In two days my free 30 day test drive with ESET Smart Security will be over. I am sure you all have read reviews from various sources concerning ESET and other security software. Can you really trust ANY review ---Does advertising revenue influence favorable reviews? ---Do some review sources accept bribery, "payola", or special miscellaneous payments/compensation to guarantee a "top review"? ---Can some former irate/terminated employees of a software company post negative reviews of their former product for revenge? ---Do some current employees of a software company post negative reviews of their competitors products, and/or post highly favorable reviews of their own product---to boost sales ---How many reviews are posted by people who are either barely computer literate, or try to install products on an old computer not up to the minimum specifications. ---Or how many reviews are posted "just for the fun of it", etc. Well, I have never been employed by a computer software company, and I have 10 years of computer experience. So here is my honest, truthful, and unbiased experience with ESET Smart Security. In the 29 days I have used this product: ---I have not experienced any conflicts or "hiccups" with my computer system. Smart Security played very nicely with my computer! ---No firewall intrusions occurred. Smart Security did it's job and kept my computer SAFE! ---At the end of day 28 of my free trial, I performed a full malware scan with ESET. It reported that my computer was free of malware. Of course this report had to be confirmed, so I followed this scan up with full deep scans using the following FREE security software products: Spyware Doctor (Free version part of Google Pack), Avira, and Maleware Bytes. The follow-up scans reported 2 false positives, and a few tracking cookies (not really a security threat). ESET certainly did it's job in keeping my computer safe from malware! And it's results could be trusted! FINAL GRADE: Therefore, I give ESET Smart Security a final grade of "A". Unfortunately, until I receive a satisfactory explanation from ESET on why it's Smart Security Suite is rated near the bottom at the highly respected "Matousec Firewall" review site, I will NOT purchase a license for Smart Security. Next I plan to experiment with using FREE top rated firewall and/or anti-virus products in order to make the paid alternatives EARN MY BUSINESS!!! Just take a look at the pathetic results of ESET Smart Security at the Matousec site. And worse of all, ESET will not even come to bat and defend their product with some adequate explanation!!! (Scroll up to see the chart) http://www.matousec.com/projects/proactive-security-challenge/results.php#detailed-results NOTE: These tests can easily be recreated by anyone to confirm the fairness of Matousec results. Detailed reasons are also given on the various tests a particular software product failed/passed to earn it's protection level. It is hoped that someone from ESET will reply and defend their product!