Modern cybercriminals often deploy heavily-encrypted malware designed to evade detection, increasing the probability of infection and damage. ESET has conducted extensive research and advanced our detection techniques to uncover these cunning threats.
"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."
Key enhancements to both products assist users in detecting encrypted malware that may be infecting their devices. They feature a built-in cleaning module that eliminates the need for dedicated cleaning tool add-ons.
Core feature and benefit enhancements to ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7 and ESET Smart Security 7 BETA include:
-- ESET Advanced Memory Scanner and Vulnerability Shield stops heavily-encrypted threats designed to avoid detection. As another layer in the security chain, Advanced Memory Scanner is an extension of the Host-based Intrusion-Prevention System (HIPS) technology which monitors process behavior and performs in-depth, real-time memory scanning. This improves detection of malware and enables effective infection-prevention even in cases in which malware is trying to trick the attacker's
emulator/unpacking capabilities. With improved capabilities to analyze decrypted, "stripped" files directly in memory, the software can effectively prevent new and unknown malware attacks. The Vulnerability Shield operates on the network level and protects against misuse of known vulnerabilities in network protocols.
-- Improved Cleaning Module offers overall improved cleaning and helps users to remove certain rootkits previously cleanable only via dedicated cleaning tools. When ESET detects hard-to-remove malware that standard cleaning is unable to remove, the Specialized Cleaner jumps in with a user notification to contact technical support for removal help. ESET Advanced Memory Scanner and Improved Cleaning Module are just two of the three core development functionalities in the BETA products. The third development will be announced once the product is open to general availability.
ESET continues to prove its performance capabilities in AV-Comparatives tests, receiving an Advanced+ Award in May's Performance Test with a total score of 189.4 out of 190, an impact score on system performance of 0.6 (the lower the number the better), and an overall score of 98.9% in April's Real-World Protection testing.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7 and ESET Smart Security 7 BETA are available to the general public for testing, with free BETA license activation.
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