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PC Reviews: PC-cillin 2003 Anti Virus

Trend Micro once again comes to the rescue of computer users with their latest edition of the popular anti-virus program called PC-cillin 2003 that guarantees users 100% protection of their computer system. Unlike the other anti-virus software companies, PC-cillin 2003 comes with a personal firewall that not only protects your computer from unwanted intrusions such as hackers and Trojan horses but gives you the best possible protection for a RRP of only $89. PC-cillin 2003 offers users a wide range of features that include;

  • Personal firewall
  • PC-cillin for wireless
  • Trojan system Cleaner
  • ScriptTrap technology
  • Emergency lock
  • Improved user interface
  • Intelligent update capabilities

A virus is a malicious program that affects computer programs & hardware and like a biological virus, a software virus is contagious. There are many types of viruses, from benign to malign. For example, some viruses may appear on April Fools Day with a message and others can literally corrupt all data on hard drives. Trojan horses are programs that attach themselves to other programs and sometimes lie dormant until a specific instruction triggers their malicious code. Regardless of the function that a virus performs, they are an illegal intrusion of your computers software and hardware. The solution to protect your computer is to install an anti-virus program and PC-cillin 2003 not only protects your computer from viruses but also prevents hackers from illegally accessing your computer.

As with previous versions of Trend Micro, the installation was a breeze and as soon as the CD was inserted into the drive, Windows XP started the installation automatically. After a few minutes, including a reboot, the software was then ready to be used and tested. I proceeded to scan my entire hard drive (40GB) that was a lengthy process but fortunately PC-Cillin detected no viruses on my hard drive. Another feature of PC-Cillin is that it automatically scans all incoming e-mails to prevent any viruses from sneaking into your system. Once the program was installed, I then proceeded to download the latest updates from Trend Micro to protect my computer system from the latest threats. This took some time, considering that there have been so many updates release since the release of PC-cillin 2003.

One of the main things that you will notice with PC-cillin 2003 is the extremely easy to use interface as compared with other anti-virus software. Everything has been kept simple and you don't have to run a variety of programs to change settings. When you click on the relevant folder icons up the top of the screen such as "standard" and "settings", you can be guaranteed to get right section of the program without getting frustrated. Brilliant work by Trend Micro! Another feature of PC-cillin 2003 is that it doesn't slow your system down as much as Norton anti-virus 2003 does when you do a full scan, so you can be guaranteed to continue working on your system as the slowdown is minimal.

PC-cillin 2003 also gives users a variety of options when scanning and protecting your information on the computer. For instance, PC-cillin has the ability to scan both incoming and outgoing e-mails and because I have been added to an email list sometime down the track, PC-cillin immediately detected hostile e-mails from SPAM companies and hackers pretending to be from companies that have sent attachments. Another impressive feature of PC-cillin is the ability to create a recovery disc that restores your computer before you were infected by the virus. As with previous versions of PC-cillin, the anti-virus software supports a wide variety of e-mail programs from Microsoft Outlook to Netscape Messenger.

In conclusion, PC-cillin 2003 from Trend Micro is the most affordable and powerful anti-virus software available that not only protects your computer from viruses but also offers users the protection of a firewall. It should also be noted that PC-cillin is the only virus software that not only protects "wired" computers but also wireless networks from unwanted attacks and viruses. An academic version is also available for students and teachers. PC-cillin 2003 also comes with a one year subscription with Trend Micro that allows users to download the latest updates to ensure the best possibly security on their computer systems. Highly Recommended!

The Final Say!


PC-cillin 2003
 reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: 14 July 2003
Review Score: 9/10 
Distributor: Manaccom

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