Setting up virus DB update

Updating the virus signature database and program components is an important part of providing complete protection against malicious code. Please pay careful attention to its configuration and operation. From the main menu, go to Update and then click Update now to check for a newer signature database.


You can configure update settings from the Advanced setup window (press the F5 key on your keyboard). To configure advanced update options such as the update mode, proxy server access, LAN connection and virus signature copy settings (Mirror), click Update > Profiles. If you experience problems with an update, click Clear to clear the temporary update cache.


The Update server menu is set to Choose automatically by default. Choose automatically means that the update server, from which the virus signature updates are downloaded, is chosen automatically. We recommend that you leave the default option selected. If you do not want the the system tray notification at the bottom right corner of the screen to appear, select Disable display notification about successful update.


For optimal functionality, it is important that the program is automatically updated. This is only possible if the correct License key is entered in Help and support > Activate License.

If you did not activate your product following installation, you can do so at any time. For more detailed information about activation see How to activate ESET Mail Security and enter the license data you received with your ESET security product into the License details window.