Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    1,415,743
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 22, 2011
  • Price:
    Free to try; annual subscription (30-day trial); $69.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    6.32MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,388
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #15 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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The bottom line: Following on last year's big overhaul, Trend Micro makes a series of smaller changes to this year's Titanium security suites. Four differences make this version $10 cheaper than Titanium Maximum Security, but for many those will be must-haves.

Review:
Last year was a headliner for Trend Micro's security suites. Overhauled with a lightweight interface and cloud-based detection, and rebranded as Trend Micro Titanium, the changes made the suite competitive again. The 2012 version builds on those improvements, so this year doesn't have a lot of big changes. Still, there are enough substantial changes to make this version worth upgrading to, including a broader detection base and strong mobile support for both iOS and Android. Editors' note: Portions of this review are based on CNET's review of Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012. Trend Micro's updates for 2012 make some substantial yet largely under-the-hood changes to the Titanium suites. Several excellent features only available in the premium Titanium Maximum Security place the highest-end version above its siblings. However, since the difference between Internet Security and Maximum Security is only $10, it's hard to say no to the premium upgrade.

Installation
The new Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 sports a rapid-fire installation. Once you've completed downloading the installer, the entire process is over in less than a minute. There's one screen where you're asked to fill in an e-mail address before you can run Titanium Maximum Security, but that's the extent of the registration hoops that are required. Although a reboot isn't mandatory, the program seems to run better after one.

You can also disable your contributions to the Smart Protection Network, Trend Micro's behavioral detection net, during installation. Doing so won't make you less safe. It will only prevent your data from becoming part of Trend Micro's analyses.

Interface
Titanium 2012 offers a marginally different interface from last year. The two differences are that the parental controls and system tuner have swapped places on the main screen, and that you can now apply skins to customize the interface. Not exactly world-shaking alterations, which is an acknowledgment of how the company feels last year's major overhaul is doing. In a word: great! (Well, the company thinks it's great, anyway. We certainly don't mind it either.)

The UI that debuted last year was different and minimalistic, and is a great choice for people who don't want to struggle with their security. The top quarter is taken up by a large icon and bar declaring your security status, and below it are three major security fields and a registration status indicator.

In these three quick-access slots are the Security Summary, System Tuner, and Parental Controls. Click the boldface name of one of the three to open a drop-down revealing more information; for example, under Security Summary, you'll see number and type of threats stopped. This perhaps could be phrased better, since if no threats have been detected on your computer, then you will see that "0 threats have been stopped." Accurate, yes, but slightly misleading, too.

The Support link lives in the upper right corner of the interface, marked by a text link and an icon of a boat's lifesaver ring. At the bottom of the interface live a one-click scan-on-demand button to initiate a Quick Scan, a drop-down arrow to change scans, a Settings icon, and a Security Report button for jumping to a screen that collects recent threat detection, system performance, and parental control notifications into charts and graphs.

For advanced security features, you must click on the blue Tools button in the bottom-left corner. It's the only blue button link in the interface, so it stands out well. Clicking on it reveals smartphone app-style buttons for Parental Control, Data Theft Prevention, System Tuner, Secure Erase, and the Tool Center. Each one has a status indicator letting you know if it's been activated.

The Tool Center opens the Web site for Trend Micro HouseCall, which is a free, online-only tool for removing malware.

Clicking through the others takes you to a landing page for each, which comes with an option to hide the landing page in the future. Since the landing pages only contain brief descriptions of the features within, it'd make more sense to spare you the bottleneck and put the descriptions somewhere else.

Within each tool is a sharp layout of features and instructions on how to use them. The interface is that rare combination of uncluttered and helpful, bringing the featured tools to the fore without feeling overwhelmed. And although each tool opened in a new window, it opened smoothly and replaced the window below it so that the main Trend Micro pane was always easily accessible. If only other complicated programs were this well-designed.

Features and support
The big new feature last year was that Trend Micro Titanium, like Google Chrome, instituted automatic updates, removing the necessity of updating your virus definition files. The autoupdates in Titanium theoretically led to a higher level of security that was more responsive, too. The behavioral-detection approach worked well for Norton, Panda, and Microsoft. No doubt moving detection to the cloud made the program run with less interference in your system, and after a year, it's hard not to conclude that it is effective.

