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ESET, spol. s r.o.
Private Limited Company
Industry Security software
Founded 1992
Founder Rudolf Hrubý
Peter Paško
Miroslav Trnka
Headquarters Bratislava, Slovakia
Area served
Key people
Andrew Lee, Pavol Luka, Juraj Malcho, Richard Marko (CEO), Milan Masaryk, Ignacio Sbampato (alphabetical)
Number of employees

ESET is an IT security company headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia that was founded in 1992 by the merger of two private companies.[3] The company was awarded as the most successful Slovak company in 2008, 2009 and 2010.[4][5] ESET is privately held and has branch offices in San Diego, United States; Montreal, Canada;[6] Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil; Prague, Czech Republic; Kraków, Poland, Singapore; and Australia[7] as well as distributors in over 180 countries.

ESET offers antivirus products like ESET NOD32 and competes in the antivirus industry against Avira, Bitdefender, BullGuard, Comodo Group, F-Secure, Frisk, Kaspersky, McAfee, Panda Security, Sophos, Symantec, and Trend Micro among others.


The company was founded in 1992 when Miroslav Trnka and Peter Paško, authors of antivirus software NOD, partnered up with Rudolf Hrubý. They adopted the name of the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and love as the company name. In 1998 NOD received the VB100 award of Virus Bulletin, which helped the company establish subsidiaries in the USA, Argentina and Singapore, and development facilities in Poland and Czech Republic.[8]


ESET makes extensive use of assembly language in its codebase, reducing system requirements and disk space utilization.[9][10]

In April 2009, ESET offered its antivirus engine in the form of SDK, which was implemented by CYAN Networks Software GmbH in its Secure Web Gateway product line.

ESET's products are regularly tested by organizations such as AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST and Virus Bulletin. ESET is the first company to receive seventy eight (78) VB100 awards from Virus Bulletin and has not missed a single threat in Virus Bulletin's tests since 1998.[11] ESET's products are regularly certified by ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs.


  • 1987 - The first version of antivirus NOD is created by Peter Paško and Miroslav Trnka[12]
  • 1992 - Founding of ESET spol. s.r.o. in Czechoslovakia (nowadays in Slovakia)
  • 1998 - ESET NOD32 Antivirus received the first Virus Bulletin Test award
  • 1999 - Forming of ESET, LLC in San Diego, USA
  • 2001 - Founding of ESET Software Company in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2008 - Founding of ESET Research and Development Center in Poland
  • 2012 - Founding of ESET Research and Development Center in Montreal, Canada[13]
  • 2013 - ESET launches ESET Secure Authentication, the first authentication product of the company[14]

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  1. ^ "ESET :: Download :: For Home". Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "ESET Achieves Another Milestone: More Than 1000 Employees Globally". PressReleasePoint. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "About ESET: Company Profile: History". ESET. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Firma roka je Eset a najúspešnejšia banka VÚB" (in Slovak). SME. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2010.  "Eset je len treťou spoločnosťou, ktorá dokázala titul Firma roka obhájiť."
  5. ^ Doktor, Vladislav (11 November 2009). "Eset je opäť firmou roka" (in Slovak). Hospodárske noviny. Retrieved 28 April 2010. [dead link] "Firmou roka v dvanástom ročníku udeľovania cien za mimoriadne podnikateľské výsledky týždenníka Trend sa včera stala softvérová spoločnosť Eset, ktorá obhájila vlaňajší primát."
  6. ^ "ESET is opening R&D Center in Canada at Polytechnique Montréal". École Polytechnique de Montréal. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "ESET opens Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore". Version-2 Limited. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Jozef Andacký (10 July 2014), Začiatky Esetu (in Slovak), p. 13, ISSN 1335-0684 
  9. ^ "Assembly language usage in NOD32". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. 
  10. ^ "ESET Knowledgebase Article #358, ESET NOD32 Antivirus System Requirements". Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  11. ^ "Virus Bulletin VB100 Results Overview: ESET". Virus Bulletin. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "About ESET :: Company Profile :: History". Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "ESET Opens Research & Development Center in Canada at Montreal’s École Polytechnique Campus". Polytechnique Montreal. 17 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "ESET Secure Authentication: New Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) System Protects Passwords and Prevents Data Breaches". Yahoo!. 21 February 2013. [dead link]

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