ESET, spol. s r.o.
Private Limited Company
Industry Security software
Founded 1992 (1992) in Slovakia
Founder Rudolf Hrubý
Peter Paško
Miroslav Trnka
Headquarters Bratislava, Slovakia
Area served
Key people
  • Richard Marko (CEO)
  • Andrew Lee
  • Pavol Luka
  • Juraj Malcho
  • Milan Masaryk
  • Ignacio Sbampato
Number of employees
Increase1,300[2] (2016)

ESET is an IT security company headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia that was founded in 1992.[3] The company was awarded the recognition of the most successful Slovak company in 2008, 2009 and in 2010.[4][5]

ESET offers anti-virus and firewall products such as ESET NOD32, hence competing in the antivirus industry market.


The company was founded in 1992 when Miroslav Trnka and Peter Paško, authors of antivirus software NOD, partnered up with Rudolf Hrubý. They adopted 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.[6]



ESET is privately held and has branch offices in San Diego, United States; Montreal, Canada;[10] Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil; Prague, Czech Republic; Kraków, Poland, Singapore; and Australia[11] 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.[12] 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.".[13]

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.".[14] It awarded ESET the 2012 North American Endpoint Security Products Customer Value Enhancement Award and the 2011 Global Customer Value Enhancement Award.[15]


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.[16][17]

In 2009, CNET awarded ESET Smart Security 4 the CNET Editor's Choice Award under the Internet security suite category.[18] 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.".[19]

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."[20]

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."[21]

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).[17][16][22] ESET set a world-record when it received 80 consecutive VB100 awards from Virus Bulletin.[23]


Main article: ESET NOD32
Home/Home Office[24]
Business Solutions[25]
Free Tools[26]

Remote Administrator

ESET Remote Administrator is a free central management console designed to allow network administrators to manage ESET software across a corporate network. On February 25th, 2015 ESET released Remote Administrator 6, a completely re-written platform to administer ESET software from a browser or mobile device.

SysRescue Live

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.[27]

See also


  1. "ESET :: Download :: For Home". Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  2. "ESET reveals what the future holds for cybersecurity and the fight against hackers". IBTimes UK. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  3. "About ESET: Company Profile: History". ESET. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  4. "Firma roka je Eset a najúspešnejšia banka VÚB" (in Slovak). SME. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2010. "Eset je len treťou spoločnosťou, ktorá dokázala titul Firma roka obhájiť."
  5. Doktor, Vladislav (11 November 2009). "Eset je opäť firmou roka" (in Slovak). Hospodárske noviny. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2010. "Firmou roka v dvanástom ročníku udeľovania cien za mimoriadne podnikateľské výsledky týždenníka Trend sa včera stala softvérová spoločnosť Eset, ktorá obhájila vlaňajší primát."
  6. Jozef Andacký (10 July 2014), Začiatky Esetu (in Slovak), p. 13, ISSN 1335-0684
  7. "About ESET :: Company Profile :: History". Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  8. "ESET Opens Research & Development Center in Canada at Montreal's École Polytechnique Campus". Polytechnique Montreal. 17 April 2012.
  9. "ESET Secure Authentication: New Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) System Protects Passwords and Prevents Data Breaches". Yahoo!. 21 February 2013.
  10. "ESET is opening R&D Center in Canada at Polytechnique Montréal". École Polytechnique de Montréal. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  11. "ESET opens Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore". Version-2 Limited. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  12. "ESET Tops Worldwide Growth List for Consumer Security in Leading Industry Analyst Firm's Security Software Market Share Report". BusinessWire. SAN DIEGO. 2012-04-26.
  13. "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms". AntiVirusSales. 2014-01-17.
  14. "ESET Receives 2011 Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Enhancement Award". ESET. 2011-06-22.
  15. "Frost & Sullivan Honors Industry Innovators, Superlative Accomplishments Recognized at Best Practices Awards Gala". Frost & Sullivan. 2013-03-13.
  16. 1 2 Awards & Certifications, ESET
  17. 1 2 Awards, Certifications and Accolades, ESET
  18. Turrentine, Lindsey (2009-04-22). "23 downloads win CNET Editors' Choice". CNET.
  19. ESET Smart Security Wins CNET Editors' Choice Award, ESET Press Center
  20. Lilly, Paul (2013-04-22). "Choose Your Defender! 10 Anti-Virus Programs Reviewed and Compared". Maximum PC.
  21. Lilly, Paul (2013-06-17). "Best Antivirus 2013". Maximum PC.
  22. "Virus Bulletin VB100 Results Overview: ESET". Virus Bulletin. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  23. ESET Sets Record for Consecutive Virus Bulletin Awards with 80th VB100 Award, ESET Press Center
  24. "''ESET Products for Home Users''". ESET. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  25. "''ESET Business Solutions''". ESET. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  26. "''Utilities''". ESET. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  27. "ESET SysRescue Live". ESET. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2014-10-07.
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