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3.5-The Trend Micro security suite is good but not the best

  • Nov 3, 2008
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This is a pretty good program. I thought suite did well with malware cleanup, removing 70 percent of all files and Registry changes introduced by malicious infections. Only Symantec Norton Internet Security 2008 did a better job at disinfection, at 80 percent. The Trend Micro package allowed us to copy 732MB of files the fastest of the eight suites while its real-time detection was enabled--an indicator of the drag you can expect a security suite to have on your PC.

In general, Trend Micro has assembled the features you'd expect from a security suite, with antispam, parental controls, and antiphishing to complement the standard antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall components. Its firewall successfully hid the protected PC from outside attempts to scan it, and it avoided unnecessary warnings when known programs attempted to access the Internet. But its parental controls fared poorly. If you enable the feature, the filters you can create will apply to everyone who uses the computer. Also, the program doesn't prompt you to set a program password--and if you don't, any other user can open the program and turn the parental controls off.

If you can get past the bugs, you'll like the Trend Micro suite's clear interface. The settings for the various features are easy to find, and a nice weekly summary report lists all the threats blocked and other program statistics. You may need to refer to that report: By default, the suite displays alerts only if it can't automatically handle a threat it discovers in real time or during a scheduled or manual scan. A better approach would be to let users know they may have just opened an unsafe e-mail message, for instance, to give them a better idea of what to avoid in the future.

Until Trend Micro improves its back-end malware detection and forward-facing user interface, it won't be among the best suite options available.

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I've been a Trend Micro user for many many years now and I am a very happy customer indeed. If you need an easy to use solution for virus protection, firewall, and just the ability to use your computer without worrying about any nasties that you will get on the web or email you HAVE to try out this product! It's a great bargain at the price point its at, the customer support is fantastic and it's an easy to use product all around. I love it and continue to upgrade every year.    ***** …
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With Trend Micro Internet Security, you no longer need to choose between computer performance and maximum protection. Get smart, proven security that never sleeps, guarding your PC from the latest threats while giving you the freedom to browse and shop online. Safeguard your PC and your personal information without compromise.

Enhanced parental controls help you take charge of where and when your children go online. Click to enlarge.

Maximum Security. Online Freedom.

Why worry about malicious downloads and dangerous web pages?

Trend Micro Internet Security provides smart, up-to-date protection for your home network against present and future threats without slowing down your PC. Protection for up to 3 PCs per household.

Home Network Map lets you see all the devices connected to your network at a glance, manage the security of other network computers remotely, and block wireless home network intruders from accessing yours. Click to enlarge.

You can block websites with inappropriate content, prevent access at specific times, and even stop children from typing personal information in webpages. Click to enlarge.

Surf the web without worry
Smart security features in Trend Micro Internet Security protect the computers in your home as you email and browse online:

  • Prevents email and image spam from reaching your inbox
  • Halts access to dangerous web pages
  • Stops websites from installing dangerous downloads on your computer

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