ESET releases Online Scanner - Beta

ESET, a global provider of antivirus software, today announced a release of its new online scanning service. Powered by award-winning ESET NOD32 Antivirus software, ESET Online Scanner is a free Web-based service that enables computer users to perform a comprehensive system scan to check for and clean viruses, spyware, and other malware—without uninstalling their existing antivirus solution.

"It's a pleasure for us to offer the public the power of NOD32 in our new Online Scanner service," said Miroslav Trnka, co-founder and CTO of ESET. "ESET believes in empowering users to make the best AV buying decision, and we've offered free 30-day trial licenses for many years that include full product functionality. While it doesn't replace the trial version, the new Web scanner takes this try-before-you-buy philosophy a step further by allowing users to test our product in real-time without removing their existing protection."

ESET Online Scanner Benefits

* Fast and Easy-Use: The scanner is installed and activated by a single button
* Always Up-to-Date: Uses the most current threat signatures and heuristic detection algorithms available from ESET Threat Lab
* Comprehensive Malware Detection: Detects both know and unknown forms of malware, including viruses, worms, Trojans, phishing, and spyware
* Deep Scans: Scans inside archive files, runtime packed executables and email messages
* Cleaning: Cleans systems that were infected while running another antivirus solution and allows end-users to troubleshoot and repair many malware-related problems
* Anonymity: The Online Scanner can be used anonymously as contact information is not required in exchange for use of the service.

ESET Online Scanner requires the following minimum system components:

Hardware:

* 133MHz Intel™ Pentium™ processor or equivalent
* 32MB of RAM
* At least 15MB of available disk space

Operating System:

* Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003 and Windows Vista

Software:

* Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 5.0 or later

Link: ESET Online Scanner
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News source: ESET News

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Hello,

I looked around on ESET's web site and found an email address for requesting support and reporting problems with beta versions of their products. It is betasupport@eset.sk. If you are having problems with false positive or false negative alarms I would think they could help resolve them.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

i dont know but its there any of this scanners that its compatible with firefox i just hate to use ie, i use it for windows update already and its an annoyance

"It does not prevent from them."

^ During the first-time scan installation. Is it just me, or is that grammatically incorrect?

You NOD32 fan boys are funny. Don't get me wrong, NOD32 is good protection but NOD32 promotes it product as if it is the best in the industry hands down and this is just plain marketing bull. I had NOD32 in the past. It was decent but my computer still got infected and the virus had to be manually removed because the great ALMIGHTY We're better than you NOD32 couldn't remove it. LOL.

NOD32 scores highly in AV-Comparatives testing but does not achieve first place rankings. This honor has been going to Avira Antivir also a very lightweight program that consistently maintains a very high detection rate. Kaspersky also out performs NOD32 in the same testing. AV-Test confirms the same.

Anyway this new service by NOD32 is great. Although I wouldn't recommend NOD32 for real-time protection I would recommend this online service as NOD32 maintains a high detection rate.

Update:

I'm using the online scanner now and it is extremely sloooowwww. That's too bad because NOD32 actually is quite fast at scanning. This snail scanner could give people a false impression. I know, I know, it's beta so hopefully this will improve.

internetworld7 said,
You NOD32 fan boys are funny. Don't get me wrong, NOD32 is good protection but NOD32 promotes it product as if it is the best in the industry hands down and this is just plain marketing bull. I had NOD32 in the past. It was decent but my computer still got infected and the virus had to be manually removed because the great ALMIGHTY We're better than you NOD32 couldn't remove it. LOL.
Yeah, I've had similar experiences with Nod32 missing things that Kaspersky picked up before (of course its probably happened the other way around too)....

ps: LOLOL!!11 did you get the virus from pr0nz?

Yep, I'm guilty, from pr0nz!

KHaKi- said,
Yeah, I've had similar experiences with Nod32 missing things that Kaspersky picked up before (of course its probably happened the other way around too)....

ps: LOLOL!!11 did you get the virus from pr0nz?

Unfortunately ESET online scanner isn't on par with Nod32 standalone, not even close. Not only it is very slow but it isn't good at distunguishing false positives from real viruses, and it can't be configured. It had identified ~30 false positives when I stopped it.

