Trend Micro AntiVirus with Anti-Spyware 2009 is a well-equipped and effective antivirus and antispyware product that has been protecting millions of personal computers for quite a long time. Apart from some issues with occasional freezing and slow down, you do not get much to complain about. It allows you to configure any antivirus requirement to protect your machine. Regular three-hourly updates and good technical support add to the value of the software. Although Trend Micro provides a complete Internet security suite that has both these features, as well as internet-based virus and malware protection, if you do not access the Internet much then the smaller package is an option worth considering.
In the PC Pro Lab's antivirus test the software successfully identified 78% of malware and achieved a 97% detection rate among non-executables. It missed a few specific exploits that nearly every other package detected, including variants of the SDBot backdoor and the VB worm. It has problems with slow down and occasional freezing. It also showed some trouble with MSN Live Messenger and Firefox. The PC Pro Lab also found the program relatively resource-hungry - the CPU usage became 100% when downloading, and XP's total RAM usage for the system approached 900MB.
The software is easy to install and update, but initial update requires a reboot. Configuring the settings and advanced setting is easy. Updates can be done automatically or manually depending on your needs. The program updates automatically every 3 hours, and this runs in the background. If any update requires a reboot you will get notified. It has all the common features of an antivirus and antispyware software, and can also recognize unauthorized changes made to your operating system or files.
The interface is user-friendly and does not require much user interaction, either for scanning or updates. Most of the configuration tasks are easily understandable. The suite performed above average in different labs, and the company provides very good support and a great knowledge base on various security issues.
Author Kevin McLanedate added 2009-09-07 12:21:43