Product activation

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

There are several methods available to activate your product. Availability of a particular activation scenario in the activation window may vary depending on country and means of distribution (CD/DVD, ESET web page, etc.):

If you purchased a retail boxed version of the product, activate your product using a License Key. The License Key is usually located inside or on the back side of the product package. The License Key must be entered as supplied for activation to be successful. License Key a unique string in the format XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX or XXXX-XXXXXXXX which is used for identification of the license owner and for activation of the license.
If you would like to evaluate ESET Smart Security before making a purchase, select Free trial license. Enter your email address and country to activate ESET Smart Security for a limited time. Your test license will be emailed to you. Trial licenses can only be activated once per customer.
If you do not have a license and would like to buy one, click Purchase license. This will redirect you to the website of your local ESET distributor.

Select Activate later if you would like to quickly evaluate our product and do not want to activate it immediately, or if you would like to activate your product at a later time.

You can also activate your copy of ESET Smart Security directly from the program. Right-click the ESET Smart Security icon TRAY_ICON in the system tray and select Activate product from the Program menu.