So have you ever heard of a company called Trend Micro? They are an established and well thought of company who offer a popular virus protection suite of software specifically driven to help protect you from the unscrupulous attacks of hackers the world round.
Trend Micro 2009 is their latest software package and one of the packages that we have put to the test and have made our exclusive report available to you at this time, and to begin with I will start with the setup.
Our installation was clean and even a reboot was not required. After activation, the signature databases were updated as well as any program updates it needed. If you ever want to uninstall an independent option is also available. A few traces of the product were found upon reboot.
The interface is an enhancement of last year’s version, removing some odd features. Down the left side are nicely place Overview, Virus and Spyware Controls, Personal Firewall Controls, Internet and E-Mail Controls, and Other Settings. Clicking any of these buttons will open a more detailed view in the right windowpane.
In Trend Micro 2009, there are additional features that appear in the form of a pop-up dialogue, including protection for mobile phones, system utilities, and onscreen keyboard.
Prominent at the bottom are buttons Scan Now and Update Now. The whole page is color coded to inform you about the status and uses the now-standard red for alert, yellow for warning, and green for good.
A simple antivirus scanner and also in addition a antispyware scanner was provided in Trend Micro Antivirus plus. A utility tracks your system files and notifies you if some changes occur to your system.
Updates are both available as automatic and manual. Automatic updates checks for updates every few hours, three hours to be more precise. If an update requires a reboot then you shall be notified by the program.
In Labs’ performance tests, Trend Micro Internet Security 2009, in general, scored even with Norton Internet Security 2009 this year. In one third-party independent antivirus test, Trend Micro 2008 scored well, in the upper-middle rank.
On the iTunes test, Trend Micro Internet Security 2009 came in at a respectable 271 seconds, 3 seconds longer than our test system. On the Microsoft Office test, Trend Micro Internet Security 2009 finished last at 1,415 seconds, better than some standalone antivirus products.
During a test in which scanning a single folder with compressed and media files, Trend Micro Internet Security 2009 had very respectable results, completing this test in 229 seconds, only a few seconds more than Norton.
In terms of boot speed, Trend Micro Internet Security 2009, at 30.45 seconds, was much faster than Norton Internet Security 2009, at 33 seconds.
In terms of whether Trend Micro Internet Security 2009 will protect your PC, we mention results from two leading independent antivirus testing organizations.
From AVtest.org, Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 found 91 percent of the malicious software and 88 percent of the adware in the September 2008 test.
These are some pretty impressive results. Despite faltering on the On Demand antispyware portion, Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 scored average or better in the other individual tests performed.
Some good technical support is offered by Trend Micro. The good thing is it is free. You are first directed to an Answer Guide. If you can’t find what you are looking for in the FAQ, then you can search the knowledge base, submit a question via e-mail, conduct an online chat (1 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends), or even call a representative of Trend Micro(5 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays only).
Some other Help/support features include PDF-file documentation. There is also a video tutorial (which other vendors should supply but don’t), an interactive learning guide to the product’s features, and a Getting Started manual that covers the basics.
Tidy interface is impressive. Good effective and helpful live-chat support is available. Scanning abilities for vulnerabilities is not bad. Installation is difficult on malware-infested systems.
The interface looks almost the same as the previous one, except that the familiar controls are now on a tab named My Computer. So there is nothing much new in the interface to praise about.
With the latest edition Trend Micro Virus Scan 2009 aims at boosting protection, reducing worries for the user, and does it all using fewer system resources.
Trend Micro Virus Scan 2009 is a significant improvement over last year’s edition. Its features go along better, some user-interface peculiarity is fixed, and it recovered from installation problems much more conveniently.
A great product to challenge is competitors. Much improved protection-definitely worth giving a try.
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