Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2011 (3.0)
  • Total Downloads:
    1,986,804
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 07, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try; annual subscription (30-day trial); $79.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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The bottom line: A new name heralds some big changes for Trend Micro's Titanium suites. The overhaul to Maximum Security 2011 brings users a faster suite with a smaller system impact. There's a lot of extras to like here, too, but that's not enough to sell security on.

Review:
Trend Micro's updates for 2011 bring a substantially overhauled suite, from the name down to its detection engine. Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 is the new name for Trend Micro Internet Security Pro, and along with the new nom de guerre comes a new interface, new cloud-based detection engine, and new features that, on whole, are changes as impressive as those that Norton has gone through the past few years.

Installation:
The new Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 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.

Notably, Trend Micro doesn't call any attention to its behavioral detection network, which the company has named Aegis. Although Trend Micro introduced Aegis in 2007, making it one of the first available, most companies still give users the option during installation to opt-out of contributing data to the anonymous networks while allowing you the networks' benefits. Unless it was a glitch, that's not offered here in the installation. (You can later disable the anonymous contribution of your data in the Settings menu, under Other Settings and Smart Protection Network.)

Interface
A different, minimalistic interface is what you'll find as the outward face of Trend Micro's Titanium security suites in 2011. Frankly, it's the easiest-to-use security suite interface we've encountered so far this year. 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.

Click the boldface name of one to open a drop-down revealing more information, such as number and type of threats stopped under Security Summary. 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.

Besides Security Summary, there's also System Tuner and Parental Controls in the quick-access slots.

The Support link lives in the upper right corner of the interface, marked by a text link and 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 into charts and graphs recent threat detection, system performance, and parental control notifications.

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 six smartphone app-style buttons for Parental Control, Data Theft Prevention, System Tuner, the Trend Micro Vault for online backup, Secure Erase, and the Tool Center. Each one has a status indicator letting you know if it's been activated, when applicable.

Oddly, the Tool Center didn't do anything when we clicked on it. It is supposed to open 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 was 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 this year is that Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 has removed the necessity to update your virus definition files because, like Google Chrome, it automatically updates. Unlike Chrome, you don't have to shut it down first. This is generally a good idea, in the sense that users won't have to remember to schedule scans and updates. This can become problematic, to put it diplomatically, when the wrong files get identified as threats. This happened to McAfee earlier in 2010, and that one bad virus definition left havoc in its wake. Granted, those mistakes are rare, and the scope of McAfee's mistake was even more unusual, but they do happen.

The auto-updates in Titanium theoretically lead to a higher level of security that's more responsive, too. The behavioral detection approach has worked well for Norton, Panda, and Microsoft. There's no doubt that moving detection to the cloud makes the program run with less interference in your system. However, Trend Micro's Aegis system is largely untested in this category.

All that's not to say that you can't schedule scans in Titanium, which you can do from the Virus and Spyware Controls panel under Settings. Under that same tab, you can configure how Titanium handles various other security protocol.

Titanium Maximum 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 Maximum Security protects your installed applications from being altered without your permission, optimizes the Windows firewall, and provides spam guards. There's 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. This is in case your laptop has been stolen.

Trend Micro comes with a toolbar that auto-installs only in Firefox and Internet Explorer. This can be deactivated 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 beta indicates that running the toolbar slows down the browser 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.

Three impressive added value features this year are the system tuner, Wi-Fi verification, and the 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 Internet hot spot verification will warn you if you're connecting to a network that's been compromised The online backup tool includes a leading 10GB of encrypted online storage. It includes syncing and sharing, and there's an option to purchase unlimited storage space.

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: the firewall booster is disabled by default.

There are some hang-ups with Titanium, though. For one thing, while the program is starting users won't be able to access the interface, 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 de facto post-infection threat killer, and it's Web-based. That may make some users skittish.

Performance
So, the big caveat is that much of the tech that Trend Micro's relying on is new and untested by independent efficacy tests, so it may be worth hedging bets against Trend Micro until third-party labs have had a chance to evaluate it.

CNET Labs' benchmarks showed that the suites backed up Trend Micro's claims of minimal system impact, in general. All three of the company's suite offerings this year, Titanium Maximum Security 2011, Titanium Internet Security 2011, and Titanium Antivirus+, barely touched the systems they were installed on when compared with competitors on the key benchmarks of computer start-up and scan time.

Maximum Security added only 2.29 seconds to computer boot time, and Internet Security and Antivirus+ followed closely behind with 2.5 seconds added and 3.62 seconds added, respectively. Scan times from all three suites were the fastest that we recorded, so far.

