ESET NOD vs. McAfee Antivirus

McAfee vs. ESETMcAfee has spent a decent amount of time in the news recently, mainly because of it’s crazy inventor and creator, John McAfee, has spent some time in other countries doing some pretty crazy things. But, let’s put that aside and review the two Antivirus software, and see which one comes out on top.

1. Design

ESET easily trumps in this department. It’s sleek, quick, lean, and very easy to navigate. McAfee’s software is slow, has not had a good redesign in years, and reeks of just business software. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my work life infiltrating my home life. They can stay separate, and ESET does that. ESET’s enterprise edition of the software is much different (user interface wise), than the ESET NOD32 antivirus system. Besides that, the same quality of protection is offered. This, however, isn’t the same as McAfee.

2. Security

Here’s the real meat of the entire process. It’s security. ESET has consistently scored higher when detecting viruses, finding out where viruses are, and preventing a user from getting a virus. Including quarantining the virus, and spends the least amount of time scanning the system (it’s quick and efficient). The McAfee software wants you to spend tons of money on their Enterprise level software (in the range of $200+) for their full suite of protections, including the add-ons that they “recommend”. They do not have the same quality of protection in terms of preventing a user from getting a virus. It also scans the same, but is slow as hell, and wastes tons of computer resources. The only reason they’re still in business is because of Comcast partnering up with them. And Comcast isn’t a good company.

3. Features

This is one part that McAfee “wins” on– it has slightly more features, but it isn’t anything significant in particular to antivirus removal, or antivirus software. But one of the added features of McAfee is that you can’t uninstall it without the correct uninstall tool, and you need to install the uninstall tool first. This “feature” is not hidden within ESET, if you want to remove it, you hit uninstall and it’s gone. It’s not really worth mentioning the other features that McAfee has, as they do not pertain to security, but rather to customer options and scanning abilities, something which ESET NOD32 will gladly catch up onto soon. This means that the user is spending less time getting more security in ESET. And, you can’t get those extra features within McAfee unless you’re willing to dump $200+ on the enterprise edition.


Who wins? ESET NOD32 wipes McAfee out of the park. It simply is just better, in terms of design and security, and unless you’re shelling out 4-6x the cost of ESET NOD32 price for a “better” Antivirus, you’re not going to get much, at all. So, ESET NOD32 is a better piece of software.

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