F Secure Internet Security 2009 has some commendable features which make it stand out from the crowd. This suite licenses virus scanners from multiple antivirus software venders like Norman and Kaspersky, and can scan files on demand, on access and at a scheduled time. It also scans both inbound and outbound POP3, SMTP and IMAP e-mail messages. It has top-notch disk utility features - although these are not directly part of internet security tools, the safety of a machine often depends upon its maintenance.
F Secure Internet Security suite is composed of antivirus, antispyware, anti-spam, anti-phishing tools and a personal firewall. Missing in the suite is an option to label specific messages as spam, an integrated system back up and the ability to block known phishing sites.
Installing the suite on a clean PC is simple and trouble free, but in case of a badly infected PC, you might have serious trouble, though you get a bootable rescue CD ISO image as a free download from F Secure to cope with such eventualities.
The suite's firewall puts all the ports in stealth mode, thus making your computer invisible on the web. The firewall is bit noisy, does not recognise some common programs like Skype of the Google toolbar, and raises questions against internet access by these programs. This apparent ignorance of common programs becomes bothersome after a while.
F Secure scored very high in AV-Test Lab - it found 99% of malwares and 99% of the adware passed on to it in the lab. In the AV-Comparative Lab's malware test it scored a mediocre 91%. ICSA Lab certified it fully for virus detection and cleaning. F-Secure have also secured the VB100 awards from Virus Bulletin for the past five years.
The spam filter is good, and the anti-spam feature integrates with Vista's Windows Mail. F-Secure's DeepGuard 2.0 feature provides an internet-based approach with proactive scanning; it sends the signature of a suspected malware to the F Secure server where it is further scanned against the latest database of malwares.
F Secure Internet Security has a clean, user-friendly interface, with an online tutorial provided. Setting the configurations is also easy. Parental control allows you to create passwords for different kind of web users, and set the level of protection and visibility required.
Author Kevin McLanedate added 2009-09-07 12:12:07