Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security Review

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Editors' rating:
The Pros

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security goes well beyond antivirus capabilities to protect you from phishing attempts and keep you safe while navigating the perilous shoals of social networking.

The Cons

This particular Trend Micro product does not include a secure browser for safe online banking.

Verdict

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security provides excellent protection from malware. It is also good at disinfecting computers on which malware is already running.

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security is a step up from Trend Micro's Antivirus +. Both of these security software products protect your privacy by protecting you against spyware. Both provide spyware protection. Internet Security, however, goes beyond Antivirus + to manage your social networking privacy settings. Both products block viruses and dangerous links, but Internet Security includes a system tuner to optimize your computer's performance. Internet Security does more than Antivirus + to protect you and the data in your computer. It also extends its protection to your family by providing you with a means of restricting or filtering your children's access to websites. Furthermore, you can use the product to help your children control how much private information is exposed online.

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Antimalware is at the foundation of security software. So what antivirus and internet security suites have in common is the ability to detect, block and remove infections that arrive in the form of viruses, spyware, worms and Trojans. Trend Micro leverages cloud technologies to stop threats before they even reach the installed base of users. Trend Micro is not afraid to stand up and be counted in terms of how well it performs, which is why the company regularly submits product to one of the most respected independent software testing institutes, AV-Test. After running Trend Micro for two months during the summer of 2013, AV-Test published results that demonstrate Trend Micro's performance in three areas. Trend Micro was excellent at detecting and blocking known and brand-new malware. During tests to see how well it could disinfect PCs that were already infected, Trend Micro produced good results. In tests to measure usability, which looked at system performance and instances of falsely identifying safe files as threats, Trend Micro turned in adequate results. Trend Micro's test results position it among the top 10 performers out of two dozen contestants, which is why we include Trend Micro in our review.    

In addition to the basic blocking and tackling of malware, Trend Micro goes beyond typical antivirus software by blocking dangerous websites, guarding against identity theft and providing you with safe search results. It blocks dangerous websites by alerting you to dangerous links that it discovers on sites, social networks, emails and instant messages. It protects you from identity theft by finding spam emails that include phishing scams. It helps you sort out dangerous websites in search engine results by showing you which links are safe and which are known scams. There are a few more ways Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security goes beyond basic antivirus products: It includes parental controls, and it allows you to increase your online privacy by managing privacy settings in Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

When you consider how much more protection a few dollars buys you when you select an internet security suite over a basic antivirus software product, it is well worth it. Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security stops malware, protects your identity, warns you about websites known to be scams, protects your children online and assists you with online privacy. In addition to excellent performance and thoughtfully designed features, the publisher provides help and support by toll-free telephone and online chat during business hours and email support 24/7.

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Software Type Security
Platforms Windows
Required Processor 1Ghz for Windows Vista, 7 and 8. 512MB for Windows XP
Software Required OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8
Required RAM 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit) for Windows 8; 1GB for Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit); 512MB for Windows XP
Disk Space 600 MB
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