[Tip] Enable or Disable Windows Update Notifications in ESET NOD32 Antivirus

"Windows Update" is one of the most important and most useful components of Windows OS. It allows you to download and install latest security updates, fixes and performance and reliability updates which are regularly released by Microsoft to keep Windows OS up to date.

In previous Windows versions "Windows Update" used to show alerts about new updates in Taskbar notification area but Microsoft removed this feature from the new Windows 8 OS. Now it shows these alerts at login screen. You can read more information about this issue at following link:

How to Show "New Windows Updates Available" Notification Icon in Windows 8 Taskbar?

Today in this topic we are going to share a tip which might be very useful for people who are using Windows 8 along with ESET NOD32 antivirus. This tip will help Windows 8 users in getting immediate alerts from NOD32 antivirus about new Windows updates available.

One the other hand, this topic will also help people who do not want NOD32 antivirus to show alerts about new Windows updates.

Actually NOD32 antivirus comes with an interesting feature which alerts you about new Windows updates. If you are using NOD32 antivirus in Windows, this topic will allow you to:

  • Disable NOD32 antivirus alerts about Windows updates
  • Customize Windows updates alerts from NOD32 antivirus

Without wasting time, lets start the tutorial:

1. Double-click on NOD32 icon present in system tray or Taskbar notification area. It'll open NOD32 main window. Now click on Setup tab and then click on "Enter advanced setup" link given in right-side pane as shown in following screenshot:


Alternatively, you can directly open it by right-click on NOD32 system tray icon and select "Advanced setup" option from context menu.

2. Now go to "Tools -> System updates" section in NOD32 settings and in right-side pane, you'll see a drop-down box given to adjust system updates notification settings.


3. If you don't want NOD32 to alert about new Windows updates, simply set the option to "No updates". Now NOD32 will no longer show alert messages about new Windows updates.

4. If you want to customize NOD32 alerts, you can set the alert type to any of the given options:

  • Optional updates
  • Recommended updates
  • Important updates
  • Critical updates

5. Once you finish adjusting the options, click on OK button.

Now whenever there are new Windows updates available, NOD32 will show you alert as shown in following screenshot:


When you click on "click here" link, it'll open a new window listing all available updates:


You'll need to click on "Run system update" button to launch Windows Update program and then you can download and install the desired updates.

This feature of NOD32 will definitely come handy for Windows 8 users who are missing the notification alerts about Windows updates in their OS.

What do you think about this feature of NOD32 antivirus? Do you use NOD32? Did you know about this feature? Feel free to share your comment...

Also check: [FIX] Access Denied! Website Blocked by ESET NOD32 Antivirus Message

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  • Hi VG, I am using ESET Smart Security 6. I already know about this update but when i installed Driver Scanner it blocks the web address and it does not allow me to register it nor to update the drivers. So, i have to manually disable to register/update. Any help.

  • I know about this feature since 4 version.

  • I was confused between nod32 and Kaspersky but now I have planned to go with nod32 as it also notifies about Windows updates which will be very useful for me because I am using Windows 8. Thanks for this article VG. :)

  • Thank you VG. I always found these alerts annoying as I'm using Windows 7. So these alerts were useless to me. Now I have turned off these alerts thanks to your guide.

  • avast! 8 also has a feature that checks on many of the critical programs to make sure they are always up to date including the Windows operating system.
    This feature is even available in their FREE version.

  • ^Hey, I didn't know Bob read this site (seen him on avast! forums) BTW, I can't find anything about Windows itself in avast!'s updater, I don't think it covers this. But I use Windows 7, so it might work in 8 and I didn't realize it.

  • Also, VG, may I ask why you choose ESET over other paid and free security programs?

  • VG

    I'm using NOD32 since many years and its doing great. Its lightweight and detects almost all kind of virus, etc. I have also tried Kaspersky but I found NOD32 better than Kaspersky.

  • Yes VG...I agree.... Nod 32 is the best AV

  • Hi just installed Smart security 8.

    Since i did that every time I log on my PC my desktop icons reset.

    I did a complete format in my PC cause is impossible to solve this icons issue.

    All started when I installed Eset. I need a solution


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