Web access protection

Internet connectivity is a standard feature in a personal computer. Unfortunately, it has also become the main medium for transferring malicious code. Web access protection works by monitoring communication between web browsers and remote servers, and complies with HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) and HTTPS (encrypted communication) rules.

Access to web pages known to contain malicious content is blocked before content is downloaded. All other webpages are scanned by the ThreatSense scanning engine when they are loaded and blocked if malicious content is detected. Web access protection offers two level of protection, blocking by blacklist and blocking by content.

We strongly recommend that Web access protection is enabled. This option can be accessed from the main window of ESET Internet Security by navigating to Setup > Internet protection > Web access protection.


The following options are available in Advanced setup (F5) > Web and email > Web access protection:

Web protocols – enables you to configure monitoring for these standard protocols which are used by most Internet browsers.

URL address management – enables you to specify HTTP addresses to block, allow or exclude from checking.

ThreatSense parameters – Advanced virus scanner setup – enables you to configure settings such as types of objects to scan (emails, archives, etc.), detection methods for Web access protection etc.