Q&A is ESET compatible with core isolation and HVCI?

Ahmed Uchiha

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I would like to know if ESET internet security 15 can work without problems with core isolation and HVCI enabled in windows 11, as I see Kaspersky can't work with those featured enabled and shows warning that hardware virtualization is not compatible or not working.

please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you.
 

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These antivirus programs are compatible with Windows 11 according to AV Comparatives​

Several other tests were run to find out if the antivirus solutions were working correctly on the device. AV Comparatives shared the following requirements:
  • Install successfully, without requiring specialist knowledge or workarounds
  • Activate real-time protection without user intervention
    Integrate with Windows Security
  • Successfully update malware signatures, either automatically or manually
  • Warn if real-time protection is disabled, and allow the user to reactivate it easily
  • Provide (at least) the same malware detection as on Windows 10
  • Take appropriate action when malware is encountered, ensuring that the system is protected
  • Have no obvious bugs or erroneous notifications
  • Uninstall cleanly and remove its entry in Windows Security
 

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These antivirus programs are compatible with Windows 11 according to AV Comparatives​



If you going to use Core isolation and HVCI I would just use built in Windows Defender has its integrated into the OS and works with those features on.
 

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so, ESET is not compatible with core isolation like Kaspersky?
AV Comparatives published the full list of solutions that it found compatible on its site:
  • Avast Free Antivirus 21.7.2481
  • AVG Free Antivirus 21.8.3202
  • Avira Antivirus Pro 1.1.54.2291
  • Bitdefender Internet Security 25.0.26.89
  • ESET Internet Security 14.2.24.0
  • G Data Total Security 25.5.11.316
  • K7 Total Security 16.0.0556
  • Kaspersky Internet Security 21.3.10.391
  • Microsoft Defender Antivirus, as in Build 22454.1000 of Windows 11
  • Malwarebytes Premium 4.4.6
  • McAfee Total Protection 16.0
  • Norton LifeLock Norton 360 22.21.8.62
  • Panda Free Antivirus 21.00.00
  • Total AV Total Security 5.15.69
  • Total Defense Essential Antivirus 13.0.0.545
  • Trend Micro Internet Security 17.0.1181
  • VIPRE Advanced Security 11.0.6.22
AV Comparatives notes that none of the vendors of the listed solutions state that their products support Windows 11 officially. The company suggests that users on Windows 11 devices that were not upgraded from Windows 10 install a trial version of the antivirus solution they are interested in to make sure it is working correctly on the device.
 
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Ahmed Uchiha

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well, ESET doesn't show any warning regarding hardware virtualization as Kaspersky does so, I can't make sure it's compatible with core isolation in windows 11 but, so far it's working without problem but, it might be some incompatibility issues that I am not aware of.
 
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Eset versions 14 and 15 are compatible with Windows 11, but for those specific functions you should ask in its forum for official response.

Maybe @Marcos can clarify it.


Unlike Kaspersky, Eset doesn't use a hypervisor to protect the system, so it has way less compatibility issues.
 

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I am doing the same research as you are @OP. Apple implemented their version of Core Isolation in Monterey which came out this week and all AVs are broken. These AV companies do not know how to do business without kernel hooks... I wish there was an AV that worked well along Core Isolation/hypervisor/Full kernel security. It's a great thing that Windows/MacOS/ChromeOS only allow their own untampared, signed system programs to run in kernel and nothing else.