You can still schedule scans in Titanium, which you can do from the Virus and Spyware Controls panel under Settings. On that same tab, you can configure how Titanium handles various other security protocols.

In its 2012 version, Titanium adds two new engines to the fold. One is designed to detect and remove the "fake antivirus" type of malware, also known as ransomware, that plagues many people. The other stops botnets that might have infected your computer.

Titanium Internet Security does offer the kind of robust, full-featured protection that's expected from a top-shelf security suite. Along with antivirus, anti-malware, and malicious link protection, Titanium Internet Security protects your installed applications from being altered without your permission, optimizes the Windows firewall, and provides spam guards. There are also parental controls, identity guards for protecting credit card numbers and passwords, the aforementioned Department of Defense-standard file shredding, and the Trend Micro Vault, which is a remote file lock that will seal off files when you tell it to, say if your laptop has been stolen.

Trend Micro comes with a toolbar that autoinstalls only in Firefox and Internet Explorer. But for a few exceptions, security suites have been ignoring Chrome, which is a serious miscalculation in our opinion. It's reminiscent of schools of art that get ignored until they become cultural leaders: are the makers of consumer security suites simply not taking Chrome seriously yet? Or do they feel that it's too secure of a browser to be susceptible to social-engineering attacks that other browser users suffer from? We suspect the former, although the security companies' sluggishness implies either willful ignorance or the latter.

You can deactivate the toolbar in the Settings window after you install, although it's a bit annoying that you can't turn it off before you install. Internet Explorer 9 indicates that running the toolbar slows down the browser's start-up by 1 second. It also doesn't really contain much in the way of features, besides giving Titanium hooks into your browser so it can evaluate Web site search results.

Titanium did well with value-added features last year, introducing the system tuner and online backup. The system tuner is quite robust and cleans your Registry, looks for recoverable disk space, cleans out start-up links to programs that no longer exist, deletes Internet cookies, and removes software histories including instant message logs to prevent spyware from accessing them. The online backup tool includes a standard 2GB of encrypted online storage. It includes syncing and sharing, and there's an option to purchase unlimited storage space.

Value-added enhancements in Titanium 2012 cover both the useful, like secure erase, and the gimmicky, like the aforementioned selection of new interface skins for the Windows version. Does anybody spend so much time in their security suite that they want to skin it?

The Titanium firewall component generally relies on the excellent Windows Vista and Windows 7 firewall to get the job done. It does come with a firewall booster option, under Network in the Internet and E-mail Controls tab in the Settings menu. This activates the network-level firewall, which is a component that Windows is missing, but Trend Micro clearly doesn't think it's crucial, as the firewall booster is disabled by default.

There are some hang-ups with Titanium, though. For one thing, you can't access the interface while the program is starting, although you can when scanning. A more troublesome problem is that the suite doesn't really possess much in the way of virus and malware removal. It presupposes that it will block all threats that attempt to crack your system. As noted above, Trend Micro's HouseCall tool is the company's de facto post-infection threat killer, and it's Web-based. That may make some users skittish.

Added features in Titanium Maximum Security 2012 but not Titanium Internet Security 2012 are enough to make up for the $10 price differential. These include eight more gigabytes of storage, locally stored password-protected folder vault, remote file lock, public Wi-Fi authentication, mobile OS security including Android and iOS, and social networking wall scanning. Performance
In its first year on the street, Titanium's new detection system proved itself handily. Although it wasn't the most effective suite last year, it was certainly in the upper echelons of security offerings. This year, CNET Labs and independent third-party testing organizations found that Titanium has continued an upward trajectory that nevertheless leaves room to grow. Titanium Internet Security 2012 shares the same detection engines as its less feature-laden siblings, Titanium Maximum Security 2012 and Titanium Antivirus 2012, so all three are discussed here.

CNET Labs' benchmarks showed that the Titanium suites were frustratingly uneven. The Quick Scan was the fastest CNET Labs has tested so far this year, with the slowest of the Titanium suites coming in at more than 400 seconds faster than the second-fastest suite, and they also had the lightest touch on computer shutdown times. However, Titanium had the biggest impact on system boot times, with the Titanium suite that was fastest at boot still adding 20 seconds more than the next-slowest competitor.

