Trend Micro Internet SecurityExcellent scores in our antiphishing and malicious URL blocking tests. New Mute Mode prevents interruptions when you're busy. Includes spam filter, firewall booster. Mixed results in independent lab tests. Ransomware protection not suited to PCs with multiple users.
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Excellent scores in our antiphishing and malicious URL blocking tests. New Mute Mode prevents interruptions when you're busy. Includes spam filter, firewall booster. Mixed results in independent lab tests. Ransomware protection not suited to PCs with multiple users. Are you worried about your antivirus utility's country of origin? While most security companies have a global reach, some users are reluctant to rely on a product from a company whose HQ is in China, or Russia.
That's the going rate; Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, and Webroot among others come in at the same price point.
Note, though, that unlike most competitors, Trend Micro doesn't offer a three- or five-device antivirus license. Note that all of these prices are frequently discounted. View All 10 Photos in Gallery. Don't walk away after you start the installation process, as it needs your input several times.
The installer runs a computer check at startup, to make sure the system doesn't have any active malware. Only after this check does it ask for your license key. Toward the end of the process, you create or log into your Trend Micro account and choose whether to receive monthly security reports.
You also get the option to enable and configure Folder Shield, part of Trend Micro's ransomware defense; more about Folder Shield later. The main window retains its unusual appearance, with a big round Scan button in the middle, a security status indicator below, and four icons above: Device, Privacy, Data, and Family.
The icons change color and animate slightly as you mouse over them, though not quite as vigorously as in the previous edition. Note that clicking Family simply causes the software to invite you to upgrade to Trend Micro Maximum Security. The independent antivirus testing labs around the world subject dozens of security utilities to extensive tests, doing their best to identify which of them offer the most effective protection.
I follow four such labs. Until recently the figure was five, but I found Virus Bulletin's test results less consistently useful, so I dropped that one. Three of the four labs include Trend Micro in their testing, and its results span quite a range. AV-Test Institute rates antivirus products on three criteria: The lab assigns each product up to six points in each category. Like Avira and Kaspersky, Trend Micro earned a perfect 18 points in the latest test from this lab. Lab Test Results Chart.
Researchers at AV-Comparatives test security products in a wide variety of ways; I track four of their tests that focus on antivirus products. Any product that passes a test receives Standard certification.
Antivirus software that doesn't exhibit perfect protection simply fails. Quite a few products that passed in the last round of testing failed in the latest test, Trend Micro among them. It also failed this lab's general malware protection test.
Products that completely prevent malware infestation earn Level 1 certification in the latter test; those that remediate the effects of malware attack within a reasonable time receive Level 2 certification. Only Kaspersky Anti-Virus managed Level 1 certification. Trend Micro took high marks in some tests, but not all of them. Its aggregate lab test score is 8. Kaspersky, tested by all four labs, managed a perfect 10 points. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus , also participating with all four labs, came in second, with an aggregate lab score of 9.
In addition to following tests by the independent labs, I run my own hands-on tests on each product I review. My malware protection test starts when I open a folder containing a collection of sample malware. Trend Micro immediately went to work in my test, quarantining many of the samples.
It also disinfected a few samples, leaving virus-free files. When it finished, only 29 percent of the samples remained. Continuing the test, I launched each of the surviving malware samples. The real-time protection module caught many of them, identifying some as generically dangerous but specifically flagging others as ransomware.
This product doesn't include components focused on spyware protection in particular, but it did flag a few samples as spyware. The antivirus detected 89 percent of my samples and scored 8.
That's a pretty good showing among products tested with this set of samples, though Emsisoft managed percent detection and 9. Tested with my previous sample set, Webroot, G Data Antivirus , and a few others managed percent detection and a perfect 10 points.
Malware Protection Results Chart. It takes me weeks to prepare a new set of samples for my malware protection test, so I necessarily use the same samples for quite a while. I launch each URL and note whether the antivirus prevents the browser from reaching it, eliminates the dangerous download, or does nothing at all. I give equal credit for blocking URL access and for deleting downloads, but I selfishly prefer the former, because it makes the lengthy test go faster.
