F-Secure Internet Security Review

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Editors' rating:
The Pros

Stringent parental controls and a proven ability to remove all known malware provide the highest level of internet security.

The Cons

While resource-conscious, the software doesn't have a gaming mode.


Its track record proves F-Secure it is one of the best internet security suites on the market.

F-Secure's marketing slogan is "protecting the irreplaceable." F-Secure can do that by balancing up-to-date cloud computing technology with smart heuristic and behavioral analysis to detect all malware. Some of the features of this incredible software include parental controls, a firewall, email filtering, system scans and application controls. This product also limits demanding interactions with the cloud when you are connected by mobile broadband. Due to this limitation, it can help drastically cut down on unexpected high mobile broadband bills. F-Secure identifies online and email phishing attempts, and will warn you before you submit your passwords and personal information to a website that's behaving suspiciously.

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F-Secure provides superior and reactive protection. F-Secure provides protection from most of the malware sources out there. This is why in the past two years, the company has passed all of its AV-Tests and shown a record of receiving independent lab certifications and awards. Some of the threats that F-Secure protects against include viruses, spyware, adware, rootkits, Trojans, keyloggers, botnets, browser hijackers and phishing scams.

You can receive protection from F-Secure without even noticing it. This security suite runs unobtrusively in the background, utilizing minimal resources. You can set up parental controls so that you can protect you children from dangers on the internet. You can do this by creating profiles for your children by age and customizing them to block or allow only certain types of sites based on your preferences. For example, you can allow your teenager to use certain sites during the day yet restrict that child from using them at night when you may be unable to supervise.

You have control over when F-Secure runs system scans. You can schedule scans to happen when you know you won't be using your computer. In the occurrence that you happen to be using your computer when a scan is scheduled, you can have the software delay the scan until the computer is idle for a certain amount of time so that it does not interrupt you.

Although this security suite offers incredible protection from online threats for your computer and personal information, it is missing a few important functions. It does not have a fullscreen or game mode, which is a feature that recognizes when you are using your computer in fullscreen mode and delays scanning or non-critical updates during that time. As stated before, if this occurs, you always have the option to manually pause a scan, though an automatic fullscreen mode would have been nice.

You can contact F-Secure via telephone or ultra-convenient online chat. You can also ask for help and support via email. If you have questions that you need to be quickly answered, you can check out the active user forum where F-Secure users discusses a wide range of topics, from social media security and mobile security to free tools.

You can feel safe from internet threats when you use F-Secure Internet Security. It is no surprise that this tested and proven security suite provides great protection from nasty internet malware. We can safely say that F-Secure is a gem when it comes to dependable, high-performance computer protection.

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Software Type Security
Platforms Windows
Required Processor Capable of running Windows 7 or Windows Vista
Software Required OS: Windows 8.1 / 8.1 Pro Windows 8 / 8 Pro Windows 7 (all editions) Windows Vista (SP2) Windows XP Home Edition Windows XP Professional Windows XP Media Center Edition 32-bit, Service Pack 3 or later
Required RAM 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
Disk Space 600 MB during installation
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