In the era of security-suite-free Windows 7 computers that often take no more than 30 to 40 seconds to boot, and tough competition from Macs and Chromebooks that can boot in 20 to 30 seconds, doubling Windows' boot time is unacceptable. Note that CNET Labs has changed test computer operating systems, from a 64-bit version of Windows 7 to Windows 7 64-bit running Service Pack 1, so while we can mention the differences between last year's results and this year's, they're not directly comparable.

Security program Boot time Shutdown time Scan time MS Office performance iTunes decoding Media multitasking Cinebench
Unprotected system 40 6 n/a 395 120 342 17,711
Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 88 11.3 502 437 125 345 17,290
Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 94.8 11.7 465 406 126 344 17,238
Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus Plus 2012 83.3 12.4 449 419 126 342 17,084

*All tests measured in seconds, except for Cinebench. On the Cinebench test, the higher number is better.

On a real-world Windows 7 computer, we found that the Quick Scan finished up in 4 minutes, 48 seconds, when averaged from three cold-boot runs. Also over three cold runs, the Full Scan took 2 hours and 11 minutes to complete. These times are interesting to note because they're much slower than last year's results, and much slower than the results Trend Micro predicted. It's not clear why the Quick Scan took nearly 4 minutes longer on average to complete than it did last year. We're going to chalk up the problem to a software glitch or installation error for now. Certainly, if you're seeing Quick Scan times that slow, get in touch with Trend Micro's tech support.

Third-party labs that look at the efficacy of virus detection and removal found Trend Micro 2012 equally uneven. While scoring high on threat detection and blocking from independent testing agency AV-Test.org, and earning low false-positive scores (that's a good thing), the Titanium suites did not do well on infection removal. During the first quarter of 2011, when tested on a Windows 7 computer, Titanium Internet Security 2011 scored 3.5 out of 6 on Protection, 3.5 out of 6 on Repair, and 5.5 out of 6 on Usability for an overall score of 12.5 out of 18, just above the minimum of 11 for an AV-Test.org certificate.

In the second quarter, on a Windows XP computer, Titanium Internet Security 2011 scored the same, 12.5 out of 18. The suite hit 4.5 out of 6 on Protection and Usability, and 3.5 out of 6 on Usability. Note that AV-Test.org defines its categories as follows: "The 'Protection' covers static and dynamic malware detection, including real-world zero-day attack testing. In case of 'Repair,' we check the system disinfection and rootkit removal in detail. The 'Usability' testing includes the system slowdown caused by the tools and the number of false positives."

Third-quarter results aren't in yet, but results shared by AV-Test.org with CNET indicate that the suite continues to perform well. It notched a 99.25 percent malware detection rate, higher than the overall average rate of 96.14 percent in July 2011 certification testing, ahead of Kaspersky's May score of 98.5 percent and just behind Bitdefender's 99.53 percent. However, Titanium was able to remove only 64.5 percent of active malware infections, way below the industry average of 80.7 percent. The rootkit detection and removal rate was average, with 90 percent detected and 70 percent removed. In AV-Test.org's zero-day attacks test, Kaspersky blocked 92.9 percent of the attacks, compared with the average July 2011 certification results of 85.7 percent. The suite also did not generate any false positives.

So, in short, AV-Test.org found Trend Micro Titanium 2011 and the new 2012 to be effective but not among the best of the best.

The most recent AV-Comparatives.org Whole Product test, which looks at on-demand scanning, retroactive tests, and "real-world" guards including cloud-based protections, puts Trend Micro 2011 in the top six suites tested. The June 2011 test found that it blocked 99.3 percent of attacks and threats thrown at it, only behind F-Secure and Panda. Meanwhile, looking at Whole Product test results cumulatively from January to June 2011 Trend Micro 2011 came in sixth, blocking 98.6 percent of threats.

A third testing lab, Dennis Technology Labs, found Trend Micro Titanium 2011 to be the one of the best suites it tested. Dennis Labs placed Titanium second out of 11 suites tested, with a Total Accuracy score of 142 out of 150--just behind Norton 2011. However, this test was conducted in January 2011.

It's fair to conclude that according to third-party tests, Titanium has been effective over the past year, but not remarkably so. However, because of weak malware removal scores, an enormous impact on boot time, and not getting the highest scores on the detection and prevention tests, we'd like to see better from Trend Micro in the future.

