receive the following:

  • Winning video will run in ESET ad space in Times Square.
  • Winner to receive trip for two to New York to see winning entry. Trip will include round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations for three nights and gift certificate for dinner at a predetermined restaurant.

Most Views:
Entry that has received the most views will receive a $1,000 gift card from either Visa or American Express.

First 20 Participants:
The first 20 participants will receive a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com.

Participation Prize:
All entrants receive an ESET License Key, either to ESET NOD32 Antivirus or ESET Cybersecurity for Mac.

The contest began on December 8, 2010 and will end on January 17, 2011. The winners will be announced February 2, 2011, which is presumably when all participants will get their ESET NOD32 Antivirus or ESET Cybersecurity for Mac.

So are you still interested? The following are the official rules on how to enter, and a link to the contest page to read up on the official contest rules and terms for participation (be sure to read up on how you must be 18 or older to enter):

How to Enter:

  1. Read the Official Contest Rules and Terms of Participation. You must read them and agree to them.
  2. Record a 15 second, silent video promoting online safety. The video must not exceed 15 seconds in length. There is no required minimum length.
  3. Create a YouTube account if you don’t already have one.
  4. Upload video to your YouTube channel. Be sure to tag “ESET” in your video. We will add all contest entries to www.youtube.com/esetusa (hereafter referred to as the “You Tube Channel”).
  5. To be eligible for one of the Grand Prizes, videos must have “ESET” in the title, as well as use the logo in the video. Entrants must also subscribe to the ESET, LLC You Tube Channel.

ESET Youtube Contest Official Page

Good luck to everyone!

Thanks leofelix!

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19 comments

  1. Marisol Perry

    Hi Ashraf – A message for you Just to change the subject temporarily I wanted to say that your site’s looking very handsome right now. I like the way you’ve done the top banner with the orange-blue complementary colours looking most cool. Very nicely done colourwise. And the page looks a lot more integrated now. If you want further integration, try using that orange-gold colour occasionally on other parts of the page in small doses. For example that black ‘up’ button would look better in orange with a black arrow on it. The black button actually has a functionality issue. Whenever I zoom the page in order to see the text more clearly, this black button grows exponentially and blots out quite a bit of your text. It becomes really vexing after a while. I was using Iron browser while this was happening. I don’t know how the main browsers FF and IE perform in this respect, but quite a lot of people have to zoom text to ease eyestrain. It may be helpful if you could test this yourself using the main browsers and zooming the text. It may or may not be an issue for other users who use zoomed text. It finally got to me enough that I scuttled back to Green Browser whose UI I’ve got fully customised to my needs and which shows neither your lovely top banner nor the annoying black button! Ah well, can’t hope to have my cake and eat it too ;-) Season’s greetings to you and fellow Dottechies.

  2. Hugh

    @smaragdus:
    I had to laugh after reading this “usually bought by technologically ignorant people”.

    So professor, what programs do the tecnologically superior people use now?

    I thought the topic was Nod32? Your comment was as useful as a screen door on a submarine.

    By the way Ashraf, thank you for making these offers known. I rarely post, but have n0 patience for bashing a product that serves many people well over the years, without giving a logical reason why.

  3. Sunny

    Hi Ashraf – A message for you

    Just to change the subject temporarily I wanted to say that your site’s looking very handsome right now. I like the way you’ve done the top banner with the orange-blue complementary colours looking most cool. Very nicely done colourwise. And the page looks a lot more integrated now.

    If you want further integration, try using that orange-gold colour occasionally on other parts of the page in small doses. For example that black ‘up’ button would look better in orange with a black arrow on it.

    The black button actually has a functionality issue.

    Whenever I zoom the page in order to see the text more clearly, this black button grows exponentially and blots out quite a bit of your text. It becomes really vexing after a while.

    I was using Iron browser while this was happening. I don’t know how the main browsers FF and IE perform in this respect, but quite a lot of people have to zoom text to ease eyestrain.

    It may be helpful if you could test this yourself using the main browsers and zooming the text. It may or may not be an issue for other users who use zoomed text.

    It finally got to me enough that I scuttled back to Green Browser whose UI I’ve got fully customised to my needs and which shows neither your lovely top banner nor the annoying black button!

    Ah well, can’t hope to have my cake and eat it too ;-)

    Season’s greetings to you and fellow Dottechies.

  4. Saralou

    Thanks Ashraf. I’m grateful for all the work which you do from which I benefit. And even some from which I don’t derive direct benefit. But….