Security Program Boot time Shutdown time Scan time MS Office performance iTunes decoding Media multitasking Cinebench
Unprotected system 42.5 11.28 n/a 917 180 780 4,795
Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 44.79 16.56 500 1060 201 852 4,765
Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011 45 13.44 480 1014 200 933 4,779
Trend Micro Titanium AntiVirus+ 2011 46.12 13 490 1014 200 830 4,780

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

However, computer shutdown times were far less impressive, with Maximum Security actually slowing down shutdown the most of any 2011 suite reviewed to date. The impact of Internet Security 2011 and Antivirus+ 2011 on shutdown was more average. Trend Micro's impact on Microsoft Office performance and media multitasking both tended toward the slower end of the scale, whereas the iTunes decoding score was average and the Cinebench scores were at the top for all three suites.

In a real-world test, Titanium Maximum Security 2011 completed a Quick Scan in 46 seconds, and a Full Scan in 1 hour, 37 minutes.

There are no independent benchmarks available yet for all the 2011 suites, so expect this section to change as those get released. For the 2010 version, which has been noted as being drastically different from the 2011, scores were unimpressive.

Dennis Technology Labs, a member of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organisation (AMTSO), found in its July 2010 Web threat protection test (PDF) that Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010 actually did very well, defending against 38 of 40 threats, neutralizing two, and compromised by none for an overall protection score of 100 percent. This was the second-best score of the test, below Norton's score of defending against 40 out of 40 threats. In Dennis Labs' August 2010 antivirus test (PDF), Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010 fared much worse. It defended against 23 of 40 threats, neutralized 11, and was compromised by six, for an overall score of 85 percent.

In the AV-Test.org test on Windows 7 from the second quarter of 2010, Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010 scored 11.5 out of 18, with a 2.5 out of 6 rating in Protection, and a 4.5 out of 6 rating in Repair and Usability. Notably, the 2.5 rating was the second-lowest in the test for the Protection category. This overall score was half a point below the certification level, and was not certified by AV-Test.org.

It's hard to tell if the AV-Test score is an outlier, because the most recent AV-Comparatives.org tests showed results similar to both Dennis Labs' and AV-Test's. In the Whole Product dynamic test from August 2010, Trend Micro Internet Security Pro 2010 performed extremely well. It blocked 98 percent of the threats sent against it, and was compromised by 2 percent. This tied Panda, Avira, and AVG for the top slot. In the AV-Comparatives.org On-Demand detection test from August 2010, Trend Micro Antivirus+ 2010 scored much lower, with many false positives, an average scanning speed, and 90.3 percent detection rate. It did not earn certification in this test.

It's clear that part of the reason that Trend Micro revamped Titanium the way it did was to improve user security, and thus score better. For that reason, we're comfortable giving Trend Micro a lower score now, and revisiting it if its performance changes in tests performed on this year's version over the next few months.

Conclusion
Trend Micro is taking a leap forward with its Titanium offerings for 2011. In terms of features and usability, the suite is fantastic, with only minor blemishes. Performance benchmarks, too, are impressive where it counts. However, efficacy tests on last year's model will leave you holding a mixed bag, which makes us uncomfortable recommending Titanium Maximum Security 2011 for now.

 
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5 stars

"There is "NO OTHER"!"

April 04, 2013  |  By chappellvet

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 (3.0)

Pros

I and our business have been a daily user of Trend Micro internet security software since late 2004. Our business computers were constantly getting Trojan horse viruses. We would constantly have to pay a computer tech to come out and clean up our network. then a new tech that came one day recommended Trend Micro... before the week's end we installed the new protection and "NO" viruses of any sort have penetrated our network or my personal devices since. We upgraded as Trend Micro advances and recommends.. I highly "10" recommend...There is "NO OTHER"!

Cons

All is good, no bad! There is "NO OTHER"!

Summary

There is "NO OTHER"!

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1 stars

"Created an account, just to rate this 0.5 star."

December 01, 2012  |  By giiYanJ

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 (3.0)

Pros

The only thing I found:
-Good UI, I meant appearance.

Cons

Norton-liked firewalls,
Bad website recognizing, marking Garena (TW) website as treat, marking proxy as dangerous, even everything untested is dangerous.

Summary

REAL MAN without ANTIVIRUS.
For chinese user, try 360, its free, yet powerful.
Microsoft Security Essential, not bad.
No Antivirus, REAL MAN.

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1 stars

"Here we go again......"

