F-Secure Anti-Virus Review

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Editors' rating:
The Pros

This antivirus software has an intuitive user interface and is excellent at protecting you from spyware.

The Cons

F-Secure does not have any antiphishing capabilities.


F-Secure will protect your computer from virus and spyware threats and is among the best-performing antivirus programs.

One of the leading antivirus software suites on the market today is F-Secure Anti-Virus. Through testing in independent laboratories, F-Secure has emerged as a leader in virus and spyware detection and removal. Add this to its extremely user-friendly interface, resource-conscious operation and helpful and attentive customer support and you have an impressive software suite that will keep your computer safe wherever you are.

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The detection and removal scores for F-Secure come from an independent testing lab based in Germany called AV-Test. It maintains a large infrastructure for detecting emerging virus threats and incorporating them into its database of identified viruses, worms, Trojans and rootkits. With this vast cache of potential threats, it is ideally equipped to test this software, and F-Secure Anti-Virus came out near the top.

F-Secure scored very well on Windows 7 protection in repair and usability tests conducted by AV-Test. You can feel safe with F-Secure, knowing it will provide you with top-of-the-line protection from even the newest cyber threats.

This software has some of the best detection and removal rates in the industry, but it falls behind slightly when it comes to the comprehensiveness of its feature set. It doesn't have anti-phishing capabilities, nor does it provide a specific mode for gamers or netbooks like other top-of-the-line antivirus software.

F-Secure's manufacturer provides exceptional customer support, ranging from a wide swath of helpful documentation online to responsive and considerate customer support. You can contact the company via email, phone or live chat on its website. The company takes its customers' security seriously, and offers methods to contact its support team at almost any time of day.

While it does come up short compared to a few antivirus software packages on the cutting edge, F-Secure provides plenty of protection for almost any user. You'll be well-protected with F-Secure Anti-Virus.

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Software Type Security
Platforms Windows
Required Processor Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
Software Required OS: Windows 8.1 / 8.1 Pro, Windows 8 / 8 Pro, Windows 7 (all editions), Windows Vista (64-bit, 32-bit), Windows XP Home, Windows XP Pro, Windows XP Media Center
Required RAM 1 GB or more
Disk Space 800 MB
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