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Trend Micro Review - UPDATED Jul. 2017

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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.

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Company Overview

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.

Screenshot_22In addition to this, the Trend Micro Antivirus + Security 10 package will also detect and warn you about spam emails that contain phishing scams aimed at getting vital information from you. Finally, and this is the latest addition to the list of features Trend Micro Antivirus offers, their software now also protects you from ransomware, both in the form of emails and web links. With this package, you can secure only one PC.

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.

Security/Privacy

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.

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System Requirements

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.

Interface

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.

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Support

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.

Pricing

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.

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Bottom Line

Trend Micro Antivirus is among the best solutions on the market. Their new Ransomware protection is a welcome addition and the prices are reasonable.

While some people might find it annoying that Trend Micro will report false positives, it is definitely a better option than employing antivirus software that lets malware run rampant.

It is not the perfect piece of antivirus software, but it is definitely one of the best.

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User Reviews

  • Submitted By LarryB. on 08/26/2016
    I gave it a go, but after three weeks, I realized I could get much better protection for a few dollars more. At least I was able to get my money back without any trouble.
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  • Submitted By ViralDude1988 on 08/07/2016
    You really get what you pay for with this antivirus software. I would definitely recommend that you do a bit more research and spend a bit more on one of the more popular antimalware programs.
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  • Submitted By Devlin1972 on 07/22/2016
    I have been using Trend Micro solutions since the early 1990s and I never once thought about switching to another company. They use some of the largest malware signature databases and their antivirus is never caught off-guard. They may not be the cheapest option on the market, but you get what you pay for.
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  • Submitted By RoyS. on 05/24/2016
    Trend Micro sometimes gives me the hives with their false positives, but then again, that’s the price you have to pay for 100% protection.
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  • Submitted By CarolineBosh on 06/19/2016
    With ransomware becoming such a huge problem, I was so happy to find an antivirus software that can protect against this kind of malware too. The best thing is that this was not just another advertising quip.
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  • Submitted By AndyHack22 on 06/02/2016
    I myself use their most expensive solution, but I got their antivirus for my parents. They like the fact they don’t have to do anything and I like how I can set everything up from time to time and keep them protected. Plus they don’t call me all the time
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Trend Micro Review
Updated : 07.19.2017.
Rating : 8.7/10