Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2010 review: Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2010

Features included only in the pro version are protection for mobile phones; the Trend Micro toolbar, which installs on Internet Explorer and Firefox; a system tuner for recovering disk space and defragmenting your drives; and a password-protected vault that seals if your computer is stolen and accessed. The mobile protection is available only for Symbian and Windows Mobile phones, and, because of the variation of models, requires configuring a download for your specific model. Mobile threats are growing, so being able to prevent browser-based attacks on your mobile for the same cost of protecting your PC might appeal to some users.

Trend Micro has published a comparison chart so you can see which features made it into which products.

Performance
Although there were no problems navigating within Trend Micro and there were no noticeable slowdowns to the naked eye, certain Trend Micro performance hang-ups did appear. For one, the suite had a difficult time respecting the default browser setting on my Windows 7 laptop. Sometimes it would open internal program links into Firefox, my set default, but more often it would open them into Internet Explorer. These links, opening in either browser, took much longer to load. It wasn't clear whether this lag was because of the main suite or the Trend Micro toolbar scanning them before launching.

CNET Labs' benchmarks reveal that all three of Trend Micro's 2010 products had an uneven impact on computer performance. Trend Micro Internet Security Pro and Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware slowed boot time by 4 seconds, while Trend Micro Internet Security only affected boot time by 1.5 seconds. The Pro version also dramatically slowed down shutdown performance, by nearly 8 seconds, while the basic AntiVirus dragged on the shutdown cycle by less than a second, and Internet Security added 1.65 seconds.

The benchmark of Trend Micro's full scan was quite slow, with the Internet Security Pro and AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware products taking 19 minutes, and the standard Internet Security taking 20 minutes. The nonbenchmarked quick scan compared favorably with industry standards, coming in at 53 seconds. The full scan took an average amount of time, at 1 hour and 28 minutes. Besides potential hardware conflicts, keep in mind that these differences can often be attributed to the generally clean state of the benchmarking computer's hard drive, versus the number of programs and files that reside on a real-world machine.

Trend Micro's results were also uneven on processor-intensive tests. On MS Office tests, the Pro suite was again the slowest, followed by the stripped-down AntiVirus. The basic suite, Trend Micro Internet Security, was the fastest of the three, running an average of 18 seconds slower than an unprotected computer. This pattern repeated with our Cinebench tests. However, in iTunes decoding tests all three notched nearly identical scores, and in the multimedia test the basic AntiVirus was faster than its two siblings by 20 seconds.

Cinebench
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Trend Micro AntiVirus with AntiSpyware 2010
4,200 

Multimedia multitasking (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Trend Micro AntiVirus with AntiSpyware 2010
857 

iTunes decoding (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Trend Micro AntiVirus with AntiSpyware 2010
195 

Microsoft Office performance (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Trend Micro AntiVirus with AntiSpyware 2010
519 

Performance speed times (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Scan time  
Shutdown time  
Boot time  
Trend Micro Internet Security 2010
1200 
32.4 
41.35 
Trend Micro AntiVirus with AntiSpyware 2010
1140 
31.31 
44.35 
Standard machine
N/A
30.75 
40.03 

Unfortunately, Trend Micro's efficacy is up for debate. It no longer participates in the trials run by AV-Comparatives.org, and the most recent data from AV-Test.org is for the 2008 version. Keeping in mind that the data is for a test from September 2008, but the 2008 release is actually from fall 2007 because of the security industry's naming conventions, Trend Micro had lukewarm results. It was able to detect between 90 percent and 95 percent of malware on demand, between 85 percent and 90 percent of adware and spyware on demand, but only notched one to two false positives.

Support
Trend Micro offers free customer support, although if you're looking for help through the program, it will merely shove you, via hot-linked FAQs, toward the Trend Micro Web site. The Product Help link will keep you on your computer, but the rest jump you online. Once there, Trend Micro offers prerecorded video help, manuals, online chat service, and phone service. The phone number is only listed on the Web site behind several links, and is not particularly easy to get to.

Conclusion
Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2010 is adequate for security, but the lack of independent test results combined with the cost and the bare-bones features makes it hard to recommend this program to any but the most die-hard of Trend Micro fans. It's hard to say what's different here from what many of the free antivirus vendors offer. If you're set on buying Trend Micro's protection, we strongly recommend you look at the more full-featured packages.

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Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2010

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  • Release date Aug. 24, 2009
  • Category Internet
  • Compatibility PC