ESET Nod32 Antivirus 7 and Smart Security 7 Blasts Into Beta

Paul Lilly

Solid AV solution updated with another layer of protection.

If you're a longtime reader of Maximum PC, you know that we run an antivirus roundup each year, along with intermittent standalone reviews in between. One company that, for the most part, has consistently performed well is ESET , which again had a strong showing in our most recent roundup. ESET also just announced that its NOD32 Antivirus 7 and Smart Security 7 products are now available in beta trim.

Like previous versions, ESET says its version 7 offerings maintain a light system footprint while still offering stellar protection against all forms of malware.

"To combat this security industry challenge, our team has added a new layer of protection for our users in the beta products," said Palo Luka , ESET Chief Technology Officer. "The new technology we are introducing with the beta release of our flagship products, ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security, will make it much more difficult for malware to go undiscovered."

New to version 7 is an advanced memory scanner that's supposed to thwart heavily encrypted threats. The added layer of protection is an extension of the Host-based Intrusion-Prevention System (HIPS) technology that monitors process behavior and offers real-time memory scanning.

ESET's beta releases are available for free to the general public.

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