Experience Excellent Protection With The Simple To Use F-Secure Antivirus 2012


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On February 9, 2012
Last modified:June 2, 2012


F-Secure Antivirus 2012 is incredibly easy to use and highly effective, making it one of my favourite two antivirus programs of the year.

My Review Of F-Secure Antivirus 2012

Today’s 2012 antivirus review features the latest offering from F-Secure; F-Secure Antivirus 2012.
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Key Benefits:
  • Good malware detection rates – protect your computer from all the latest threats
  • Good malware clearance rates – get rid of any nasties that are already on your system
  • Simple, easy to use interface – a great choice for less technical people

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Will F-Secure Antivirus 2012 run on your computer?

The minimum system requirements are as follows:

  • Windows XP / Media Center / Vista / 7 (all versions)
  • 256+ MB of RAM for XP / 512 MB+ RAM for Vista and 7
  • 600 MB of free hard drive space
  • Internet connection

F-Secure Antivirus 2012 interface
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How easy is it to install F-Secure Antivirus 2012 and get to grips with it?

Installation of F-Secure Antivirus 2012 was easy enough and shouldn’t pose you any technical problems. It was, however, a rather laboured process, taking longer than any other antivirus program I’ve tested thus far this year. That may of course be down to a poor internet connection on the day so I’d love to hear if anyone else found the installer rather sluggish.

On a more positive note, the program does check to see if you have any other security programs already installed. I’m still surprised how many security products don’t do this considering how running two antivirus programs together is generally frowned upon.

Once installed, you will see a new shortcut on your desktop for the new F-Secure launch pad:

F-Secure launch pad

You obviously have two choices here; run the antivirus program or go into the admin side of things. With the latter option you have options such as checking your subscription, support, checking for updates, etc.

When you first load up the program you’ll see the interface (scroll up a little for the screenshot). You’ll notice that the program is divided into 3 main areas which contain all of the main features.

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What features can I expect to find in F-Secure Antivirus 2012?


1) Status

F-Secure Antivirus 2012 status

Under the status section you have the option to toggle Virus and Spyware scanning, DeepGuard and Scheduled Scanning on or off.

2) Tasks

F-Secure Antivirus 2012 tasks

Under Tasks you have several options to choose from:

  • Start a scan (full scan, selective scan, spyware scan or rootkit scan)
  • Turn off protection (not recommended!)
  • Tinker with the advanced settings –

F-Secure Antivirus 2012 advanced settings

  • Restore a program or file that has been quarantined (make sure you know what you are restoring!)
  • Check for virus database updates
  • Allow an otherwise blocked application to start

3) Statistics

F-Secure Antivirus 2012 statistics

The Statistics section is self explanatory – it gives you a numerical and graphical representation of what the program has done and what, if any, threats it has discovered.

And that is the majority of the features covered. Thats not to say that is a bad thing though – one of the main reasons why I like F-Secure products is because they are so bare bones – it makes them very easy to pick up, set up and then forget about – an ideal situation for those who want a good level of protection without having to get their hands too dirty.

In fact its so easy to use that I asked my son to walk you through some of the features in the video below:

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Will F-Secure Antivirus 2012 keep my computer protected against the latest threats?

I tested F-Secure Antivirus 2012 against a large range of malware and it detected and dealt with most but not quite all of the threats. From all of the antivirus programs I’ve looked at thus far this year it fares second best, just behind BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012. However it is, in my opinion, a little easier to get to grips with so some of you may want to factor that into your decision making process.
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Will I be able to use my computer for other things whilst this antivirus program is keeping me secure?

Resource usage is something that really bothers me. Some security vendors produce programs that run OK. Some produce real horror shows.

But not F-Secure – they get it very right.

F-Secure Antivirus 2012 resource usage

The screenshot above was taken just after the 50% mark in a full system scan and is indicative of resource usage throughout the scan. Memory usage is quite low and CPU usage remained very low indeed. I could quite happily multitask on several other projects whilst this program was running a scan and that is exactly what I’m looking for on this particular PC I’m using now.
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My overall impression of F-Secure Antivirus 2012

F-Secure Antivirus 2012 is a great program that I heartily recommend. However, having said that, I believe that, for an extra $10 or so, you can get F-Secure’s Internet Security 2012 instead and that offers everything here and a huge amount more besides. If money is really tight get the AV; if you can afford a little more then the Internet Security program offers a tremendous amount of extra value for your dollars.

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F-Secure Antivirus 2012 is incredibly easy to use and highly effective, making it one of my favourite two antivirus programs of the year.
About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. paul obeirne says:

    have tried norton which came with laptop and avg and avast can i get a programme that does not do a system scan on every start up as i find it slows my start up time

    kind regards Paul o beirne

  2. Fred in New England says:

    Have a number of computers and run different AV on them to test and check out myself. F-Secure is the most stable and secure year after year, all the others are great one year then fall down the next. E-SET allows very detailed adjustment, Panda Cloud is a point-and-shoot, McAfee does what it likes and does not give the user much control, and it slows down the machine during scans. Comodo AV/Firewall is good but chatty and also drags during a scan. Ashampoo (German) is a great malware finder, like Amazing, but has a clumsy interface and update process, plus it has a funny name. AVG ran slow on my older machine, while Averia ran faster. Both seemed to work fine. My last copy of Norton trashed my machine, so I’m not ready to try again. I hear they have improved. Superantispyware has a silly name also, but really cleans out an infected system.

    • Thanks for reminding me about Ashampoo – I used that years ago and was trying to remember what it was called.

      SuperAntiSpyware is indeed a useful addition to your security arsenal.

  3. But does F Secure contain a good threat detection system like Norton IS ?

    Lee, what’s your take on Norton IS compared to F Secure ? I like NIS the most out of all the suites..

    • Hi Sameer,

      If you had asked me to compare F-Secure with NIS a few months ago then I would have said there is no contest: F-Secure wins.

      However, I have been quite impressed with Norton’s 2012 roundup and so things are not so clear cut now.

      I’ve always said to people that, sure read reviews, but ultimately, the best program for you is a personal choice. I use BitDefender IS for the PC I use for internet banking (I believe it is the best in terms of protection) but then I have chosen F-Secure for the computer I’m on now, the one I use for work. Thats because it is easy to use and much better on resources.

      Historically, I have never given Norton a second thought; I just didn’t like their products. After testing various programs this year I haven’t seen enough to make me want to change now but their programs have certainly gone up in my estimation to the point where I would say it is pretty even between all three that I have mentioned. Norton, however, would have to convince me again in 2013 to get onto one of my PCs as I will always remember older versions which didn’t impress me at all.

      So, overall, I would say Norton and F-Secure are pretty even in most respects. F-Secure edges it for me, possibly because I’ve been a fan for a few years now, but definitely because of the easy to use interface. Norton is definitely a good alternative though.

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