Hello, We are pleased to announce the availability of a public beta of a brand new and long-awaited version of ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 and ESET Smart Security 5. The new version has several key improvements and features that are listed below: HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention System) A system analyzing the behavior of running applications and protecting crucial system areas from being altered by malware or other users. Self-defense is now part of HIPS. Cloud-Powered Reputation The Cloud-Powered Reputation system collects information about files from all users participating in the cloud system and uses them to assess the risk level of processes running on the computer. This information is also used to whitelist files for faster scanning. Product update check The product can check for a newer version on the web and provides a quick link for upgrade. Gaming mode Mode intended for gamers in which no pop-up windows appear, scheduled tasks as well as updates are deferred. Gaming mode can be activated automatically if an application running in full-screen mode is detected. Device Control by Device ID Removable media can now be blocked based on several criteria, such as device type, size, serial number, vendor, etc. Startup Scan Delay Scheduled startup scans are now delayed until the CPU consumption calms down after a system start so that more CPU resources are now available to other applications. Auto-Scan of Removable Media Inserting a removable media now pops up a prompt window with an option to scan the media. Shutdown After Scan For scheduled or manually triggered scans it is now possible to enable shutdown after scan. Summary Statistics after scan When a scan completes, a pop-up window notifies the user about the scan result. IMAP/IMAPS scanner A transparent IMAP/IMAPS scanner allows for scanning IMAP/IMAPS communication regardless of the email client used. Activation of Product A new way of product activation has been implemented to streamline the process of activation without the need to enter a username and password. Advanced Setup Tree Redesigned advanced setup tree for more intuitive and easier navigation. Improved Tools View The “Tools” pane was made “dashboard-like” for more intuitive and transparent work. GUI has been reworked and offers easy access to frequently used actions. Parental Control (ESET Smart Security) Parental Control enables parents to define roles for children accounts and thus limit access to web sites, depending on the content. You can download the beta from http://www.eset.eu/download/beta. The beta can be installed over an existing version v2/v3/v4. Note that this version is intended for home users and cannot be installed on server systems (except Windows Home Server). To report a bug, please fill in the beta support form or the internal support form for reporting issues. You can also create a new thread in this beta forum to share and discuss your findings with others. Prior to reporting an issue, check if it's not already listed in the list of known issues: http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page=content&id=SOLN2738. The list is subject to update. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not enable pre-release updates in the beta or pre-release modules for v3/v4 will replace the beta modules.