The Good Includes a firewall and an antispam component to weed out junk mail; updated interface makes it easier to locate and configure program settings.
The Bad Nagging pop-up reminders for product registration and subscription services.
The Bottom Line PC-cillin 2004 includes a firewall and antispam tools--features not found in Norton AntiVirus 2004 or McAfee VirusScan 8.0.
PC-cillin Internet Security 2004
Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2004 isn't your average antivirus program. Sure, top-selling antivirus apps such as (NAV) and (MVS) battle viruses, worms, and Trojan horses, but they charge extra for firewalls and antispam tools. Not so with PC-cillin 2004, a feature-packed virus buster that zaps spam, foils hacker intrusions, and detects spyware--all for about $50, the same price as its lesser-equipped brand-name competitors. Our only real complaint is that PC-cillin 2004 doesn't inform you up front when your signature files are out-of-date, something that both McAfee and Norton do. That aside, PC-cillin 2004 is an excellent value for the home and for small offices. Like any decent antivirus program, PC-cillin 2004 installs with minimal input from you. Its preinstallation scan checks only the most critical areas of the Windows operating system for viruses, and lasted 1 minute in our tests; Norton AntiVirus 2004, by comparison, does a more thorough scan and took 20 minutes. A thorough scan is more reassuring but not always necessary. Once setup is complete, PC-cillin automatically downloads the latest virus definitions and program updates.