What's new in ESET Smart Security 7 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7?

KB Solution ID: SOLN3343|Last Revised: October 03, 2014

ESET Smart Security 7 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7 feature many improvements, including improved ESET Anti-Theft, improved Anti-phishing and numerous improvements to the ESET Personal firewall.

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Antivirus improvements

The removable media blocking module used in versions 5 and 6 of ESET products has been replaced with a more advanced Device control module. Device control allows you to scan, block or adjust extended filters and permissions and select how users can access and work with devices including disk storage, CD/DVD-ROM and FireWire storage devices. The top 3-5 most popular stand-alone malware cleaners are now included with the product as Specialized cleaner. Specialized cleaners are designed to remove complex malware from your computer. The status icons that indicate the protection status of a computer have been unified for better usability.

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HIPS improvements

The updated HIPS module In ESET Smart Security 7 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7 includes the Advanced memory scanner, which is designed to strengthen the protection against modern malware. In an effort to evade detection, malware writers extensively use file obfuscation or/and encryption. Exploit blocker is designed to fortify often exploited application types on users’ systems, such as web browsers, PDF readers, email clients or MS Office components. It adds another layer of protection, one step closer to attackers, by using a completely different technology compared to techniques focusing on detection of malicious files themselves.

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Firewall improvements
ESET Smart Security 7 now includes the Vulnerability shield extension of firewall that improves detection of known vulnerabilities on the network level.

Personal firewall IDS options have been extended with the ability to add IDS exceptions, which can be used to customize Personal firewall behavior upon various IDS detections. A user can choose to block, log and/or notify ESET about malicious activities including port scanning, poisoning attacks, security hole attacks, etc. by adding an IDS exception. Users can modify IDS exceptions in the IDS exceptions editor located in Advanced setup Network Personal firewall.

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As in previous versions of ESET Smart Security, IP addresses that have been detected as sources of malicious activities are automatically added to the Blacklist to prevent connection for a certain period of time. In version 7 of ESET Smart Security, users can now modify the blacklist by removing IP address from the blacklist or prevent future blocking of an IP address by creating an IDS exception. To access this feature click Setup Network View temporary IP address blacklist.

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New notifications displayed at the bottom of the screen are clearer and more informative.

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Anti-phishing improvements
Anti-phishing in ESET Smart Security 7 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7 includes improved blocking of scam websites with questionable reputations or that include potentially unwanted content.

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Submission of files and websites for analysis to ESET
Enhancements to the Submit a sample for analysis feature allow users to categorize the URL of a Suspicious site as possibly infected, phishing or scam. Users can also submit a False positive site if a secure website is being blocked for no reason or for incorrect reasons.

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Changes in MSI installation
ESET Smart Security 7 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7 include improved speed and reliability of installation and a modified user interface when installing offline. The automatic initial scan will run 20 minutes after installation or restart to scan a computer for malware.

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Improved compatibility
ESET Smart Security 7 and ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7 including ESET SysRescue and notifications in Metro UI are fully functional on Windows 8.
 
 
Minor changes
  • Gamer mode has been moved from the Tools tree to the Computer tree in Advanced setup.
  • String changes to improve readability, usability and user experience.

 

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