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Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security

Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security Review

Reviewer: Stephen Qualtrough
Developer: Trend Micro
Overall rating:
Price: $39.95 $29.95 - $10 off

Review summary

Good points

 Simple user interface

 Very light on system resources

 Folder shield protects against ransomware

Bad points

 No volume discount offerings

Our verdict

While Trend Micro has delivered on its goal of creating an unobtrusive, resource-light antivirus program.

Full review

We looked closely at the Trend Micro program to find out if it’s a good buy.


The programs system requirements are comparable to other antivirus programs, needing about a 1GB of memory and 1.5GB of hard disk space.


Antivirus+ is designed to protect systems against a whole host of malware, botnets, Trojans, worms and fake antivirus. Trend Micro has also boosted the protection with more effective detection and removal of viruses.

Antivirus+ software works using signature security alongside real-time protection. The cloud-based element of the protection garners information on new viruses from the online community and then alerts you to new threats as they appear. There’s also a file behavior protection that analyzes files to see if they can be trusted.

Internet – You can surf the net in safety as Trend Micro automatically blocks access to malicious websites and the software prevents malicious downloads.

Email – The program also works to block email threats by protecting from email based viruses.


In the "Real-World Protection Test" by AV-Comparatives conducted between February - May 2023, Trend Micro was disappointingly awarded "STANDARD" because of the number of false positives it detected.

AV-Test ran its Windows 11 home users test in April 2023, and Trend Micro passed with a score of 17, with 18 being the total marks it could receive.

Scans & updates

The Smart Protection Network keeps most of this software’s antivirus signature data in the cloud, which means that the product can run with a very small footprint. The scans that take place on an ongoing basis are incredibly unobtrusive, and you won’t really know it’s there. You receive a security report once a month detailing the actions taken and you can download this report at any time.

A regular full scan took us a little longer than average to complete, although it’s not actually essential to run a full manual scan because the software operates in the background to get the job done when the computer is idle.


Antivirus+ boasts a laundry list of features, making it a full-service security suite, including some features not typical to antivirus software.

Ease of use

Antivirus+ boasts an exceptionally easy-to-navigate interface. We think it’s one of the simplest and most user-friendly around. You can see the current level of security protection by checking the main screen. You have the option to choose a quick scan, an in-depth scan or a custom scan at any time, meaning the software is suitable for beginners but also offers more customization for the more experienced user.

Help & support

You can get support from Trend Micro online through the knowledgebase, or on the discussion board. You can also call the customer service and technical support number of use the live chat function to get your questions answered. Trend Micro customer support is capable and comprehensive, so you should find the answers to your questions. If you have problems that can’t be solved in this way, premium support is available at an extra cost.


While Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security is a fully-packed security suite in a nice looking package, its performance still does not quite measure up to its competition with its poor phishing detection. That said, Trend Micro is certainly on the right track with some very attractive features and a great user interface.

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