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Trend Micro Maximum Security

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 125 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.0
  • Total Downloads:
    2,083,398
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 27, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $89.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    6.6MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,322
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Antivirus publishers throw in a suite of security tools to distinguish themselves in a very competitive market, with varying degrees of success. The full suite of Trend Micro Maximum Security includes a password manager, a mobile device security app, an email filter, browser add-ons, and even a social network analysis tool.

Pros

High-grade malware and antivirus scanning: The core of Trend Micro Maximum Security is as reputable as ever, scoring some of the highest marks in independent security lab AV-Test's analysis. The app hits the trifeca of high detection rates, fast scanning, and a low performance impact.

Extra-mile personal data protection: Maximum Security can analyze the privacy settings on your social network accounts and in your browser settings, picking up trouble spots that nontechnical users might miss. Since sites like Facebook share a lot of your personal info by default, this feature can help protect against scammers and password cracking.

Streamlined multi-device support: Maximum Security supports up to three devices and works in Windows and OS X. From within the Maximum Security interface, send an email link to another device, and open the link to go to an installation page -- or you can scan a QR code. Be aware that Android and iOS users get pointed to a general security app rather than a mobile malware/antivirus scanner.

Cons

Bundled tools generally not as good as dedicated apps: The password manager does not support multifactor authentication, nor can you create passwords longer than 20 characters. Its user base is also quite small compared to that of LastPass or Blur, making it more difficult to Google answers if you have a problem. The Maximum Security interface offers no details on which methods it uses to secure the Vault, a password-protected desktop folder. Its boot speed optimizer flags the Adobe Flash updater for removal, while its PC Health Checkup scolds you if Adobe Flash is out of date -- you can't have it both ways. The optimizer also forces you to dig into the interface to see exactly what it thinks is a problem.

Installation hurdles: During installation, Maximum Security requested the removal of Spybot Search & Destroy, despite it not being an actively running program. This required a reboot. On the second attempt to install Maximum Security, it scanned again and said IObit Uninstaller had to be removed, despite this program also requiring direct user initiation that should not interfere with an antivirus program (which we know, because the copy of Kaspersky Antivirus previously installed on this system had no problem with Spybot or IObit programs). This required a second reboot. Such an approach may reduce customer support issues for Trend Micro, but the company probably should not imply that the mere presence of these other programs is going to negatively impact the operation of its product. Having to reboot for each offending program to be removed also creates a hassle.

Toolbar issues: There's some irony in an antimalware program encouraging you to install its toolbar in Internet Explorer, a behavior that security experts have been trying to nix for well over a decade. While it makes IE safer to use by checking for potentially malicious scripts and URLs, the better long-term solution is to migrate away from IE altogether. Starting IE with the toolbar installed also triggers a pop-up ad hawking Trend Micro's password manager extension.

Bottom Line

Trend Micro Maximum Security's core antimalware protection is top of the line. However, the other tools in the security suite leave something to be desired, and the installation experience is not friendly toward complementary third-party programs.

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User Reviews
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5 stars

"For me, it is very suitable"

November 06, 2014  |  By flogpseudo

 |  Version: Trend Micro Maximum Security 8.0.1133

Pros

Very needful application for my computer.

Cons

Haven't found any cause i'm just a beginner.

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5 stars

"A necessity on my computer."

November 06, 2014  |  By kitschalti

 |  Version: Trend Micro Maximum Security 8.0.1133

Pros

Very needful application for my computer.

Cons

Still searching for any!

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5 stars

"Great tool, no nagging appearance."

October 23, 2014  |  By DorfVine

 |  Version: Trend Micro Maximum Security 8.0.1133

Pros

Intuitive interface

Cons

Not too many words to say.

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5 stars

"Simply the best"

October 22, 2014  |  By NolandDulay

 |  Version: Trend Micro Maximum Security 8.0.1133

Pros

Really easy to use even for beginner like me does what you want!

Cons

No disappointments

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5 stars

"This software helps me as much as I want."

October 14, 2014  |  By CrossettSaiz

 |  Version: Trend Micro Maximum Security 8.0.1133

Pros

This software helps me as much as I want.

Cons

I do not have any problem with it

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5 stars

"it seems to me that it works very good"

October 13, 2014  |  By PenneyHusky

 |  Version: Trend Micro Maximum Security 8.0.1133

Pros

it seems to me that it works very good

Cons

all good, no complaints

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5 stars

"I enjoyed using this program."

October 13, 2014  |  By KempelHandal

 |  Version: Trend Micro Maximum Security 8.0.1133

Pros

I enjoyed using this program.

Cons

It is completely up to my expectation

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5 stars

"It's a really good to download"

October 09, 2014  |  By ReserWarmington

 |  Version: Trend Micro Maximum Security 8.0.1133

Pros

Easy install, easy update, easy to adjust options

Cons

Thanks a lot. it is good.

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5 stars

"Very easy to use and very thorough."

October 07, 2014  |  By FujikawaStreng

 |  Version: Trend Micro Maximum Security 8.0.1133

Pros

Very easy to use and very thorough.

Cons

Not yet, everything's great for me and my friends!

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3 stars

"Mostly fine, occasional let-downs"

September 18, 2014  |  By tarachos

 |  Version: Trend Micro Maximum Security 8.0.1133

Pros

Set and forget
Low hit on resources

Cons

Crashes
Hit and miss on filtering dodgy emails
Failed to detect malicious browser add-in
Costly renewal

Summary

Most of the time Trend Micro does its work admirably in the background. However, after two years of using it I shall almost certainly change back to something like Kaspersky when my renewal comes up. Why?
1. Soluto regularly reports that TM has crashed. This is unacceptable for such vital software. I would say that occurs around once a week.
2. Too many obviously spammy emails are allowed through. At present it's a plague of emails claiming to send me invoices. I've also lost the integration with Microsoft Outlook that provided an additional tab, but I'm not clear whether the fault is with TM or MS.
3. The other week, I suddenly found that the snap.do toolbar and search engine had installed itself in all my browsers - this despite TM scanning all downloads. Googling the issue shows that it is very well known. I am highly surprised that TM didn't detect it.
4. When I renewed last December, processes meant that I was unable to do so by purchasing the software at a discount. I was forced to use their direct renewal, which was buggy and meant paying the full price of £60 to cover our PCs. I don't think it's worth that, sorry.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.0
Version 10.0 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Trend Micro
Publisher web site http://www.trendmicro.com
Release Date August 18, 2015
Date Added August 27, 2015
Version 10.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.6MB
File Name TrendMicro_MAX_10.0_US-en_Downloader.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,083,398
Downloads Last Week 1,322
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $89.95

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