Maximum Security did not have a noticeable impact on system performance; it did not interfere with office productivity or gaming. Updates are completely automatic and happen in the background.
We evaluate the performance impact and system resource usage of using anti-virus software in two ways:
- 1. Overall system performance measured before and after installation using PCMark
- 2. Time it took to perform a full system scan
Our test system is an HP Pavilion dv5t.
Overall System Performance Impact Measured with PCMark05
The benchmark shows a mere three percent decrease in performance, which is unnoticeable and what I want to see.
Time it took to perform a full system scan
Maximum Security took one hour and one minute to scan 140GB of data, which is a respectable time. ESET Smart Security 4 is the fastest suite I tested, coming in at 41 minutes. I consider scans that take over two hours a “long time”.
Trend Micro Maximum Security 2011 is a bit of a mixed bag. I like the interface, solid set of parental controls, minimal system performance impact, and general ease of use; however it has some glaring issues. It did not block me from downloading malicious virus files like other suites, which indicates its network traffic scanning needs some work; other suites we tested did not even let us download the files. Additionally, its anti-spam support is behind the times as it only supports Microsoft clients. My initial concern that it did not include a dedicated firewall component was unfounded, as it passed our exploits test.
I would have given Maximum Security my recommendation if it was more proactive, but as it stands competing suites offer better protection.
- Simple interface
- Solid parental controls
- Low system performance impact
- Good scan times
- Useful included utilities
- Not as proactive as competing suites
- Anti-spam support lacking
- Large installation file