Is this kind of stupidity and rudeness characteristic of ESET ?

Discussion in 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus' started by Wykham, Jun 5, 2009.

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  1. Wykham

    Wykham Registered Member

    Jun 5, 2009
    A question to the Forum -- Is this kind of stupidity and rudeness characteristic of ESET ?

    I had a rather disappointing exchange with ESET this week.

    1. After testing a trial version of ESET Smart Security 4.0.424 for a few weeks I decided to buy the product. However, the purchase page repeatedly re-directed me to the Italian-language website, so I filled in a Customer Care Request on the English-language website ( USA site ? ).

    2. They replied promptly, giving me a link to a site where they said I could purchase a license.

    3. I tried it, and then e-mailed them to say that the link re-directed me to the Italian-language vendor's website, which was EXACTLY the problem I had described in my original Customer Care Request.

    4. Their reply was :
    "Thank you for contacting ESET Sales Support. Based on your geographical location, we are not able to assist you directly. You must contact one of ESET's local distributors in your country of origin. Please use the link below to find the correct Reseller / Distributor in your area." and, of course, I was right back at

    5. So I e-mailed them with
    "Let me try to make it very clear --
    Yes, I know, I happen to be working in Italy temporarily. So you want to force me to buy the software in a language I don't understand well (Italian). And you want to prevent me from buying the software in the language I've been speaking all my life (English)."

    6. That was three days ago (June 2). They haven't even bothered to reply.

    It seems to me that when a person approaches a business and says "I want to be your customer. Please let me give you my money," obstructionism is one of the least appropriate responses.

    And it's a pity, because I used NOD32 a few years ago when I was in Africa and I have a high opinion of the software -- but the human-ware is making me re-consider my purchase decision.

    Also, where does this kind of stupidity stop ? Next year I might be working in China or Thailand. Will they then insist that I buy the product in a language I can't even read ? ? ?

  2. webyourbusiness

    webyourbusiness Registered Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Throughout the USA and Canada

    the US ESET site has these redirects on them - which is a real problem for people in your situation, and military serving overseas.

    There are lots of resellers (like us) - who sell the product online, who do NOT have these redirects.

    I recommend finding a US based reseller who can provide you the license you require - I also like to think our support is good as well, and if it's not, you can let me know and I can run back and find out why not!

    kind regards

  3. Rmuffler

    Rmuffler Former Eset Moderator

    Jun 26, 2008
    San Diego, CA USA
    Hello Wykham,

    I have sent you a PM.

    Thank you,
  4. ASpace

    ASpace Guest


    You buy a license from ESET Italia but you can use the program in whatever language you choose , including Ukraine , Bulgarian , Chinese , Spanish or whatever you choose . Your license lets you do this . Just visit and use your license to get the language build you desire (no matter where your license was initially purchased from).
  5. Wykham

    Wykham Registered Member

    Jun 5, 2009
    @ ASpace,

    Thank you very much. You make it sound so simple and easy. What a pity ESET Customer Care couldn't tell me that.

    I was expecting it to be like the Microsoft model, where (if I understand correctly) the licence is limited to a specific language version of the product. ((e.g. I believe, a licence for the Italian version of Windows Vista Ultimate is not valid for the English version of Windows Vista Ultimate. Is that correct ?))

    Just one more question -- if I buy a "Versione 3.0" licence (which is what ESET Italia is selling -- see can I use it for version 4.0 ?
  6. miki69

    miki69 Registered Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Vienna, Austria
    Of course, and not only that, you can also use ESS if you want. That's the beauty of ESET license, it works with ALL their products.

  7. no_idea

    no_idea Registered Member

    Apr 1, 2009
    Yes, you can. As long as your license is valid it will let you download and use any available version of the same product.

    I have found this to be true only for "lesser" products.
    If you have an ESS license, it will let you download and use EAV as well but not the other way around.
  8. flyrfan111

    flyrfan111 Registered Member

    Jun 1, 2004
    Correct. This is because someone may want 3 licenses, on 2 systems they may want to run ESS but on the 3rd the only need the AV, it is cheaper to buy a three license pack for ESS than to buy 2 for ESS and 1 for EAV.
  9. Tensar

    Tensar Registered Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    I bought it online for my home PC then when it expired I renewed over the phone with ESET and the two people I dealt with on the phone had excellent speaking skills and genuinely wanted to be helpful. I was/am pleased.

    I know it wont help your immediate situation but it should give you some peace of mind at renewal time that you are not *forced* to renew over the web.
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