Poll F-Secure Internet Security 2017 Review by PCMag 3,5/5 stars

Discussion in 'F-Secure' started by Sundaram999, Nov 21, 2016.


What do you think about this review?

  1. I agree

    11 vote(s)
  2. I disagree

    12 vote(s)
  3. I do not read reviews like this one

    15 vote(s)
  1. Trickster

    Trickster Level 14

    Jul 28, 2016
    Loving / caring Husband :)
    Windows 10
    Too bad that most testing institutes let their reviews depend on the bundle of dough that has been coughed up by the vendors. I did use fsecure for Some time and I rather like the gui , Nice and clean. Deepguard seemed to do good. The lack of a firewall is a negative for me , a win firewall booster is not something I personally want on my computer. What got me scared where the rescent tests carried out by CS. This totally changed my point of view on fsecure : something might look good on paper , but actual live sample testing is a real eye opener.
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  2. Lord Ami

    Lord Ami Level 15
    Trusted AV Tester

    Sep 14, 2014
    I'd like to add my 2 cents.

    To properly understand the product, you need to run it for some time (not days). I've done it so here we go.

    Installer is quite fast now. While initial install is fast, it still takes some minutes (or around 10, depending on system) for it to download and install all components and virus databases (F-Secure's and Bitdefender's). Bitdefender's one (Aquarius) is the biggest one and takes quite some time to download/install. Still, I can live with it.

    Protection wise? Quite good. Lacks here and there, but overall as seen from the HUB, it really shines against ransomware and other really malicious attacks. DeepGuard does its job. I think I was able to infect it with ransomware only twice during all the time I have been testing it. Sometimes there are leftovers of infections, but overall, it does quite good job. Add web protection and you should be good to go.

    UI: I kinda like it. Not many options, clean and simple. Really depends on personal preferences.

    Performance? Top notch. Really solid contender here. Been hopping between Avast/F-Secure/Bitdefender Free and to tell the truth, latter two seem to beat avast somehow... Not sure how, but I feel lighter with those installed.

    Add the privacy part and you got a really good antivirus. Rather expensive for my taste, but good overall :)

    I don't like that they do not release Hydra/DeepGuard/Gemini updates at weekend... or is it just me?
    frogboy, tim one, Fritz and 1 other person like this.
  3. kev216

    kev216 Level 19
    Content Creator Trusted

    Aug 6, 2014
    Windows 10
    I also used F-Secure SAFE for some weeks and it wasn't bad. The updates are sometimes slow to perform. I'm not talking about the download then, but installing the signatures takes quite some time, surely when installing the product.
    But other than that, it's a really fast program and it didn't slow down my system at all.
    They use Bitdefender and their own engine + deepguard so the protection is quite solid, but I also agree with @Trickster that the firewall is really something that would make the product complete. Also adding some more advanced settings would be good. But overall not a bad product.
    frogboy, tim one, Fritz and 2 others like this.
  4. Wave

    Wave Guest

    Not for everyone. Most security products install without a problem relatively quickly for me, whereas the F-Secure installer got stuck on a percentage (28% I think) and didn't progress for an additional 20 minutes when I did a host test with it. Whereas when I installed Bitdefender, it was more speedy than F-Secure. This could have happened for several dozen reasons.

    It depends on many factors, also including hardware (such as processor/speed).
    frogboy, tim one and kev216 like this.
  5. tim one

    tim one Level 19
    Trusted AV Tester

    Jul 31, 2014
    Windows 10
    Honestly I can give a positive feedback because I've used FSecure 2016 for a long time and Deep Guard is very responsive and effective in behavioral detection.
    I don't speak of signatures because this topic is irrelevant and outdated enough in my opinion.
    Regarding PC Mag, I never get as serious reference these and other similar reviews, in my choices.
    Wave, Fritz, Lord Ami and 3 others like this.
  6. jamescv7

    jamescv7 Level 61

    Mar 15, 2011
    Web and FileMaker Developer
    Windows 10
    Not an overrated product, F-secure does fine in a standard level; yes it has more room to improve but the potential capabilities already proved a lot.

    Their DeepGuard needs to be more active; which they can rely more on accurate response through cloud.
  7. Chromatinfish 123

    May 26, 2014
    Canada/United States
    F-Secure uses Bitdefender's engine... I still have a bit of sour taste in my mouth from them, to be honest, from a few years back. Oh well, I guess I should try to turn over a fresh leaf...

    Yes I know, F-Secure has basically nothing to do with Bitdefender after that, but, hey, experiences remain :p

    I do agree that PCMag is not a place for anybody to get trustworthy reviews from, but it's not illegal for them to do so.
    Fritz and Wave like this.
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