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Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 review

£59.95 inc VAT (3-user licence)

Manufacturer: Trend Micro

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

A fully fledged internet security suite, Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 includes several extras not normally included in similar suites.

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 starts out with traditional modules, including AV protection, an improved firewall, a spam blocker, parental control, a system tuner, protection against data theft and 10GB of online storage.

Additionally, Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 adds in Android smartphone and tablet security, protection in Facebook and Twitter, malicious website blocking and even a fake anti-virus cleaner.

We had some trouble in installing Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012, but tracked it down to the stub of an old AV product which hadn't been expunged. If you're switching IS vendor, it's as well to use the old company's application remover (many have purpose-designed system cleaners available), before installing afresh. On a clean Windows PC system Trend installed without problem. See also: Group test: what's the best security software?

The main control screen is small and can't be maximised to full-screen. It's very businesslike, with a comforting big green tick showing when Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 thinks things are secured.

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012

There are no tabs in Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012, just a series of buttons near the bottom of the screen. These lead to pop-up windows which control scans, both default and customised (so you can scan individual folders or drives), settings and reports of the application's activity. Visit: Security Advisor

The settings palette is pretty comprehensive, enabling you to tailor Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 to fit the level and convenience of protection you want. You can, for example, set the sensitivity of malware reaction and reporting, although setting it above the recommended level is likely to interfere more with the normal running of your machine, as you have to deal with the added alerts the program throws up.

The final button on Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012's main screen is labelled Tools, and leads to separate utilities, such as parental control, data-theft prevention and the system tuner.

This last option took under a minute to run and recovered 1.78GB of disk space, made changes to 449 Windows Registry entries and deleted over 130 internet files. It also advised setting up its online backup, using the 10GB of storage space provided as part of the package. AV-Test rated this version of Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 at 12.5/18, not a particularly good score, but enough to get it certified by the organisation.

Breaking the overall score down shows 5/6 for Performance (spotting and dealing with known malware), and 4.5/6 for Usability, which shows the impact Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012's likely to have on a system's speed. Where it dropped off was the 3/6 it scored for Repair – the ability to clean and repair an already infected system.

Our own tests showed that the Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 scanner is not that quick, slower than all but McAfee Total Protection. It averaged around 7 files per second. It doesn't have a particularly light touch, either, and slowed our 1GB file copy from 50 secs to 1 min 25 secs, when it was scanning.

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 also adds an app for Android mobiles and tablets. This includes an app scanner; protection when calling, surfing and texting; and a way of deleting personal data. The latter only works by getting a stolen device to perform an unflagged factory reset.

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 Expert Verdict »
Windows XP/Vista/7, 32-/64-bit
1GB RAM, 500MB drive space
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 7 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Trend Micro's flagship security suite received only an average rating from AV-Test, who found it good at stopping some Windows malware but poorer at removing it. In our tests we found the software was relatively slow at scanning and would appreciably delay some routine processes. This is a fair choice as an Internet Security suite, although it doesn't shine in any single area.

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