This review appears in the March 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents.

A decade ago, life was much simpler – the only threat to PC security came from viruses. Today, the situation is very different. A mere antivirus program is nowhere near sufficient. PC-cillin provides protection from viruses, spyware, spam and phishing. You get a firewall, WLAN intruder-monitoring and a console that lets you manage security across a home network, too.

Installation is a lengthy process. A 20-digit product key authenticates the installation, but this isn’t enough. To access updates you’ll need to register and provide personal details. However, you can install PC-cillin on three PCs, thus reducing its price tag to a more reasonable £14 or so per PC.

It's a good idea to avail yourself of Trend Micro’s Software Rating Database service – a list of 'safe' applications. This saves time over confirming access for programs.

The Web Site Filtering service updates your software with 'safe' sites for transferring information and content. And PC-cillin will warn if any Windows or Office updates need to be applied. The firewall allows you to define different settings for your profiles, making it easy to switch between various access preferences.

We installed PC-cillin on an old laptop to judge its impact on system overheads. It has a significant system footprint, adding considerably to boot time and noticeably reducing responsiveness. Virus and spyware scanning is slow, mainly because these are treated as separate tasks.

Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2007: Specs

  • 350MHz Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon
  • Windows 2000/XP
  • 256MB RAM
  • 250MB hard disk space
  • Internet Explorer/Firefox
  • Outlook/Outlook Express/Eudora/Mozilla Thunderbird
  • 350MHz Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon
  • Windows 2000/XP
  • 256MB RAM
  • 250MB hard disk space
  • Internet Explorer/Firefox
  • Outlook/Outlook Express/Eudora/Mozilla Thunderbird

OUR VERDICT

A well-specified and highly configurable security bundle that is perhaps a better match for small office networks than domestic use. While it is good value, it’s also a resource hog. Older PCs will groan under the strain.

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