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ESET security software now scans for threats even before Windows boots up

By Alvin Soon - on 17 Nov 2017, 4:35pm

ESET security software now scans for threats even before Windows boots up

ESET’s latest consumer security products for Windows, which include ESET NOD32 Antivirus, ESET Internet Security and ESET Smart Security Premium, can now scan for threats before even the operating system boots up.

Called the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Scanner and included in all three products, the feature scans for threats like rootkits and ransomeware that can survive even after an operating system has been reinstalled.

It sounds like an obscure threat, but the ability to install malware at a root level is a real one. UEFI vulnerabilities have been demonstrated over the years, and a data leak from surveillance software make Hacking Team revealed that the company was selling such rootkits to governments.

The Connected Home Monitor (previously Home Network Protection) feature has been enhanced to help users protect themselves from threats coming through Wi-Fi networks. 

The new version lets users test their router-connected devices for vulnerabilities, while deep router testing includes scanning for port vulnerabilities, malicious domains and malware infections. Devices connected to the home network are also listed, to help quickly identify any rogue devices that have invaded the network.

The ESET Internet Security and Multi-Device Security packages also come with webcam protection, which was added last year. Webcam spying is, unfortunately, a real thing, and even though you can tape your camera to prevent from being visually spied on, that doesn’t stop malicious agents from recording you on audio.

Besides the trio of updated security products for Windows, ESET also offers security software for Mac and Android. The company’s website has a handy chart comparing the different features between each package.