Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ Review

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Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ provides essential protection so you can email and surf the web hassle free. It proactively stops malware to protect your digital life. Trend Micro protects you from all the latest viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, and malware threats. They offer all this in an easy-to-use program. This is truly set and forget security.

Price

Trend Micro has a pricing scheme that is like most other antivirus software programs. They offer protection for multiple PCs. The following prices are for 1 year subscriptions which offer automatic virus updates throughout the subscription term. Trend Micro also offers 2 year subscriptions for a discount.

1 Year Protection Subscription:

1 PC 3 PCs 5 PCs 10 PCs
$39.95 $59.95 $99.95 $179.95

They offer a download version that can be easily purchased through their website (www.trendmicro.com). During checkout, you can choose to add another year to your subscription. Be aware that Trend Micro signs you up for automatic renewal of your subscription when adding Titanium Antivirus+ to your shopping cart. To opt out of automatic renewal, click the link near the “Product Name” in your shopping cart. You can also order a backup CD for your download order for an additional $10.95. Trend Micro also adds the “Download Protection Service” by default which will maintain the link to your software download and serial key for 2 years instead of the standard 30-days. This is not worth the extra $7.95. Be sure to remove this from your shopping cart before checkout and then just make sure to backup your download and serial key to a CD or USB flash drive.

Features

Trend Micro offers many of the features we come to expect from our antivirus software. One great feature is the “Fake AV Cleaner” which is able to detect and clean malware which poses as antivirus software. There are actually many types of malware that may look legitimate and you may have even been tricked into installing this software thinking you were protecting your PC. Some of this malware will also install by itself and give you popups indicating that there are problems with your PC when there actually aren’t any problems at all.

Trend Micro includes security reports showing your current and past threats which are simple and easy to understand. Trend Micro also includes "Smart Surfing for Mac" at no extra charge should you also own Mac computers. This software protects your online life including web threats, email and IM threats, and online social network threats.

Trend Micro also uses the power of the cloud through their "Smart Protection Network" to proactively protect your computer and share valuable threat information among Trend Micro users (See "Protection Level" below for more information). Another little extra is the ability to customize your Trend Micro Titanium software with your favorite photo or image.

System Requirements:

Minimal System Requirements
OS: Windows XP Sp3 (32-bit), Windows Vista Sp2 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
CPU: 800MHz Processor
Memory(RAM): 256MB (XP) / 512MB (Vista) / 1GB (7)
Hard Drive Space: 400MB Free Space
Internet Connection for product activation and updates
 
Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows XP Sp3 (32-bit), Windows Vista Sp2 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
CPU: 1GHz Processor
Memory(RAM): 512MB (XP) / 1GB (Vista) / 2GB (7)
Hard Drive Space: 500MB Free Space for Maximum Install
Internet Connection for product activation and updates
 

Screenshots (click to enlarge):

Main Screen - Computer at Risk Protection Settings Security Report

Ease of Use

Trend Micro has a very simple user interface that is easy to navigate and read. It has the fewest options to configure of any antivirus software which novice users will love, however, more advanced users may want more control. The installation of Trend Micro is a breeze also as it downloads and automatically selects the best security settings for your PC. Support is available with a simple click on the link in the top right of the main screen, which easily brings you to Trend Micro's online support page.

The security summary and status is prominently displayed at the top of the main screen. Problems are displayed by showing either a yellow exclamation point when something needs attention or a red "X" when a serious problem or threat is found. If everything is protected well and no threats are found, a green check is displayed. Trend Micro allows simple fixing of problems by a single click in the security status where the problem is shown.

Protection Level

Trend Micro protects your PC from the latest viruses, spyware, worms, Trojans, botnets, and rootkits. It actively prevents unauthorized changes to your applications by rogue software. It also allows you to surf the web safely by blocking downloads and access to malicious websites using the “Trend Micro Smart Protection Network”. This smart cloud network uses website reputation technology to protect you from web threats. By using a global network of intelligence sensors to continually update email, web, and file reputation databases in the cloud, Trend Micro can identify and block unknown 0-day threats in real time before they reach you. When one user’s PC detects a threat or Trend Micro’s web sensors detect a threat, new database signatures can be updated very quickly and pushed out to all Trend Micro users effectively protecting them without them even knowing.

Trend Micro can also protect you from rootkit infections which are particularly hard to detect and clean. Trend Micro also finds and blocks malicious links in emails or IMs. It works to protect your information while using online resources like Facebook or while online shopping. This helps protect your privacy and prevent identity theft.

Trend Micro receives some respectable 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. Trend Micro detected all well known threats, but lags behind some other antivirus software in its ability to remove and repair these threats. AV Test indicated that Trend Micro's protection and prevention against widespread threats is the best, however, there were a number of false positives which lowers Trend Micro's rating just a bit. Trend Micro received 92% score in the area of detection and prevention, but lower scores for repairs.

Trend Micro also received an ADVANCED rating, from AV Comparatives for their effectiveness in everyday real world protection and threat removal. During AV Comparatives testing only 22 of 1898 threats were not detected giving Trend Micro a good detection rating.

AV Test Scores:

OS Protection Repair
Windows 7 92% 50%
Windows XP 83% 50%

AV Comparatives Real-World Protection Test Rating:

ADVANCED

Performance

Trend Micro is respectable at performance which earns it an ADVANCED rating by AV Comparatives. It reduces CPU usage by running in the background and only using idle system resources. They also process threat information in the cloud rather than on your individual system increasing your system speed. While it may not be the fastest antivirus software out there, Trend Micro performs very well for the cost, making it a great value.

It still makes sense to set Trend Micro's full system scan to perform in the early morning hours when your computer is most likely not in use. Trend Micro receives average ratings for performance compared to other antivirus programs.

AV Test Scores:

OS Usability (Performance)
Windows 7 83%
Windows XP 75%

AV Comparatives Performance Test Rating:

ADVANCED

Customer Support

Trend Micro’s support site includes a knowledge base, video tutorials, and discussion forums. They have many helpful pages that provide videos and information to educate you on virus and malware threats. They offer specialized malware removal tools including a rootkit buster to eliminate those pesky rootkits. Trend Micro’s “HijackThis” tool is available on their support site. It is a very popular tool used by many computer experts to obtain detailed logs of your computer settings and vulnerabilities. They have great customer service. Their staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They offer a number of ways to contact support including phone (M-F 5AM-8PM PST), 24/7 email support, and live chat (M-F available 22 hours/day but not from 9PM-11PM PST and SAT-SUN 8AM-5PM PST). Trend Micro also offers premium phone service available 24/7 for an extra cost.

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I was still able to get my computer hacked into, if you buy this one. I will not protect your computer at all, buyer beware!!
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