ESET PROTECT vs. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ESET PROTECT
Score 8.8 out of 10
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ESET provides Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) capabilities via the ESET PROTECT Platform, covering Windows, Mac, Linux, and both Android and iOS operating systems, providing Mobile Device Management functionality. It comes with multi-tenant management, ensuring real-time visibility for both on-premises and off-premises endpoints as well as full reporting for ESET enterprise-grade solutions. ESET PROTECT management platform can be deployed on-premise or in-cloud. For organizations looking to…N/A
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP) is a holistic, cloud delivered endpoint security solution that includes risk-based vulnerability management and assessment, attack surface reduction, behavioral based and cloud-powered next generation protection, endpoint detection and response (EDR), automatic investigation and remediation, managed hunting services, rich APIs, and unified security management.
$2.50
per user/per month
Pricing
ESET PROTECTMicrosoft Defender for Endpoint
Editions & Modules
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Academic
$2.50
per user/per month
Standalone
$5.20
per user/per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ESET PROTECTMicrosoft Defender for Endpoint
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional DetailsESET offers are tailored to each customer’s needs. ESET takes pride in working with customers and partners to find the perfect solution for their security challenges at the right price. Contacting an ESET partner or sales representative ensures each solution is made-to-measure and precisely fits the size, complexity of IT environment and level of protection to match the customer’s business requirements.
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Community Pulse
ESET PROTECTMicrosoft Defender for Endpoint
Considered Both Products
ESET PROTECT
Chose ESET PROTECT
It was pre-existing when I came to this company so ESET is dug in deep and removing it would be a process. Defender was nice and is a solution I wouldn't mind moving to. My biggest concern is web protection due to the amount of password compromise request emails the user base …
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
Chose Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is a great tool that allows us to effectively monitor our endpoints, identify security incidents and respond to them effectively before they impact. Real-time attack detection and respond to them directly on endpoint devices. Great seamless …
Chose Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
Microsoft Defender is more easy to install, upgrade and use.
Eset is annoyingly visible.
Chose Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
In my opinion, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint is inferior to the competition. Combined with Huntress it is good (they are designed to integrate), but in my opinion, no need to use the paid version of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint when combining with Huntress, so not really …
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Features
ESET PROTECTMicrosoft Defender for Endpoint
Endpoint Security
Comparison of Endpoint Security features of Product A and Product B
ESET PROTECT
9.0
14 Ratings
6% above category average
Microsoft Defender for Endpoint
8.2
54 Ratings
3% below category average
Anti-Exploit Technology8.814 Ratings8.051 Ratings
Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)9.013 Ratings8.453 Ratings
Centralized Management9.013 Ratings7.953 Ratings
Hybrid Deployment Support8.011 Ratings7.910 Ratings
Infection Remediation9.014 Ratings8.253 Ratings
Vulnerability Management9.413 Ratings8.251 Ratings
Malware Detection9.714 Ratings8.554 Ratings
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User Ratings
ESET PROTECTMicrosoft Defender for Endpoint
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(46 ratings)
8.2
(74 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.5
(5 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
ESET PROTECTMicrosoft Defender for Endpoint
Likelihood to Recommend
ESET
It has almost no effect on PC operation and can be used as usual. The security detection can be programmed according to the usage time, so it can be configured. The low price is easy to introduce. Then, if the number of additional licenses increases, it will be discounted, so it is suitable for the corporate introduction. Regular updates are available, so you can rest assured.
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Microsoft
Advanced threat detection, Microsoft is a great tool for identifying and automated response to any kind of threats. I love the integration capabilities, hence creating a more connected environment. Automated detection and response saves a lot time, comes with a lot of additional and useful features to prevent any cyber security issues.
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Pros
ESET
  • ESET provides comprehensive, transparent protection for my MacOS devices without interfering with the efficiency of my operating system.
  • It's easy to install, configure (default settings are great for just about everyone), and update.
  • ESET's customer communications, including a very detailed knowledge base online, make it clear I've chosen the right antivirus solution!
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Microsoft
  • It provides a unified security experience when combined with other Microsoft products such as Microsoft Defender for 365 and Azure Defender.
  • It has an excellent dashboard and centralized view that make it easy to see and control everything from one location.
  • It's an EDR tool designed to help you understand incidents and alerts better.
