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  • Date Added:
    Sep. 12, 2017
  • Price:
    Free to try; annual subscription (30-day trial); $89.95 to buy (Buy it now)
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Editors' Review


High-quality protection: Trend Micro's detection performance consistently scores among the best anti-malware apps on the market, according to independent labs AV-Test and AV-Comparatives. Since 1992, they've worked with organizations ranging from Intel to Interpol, and it's safe to say that their expertise shows in the retail product.

Well-balanced interface: It can be difficult to juggle all the sophisticated settings an anti-malware program is capable of without overwhelming the user. Trend Micro divides the tasks and tools into four separate categories identified by large buttons on the main console: Device, Privacy, Data, and Family. Clicking these buttons will show you intuitively labeled menus of things you can do. And if you are unclear about a setting, there's usually a question mark icon in the upper right that will open up the Trend Micro's site to provide more details on the options in that particular menu.

Trial version is not pushy about paying: Clicking on the "Buy Now" button of the main console will take you to an order page where you can purchase a license for half off ($45 USD for a one-year subscription, which covers up to five devices across Windows, Macs, Android, and iOS). The language on the order page is relatively restrained, which is also a plus. Other security vendors have been known to create an atmosphere of anxiety and urgency to convince you. You can also order via PayPal if you don't want to give Trend Micro your payment info. You'll also get a reminder email when your subscription is about to renew, which will otherwise happen automatically.


Some add-ons may interfere with your web browser: There's an ongoing tug-of-war between Google's Chrome browser and anti-malware vendors that want to apply their own security layer to it. This extra layer is sometimes inferior to Chrome's built-in protection and may even expose you to additional threats. More often you'd be safer letting Chrome use its own behind-the-scene security tools. This type of add-on generally does not have a good reputation, but it's added automatically when you install Trend Micro. As long as your version of Chrome is up-to-date, it's probably not necessary.

In addition, Google identified Trend Micro's own password manager in January 2016 as a vulnerable app that could expose the user to hacks.

Bottom Line:

The browser extension and password manager may give us pause, but the actual malware detection engine and the design of the main console are excellent. You can rank Trend Micro's AV among the best out there.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 12
  • Multi-layer Protection: Detect unknown threats with high confidence by pre-execution and post-execution methodology resulting in a 99.1% detection rate for unknown threats using Machine Learning based Scan technology.
  • Folder Shield Upgrade: Protect important data even if the PC is infected with unknown ransomware. Folder Shield blocks the programs which are not confirmed safe to access to all places you store your sensitive data. Now able to block access to multiple folders including cloud storage folders like Dropbox, Google Drive and MS OneDrive plus external storage such as USB and SSD storage devices.
Publisher Trend Micro
Publisher web site
Release Date September 12, 2017
Date Added September 12, 2017
Version 12
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.86MB
File Name TrendMicro_MAX_12.0_US-en_Downloader.exe
Total Downloads 2,115,801
Downloads Last Week 257
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $89.95
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