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Quick Start Guide
ESET NOD32 Antivirus provides state-of-the-art protection for your computer
against malicious code. Based on the ThreatSense® scanning engine first
introduced in the award-winning NOD32 antivirus system, ESET NOD32 Antivirus
continues to deliver unprecedented protection against zero-day threats, without
the need for constant reactive signature updates to recognize the threats.
This manual will guide you step-by-step through a typical installation process, quick
setup and the basic configuration of the product.
Low system
Gamer mode
Removable media
detects and cleans
more known and
unknown viruses,
worms, trojans
and rootkits.
Protects you from
hidden backdoors,
exploits, crackers,
hijackers, password
stealers and
ESET engineered
a smart solution
with extremely low
demands on system
resources ensuring
fast startup and
smooth performance.
settings streamlines
protection during
gaming sessions.
Allows automatic
scanning and the
ability to block
removable media.
Before beginning installation, please close all open
programs on your computer. ESET NOD32 Antivirus
contains components that may conflict with other antivirus
products or security suites installed on your computer. ESET
strongly recommends that you remove the other program
to prevent potential problems. You can install ESET NOD32
Antivirus from an installation CD/DVD or from a file that you
downloaded from the ESET website.
Launching the installation
To launch the installer wizard, either do one of the following:
• If you are installing from the installation CD/DVD,
insert the CD/DVD into the CD/DVD-ROM drive. If the
autorun menu does not appear automatically, click on
your CD/DVD drive and open it manually by clicking the
Autorun.exe in the CD/DVD root directory.
• If you are installing from a downloaded file, doubleclick the file to launch the installer.
During the initial phase of the installation, the installer
automatically checks online for the latest product version.
If found, the installer will offer it for download and begin the
installation process. After accepting the license agreement,
the installer will offer two types of installation.
Typical – only the most important parameters will be
configured during installation. Other parameters will be
pre-set to their recommended settings. This mode provides
our recommended comprehensive protection and is suitable
for most users.
Custom – enables configuration of all advanced parameters
during installation.
This guide describes typical installation mode.
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Detection of potentially unwanted applications
Since some potentially unwanted applications are used
legitimately and might not necessarily pose a security risk,
the user‘s consent is required to enable detection.
Completing the installation
When all necessary parameters have been configured,
start the final installation by clicking the Install button.
The installation progress will be indicated by a progress
bar. After installation is complete, ESET NOD32 Antivirus
will be started automatically. Since a computer restart is
not normally required, you can carry on working with ESET
NOD32 Antivirus working in the background to protect your
computer from malware threats.
Product activation
After the installation, the Product Activation Type window
appears. You can also open the window by clicking Product
activation within the Setup section, the Update section
or by clicking the status notification icon in the top right
corner of the main product window or the ESET icon in the
Windows notification area of the taskbar (system tray).
• If you purchased a retail boxed version of the
product, select Activate using an Activation Key
(recommended) and follow the step-by-step activation
instructions. The Activation Key is usually located
inside or on the back side of the product package. For
a successful activation, the Activation Key must be
entered as supplied.
• If you received a Username and Password, select the
Activate using a Username and Password option and
enter the license data in the appropriate fields.
• If you would like to evaluate ESET NOD32 Antivirus
before activating, select the Activate Trial License
option. Fill in the required fields and an Email Address.
Your test license will be sent to this address and ESET
NOD32 Antivirus will be activated for a limited period of
If you choose not to activate at this time, click Activate
Later. If you selected Activate Later, you can activate
ESET NOD32 Antivirus directly from the program by clicking
the Product activation option.
If you do not have a license and would like to buy one, click
the Purchase License option. This will redirect you to the
website of your local ESET distributor.
Starting ESET NOD32 Antivirus
ESET NOD32 Antivirus starts protecting your computer
immediately after installation. You do not have to open the
program to start it. However, at any time you may open
ESET NOD32 Antivirus to check your protection status or
to perform various scanning and maintenance tasks. To
open ESET NOD32 Antivirus, double-click the ESET NOD32
Antivirus icon located in your Windows notification area
(system tray).
User interface
The Home section informs you about the current protection
level of your computer.
A Computer scan is an important part of each antivirus
solution. It is used to perform a scan of the files and folders
on your computer’s disk(s).
The Update section contains important information about
the program updates. It is vitally important for the program
to update regularly to provide the maximum level of
protection against the latest threats.
The Setup options allow you to adjust the protection levels
of your computer.
The Tools section allows you to enter the advanced features:
log files, quarantine, scheduler etc.
Comprehensive Help and support for ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
You can also contact ESET technical support directly from
By default, ESET NOD32 Antivirus comes with a predefined
task to ensure regular updates (see the Scheduler section in
the product manual). If no update has been performed yet,
we recommend starting the update manually as follows:
From the ESET NOD32 Antivirus main program window,
click Update from the main menu on the left and then click
Update virus signature database.
The update module will connect to the Internet, contact
an available ESET update server and download digitally
signed update files. These updates contain the most recent
malware signatures and new definitions for advanced
heuristics as well as other program modules. As soon as a
newer update has been installed, ESET NOD32 Antivirus
displays a notification in the system tray area and in the
primary ESET window.
Computer scan
Protection status
After a successful installation and update, we recommend
that you perform a complete computer scan for threats. To
do this, click Computer scan from the main menu on the left
and then select Smart scan from the ESET NOD32 Antivirus
primary window. Scanning of all local hard drives will start.
As long as the scan continues, the status window shows the
progress bar as well as the current statistics about scanned
and infected files found. If a threat is detected, ESET NOD32
Antivirus quarantines the file and displays an alert in the
system tray area. You should be able to continue working as
normal while the scan takes place.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus’s current protection status is indicated
in the following ways:
The system tray icon
A detailed report in the Home section in the event that any
protection module is disabled, the Home window will show
the name of the disabled module, along with a link allowing
you to re-enable it.
The individual protection statuses are indicated by the
following icons:
Antivirus protection is working properly and your
computer is protected against malicious software as well
as network attacks. This status indicates that all protection
modules are enabled and the virus signature database is
green – This icon is displayed if your operating system
does not have all necessary updates installed.
yellow – Real-time file system protection is enabled, but
the maximum level of protection is not ensured. The yellow
icon is displayed if Email client protection or Web access
protection is disabled or malfunctioning.
Resolving Issues
red – Real-time file system protection is disabled.
Since the proper functioning of this module is vital to your
system’s security, we recommend enabling the inactive
module immediately.
ESET’s technical support specialists are ready to assist you
in resolving potential problems. Before contacting the
technical support, we strongly recommend that you first
read the related topic in the product documentation (user
guide, in-product help file) or search for a solution on the
ESET website. This will help you resolve the problem quickly
within a couple of minutes. For various problem solutions,
directions and hints, visit our Knowledgebase at:
To contact ESET’s technical support, use the web form
available at:
Submitting a technical support query
In the event of a problem, contact ESET’s technical support
using the query submission form integrated in the program.
In the Help and support section, select Customer Care
support request (recommended)...module immediately.
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