Trend Micro Review: Antivirus Software Review

By: Craig Chamberlin

Spotlight on Trend Micro:

Trend Micro has been a prominent name in Antivirus and security software development for over 25 years. The company has developed a solid reputation over the years for intuitive interface design and excellent real time protection, but as with any security package, it's not without its drawbacks.

Trend Micro was founded in 1988 in the Los Angeles, California.  The company headquarters is now located in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Pros:  Easy to install and manage. Extremely user friendly design. Very cost effective. Top of the line real time protection. iOS And Android Support.
  • Cons: Below average standard file detection rates. On average, uses more system resources than other packages.

 

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  • Features: Full Featured Protection 
  • Ease of Use: Easiest For Users 
  • Reliability: Average 
  • Value: Above Average
  • Money Back Guarantee: 30-Day 

Package Features and Highlights:

  • Trend Micro Antivirus+ - Includes full antivirus protection, firewall protection, online identity and financial protection, e-mail and spam blocking for 1 PC.
  • Trend Micro Internet Security - Includes full antivirus protection, firewall protection, online identity and financial protection, social media protection, e-mail and spam blocking and PC optimisation tools for up to 3 PCs.
  • Trend Micro Maximum Security - Includes full antivirus protection, firewall protection, online identity and financial protection, e-mail and spam blocking, social media protection, parental controls, 5 GB online backup, password manager and PC optimisation tools for up to 3 PCs or devices.

Ease of Use:

The usability and user interface of Trend Micro's antivirus products is definitely as intuitive and easy as the big players in the market such as Norton, Kaspersky and McAfee. This includes all of Trend Micro's security products: Trend Micro Antivirus+, Trend Micro Internet Security and Trend Micro Maximum Security.

At a glance, Trend Micro users can quickly determine the security and vulnerability of their machine. With just a few clicks, users can perform quick scans, full scans or performance optimisations of their system.  

Trend Micro's products also have a very quick installation. During the installation users will be given some insights to some of the features included in their purchased antivirus package. At that time all of the updates will be downloaded and installed as well.

Trend Micro's dashboard also allows users to easily run Antivirus scans, updates, identity theft settings, and PC tune ups. The dashboard is clean, easy to read and intuitive. 

Dashboard of the Trend Micro Maximum Security Software package.

Trend Micro Reliability:

When compared, most antivirus packages need to hold their own in two primary areas of antivirus protection: virus detection through traditional virus scanning and real time protection as files are saved to the system. 

According to AV-Comparatives, a prominent 3rd party virus testing company, the antivirus package included with Trend Micro Antivirus+, Trend Micro Internet Security and Trend Micro Maximum Security was below average for traditional virus file detection but came in first place for real time scanning protection.

It's also important to note that Trend Micro's antivirus packages use more resources than other antivirus products.  This means users will experience more system slowdown due to installed protection utilities. 

Trend Micro Customer Support:

Like their competitors, Trend Micro provides customers with many support options for Trend Micro Antivirus+, Trend Micro Internet Security and Trend Micro Maximum Security. The website includes knowledgebase articles and frequently asked questions. Depending on their comfort level, Trend Micro users can use the online chat system, e-mail system or even purchase various support packages through their Premium Services for Home Users technical support site. 

Dashboard of the Trend Micro Maximum Security Software package while running a system scan..

Value for Money:

Trend Micro offers full featured protection at excellent prices. Users who are interested in top notch real time protection along with powerful security features will be most interested in what Trend Micro has to offer. As far as I can tell, below average detection rates for traditional file scanning virus detection is the only limitation.

The 30 day money back guarantee is another great value feature included with Trend Micro Antivirus+, Trend Micro Internet Security and Trend Micro Maximum Security. If you're not satisfied with your experience then you can get your money back, no questions asked.  

Bottom Line:

 At the end of the day, Trend Micro offers user friendly and powerful real time protection at a great price. Trend Micro's different security packages can include full antivirus protection, e-mail and spam blocking, firewall protection, social media protection, online identity and financial protection, parental controls, 5 GB online backup, PC optimisation tools and a password manager for up to 3 PCs or devices.

Trend Micro is below average for traditional virus file detection rates, but the powerful real time protection along with excellent security, a beautiful user interface and system optimisation features make it an excellent choice for users interested in a virus detection package at a great price.

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Last Updated: November 8, 2015

 

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