- Comes with ‘firewall booster’
- Comes with free Android security
- Easy to use
After recently looking at Titanium Internet Security 2013, today’s review sees the standalone antivirus program from Trend Micro come under the spotlight…
Will it run on my PC?
The minimum suggested system requirements for this program are as follows:
- Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP2 / 7 / 8 (32 bit only for XP, 32 or 64 bit for all other versions of Windows)
- 350 Mhz processor for XP / 800 Mhz CPU for Vista and 7 / 1 Ghz for 8
- 256 MB Ram for XP / 512 MB for Vista / 1 GB for 7 / 1 GB for 8 (2 GB for 64 bit version)
- 500 MB or more of hard drive space
Is it easy to install this program?
Just like the previous program I reviewed, installation is pretty straightforward here. You get to choose whether or not to share data with Trend Micro and will have to input your email address as part of the process.
Other than that its pretty much a case of sitting down with a coffee and waiting for the install to complete.
What is the user interface like?
One of the things I like most about this program is the user interface – it is very minimalistic and easy to get to grips with.
The interface is well laid out. On the main screen (above) you can see the green tick which clearly shows right away that you are protected.
Across the top of the screen you gain easy access to the main components of the program.
To the right you get access to your Security Summary as well as alternative means of accessing the Facebook and social networking security features.
At the bottom left you can quickly click for a scan which can be full, partial or custom.
What features does the program offer?
The days of antivirus programs offering the ability to merely scan your computer and nothing else are virtually gone now. Most, especially the antivirus programs you pay for, offer additional features. This Trend Micro program is no exception.
In addition to the traditional antivirus scanning the program offers a firewall booster as well as:
Facebook Privacy Scanner
These days the threats you face online can come from all quarters and Facebook is no exception. With Titanium’s scanner you can add an additional layer to your security. With just one click you can monitor your Facebook page settings and control who can access your info and contact you.
The program will also identify any settings you have that may impact on your privacy.
Social Network Protection
Of course Facebook isn’t the only social network on the web and so further protection is often required.
This element of the program will scan your Twitter feed as well as your Facebook wall, looking at all the links, and flagging them red or green depending on whether they are potentially malicious or not.
Will it keep me safe?
On the whole I found the program to be pretty good at detecting and removing malware. Based on the samples and testing I undertook I wouldn’t say it was as good as Kaspersky or BitDefender but it is certainly near the top of the pile.
In my testing the program detected 96 of the 100 threats that I threw its way which is an identical result to Trend’s latest security suite. Likewise, it did detect a piece of spyware that hasn’t yet been flagged by any of the other programs I’ve tested recently.
My overall impression of Trend’s latest antivirus program is that it is pretty good. The malware detection and removal capabilities aren’t the best I’ve seen from a 2013 AV solution but they’re pretty good and leave the program rating as one of the better options this year.
The additional features that come with this antivirus program aren’t particularly exciting but they do work well and will give you a bit more protection, especially on social networks.
One possible criticism I have though is the resource usage of the program which, of anything, were worse even than the full security suite I tested a few days ago. Whilst running a full scan I found memory usage to be fine but CPU usage was all over the place for the duration. It stayed in the range of 15% to 100% all the way through and tended to rest in the 80%+ area. Multi-tasking through the scan was difficult as a result.
Overall then I would have to conclude that Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus 2013 is not the best solution for your security needs this year and that the high CPU usage may be reason enough to look elsewhere. Also, the significantly better security suite is only $5 more and offers far better value in my opinion.