Other brands like Norton and McAfee had great scores on some tests but poor scores on subsequent tests. ESET earned our trust thanks to its consistent performance. It caused minor lags only when the computer copied files.
The one thing we don’t like about ESET is that you have to pay an extra fee (about $10—$15) for each device. That adds up fast for families.
That said, the ESET Smart Security Premium package is a solid deal at about $60 a year for one device. It gets you antivirus protection with advanced machine learning to thwart unknown attacks, plus anti-phishing and anti-spam protection, a firewall, parental controls, webcam protection, and tons more. It even includes a monthly security report so you can see how many attacks it’s saved you from.
You can also check out our in-depth review of ESET NOD32 Antivirus, which is a scaled-down and more affordable version of ESET Smart Security Premium.