My Review Of F-Secure Antivirus 2012
Today’s 2012 antivirus review features the latest offering from F-Secure; F-Secure Antivirus 2012.
- 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
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
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:
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.
What features can I expect to find in F-Secure Antivirus 2012?
Under the status section you have the option to toggle Virus and Spyware scanning, DeepGuard and Scheduled Scanning on or off.
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 –
- 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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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