Trend Micro Maximum Security review (2015)
There aren’t many internet security packages you can describe as being beautifully designed, but Trend Micro Maximum Security qualifies. Even the installation is slick, with an animated circular progress meter surrounding explanations of the package’s key benefits, and the same themes continue into the UI, which is all oversized buttons, intuitive displays and tasteful coloured fonts. At times form threatens to get in the way of function, but the more you use the package, the more sensible it seems.
It’s packed with features, too. Even the more basic Internet Security package packs in anti-malware tools, family protection features, anti-phishing protection and scans to check privacy settings in the major social networks. The Maximum Security package throws in a secure browser for online shopping and banking alongside a password manager.
Trend Micro’s Safesync tool securely synchronises files between computers, and a password-protected vault allows you to store sensitive documents in the cloud. All these features are easy to configure, and introduction pages – which you can block from popping up in future – tell you what the feature is and why you need it.
Elsewhere, detailed reports keep you up-to-date on the work the package is doing on your behalf, and even the configuration is user-friendly. There aren’t many other security packages on the market that let you choose between “automatic”, “normal” and “hypersensitive” protection levels.
There’s some impact on performance, but it isn’t too painful. Even on our old dual-core PC CPU utilisation rarely rose above 50%, and most of the time it stayed below 30%. The same goes for RAM. The quick scan took 8mins 30secs on that machine, but that includes three minutes or so of optimisations, removing unnecessary and unwanted files.
Unfortunately, Trend Micro Maximum Security can’t catch the leaders when it comes to protection, warding off 96% of attacks – a figure that’s lower than the free Avast package. We also found it one of the more onerous packages in everyday use, blocking 4% of legitimate applications from installing without a prompt. So although this package is a pleasure to use and live with, it isn’t the security package we’d choose.