F-Secure Antivirus 2017 Review

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F-Secure Antivirus 2017 is must-have total protection against viruses and spyware that is easy to install and use. It offers Instant Protection against new threats and many features you come to expect from top notch antivirus software. F-Secure provides this protection while not slowing down your computer. It's fast and easy so you get more out of your computer while staying protected.

Price

F-Secure offers a slightly different pricing scheme than most other antivirus software companies. They only offer one type of license protecting 1-3 PCs. F-Secure has excellent protection capabilities for the price. The following prices are for 1 year subscriptions which offer automatic virus updates throughout the subscription term. F-Secure also offers a 2 year subscription for a discount. If you are looking to protect up to 3 PCs, then F-Secure offers the absolute best deal.

1 Year Protection Subscription:

1 PC 2 PCs 3 PCs
$39.99 $39.99 $39.99

You can easily download F-Secure Antivirus 2017 from their website (www.f-secure.com). They also offer a CD version for an additional $9.95 if you would like to have a physical CD. Their checkout process is very simple and straightforward.

Features

While F-Secure may not be as feature rich as some other antivirus software, they make up for it in the quality of protection they offer. They provide automatic updates and their "DeepGuard" cloud computing technology protects you from the most recently discovered threats (See the "Protection Level" section below for more info).

F-Secure does offer their software in 28 languages which is more than most antivirus programs. They have a nice statistics section which simply shows your antivirus protection stats including viruses and spyware cleaned, emails cleaned, and applications checked. For such a powerful antivirus program, F-Secure has one of the simplest user interfaces we've seen. They do not leave many settings up to the user which some advanced users might not like. You can configure F-Secure to ask you what to do when a threat is found or just take care of it automatically.

F-Secure has a mobile broadband connection setting allowing you to disable security updates when you are connected to a mobile broadband network to reduce your data usage. When installing F-Secure, it scans your computer for other antivirus software and automatically removes it to prevent conflicts.

System Requirements:

Minimal System Requirements
OS: Windows XP (32-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit),
Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
CPU: 600MHz Processor (XP), Capable of running Vista or 7 (Vista, 7)
Memory(RAM): 256MB (XP) / 512MB (Vista, 7)
Hard Drive Space: 600MB Free Space during Install
Internet Connection for product activation and updates
 
Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows XP (32-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit),
Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
CPU: 600MHz Processor (XP), Capable of running Vista or 7 (Vista, 7)
Memory(RAM): 512MB (XP) / 1GB (Vista, 7)
Hard Drive Space: 600MB Free Space during Install
Internet Connection for product activation and updates
 

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Main Screen Settings Statistics

Ease of Use

F-Secure installs fast and requires no configuration to begin. Novice users will love its simplicity and knowing that they have one of the best antivirus programs. It has a simple but informative interface. There are not many settings to configure, so the user can just go with the default settings as they offer the maximum protection. F-Secure also offers easy-to-read, statistics on past scans, viruses and spyware detected, and malware cleaned.

The status is displayed on the main screen showing a green check when your computer is protected, an exclamation point when something needs attention, and a red "X" when a problem or threat is found.

Protection Level

Don't let F-Secure's simple interface fool you, it offers very highly rated protection capabilities as compared to many other antivirus programs. Their new version offers significantly enhanced protection against viruses, spyware, infected emails, and other malware.

F-Secure offers great protection against 0-day threats using their "DeepGuard" cloud computing technology. This service guarantees the fastest protection against new threats. The amount of malware is growing daily and most malware can install itself silently on your computer through the web. F-Secure uses protection built on reputation services by maintaining a known list of malicious files, websites, and malware. That way they can automatically determine the maliciousness of these objects, and using "DeepGuard", share this information with other F-Secure users to provide the best protection possible.

Spyware can secretly track your web surfing habits and collect personal or sensitive information about you. It can then send this information to hackers or use your computer to propagate itself to another computer. F-Secure protects you from this threat by preventing spyware from even entering your system and removing such software that already exists on your system.

F-Secure receives some of the highest scores from AV Test (www.av-test.org) and AV Comparatives (www.av-comparatives.org) independent real world antivirus protection tests. These are two very respected, independent antivirus test groups. AV Test indicated that F-Secure's protection against 0-day threats as well as protection and prevention against widespread threats is among the best. F-Secure received very high scores in these areas.

F-Secure also received an ADVANCED+ rating, their highest rating, from AV Comparatives for their effectiveness in everyday real world protection and threat removal. During AV Comparatives testing only 21 of 1898 threats were not detected giving F-Secure a great detection rating.

AV Test Scores:

OS Protection Repair
Windows 7 92% 83%
Windows XP 100% 83%

AV Comparatives Real-World Protection Test Rating:

ADVANCED+

Performance

F-Secure offers amazing protection while running silently in the background. It uses very little system resources so you won't even notice it running or slowing down your computer use.

It still makes sense to set F-Secure to perform full systems scans in the early morning hours when your computer is most likely not in use. F-Secure receives some of the highest ratings for performance among all antivirus programs while at the same time protecting your system very well.

AV Test Scores:

OS Usability (Performance)
Windows 7 83%
Windows XP 92%

AV Comparatives Performance Test Rating:

ADVANCED+

Customer Support

F-Secure Antivirus 2017 is very fast and simple to use. It's unlikely that you will need help from customer support but its nice to know that F-Secure has great support based in many countries and in over 13 languages. Their US based technical support is available via phone (24/7), email (24/7), and live chat (24/7). F-Secure also has an extensive online knowledge base, community forum, and some nice free online tools. These include an online scanner should you not be able to install the F-Secure software because of malware, and a PC health check which will scan and report any vulnerabilities in your system. Their support staff is knowledgeable and quick to respond.

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