ESET You can do better than this.

NOD32 scores highly in AV-Comparatives testing but does not achieve first place rankings. This honor has been going to Avira Antivir also a very lightweight program that consistently maintains a very high detection rate. Kaspersky also out performs NOD32 in the same testing. AV-Test confirms the same.

Don't get me wrong, but in the latest virus bulletin test, didn't Kaspersky failed? As far as I know NOD32 only failed 2 times in those tests.

Not that I'm very into this matter. I don't even use a/v (Linux, blabla).

Are you sure they're false positives?

Yogurth said,
Unfortunately ESET online scanner isn't on par with Nod32 standalone, not even close. Not only it is very slow but it isn't good at distunguishing false positives from real viruses, and it can't be configured. It had identified ~30 false positives when I stopped it.

ESET You can do better than this.

Yogurth said,
Unfortunately ESET online scanner isn't on par with Nod32 standalone, not even close. Not only it is very slow but it isn't good at distunguishing false positives from real viruses, and it can't be configured. It had identified ~30 false positives when I stopped it.

ESET You can do better than this.


Well it's a beta....

internetworld7 said,
Are you sure they're false positives?


Yes I am, since Nod32 2.70 that I'm using as my antivirus has nothing to report and it has been tweaked to scan for everything with advanced heuristics on. Some of the files in questiona are years old like RockXP 3.0.

a news post about Eset makin an online scan, and allready 2 of 4 posts are about other products :)

good news for the people who do't run Nod32, now they to can clean their computer with the best

HawkMan said,
a news post about Eset makin an online scan, and allready 2 of 4 posts are about other products :)

good news for the people who do't run Nod32, now they to can clean their computer with the best :)

I run Nod32 on my system and I've also tried the beta package w/ firewall and such.

I hop back and forth between Nod32 and Kaspersky because after months of never seeing an infection I get paranoid they might be missing something....but I never find anything.

Have you considered avoiding porn sites?

KHaKi- said,
I run Nod32 on my system and I've also tried the beta package w/ firewall and such.

I hop back and forth between Nod32 and Kaspersky because after months of never seeing an infection I get paranoid they might be missing something....but I never find anything.

internetworld7 said,
Have you considered avoiding porn sites?
NOWAI. ILUVPRONZLOLOL!111111 0/10 ......anyone worried about their PC security = cuz of tehpr0nz? Good call. Ever think I might share a computer with less computer savvy people, hint: My girlfriend who uses myspace? Of course not right? Thought so..

@ KHaKi

Can NanoScan eliminate the threats detected?

No. NanoScan is a tool for detecting malware, but not for disinfecting. If you need to disinfect your PC, use TotalScan.

ESET Online Scanner is a free Web-based service that enables computer users to perform a comprehensive system scan to check for and clean viruses, spyware, and other malware

So ESET Online Scanner is better...

Copernic said,
@ KHaKi

So ESET Online Scanner is better...

Good point...for convience/all-in-one I agree....for a speedy check i disagree (which was the only reason I really liked it TBH :redface: )

and another point for ESET over nano: NanoScan is designed to detect ACTIVE threats. In other words, it can detect viruses, spyware, Trojans and other threats that are running on your PC at the time of the scan. NanoScan does not detect latent threats that are inactive but which could activate at any time. :sleeping:

.....aaaaaaaaanddddd another: Note: Don't be surprised if TotalScan finds active viruses not detected by NanoScan. This is due to the fact that TotalScan has superior detection capacity. :disappointed:

More and more reasons pushing me away from the 'quick check' of nano.

it looks nice but check out: http://www.nanoscan.com/ made by Panda

NanoScan in figures:
It detects over 900,000 viruses, spyware and other known threats.
It also finds threats that have not yet been identified thanks to its TruPrevent® intelligent technology.
It is downloaded and scans in approximately 1 minute.
It takes about 400k (compared to 20-30MB taken by other virus scanners)

dont know how accurate it really is but for 1 minute scan its nice....but I wouldnt have it be my only protection >.>

Even if nanoscan detects something actively running it will not delete it. Instead you are asked to run TotalScan which is no longer a "beta" free service; instead it is subscription based.