Trend Micro Review - UPDATED Jul. 2017
Trend Micro antivirus solutions have been on the market pretty much since the dawn of the PC and they are one of only a handful of companies that have managed to stay relevant over the years. Even today, their products are exceptional and groundbreaking, definitely setting them apart from the pack. In this Trend Micro antivirus review, you will learn about all the things that make it one of the finest solutions on the market.
Trend Micro is one of a few companies that have been around since 1988.
It was founded in Los Angeles by Steve and Jenny Chang and Eva Chen who is still with the company, serving as CEO. In the 1990s, Trend Micro developed the world’s first corporate server protection, as well as the first gateway virus protection.
Over the years, they continued to develop new solutions to new problems, all the while perfecting their antivirus software that has ranked among the best for decades.
Today, the company employs over 5,000 people and protects more than 200 million consumer and enterprise users.
Package Information And Features
As one of the premiere business security providers, Trend Micro features two major categories of solutions for corporate users – for business with fewer than 100 employees and for corporations which employ over 100 people.
When we are talking protection for home users, Trend Micro has 4 different packages, plus a fifth one for Mac users.
The most basic package is called Trend Micro Antivirus + Security 10. It provides constant protection from every piece of malware that has been identified. This is enabled by daily updates to their malware signature database which collects data from sensors around the world. Trend Micro Antivirus blocks spyware, viruses, worms and Trojans, while also blocking dangerous websites before you open them.
Their Internet Security 10 package adds a number of features that are aimed at family users, such as control over which online content children have access to, as well as which desktop apps they can use. With this package, your social network profiles are also secured. Finally, you get the PC system optimization features. With this package, you can secure 3 PCs.
The Maximum Security 10 package adds a password manager for your online accounts and a secure browser for your online banking needs. This package also introduces mobile device protection which is used to secure your mobile devices, regardless of the operating system (Android, iOS). On top of that, with this package, you also get an optimization tool that prolongs battery life and helps your mobile devices perform better. With this package, you can secure 3 devices.
Their ultimate plan, Premium Security 10 comes with all the features of Maximum Security 10, but you can secure up to 5 devices.
The Antivirus for Mac provides users with essential protection, while allowing you to scan privacy settings on social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Its ransomware protection is somewhat weaker than with the PC solution, though.
Reliability And Performance
Trend Micro has built a decades-long reputation on the basis of their antivirus software which ranks among the very best. For example, their malware signature database is updated daily and it collects data from one of the largest networks which includes hundreds of millions of threat sensors. In essence, no new piece of malware can be discovered that Trend Micro is not on top of, immediately.
Trend Micro Antivirus regularly ranks among the very best in the industry when it comes to detecting and eradicating both unfamiliar and well-known malware. And while no malware can get past Trend Micro Antivirus, the problem is that sometimes their software is a bit too strict. In other words, Trend Micro is known to report more false positives than other antivirus solutions.
The Trend Micro Antivirus review also reveals scan times that rank among the better on the market. The quick scan is exceptionally quick while the full scan also ranks among the faster. During the full scan, you can expect to experience a drop in your PC’s performances, but this is nothing too serious.
When we are talking privacy features, the basic Trend Micro Antivirus offers protection against identity theft through phishing emails, which is more than most companies offer as part of their basic packages. Micro Trend’s more expensive packages add scans for privacy settings on social networks, a password manager for your online accounts, as well as a totally secure browser in case you wish to do safe online banking. With more comprehensive packages, you will also get the features for secure deleting of data and disk rescue features.
Installation And Ease Of Use
We were not too excited when we figured out that this software comes with one of the larger installation files. That being said, the installation was relatively fast and simple. Overall, using Trend Micro Antivirus was a very smooth experience. Decades spent in the industry have resulted in an intuitive design, which allows for comfortable use.
Depending on the version of Windows that you run, the system requirements will vary. For Windows XP users, a 350MHz CPU and 256MB of memory will be enough. For Vista, you will need 800MHz and 512MB and for Windows 7 you will need 800MHz and 1GB (2GB for the 64-bit version). For Windows 8 and up, you will need 1Ghz and 1 to 2GB, depending on whether you run a 32-bit or a 64-bit version. You will also need 1.3GB of disk space, regardless of the kind of Windows you use.
Trend Micro’s interface is an exercise in sleekness and modernity. When you first launch it, you are welcomed by a pleasant white-gray-blue palette that is very easy on the eyes. There is a big Scan button smack in the middle of the home screen. If it is surrounded by a green circle, you are protected.
Above it, you have four main sections – Device, Privacy, Data and Family. To the right, you have your other options which will take you to Scan Options, Settings and the Security Report.
Besides being really simple and streamlined, Trend Micro’s interface’s main strength is that it is equally as friendly to newbies as it is to experts.
It is really difficult to find a single fault to Trend Micro’s interface.
The people from Trend Micro have really done a fantastic job of providing support for their users. They have an entire section on their website where you can find solutions to absolutely any problem or question you might have surrounding any of their software. There are also discussion boards and a 24/7 telephone line where you will actually reach people who know what they are doing.
Trend Micro Antivirus + Security 10 will cost you $34.95 a year. Internet Security 10 is $49.95; Maximum Security 10 is $39.95 and Premium Security 10 is $49.95. Antivirus for Mac will cost you $29.95. The best thing is that you can also take advantage of a Free Trial version before you decide on whether to purchase their solutions.