F-Secure Anti-Virus Personal Edition

The Good Robust virus detection; searches for viruses within compressed archives; simple interface.

The Bad Doesn't let you schedule virus scans; won't remove viruses from e-mail before they reach your in-box; expensive.

The Bottom Line F-Secure Anti-Virus offers excellent virus protection, but we still prefer the key features found in McAfee VirusScan 7.0.

Editors' Rating
7.0 Overall

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Review

F-Secure Anti-Virus Personal Edition

With antivirus apps, there's always a fine line between elegant simplicity and a frustrating lack of features. F-Secure Anti-Virus Personal Edition tends toward the latter, offering a robust virus-detection engine but lacking the e-mail interception and scheduling features required to make this an outstanding virus-killing product. We like the ease and tough protection we found in McAfee VirusScan 7.0 or Norton AntiVirus 2003 better.With antivirus apps, there's always a fine line between elegant simplicity and a frustrating lack of features. F-Secure Anti-Virus Personal Edition tends toward the latter, offering a robust virus-detection engine but lacking the e-mail interception and scheduling features required to make this an outstanding virus-killing product. We like the ease and tough protection we found in McAfee VirusScan 7.0 or Norton AntiVirus 2003 better.

OK but not great
F-Secure installs smoothly and automatically updates virus definitions from its Web site. The installation puts two icons in your system tray. Right-clicking one lets you scan a disk or a folder or set the program options. When you place your cursor over the other, it just tells you whether real-time virus monitoring is enabled. The company says a future version of the software will add some functionality to this icon; we suggest that the two be combined, simplifying matters and conserving desktop real estate.

When F-Secure encounters a virus, it launches a step-by-step wizard to guide you through disinfection or virus deletion. This method is much more civilized than the heart-stopping warning screens found in many other antivirus applications. Though F-Secure's interface makes it simple to initiate a scan, the software doesn't include a tool for scheduling scans at a specific time. Nor does it offer any tools for intercepting viruses before they reach your in-box, as Norton AntiVirus 2002 does. Though the real-time scanner will keep an e-mailed virus from executing, you'll still need to delete the offending message yourself.

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  • Brand F-Secure Corp.
  • Version 4.0
  • Compatibility PC
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