Conclusion
Trend Micro leaped forward and took a risk in 2011. It didn't for the 2012 suites, but it didn't have to. Instead, 2012 sees a solid upgrade, with some clever new offerings. If you don't care about the social networking, storage, or mobile support, then Titanium Internet Security 2012 might just hit your sweet spot, but it's hard to ignore the lackluster threat removal scores. The abysmal boot-time impact must be improved, too. If Titanium can polish those areas, then that would be showing some mettle we could really get behind.

 
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3 stars

"System hogger internet security"

July 18, 2012  |  By nature88

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 5.0

Pros

Seems to be protecting my system.
Antivirus scanning works fine.
Quick scan and full system scan seems to complete quite quickly.

Cons

Huge system impact during scanning.
Start-up time increased quite a bit.
Protection seems to be up and running some time after start-up(under balanced settings).
NO FIREWALL!!! (Firewall booster adds on to windows firewall.)

Summary

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 seems like a good security suite. Scans are quite fast.
However, the system impact is way to heavy compared to other internet security suites. (Even on my brand new core i7, 8 gb ram laptop)
Furthermore, it provides NO firewall as a full priced internet security suit. (Windows firewall isn't all that bad but i prefer other firewalls that allow easier customisation.)

Internet security suites that i had used: Norton, McAfee, Zonealarm, Kaspersky, Avast, Panda, Trend Micro.

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5 stars

"Excellent Customer Service"

July 08, 2012  |  By LizziBordonCND

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 5.0

Pros

Through the dangerous internet use of a family member, I somehow ended up with a virus or a trojan on my system and the tech people at TendMicro worked with me, over a few days, to ensure that my system was properly cleaned and fixed and back up and running. I was SO impressed that I recommend it to everyone and even turned down a prepaid subscription to Panda when I bought my new laptop because I wanted to stick with TrendMicro.

Cons

Haven't found one yet - use the download version only and have never had a problem.

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3 stars

"ONLY BUY THE DISK - no download!"

May 26, 2012  |  By encycloman

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 5.0

Pros

Seems to do a good job, and warns me if a web site is noted for spam or fraud.

Cons

Died when my computer ran out of battery. Would not load no matter what. only thing that saved me (their response was one day late) was I DID have a disk to re-insert and re-install. If I had had the download version, I do not think it would have worked.

Summary

ONLY BUY THE HARD (DISK) VERSION!

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1 stars

"Doesn't Work"

May 10, 2012  |  By freshcnet

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 5.0

Pros

People that write viruses hope you have it

Cons

Virus and Trojan programs pawn this software, they slip right through it, and disable it.

Summary

My sister called me up and said somehow somebody was emailing all her friends, using her email address. I asked if she had antivirus, and she said she had been paying for trend micro since she bought her computer. She had upgraded to 2012 Titanium. Her IE was allowing automatic downloads. She had viruses and trojans, and no warnings. It seems some malicious program had turned it off, and was keeping it from coming on at boot. I tried to start it got an error, used a search engine, found many people were getting the same error, the company was advising them to reinstall it. I had the same problem a few years back with another companies paid version, got a bad update that turned my virus software and firewall off, and left the Icon running in the taskbar. They had me remove the update and reinstall it, and reupdate it, and it kept shutting off after that. Talk about a false sense of security, I'd feel safer with almost any other software, free or paid, I usually go paid for a better feeling of added security.

Ummhmmm If it quits working all the sudden, reinstall it, and change your bank account password ?

Humummm If it quits working all the sudden, uninstall it and try another one, and change your bank account password.

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5 stars

"No problems..."

March 11, 2012  |  By The Bob

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 5.0

Pros

passed Malwarebyte* and nothing since Jan. 2012

Cons

Not upgrading the Toolbar protection in time for Firefox.

Summary

Still going for the 2013 for now.
*Malwarebyte is excellent.

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2 stars

"It scans but pinned my processors"

February 15, 2012  |  By charly_Root

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 5.0

Pros

I guess it scans and works to find bad code but it takes all day.

Cons

I have a clean laptop running Windows 7 Pro i5 processor and 4 gigs of ram. Only thing running in my systray are this and Google Talk and GBridge. This software absolutely bogged my machine down. Fans start running high and everything lags.

