Trend Micro Anti-Spyware 3 review: Trend Micro Anti-Spyware 3

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.9
  • Setup and interface: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 6.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good Good Web-history-cleaning and cookie-management features; extensive real-time monitoring; intuitive interface; especially good at stopping CoolWebSearch spyware variants.

The Bad Comparatively expensive; doesn't find quite as much spyware as some of the popular free options.

The Bottom Line Trend Micro Anti-Spyware 3 is a solid and easy-to-use choice for your antispyware protection.

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Trend Micro Anti-Spyware 3

Trend Micro's Anti-Spyware 3 (formerly known as InterMute SpySubtract) is the established security vendor's latest entry into the PC spyware wars, bolstered by its recent acquisition of leading antispyware developer InterMute. The home version retails for $29.95, with an annual renewal fee of $14.95, and it features better scanning, faster definition updates, and more efficient memory and CPU usage than Trend Micro's previous antispyware products. Trend Micro offers a fully functional online antispyware scan and is the only antispyware vendor in our survey to provide free telephone technical support. However, based on testing done by CNET Download.com, Trend Micro Anti-Spyware 3 finished near the bottom of the list for removing known spyware and near the bottom in overall performance.

Installation and setup are as simple as can be; however, during installation of this program, we were required to give an e-mail address for future updates--this was the only program in our tests to require this. Accept the default choices, and without even the need for a reboot, Trend Micro Anti-Spyware 3 is ready to perform an initial scan of your system for known adware and spyware. The Venus Spy Trap real-time monitoring feature will automatically kick in and pay attention to an impressive list of system indicators that can reveal spyware-related problems.

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Trend Micro Anti-Spyware 3

Part Number: TMA4591 Released: Jun 1, 2005

MSRP: $29.95

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  • Release date Jun 1, 2005
  • Category security applications
  • Compatibility PC