    I dislike looking at videos and don’t want to learn how to make one at this point. Blessedly, the pros on your forum concur that now is not the time.

    Merry Christmas.

  5. mukhi

    @smaragdus:
    couldn’t agree more!!! will never go back to these AVs even if they are given for free for a limited time. with a good progress from the OS maker, you wouldn’t probably have to look for any 3rd party AV software other than free MSE in future.

  6. smaragdus

    NOD32, Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky, all these packages are more terrible than the malware itself, these belong to the past and are usually bought by technologically ignorant people (in many cases such crap comes bundled with the OS). With such amti-virus one no longer owns their own computer. These are not easy to be removed, leaving zillions of left-overs in the resgitry, which may cause all kind of system problems, and in many cases the only solution is a re-installation of the operating system.

  7. hugh

    @chinaguy:
    I still wouldn’t say it was the fault of Eset for sure. I know too many people that use it at home & in corporate environments without problems. Then again, there are several great options out there. It’s not like any one is perfect as we all know.

  8. chinaguy

    @hugh: He is a paying customer, but I just found out about the problem today and haven’t had any time to do anything about it. But yes I am definitely oging to recommend that he change to a different AV. That is just poor. It doesn’t really matter the reason for it. If it is malware then the program stinks for letting it get so deep without so much as a peep. If it is something else then ESET should fix it. And like I said this isn’t the first computer that has had that problem. So there has to be a big problem.

  9. hugh

    annie, are you sure you’re not talking about Eset Smart Security? It has a firewall added, this is just the Anti-Virus.

    chinaguy, for over two months , no updates? If you’re a paying customer they do have a contact email.
    The problem could be one of many, you give too little info to know where to start. But without doubt, you should try another a/v.

    I’ve been using it for several years & never any trouble. Once a year it costs just under $20.00 to renew. Recently it caught a trojan hidden in a flash ad before it had a chance to do anything negative to my system.

  10. Blue

    (With all due respect) Nod32 is kinda like an aging Hollywood actress who pretends that no one has noticed not only her horrid plastic surgery, but her complete lack of talent.

    Yep, Nod32 is exactly like Melanie Griffith. Sad, in a way. More so because its offspring, Kaspersky, (the Kaspersky Labs founders came from ESET) is still quite attractive and ever so much more talented.

  11. chinaguy

    Several of the people in my family have used ESET Nod32 either in the past or are using it now. At the moment the only computer that is still running it has not ben able to update for more than two months, or three I am not sure which. I don’t know what is up with that. When I tried to update it for my Dad today it said download interrupted every time I tried to update it. So I am not sure if maybe a Virus got into the program and is not permitting it to download the updates or what. Also this happened on another computer that was using ESET and we never could get it working. But if it had a virus it was deeply hidden, I downloaded AVAST to scan the computer with and use the real time but it couldn’t find anything either. What do you guys suggest. I would think that if it couldn’t update for a day or two okay but since the middle of September. I am definitely going to suggest he switch but what could cause that.

  12. annie

    Thanks for this, Ashraf.

    However, I’ve just completed a year using ESET NOD32 on 3 computers, and have gone back to freeware at the end of that time (ZoneAlarm, Avira, various antispyware stuff, WinPatrol…).

    While I have no doubt NOD32 is a solid program, I found it made way too many decisions on my behalf that I wouldn’t have made, even in ‘training mode’, which I left on. I like to have close control over which programs access the internet and when, but found this too difficult with NOD32. For instance, I’d find updaters gaily accessing their home sites and beginning to download updates I didn’t want.

    The user interface is non-intuitive, to say the least. I prefer ZoneAlarm’s interface – program control in particular is easy to configure and stays the way you set it. And NOTHING gets through it, at least outgoing traffic.

    ESET NOD32 was good for my husband’s computer though, once it was ‘trained’ (a hit-and-miss affair on his part, but that’s not the program’s fault), it didn’t keep bothering him with decisions to make.

  13. Jimmy

    Hi Ashraf:
    As always thank you for the info.
    Unfortunately I have tried Nod32 pro in 2009 and found that it, like other well knows anti-virus apps to take control over ones computer and deletes without asking permission. I for one like to be in control saying what should be deleted or not. That said if Nod32 can change that like two well known free anti-virus apps, I would reconsider moving back to Nod32. Each person has an opinion on what apps work for them.
    Wishing you all a festive season
    Blessed be