Summary

HEAVY!!!! If you aren't running a $2,000 laptop or a $1,000 desktop, your computer can't handle this and be used at the same time. I've been a programmer since Craigslist looked up-to-date.

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1 stars

"Couldn't get it to work"

January 01, 2012  |  By DioBrando05

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 5.0

Pros

Wouldn't know, couldn't get it to install

Cons

It never installed it always stops during the installation process( tried it 20 or more things), telling that an error has occurred but never goes in dept about the errors and how to fix and the website doesn't help at all and couldn't find any help online; if anyone can help or give some advice where to go or how to fix this problem I'm all ear but until then, if ever I can't recommend to anyone. Better off trying something else

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1 stars

"GOOD FOR PIRATED SOFTWARE REMOVE"

December 08, 2011  |  By suris714

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 5.0

Pros

LOOKS GOOD ]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

Cons

ON FOR USERS THAT DON'T USE NON LEGIT SOFTWARE

Summary

IT SEARCH AND DESTROY ALL MODDED FILES SOFTWARE WITHOUT ASKING
THAT'S HAPPEN TO BE ALL MY PC GAMES THAT I LEGIT BUY IT
NORTON DO THE SAME, LOOK TO ME THAT THERE SOME AGREEMENT BETWEEN GAME AND SOFTWARE COMPANIES TO DETECT ANYTHING THAT IS NOT ORIGINAL PART OF THE SOFTWARE AS A VIRUS WEN IS NOT
VIRUS ASK BEFORE DELETE

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5 stars

"Robust Babe! Yo PC will crave the Need For Speed. 10/10"

August 30, 2011  |  By NascB

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 5.0

Pros

It does a lot more than you would expect. It has stunning heuristics. Worth the small amount I paid to local reseller, in fact value is so great you would think you ripped them off.

Cons

Versions and updates unconsistant. I bought one software now I am downloading / updating (on my other PC and 2 years later) completely different one. Even name is different.
It is hard on resources.

Summary

I am happy that once I needed the protection for business for me and my family I was a proud Trend Micro customer and 5 licences I got for a "good deal" price were absolutely crucial for starter, since no additional purchases were necessary.

Beware:Only real powerbox is able to pull it along-side (while multitasking) anything else. That is for real time protection, which is excellent by the way.

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5 stars

"Great security for my computer and peace of mind"

August 30, 2011  |  By pchristie03

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 5.0

Pros

fast and east set up, quick scanning, minimal surfing interruption.

Cons

None. So far I am pleased with it.

Summary

i received this to try for free as a Buzz Agent. I never have used a paid security software. I read the reviews first then gave it a try. I was impressed! It not only is way better than the free security software I was using but the parental controls where an an added bonus. I can limit what types of websites are visited plus limit the kids' online time. I already try to monitor their time on the computer but you never know what they might accidentally see. I'm impressed with it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0
Detection and Cleaning Enhancements:
  • New: Fake AV Cleaner- Detects and cleans malware based on a system level signature, rather than a file level signature
  • New: Proactive Botnet Protection. Utilizes NCIT (Network Content Inspection Technology) to proactively detect known and unknown botnets and other network threats
  • New: Proactive PE virus Protection- Enables faster protection by utilizing a heuristic scanning method to detect in real-time
  • New: Packer Solution- New scan method to detect malware encrypted by packer technology
  • Enhanced:
  • Virus and spyware detection and cleaning
  • Behavioral monitoring
  • Rootkit detection and removal, including boot to clean functionality

  • New Features:
  • UI Skinning: Upload a photo or choose a pre-made image to customize the console
  • Includes protection for Mac users: Protection from viruses, spyware and other malware. Antiphishing. Stops access to unsafe web pages. Prevents websites from installing dangerous software. Parental controls
  • Optimizes your PC's performance and helps protect your privacy by cleaning registry and temp files and deleting browsing histories and cookies
  • Protect, access and share your photos, documents and more with a 2 GB SafeSync account
  • General
    Publisher Trend Micro
    Publisher web site http://www.trendmicro.com
    Release Date August 22, 2011
    Date Added August 22, 2011
    Version 5.0
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Anti-Spyware
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit, Windows XP/32-bit
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 6.32MB
    File Name TrendMicro_TIS_8.0_Downloader.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 1,415,743
    Downloads Last Week 1,388
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    License Model Free to try
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    Price $69.95

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