3rd party update servers will work with most NOD32 versions. The patch will only work with 3.0.621 and above. DO NOT use the patch on any versions below 621. We strongly recommend you read our updated article regarding NOD32 AV with unlimited updates here.
Here is some good news for NOD32 users who are tired of getting their keys blacklisted. If you follow the method described below, you will no longer be needing a key to update your copy of NOD32 Antivirus 3.0 or ESET Smart Security (and this works with trial versions). The process does not involve cracking or doing any sort of modification to the core files of above mentioned programs.
How to set up NOD32 Antivirus 3.0 and configure a 3rd party update server:
For an overview of ESET NOD32 Antivirus 3.0 features see this article.
1. Download NOD32 Antivirus 3.0 trial version from here.
2. Install the program with default update parameters. Once the install is done and reboot is completed, double click the tray icon to launch NOD32 control center.
3. By default, NOD32 interface will be switched to Standard mode. You will need to set this to advanced mode. Click on "Setup" in left hand panel and click on "Toggle advanced mode". Answer yes to the question.
4. Several new options will appear when advanced mode is toggled. Click on "Enter entire advanced setup tree" link. A new window will open.
5. From the left hand panel in new Window, Click on "Update". Click on the "Edit" button. A new window titled "Update servers list" will pop up. In the "Update servers" text field type http://eset.com.sapo.pt and press "add". Press ok once to close this window.
6. You will have the update setup window still open. In the "Update server" drop down box, select the server you entered in Step 5 (I.E- http://eset.com.sapo.pt). Delete everything in "username" and "password" text fields and press ok.
7. You should now be able to update NOD32 without issues. The server which you just entered does not validate usernames or passwords so there will be no fear of trial expirations or keys getting blacklisted.
What happens here is that you are downloading updates from an update server hosted by a 3rd party instead of ESET's servers which require authentication and a paid subscription. According to our experience this server is secure. If you have doubts, you can compare the 3rd party server content with that of ESET's official server's using NOD32View tool and see for yourself.
How to set up ESET Smart Security and configure a 3rd party update server:
For an overview of ESET Smart Security features see this article.
The process of configuring a 3rd party update sever to ESET Smart Security is similar to that of ESET NOD32 Antivirus (described above). 3rd party servers for ESET NOD32 Antivirus also works with ESET Smart Security. Download and install ESET Smart Security from here and use the method described above to get free updates.
Note: We cannot guarantee that these update servers will stay online forever as they are not operated by us. If you find that your ESET product is not updating or if you are getting constant server connection failure warnings, drop a comment here and we'll do our best to help you.