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Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 14.0

£38 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Trend Micro

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The core bundle of PC-cillin Internet Security 14.0 remains the same as last year's version – antivirus, antispam and firewall – but you get some extra protection against phishing and spyware, privacy and parental controls, Wi-Fi intrusion detection and centralised management.

2006's PC-cillin Internet Security suite features a much-improved user interface compared with last year's version. The core bundle remains the same – antivirus, antispam and firewall – but you get some extra protection against phishing and spyware, as well as privacy and parental controls, Wi-Fi intrusion detection and centralised management for good measure.

Installation was straightforward, and PC-cillin 14.0 worked well overall. The antivirus component has performed strongly in the Virus Bulletin VB100 awards and has earned the ISCA Labs seal of approval. It is noticeably less of a resource hog than rival suites, but advanced users might be dismayed by the limited configuration options.

The Privacy Protection and Web Site Filter features deserve a mention. You can opt to block each private data item from transmission via instant message, email or a web form, nominating specific exemptions if you wish.

The new spyware protection PC-cillin offers isn't quite as thorough, however. It doesn't rank by risk, so 'harmless' cookies get listed alongside more serious malware. And firewall performance was also less than stellar. Spam handling was better, with 75 percent spotted from the off.

Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 14.0 Expert Verdict »
Intel Pentium 300MHz
Windows XP SP2/2000 Professional SP4/Me/98/98SE
128MB RAM
120MB hard disk space
Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2 or above
Netscape 7.1
AOL 7.0
Firefox 1.0
MS Outlook/Express 6.0/2000/2002/2003
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 14.0 isn't the best security suite on the market, but it's still pretty capable. It's cheaper than its main rival and imposes less of a burden on hardware, but while it delivers on antivirus and spam there are slight question marks over the firewall and antispyware functions.

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