June 19, 2011  |  By shurstuff

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 (3.0)

Pros

Are there any?

Cons

Too strong of a firewall, very disappointed, too much like Norton.
Doesn't play well with Nero 9.
Has the power to shut down Windows and your PC if it feels threatened!
Cannot change to other firewalls if installed even if boost is not selected.

Summary

After installing Trend Titanium we are unable to burn our son's digital wedding video to DVD which we received electronically because he doesn't have a working burner. After 30 minutes of burn in Nero 9, Trend Micro will completely shut down my windows and turn off my PC! Problem is the video is over 30 minutes! So I tried changing our firewall to Windows defender and it won't let me. So now I am stuck with another Norton style product where I have to turn security down to do simple things with our slideshows and videos everytime I turn the computer on. I say it is too invasive and now I am faced with removing it which I hear is a bear similar to removing Norton for a less invasive product. We are even having problems with our audio files. A definite thumbs down to Trend Micro for going Norton on us and creating it's own OS - If it can shut down my windows Vista on it's own it then becomes an OS or an OS killer. Do not use, buy, or install if you are under 70 and only use your computer for simple emails.

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3 stars

"Does the job"

May 15, 2011  |  By Toymit

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 (3.0)

Pros

Simple interface so dont need to be tech savvy to use this program.Fast scans and updates automatically.Anti-Virus/Malware all in one.Data theft protection and easy to use parental controls.Has a secure erase feature too.

Cons

Feels like its hogging my CPU.It takes a while to start-up.Doesnt give you the option of asking if something is legit or not as Ive had many programs deleted or unable to install cos of this.Needs to stop updating when internet connection is slow.

Summary

This is my first 'paid' for anti-virus/malware program I have bought.I must say,the Free Anti-Virus programs I used previously were good enough for me,I just got this with a bundle.I have this on an older PC so it pretty much uses alot of my CPU(100% at times).I feel it needs to stop updating or postpone updating when ones internet connection is slow.My biggest gripe with it is,it should ask you if something is legit or not instead of deleting it automatically cos I cant install somethings it thinks is a virus when its not.

Updated on Jan 11, 2012

It has since deleted a few applications it thinks is a virus but isnt.This has caused some programs to not work properly or at all.There needs to be an option to ask whether something is dangerous or not rather than delete by itself to save alot of hassle.

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1 stars

"Very unhappy with the software"

April 26, 2011  |  By Sweetpea_5

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 (3.0)

Pros

Great customer service. They're patient, persistent, courteous, and call when they promise.

Cons

The software doesn't work on my computer. (Windows 7, Dell Inspiron, 750GB, 1 yr old). The consule will not open, so I cannot run regular scans on my drives. Supposedly, I have internet protection.

Summary

I've been on the phone with Trend on about 5 separate occasions for about 8-10 hours, but they're still unable to get this properly loaded to my computer. They've run dozens of diagnostics, but the software is still not working. At one point, I downloaded Norton with absolutely no issues. At this point, I just want a refund and solid protection for my computer!

There is a chance MY computer is the issue. If that's the case, just refund my account and let me find something that works with my computer's apparent inadequacies.

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2 stars

"This 2011 version is Horrible. It has no firewall."

April 15, 2011  |  By dkblaise

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 (3.0)

Pros

The graphical interface is excellent

Cons

The program phased out once in a while leaving you unprotected. I found a keylogger in my computer while this product was running. With this version, you can't determine who is on your network. Poor upgrade

Summary

In sum, this version is worthless. I wasted my money on this program, and don't waste yours. I deleted and installed Avast. So far Avast is showing to be far superior that Trend Micro.

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1 stars

"1 star, because I don't have option for zero stars!"

March 02, 2011  |  By Truck-N-Tech

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 (3.0)

Pros

I was getting too much money in my bank account, and I got rid of some of it buying this garbage.

Cons

This product has no Firewall. Also, it acts like Malware, if you decide you don't want it. This program will not uninstall on it's own, or with the control panel in Windows. Their own website's discussion boards are full of horror stories. Just look!

Summary

First, let me say I have been the biggest fan I know,of Trend Micro, for the last 15 years or so. That all changed with this product. I found out it had no firewall, and decided not to buy it. I would simply go back to the older version, which was a very good product

This new version sounded good, but being online without a firewall, is like waving a huge red flag in cyberspace, yelling "Please Hack Me!" No way you should do it. Trend Micro says their new product "enhances" the firewall in Windows. For years they tell their customers we need their product, because the firewall in Windows does such a bad job, but now they tell us to trust it? No Thanks!