Trend Micro pushed the browser away from 84 percent of the URLs and wiped out the malware payload for another 13 percent. Its overall score of 97 percent protection is excellent. A website that hosts malware or otherwise attempts malicious action is pretty easy to detect. Phishing websites do neither. Rather, they impersonate banking sites, email sites, and even gaming sites, in an attempt to capture the login credentials of unsuspecting victims.
And when they're caught and blacklisted, the perpetrators simply set up new fraudulent sites. Yes, sharp-eyed users can avoid almost all phishing attacks, but it's nice to have some help from your antivirus. Phishing sites are ephemeral, and phishing trends and techniques change over time. Rather than report hard detection numbers, I compare each product's detection rate with that of long-time antiphishing crusader Norton, launching each suspected fraud simultaneously in browsers protected by each.
I also check products against the fraud protection built into Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Phishing Protection Results Chart. Why pay attention to the phishing protection built into browsers? Of recent products, more than half failed to beat at least one of the three browsers, and over 20 percent exhibited a detection rate lower than any of the three. Trend Micro is at the opposite end of the scale from those, however. Its detection rate came in 3 percentage points better than Norton's.
It's just not possible for any antivirus to stop every single attack in its tracks. There's always the chance that a brand-new threat will get past even behavior-based detection systems. But those attacks don't remain brand-new for long. An antivirus update in a day or even an hour can wipe out the malware.
However, when ransomware is involved, an after-the-fact cleanup doesn't help. Sure, it can get rid of the malware itself, but your files remain encrypted and inaccessible.
Trend Micro is among the growing number of security utilities that includes components devoted to ransomware protection , and it attacks the problem in several different ways.
To start, the Folder Shield component blocks all access to protected files by any program that isn't on the trusted list. By default, it protects the files in and below your Documents and Pictures folders, as well as the local folders representing online storage services such as Google Drive, OneDrive, and DropBox. That's an improvement over the previous edition, which limited protection to a single folder, Documents by default.
Bitdefender and Panda Internet Security also let you protect multiple folders; Panda even denies read access for unauthorized programs. Trend Micro goes further by extending protection to files on USB drives. Of course, it can't protect those files after you unplug the USB device. By default, Panda protects the Documents folder for each user account on the system.
Bitdefender defaults to protecting Documents, Pictures, Videos and Desktop for each account. Folder Shield, on the other hand, can't access folders belonging to other user accounts.
Worse, if you log in to a different user account and try to configure Folder Shield, you end up wiping out existing protections. This feature is ill-suited for use on a multi-user PC. When you edit a file with a trusted program, Folder Shield stays out of the way, but any modification attempt by an unknown program triggers a warning.
If you've just started to use, say, a new photo editor, you simply click to trust it. But if you don't recognize the program, either click to block it or wait a short while for Trend Micro to block it automatically. In testing, it successfully detected my attempts to edit files with a thoroughly off-brand text editor; it also resisted my simple, hand-coded file encryptor. I like to test ransomware protection using real-world ransomware samples, but that proved impossible.
Trend Micro's real-time protection component wiped out all of the samples that I use, and there's no way to disable real-time protection without also disabling ransomware protection. In my regular malware testing, I observed that Trend Micro identified one sample as ransomware, and offered to block two others whose behavior suggested ransomware.
In addition to blocking unauthorized access to sensitive files and detecting ransomware based on its behavior, Trend Micro keeps a secure backup of all files in the protected folders. If ransomware does manage to encrypt some of these before the antivirus kills it, the Damage Recovery Engine does its best to restore files from backup.
Years ago, some security products began adding a do-not-disturb mode to keep users happy. Often called Gamer Mode, or Full-Screen Mode, this feature suppresses nonurgent messages when you're using a full-screen program. No more getting fragged because the antivirus feels like running a scheduled scan, or announcing that it installing an update.