How to activate ESET File Security

After installation is complete, you will be prompted to activate your product.

There are several methods for activating your product. Availability of a particular activation scenario in the activation window may vary depending on the country, as well as the means of distribution (CD/DVD, ESET web page, etc.).

To activate your copy of ESET File Security directly from the program, click the system tray icon TRAY_ICON and select Product is not activated from the menu. You can also activate your product from the main menu under Help and support > Activate Product or Monitoring status > Product is not activated.

You can use any of the following methods to activate ESET File Security:

License Key - A unique string in the format XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX which is used for identification of the the license owner and for activation of the license.
Security Admin - An account created on the ESET License Administrator portal with credentials (email address + password). This method allows you to manage multiple licenses from one location.
Offline License file - An automatically generated file that will be transferred to the ESET product to provide license information. Your offline License file is generated from the license portal and is used in environments where the application cannot connect to the licensing authority.
Click Activate later with ESET Remote Administrator if your computer is a member of a managed network, and your administrator will perform remote activation via ESET Remote Administrator.You can also use this option if you want to activate this client at a later time.

Select Help and support > Manage license in the main program window to manage your license information at any time. You will see the public license ID used to identify your product by ESET and for license identification. Your Username, under which the computer is registered with licensing system, is stored in the About section, which you can view by right-clicking the system tray icon TRAY_ICON.


ESET Remote Administrator is able to activate client computers silently using licenses made available by the administrator.