Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 Review and Ratings
Our Verdict: With an easy-to-understand interface, Titanium Maximum Security 2012 is effective at virus/malware detection and acts like a proactive, rather than collaborative, protector. It's a very good fit for the “set it and forget it” crowd. Read More…
- What We Liked…
- Excellent protection from malware
- Quick, automated updates in response to latest malware attacks
- Extremely easy interface
- Useful security tools
- What We Didn’t…
- Some below-average Repair numbers, according to AV-Test.org
- Anti-phishing capability could use work
Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 Review
By Barry Brenesal, reviewed April 11, 2012
Security software is like a set of braces for your teeth: Most of us want it to be as close to invisible as possible. Not everybody wants an expensive security suite that requires a lot of configuration and draws attention to itself with warnings and threat-block notices. Sometimes, a quiet helper that does what you need with hardly any interaction on your part is just what the doctor—or orthodontist!—ordered.
Trend Micro’s Titanium Maximum Security 2012 (TMS 2012) is one of the best examples we've seen of this sort of set-it-and-forget-it security. Trend Micro relaunched its security suite under the Titanium brand in 2011, and with it came many changes and new features, such as automated updates, a Registry tuner with cookie deletion, and 10GB of online storage with syncing for backup. Because of all of these solid, substantive changes, the company didn’t need to do any major overhauling in TMS 2012, and this version is very similar to 2011’s. Nonetheless, we appreciated the fine-tuning that Trend Micro did with the interface and some features, ultimately making for a well-rounded security suite.
TMS 2012 costs $44.95 for a one-year subscription that covers three PCs. (Alternately, you can pay $64.95 to cover five PCs, or $109.95 for ten). It's a bit cheaper than our most recently reviewed suite, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012, whose prices ranged from $79.95 (three PCs/one year) to $159.90 (three PCs/two years). The biggest difference between the two is the amount of interaction between the user and the software. If you’re the type of person who likes to fiddle with settings, is comfortable with authorizing downloads, and knows your way around executables and DLL files, Kaspersky is the way to go. For the rest of us mere mortals, Trend Micro, in TMS 2012, offers a quiet, efficient worker bee that stays out of your way while keeping your PC safe.
In addition, TMS 2012 proved to be an effective PC-security and virus-prevention solution. That said, we did run across some issues with removing malware and repairing afflicted systems that gave us some mild pause. We’re very fond of TMS 2012’s interface, ease of use, and proficiency in protecting your PC from malicious software. If, however, you do get a virus or other malware on your PC, there's a small chance you may need to call in your closest tech-savvy friend or relative to help restore your system. Read on for the details before you buy.
Windows XP: 350MHz (required), 800MHz (recommended). Windows Vista, Windows 7: 800MHz (required)|
256MB (Windows XP); 512MB (Windows Vista); 1GB RAM (Windows 7)
500MB free hard drive space
Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)