"Trend Micro Internet Security 17.5"
Cloud-based security seems to be the direction in which more and more modern antivirus programs are heading and Trend Micro Internet Security is no different. While the online environment seems to be an increasingly dangerous place due to viruses, trojans, spyware, backdoor applications and other malicious software, the need for a powerful security software becomes obvious. However, the catch is that as the complexity of antivirus programs grows, so do the resources used and the minimal system requirements. This is where lightweight applications like Trend Micro Internet Security come into play. One of the advantages cloud-based security has is that it provides effective protection means without hugging half of your system’s resource.
Trend Micro Internet Security is only compatible with Windows XP or newer and it is available to download as thirty day trial version. For Windows XP you will only need around 512 megabytes of RAM and a 450 MHz or better processor. On the other hand, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users will need at least 1 Gigabyte of RAM and a 1 GHz or better processor. However, all Windows operating systems need approximately 500 megabytes free on the drive or partition where the antivirus is installed. Trend Micro Internet Security is a standalone application, so during the installation you will not be pestered with ads or asked to install or purchase any other program that you do not have any use for.
The developers of Trend Micro Internet Security have outdone themselves in creating a simple and comprehensive interface, without cutting corners in terms of looks. In fact, this is one of the best looking antivirus applications so far. Trend Micro Internet Security is very easy to use, even without extensive knowhow and the statistics are very comprehensive and simple to read. All the main functions of the program as well as the customization options are quickly accessible.
First off, being a cloud-based antivirus, the performance of a computer using it is vastly superior to the one of a computer using a traditional antivirus. In fact, the cloud security is a major advantage in terms of protection, as the malicious software attempting to reach your system is captured and eliminated on the cloud network. Therefore, in terms of providing safety without cutting corners on the computer’s performance, Trend Micro Internet Security is clearly the best choice.
However, even though cloud antivirus applications seem to be superior to the traditional ones, not all of them are equally potent. The key to an efficient virus protection is having a large number of experts constantly monitoring the World Wide Web for new threats and malicious software, in order to develop solutions for them. And this is exactly what the developer of Trend Micro Internet Security are doing. Once the threat has been discovered, they work diligently to provide an update for your antivirus that addresses that particular threat. Which brings us to the next point: updates.
Traditional antivirus software utilities usually pester the users to update their virus database constantly and always display warning when they are out of date. However, the advantage of cloud antivirus software like Trend Micro Internet Security is that you will never be bothered by this issue, as the update is being done automatically on the cloud network. Besides the fact that it is more convenient, it is actually faster. The reason why a conventional antivirus developers take a couple of days to develop a patch is that it would be unpractical to constantly harass users to update the software for each and every virus.
The only con regarding this antivirus tool is that it tends to go overboard with the protection sometimes, blocking false positives. However, this type of issues is constantly being addressed in every fix released.
Trend Micro Internet Security is part of the revolution in antivirus software, but it will take some time before all the bugs in cloud-based applications are weeded out. However, the fact is that this program is able to offer you almost total security, without a negative impact on your computer’s performance. On the other hand, it seems to find and block a lot of false positives and the developers have exaggerated with the automation a bit.
Requirements: 512MB Ram
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