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A Comparison of ESET vs McAfee by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of ESET vs McAfee by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of October 25, 2014).


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Versions:

ESET Nod32 Antivirus 6 - Nod32 is the ESET entry level product. It provides sophisticated antivirus and antispyware, as well as Host Based Intrusion Protection System (aka restricting certain programs from changing settings to something malicious). Nod32 also has an antirootkit which detects spyware attempting to hide from the operating system.

ESET Smart Security 6 - Very similar to Nod32 Antivirus 6 but with a few enhanced features including an intelligent firewall, anti-spam capabilities and parental control options.
Versions:

McAfee Antivirus Plus 2014 - This is the entry level McAfee product. It comes jam packed with a lot of useful features including the standard antivirus scanning, a firewall, a digital file shredder, PC tuneup, and portable USB scanning.

McAfee Internet Security 2014 - Internet Security includes the same features of Antivirus Plus with additional features like anti-spam, online backup, and parental monitoring.

McAfee Total Protection 2014 - Total Protection includes the same funtionality as Internet Security but it comes with even more features like wireless network protection, encrypted storage, and anti-phishing technology.
Strengths:

ESET has a very impressive resume. They score very high on antivirus tests at basically everything. They rank #2 out of 20 antivirus suites at accuracy. You can see the report here. They also rank #3 in performance (another AV Comparatives test).
ESET Cybersecurity for Mac provides a convenient solution for Mac users.
An AntiRootKit is a very nice feature because root kit threats can be a nightmare to deal with so its great if ESET is able to detect those.
Strengths:

McAfee comes loaded with features in all versions that other competitors require upgrades for or do not include at all. These include features like the digital data shredder (which permanently deletes files so they cannot be recovered), a firewall, a PC tuneup and a USB and removable drive scan.
The wireless network protection is an interesting option which is often overlooked by most antivirus competitors.
Active Protection technology provides immediate protection against malicious threats to your PC. A new threat can be analyzed and blocked in a split second rather than waiting hours for traditional techniques.
Virtual Sandbox:

There isn't a specific eset sandbox in Smart Security 6, but there is something called HIPS technology (Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System) which prevents unauthorized changes to programs.
Virtual Sandbox:

No. We do not see a virtual sandbox option in McAfee
PC Optimization:

ESET SysInspector provides analysis of the operating system, including running processes, registry content, startup items and network connections.
PC Optimization:

Yes. McAfee addresses unused applications, temporary internet files, and other items slowing down your PC. McAfee QuickClean™ removes these problems to enhance PC performance.
Backups / Online Storage:

We couldn't find any kind of online backup option for ESET.
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes. McAfee Total Protection 2014 offers online backup protection (up to 2GB).
Parental Control:

Smart Security 6 does include parental controls by restricting access to websites by specific category or individual URL.
Parental Control:

Yes. McAfee restricts inappropriate websites from children and it can limit online time as well.
Chat / IM Protection:

Chat protection can be found in the NOD32 Antivirus 6 solution but not in the Smart Security 6 version.
Chat / IM Protection:

No. We can't find any specific chat / IM monitoring with McAfee.
Customer Support:

ESET Support includes a forum, a knowledgebase, and a contact form.
Customer Support:

McAfee offers a "Virtual Techician" to troubleshoot common problems, and if necessary online chat, email, and phone support are available.
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