Performance Impact of Trend Micro Maximum Security 2011

November 4, 2010 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (15,025)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 10
    • Total Score:
    • 9.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

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

Benchmarks before installing Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011Benchmarks after installing Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011

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”.

Conclusion

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.

Pros:

  • Simple interface
  • Solid parental controls
  • Low system performance impact
  • Good scan times
  • Useful included utilities

Cons:

  • Not as proactive as competing suites
  • Anti-spam support lacking
  • Large installation file


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