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Agent protection

The ESET Management Agent is protected by a built-in self-defense mechanism. This feature provides the following:

Protection against modification of ESET Management Agent registry entries (HIPS)

Files that belong to ESET Management Agent cannot be modified, replaced, deleted or altered (HIPS)

ESET Management Agent process cannot be killed

The ESET Management Agent Service cannot be stopped, paused, disabled, uninstalled or otherwise compromised

Some of the protection is covered by the HIPS feature included in your ESET product.


To ensure full protection of the ESET Management Agent, HIPS must be enabled on a client computer.

Password-protected setup

In addition to self-defense, you can password-protect access to the ESET Management Agent (available for Windows only). When password-protection is configured, the ESET Management Agent cannot be uninstalled or repaired unless the correct password is provided. To set an ESET Management Agent password, you need to create the appropriate policy for ESET Management Agent.