Trend Micro releases 2009 Internet security suites

Improvements include "in the cloud" malware database signatures and education tools to show users from where and how often they are being attacked.

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On Thursday, Trend Micro released its Internet Security 2009 and Internet Security Pro 2009 products for consumers, touting enhanced performance, features, and better end-user education.

New features within Trend Micro Internet Security 2009 include a security activity dashboard, designed to show users where threats are coming from (Web sites vs. e-mail) and which threats have affected them most (Web vs. traditional virus). The suite also includes utilities to clean up disk space, registry files, start-up programs, and browser cache. And, like McAfee, Trend Micro provides consumer access to its new "in the cloud" malware signature database. Trend Micro says it can remediate against an unknown malware sample within 15 minutes, as opposed to the older method of pushing database updates every hour or so.

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2009 includes all the basic features within the Internet security suite plus more wireless networking protection for mobile and laptop users.

Trend Micro continues to provide free phone, e-mail, and online chat support. This year, Symantec is also offering free tech support with its Norton products.

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