Slovakia is NOD32's home and where NOD32's development team is located. NOD32's "ancestors" were born around the time the first computer viruses appeared. The first viruses attacked disk boot
sectors, which are located at the edge of a disk. An antivirus program could in a sense be considered a hospital or nemocnica in the Slovak and Czech languages. The originators decided to name the newly created
antivirus program Nemocnica na Okraji Disku which in English would read Hospital at the Edge of the Disk.
Originally called enn oh dee the name by which it became well known and respected in Eastern European IT circles. But thanks to worldwide expansion over the past couple of years the program is now almost
universally referred to as nod. In fact, some reviewers have "given the nod to NOD", and one of the nicknames given to NOD's Australian partner by the VX (virus underground) is "Noddy Roddy".
Today's NOD32 is, of course, entirely different from the original NOD. Several generations of the program were developed over the years to handle ever-changing and increasingly complex computer viruses, finally
culminating in the powerful 16-bit NOD-ICE. When the 32-bit processor appeared, a brand new program was created from the ground up to suit this new platform and NOD32, was born. NOD32's core development team has
been with them from the very start, and we believe they are the most talented and highly skilled group of virus researchers and antivirus programmers in the world today. They have consistently maintained the
unsurpassed quality of the NOD32 Antivirus System since its release in May 1988 and since that day, NOD32 has not missed a single "in the wild" virus
in tests by Virus Bulletin (an industry trade paper-dedicated to testing anti-virus products). Thanks to their efforts, based on independent evaluation by the professional antivirus experts at Virus Bulletin, NOD32 has consistently provided higher detection efficiency and faster hard disk scanning than any other antivirus program in the world for the past seven years
(See Figures 1 and 2). We've come a long way from being "The little antivirus program with the funny name from the country hardly anyone has ever heard of". Our program still has a funny name, but
NOD32 isn't just another "one hit wonder" it's a stable antivirus system with a long tradition of being #1, from a company with a sound economic history.
For several years now, Eset has been a global leader in antivirus solutions. Eset's NOD32 antivirus system has been a top performer in the most crucial testing categories for antivirus solutions - scanning
speed and detection rate. NOD32's state-of-the-art heuristics, lighting fast scan engine, and preservation of system resources, are all hallmarks of Eset's award winning antivirus software! Independent tests
conducted by the most respected authority in the international antivirus industry, the Virus Bulletin, show a staggering difference between NOD32 and the rest of the competition.