Then you just turn it on, and you are protected, but you have no way of telling. There are no indicators if the program is up to date. They tell us to just trust them.

I bought this newest version of Trend Micro's Internet protection, because I wanted the best they had to offer. Instead I lost my firewall, my control of how deeply compressed files get scanned, my knowledge of if the thing is even working or not, and my long standing confidence in Trend Micro.

Don't just take my word for it. I am a truck driver, not a software engineer. Go to their own website, and check out their discussion boards. Just go to TrendMicro.com, and look for the header "Home & Home Office". When you mouse over that part or the red banner, a box will drop down. Go down and click on "Support". That will take you to their support page. On that page, look for a banner link that says "Join the Discussion Boards". That will take you to the next page. There, just read all the wonderful stories about how much customers like you and I love the whole Titanium Experience.

I am a truck driver, but I have been involved with computers for 22 years. I know my way around inside a computer, and often help other people with their computer issues. When I decided I didn't want this program, and tried to uninstall it, it started me down a 6 hour nightmare ordeal, trying to get this program out of my computer. The uninstall option of the software itself did not work. The uninstall utility in the control panel of Windows did not work. Then I went to Trend Micro's own website, and downloaded a special tool, just for uninstalling Titanium. That did not work either. I had to borrow a CD from my nephew, who does a little programming work now and then, that had a "forced uninstall tool" on it. If he did not help me, I would have had to pay a technician to clear this program out of my computer.

After you get done reading all the horror stories on Trend Micro's own website, Google the phrase "AV Comparisons". Look for the link to "AV LABS" and "AV Comparisons" These are completely independent testing companies, who test a whole list of anti-virus software. See how well Trend Micro did in their tests.

If you do all this, and still decide to get this new product, I wish you the best of luck. You will need it.

Updated on May 7, 2012

So, people have replied to my review, and stated that: 1-there is in fact a firewall, and maybe I should learn something about the product, and 2-I am stupid for not being able to install the program by normal means.

I would simply direct then to Trend Micro's own website, in the forums section, where these issues are discussed in great detail. There is in fact no firewall. Trend micro says their new product "Enhances" the Windows firewall, but gives no details as to how this is done. Also, there is a tool to remove their product, which most people have needed, if they want to uninstall the product. Why would their be such a removal tool, if there had not been a lot of problems with people trying to uninstall it?

After checking out Trend Micro's own website, in the Community/forums section, you will see that maybe SandiJean17 and WynJoe are the ones who need to study up on this subject.

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1 stars

"Waste of time"

February 26, 2011  |  By zertos

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 (3.0)

Pros

couldn't find again cause it wouldn't allow me to install

Cons

it was forcing me to remove all my other security programs like spybot and immunet protect

Summary

just don't bother with this

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1 stars

"Very Disappointed"

January 10, 2011  |  By glenelg63

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 (3.0)

Pros

Haven't found anything yet

Cons

Problems with purchasing, installing, tech support, had to redownload and reinstall. Unfortunately I have to put up with this rubbish for 24 months. Never again.

Summary

I'm not a tech head but I have used Trend internet protection packeages in the past and haven't had any problems. Unfortunately with this version the main problem has been the installation of the "Firewall Booster". The software just didn't work, so I had to delete everything and download the software again and reinstall it. When it is installed you don't know its working. All I wanted was a map of my home network so I can see if intruders were accessing my wireless internet connection.

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5 stars

"The Best I've Tested Overall So Far"

January 03, 2011  |  By bobcateyes_0463

 |  Version: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 (3.0)

Pros

It protects the best against viruses, spyware, malware, spam, etc. It works with Microsoft instead of against it. It improves Microsoft's built-in features. It adds reinforcement to the firewall. It also improves the IE8 browser deletion features

Cons

It is still slightly rough around the edges. It blocks out safe links on safe sites. It is its backup. It has to be gotten separately. But it is available for free with this product. It is a little too snug. It needs to loosen its grip some.

Summary

It is overall. It provides the best overall security out of the systems I have tested. It includes when surfing the internet. True, it can block out safe links. But that can easily be adjusted. It's so it loosens its grip. It needs some improvements. But it is overall. It's the best. I would highly recommend it.

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Publisher Trend Micro
Publisher web site http://www.trendmicro.com
Release Date September 07, 2010
Date Added September 07, 2010
Version 2011 (3.0)
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.32MB
File Name TrendMicro_MAX_8.0_Downloader.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,986,804
Downloads Last Week 47,829
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $79.95

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