Trend Micro is a US/Taiwan company, now headquartered in Tokyo, that’s been producing security software for more than 20 years. Its 2013 product is available in three versions: AntiVirus +, Internet Security, and the expensive Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2013 edition reviewed here. The top-of-the-range product covers three PCs or laptops and one smartphone or tablet, and the computers can include OS X as well as Windows PCs. See also: Group test: what's the best security software?
The Home screen is a modest affair, with five tabs at the top and a small option bar towards the bottom, giving access to scans and program settings. You can brighten Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2013's control panel up with a series of skins – the first time we’ve seen this option in an anti-malware program. The tabs are labelled Home, PC/Mobile, Privacy, Data and Family. PC/Mobile provides PC & Internet Security, the PC Tuner and a Rescue Disc, as well as some links to online Mac and Android support information. The tuner covers wasted hard drive space, unwanted startup programs and Registry errors. Among other things it recovered 6.3GB of wasted disk space on our test system, in 1 min 27 sec.
The Privacy tab offers the Facebook Privacy Scanner, a feature new to Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2013 which looks through the privacy settings in your Facebook account and suggests improvements. If you’ve ever tried to work your way through Facebook settings unaided, you’ll appreciate the value of this scan.
The Data tab deals with theft prevention and the virus vault, but also offers Trend’s Micro DirectPass and Micro SafeSync. DirectPass is an encrypted password system, which automatically generates random, secure passwords as needed and keeps them in a secure vault.
Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2013: SafeSync
SafeSync offers 5GB of online storage, shared among the three machines in the licence. Simple back-ups can be scheduled and once data is in the Trend’s cloud, it can be accessed securely from any machine running your copy of Trend Titanium Maximum Security 2013.
Scanning our 50GB of mixed files took 9 min 55 sec and checked 17,396 files, giving a scan rate of 29.2 files/sec. This lies in the middle of the range we’ve seen from other Windows virus products, and is significantly higher than from the 2012 version of Trend Micro Titanium, which only managed 6.8 files/sec.
Running the same scan a second time checked the same number of files, but a couple of minutes faster, so there’s little fingerprinting of files, although the software still speeds up. It has a small resource footprint, slowing our 1GB file transfer by only two percent.
Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2013: detection scores
AV-Test rated Trend Micro’s 2013 engine at 14.5/18, which is a good score, just behind the front runners. In fact, the score for protection against new attacks was a full 6.0/6.0, the first time we’ve seen this.
Unfortunately, it was not matched by the score for detection of established malware and system repair after attack, which only gave 4.0/6.0.
Trend Micro believes this category isn’t as important, because if detection works well enough, malware shouldn’t get to make system changes in the first place that need subsequent repair.
It stored 4.5/6 on usability, with a surprisingly poor score in the sub-section on system slowdown, although this doesn’t accord with our own test results.
AV-Test has not tested the OS X anti-malware application for detection efficacy or slowdown of system performance.