That's also better value than most, although Bitdefender's 10 device, three-year licence still tops the overall affordability list at £110 (8) – a smidge more in terms of overall cost, but that’s for an extra year of protection.The Trend Micro Antivirus Security web page doesn't have an obvious link to a trial, instead referring to a ‘30-day money-back guarantee’.If you're the hands-on type you'll find key system settings available in a couple of clicks.These are described clearly – ‘Display a warning after detecting viruses, spyware or suspicious behaviour’ – and you can toggle them on or off as required.There's real-time antivirus protection and blocking of malicious URLs, of course.Social Networking Protection highlights dangerous links at Facebook, Twitter, Google , Linked In, Pinterest, Weibo and more.Options are kept to a minimum, and even browsing the Settings dialog doesn't reveal anything too technical or intimidating.Scan times are fractionally better than average, although you're unlikely to notice unless you're timing them.
And although the indicators are almost always green, that only helps get your attention when a red cross finally appears.
Other tools include Trend Micro's Folder Shield, an anti-ransomware module.
It's very simple to use – specify one or more folders, and the program then stops unknown programs accessing their contents – but was effective in our quick tests.
Unfortunately, the organisation also found the product raised far more false alarms than most of the competition, reducing its score.
AV-Test's April 2017 antivirus report uncovers a high level of accuracy, and it didn't find any problems with false alarms.
It's a very solid set of features, yet the price is surprisingly low at only £20 ($25) for a one computer, one-year licence, or £30 ($37.50) for a two-year licence.