Trend Micro PC-Cillin Internet Security 2005
The world is
full of halfwits thatís for sure and every year this fact is hammered
home by the fact that there are more and more viruses and attempts upon
our privacy every day. I really donít see what people get out of doing
this but in any case itís become a must that we purchase software on an
annual basis that can be updated regularly and can hopefully be ahead of
what the people who create these nasties make up.
Trend has put together a really nice piece of
kit here for those who want to have it all in one package. Itís here
however that you also find that there are some holes in the overall
functionality of the software. Why? Simple. Some parts of the package
are a hell of a lot better than the others.
The antivius package on this software is
brilliant and very active, protecting both your internet connection and
also there is a facility to let you know who is on your wireless
network. Keeping the bad guys out is the name of the game and the
scanner is able to scan within multiple levels of a file regardless if
it is a zip or whatever the case may be.
Top Marks for the antivirus scanner.
The firewall is another kettle of fish
altogether with a fair bit of tweaking needed in order to really get the
most out of it. There were a couple of basic blocks that it simply did
not carry out immediately upon install, however once properly
instructed, these did not present a problem. I would suggest that if you
buy this software that you get some assistance online in tweaking it
Firewall is good but needs working on.
There is antispyware and also URL blocking
included on this software that is fairly comprehensive. My main concern
is with the anti spyware that I really felt did not do its job properly
as it constantly left traces of its activity on the computer instead of
doing a good job in totally cleaning itself up. There were fragments
left all over the computer that showed the story of what had happened on
the computer and also the anti spyware did not seem to stop key logging
in our tests which was a major concern.
Trendís package also has another plus in that
it is not a system hog like the Norton product that most of you would be
familiar with. The con to that speed increase is that it doesnít seem to
be as effective across the board as Symantecís product.
Trend is also very proactive in itís outbreak
notification that I found to be very proactive in terms of letting users
know what had been released out into the wild. A window pops up on the
screen to let you know that there is a new nasty and to update your
system immediately to protect against it.
There is a parental block on the software as
well however if you run a system with more than one browser on it, Iíd
advise that you keep a close eye on what your kids might be accessing as
it only really worked perfectly with Internet Explorer.
I really think that Trend have a winner on
their hands here. Cost wise, itís a more affordable option than many on
the market, however you really need to be aware of itís shortcomings. If
you purchase the product knowing these things then I think you are going
to be pleasantly surprised.