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Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security 2023
User interface (rating)
I was bombarded by notifications left and right. Install Chrome extension and Firefox extension (which I don't want, yet it keeps periodically asking to install them). Then you get update notifications, then random notifications here and there I lost track. Then another notification to turn on protected folders (docs, pics, music, etc) which I removed. It started getting on my nerves.
Then every time I watch a video in full screen, I get another notification that it went into mute mode, then another notification that I exited mute mode so I disabled mute mode altogether in settings.
Core Protection (rating)
Proactive protection (rating)
Additional Protection notes
It detected 2 files from an Office Custom install tool that I downloaded a while back from a forum which I thought was safe and no other AV caught it.
Browser protection (rating)
Low impact on system resources
Strong and reliable protection
Detects or blocks in the wild malware
Consistently high test scores
Accurate results and reliable antivirus engine
Excellent scores in independent tests
Great value for money
Effective malware removal
Multi-layer protection approach
Clumsy or awkward interface (UI)
Lots of popups when running
Irritating privacy settings
Scans can be rather slow
Can be complex in some situations
Time spent using product
Reviewed for less than 24 hours
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Trend Micro notifications can be minimised in 2 ways:
-Immediately after installation, fill up all questions asked. Trend Micro will display features that ate relevant to you. Do not ignore features such as Folder Shield and the toolbar as fair percentage of Trend Micro protection comes from there. Once they are setup, there are no feature recommendation notifications.
-All other notifications which are rare but can be seen (threat detected, connection blocked) can be minimised by activating Mute Mode. It can be enabled permanently.
I can’t agree that settings are scattered. One click on the “Device” tab or right click on the tray reveal mute mode. Some points that you have mentioned under positives are not valid as well.
Network and firewall are rated 5-star, but Trend Micro has no firewall.
It has no clutter, no nerdy and unnecessary info, a big status indicator is placed at the centre where your eyesight naturally falls. Everything is easy to find and there is not too much going on. Light, subtle animations guide the user from one flow to another. So yeah, one can say it’s an OK UI. It needs a dark mode.