  • Real-time detection of attacks and prompt endpoint device responses. It effortlessly interacts with additional Microsoft security products.
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Cons
ESET
  • Price a little expensive - ESET is a great product, but it is priced at a high price and in a market as competitive as antivirus and security tools, this can weigh in the balance.
  • Complexity in creating rules - it's quite complex to create rules in ESET, you end up wasting some time on it, it could be more intuitive.
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Microsoft
  • EDR functionality is missing in the defender
  • Defender's Threat intelligence functionality is not up to mark as compared to competition
  • Defender needs intelligent updates of their virus dictionary as many customers face ransomeware attack even after latest update of defender installed in their system
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Likelihood to Renew
ESET
I'm giving it a 10, because I would totally have no reservations about staying on with eSet for another 3 years once our contract comes up for renewal. We are looking to transfer to a different product in January, however. This is due to a special pricing contract with the state of Ohio that made a normally much more expensive product very affordable and was cheaper than our coming eSet renewal cost. This is a very special case only available to government and educational organizations, but had that not been offered, we would have gladly stayed with eSet.
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Microsoft
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Usability
ESET
We had issues initially getting all of the policies implemented and working since it can be hard to figure out what setting is coming from what policy. Once you get your stack of policies setup and working, the product works great. The installers just work and knowing that they can remove other AV software when you install it can save you a lot of time and headaches.
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Microsoft
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Support Rating
ESET
Excellent support from ESET and when we had questions regarding the initial deployment they were there. The questions we put forth were answered immediately with great detail. Any of the items we put forth, scenarios, were given a good solution from ESET to fit our needs. This company stands by their product and are happy to step up when needed.
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Microsoft
The first time I tried to onboard my macOS endpoints to MDE I struggled for quite a bit. I had to reach out to Microsoft's MDE support team. The tech was very helpful in walking me through the steps during a screen share session
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Implementation Rating
ESET
Do the full scan at the beginning and be prepared to wait until it is done. It will find things you did not know were there. You can leave on the Apple firewall as well as the ESET firewall. There have been no conflicts. Remember to remove emails from being backed up, so you do not have spam on your backup! This was the mistake I made.
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Microsoft
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Alternatives Considered
ESET
I'm a huge fan of ESET, the other companies seem to have either gone off the deep end by adding advertisements or they add too much and slow down the whole program, which slows down the whole PC. I haven't heard others with the same reputation as ESET either, I know of many people who prefer ESET over others as well
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Microsoft
in an overall protection sentinelone is providing better protection for us, but as it comes with subscription's limitation, we have to be really careful in managing the licenses, the MS Defender for endpoint is providing us a decent protection which we are not complaining about, why we chose them ? as mentioned, this is coming with our subscription
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Return on Investment
ESET
  • Stopped several malware outbreaks that would have had considerable downtime on endpoints.
  • Stopped several ransomware attacks that would have potentially costs large sums of money and downtime.
  • Allowed us to utilize Eset itself in lieu of a patchwork of platforms to accomplish the same tasks. Saving us several thousand per year.
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Microsoft
  • By providing robust threat protection, Defender for Endpoint can prevent downtime caused by security issues. Employees can work without interruptions, leading to increased productivity.
  • By significantly decreasing the frequency of security incidents like malware infections and data breaches, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint can protect your network. The cost of incident response, cleanup, and potential regulatory fines are reduced as a result of the decrease in events.
  • The implementation and configuration of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint may require an initial investment in licensing, training, and deployment, which can temporarily affect ROI.
  • The cost of licensing can be substantial, especially for larger organizations. This cost needs to be factored into the ROI calculation.
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ScreenShots

ESET PROTECT Screenshots

Screenshot of ESET PROTECT Platform (Cloud)Screenshot of ESET PROTECT Platform (Cloud)Screenshot of ESET Endpoint Security (Win)Screenshot of Managed Detection and Response diagram

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Screenshots

Screenshot of blocked activitiesScreenshot of Detects & respondsScreenshot of discovers vulnerabilityScreenshot of Eliminates blind spotsScreenshot of Risk management