PROS / F-Secure has a pre-installation scan to remove infections from your computer before it installs the main application.
CONS / It doesn't have mobile antivirus protection.
VERDICT / Solid protection and a sleek interface make F-Secure a good choice of antivirus.
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F-Secure Anti-Virus for PC is among the best antivirus software applications. It is sleek, fast and effective. With advanced protection technology and additional integrated security features, F-Secure protects against viruses, spyware, worms and Trojans. It is also one of the few antiviruses that detects and blocks ransomware, the latest malware threat, which locks down your computer from being accessed until you have paid a fee to the ransomware creator. F-Secure locates and eliminates rootkits and protects against viruses spread through emails, cookies or malware that attempts to infiltrate the Windows registry.
The respected testing lab AV-Test gave F-Secure a perfect score for virus protection on Windows 10 operating systems. This means it correctly identified and blocked over 20,000 old and new malware threats. It also scored higher than average in performance and usability, so it doesn't cause your computer to run noticeably slower.
F-Secure offers simple navigation, making it easy to schedule specific scans or adjust settings. The main dashboard features quick access to scans, tools and statistics. Most of the time, F-Secure updates and runs scans automatically. It uses a protection network, which collects new threats in the cloud and pushes out updates to the entire user community. F-Secure scans compressed files as well as files on USB drives and email attachments and messages to make sure nothing gets into your computer that way.
When you purchase the basic F-Secure Anti-Virus for PC package, you get protection for three different computers or laptops. This is more than you get with the average computer protection programs, which come standard with only one license. Unfortunately, you can't use one of those licenses for mobile protection, which would cover your cell phone or tablet.
F-Secure Antivirus for Windows 8
AV-Test tested the latest version of F-Secure's antivirus on Windows 8 in June 2016. It received perfect scores for protection and performance, meaning it protects your computer from internet threats without slowing your system down. However, it received the lowest score for usability among the Windows 8 antivirus software in our review. This means F-Secure often mistakes good files as malware and blocks you from accessing them. F-Secure gave 20 of these false positives, while the industry average is only six.
F-Secure Antivirus for Windows 7
AV-Test evaluated antiviruses for Windows 7 during January and February of 2016, including the latest version of F-Secure, a top product in our Windows 7 antivirus review. It received a perfect score for protection against both known and unknown internet threats. It also scored above average for performance, meaning your computer won't suffer from any lag while you continue to surf the web, access applications and transfer files as the software works.
F-Secure scored slightly below average in usability. This means it had some difficulty distinguishing between good and bad files and sometimes blocked legitimate websites and files, mistaking them for malware threats.
Overall, F-Secure still protects your Windows 7 computer well from thousands of antivirus threats. Its basic antivirus for PC packages includes licenses for up to three computers or laptops, plus a rescue CD to restore your system and files in the event of a successful internet attack.
F-Secure Antivirus for Windows Vista & XP
F-Secure is listed on both our antivirus for Windows Vista and Windows XP antivirus sites. When AV-Test last reviewed Windows Vista antivirus software in December of 2010, it looked at the F-Secure 2011 version. This Windows Vista PC protection scored below average for both protection and repair, an older test section that looks at how well the antivirus software gets your computer back up and running after neutralizing an attack. AV-Test now combines these sections into one, the protection test. F-Secure did receive a perfect score for usability, which is based on how little it affects or slows the computer while it works.
AV-Test last tested F-Secure on Windows XP in June 2014. Its 2014 version of F-Secure Internet Security received a perfect score for protection, meaning it protected against thousands of known and newly discovered malware threats. However, it scored lower than average in both performance and usability for Windows XP antivirus software.
Help & Support
F-Secure manuals are available online. For answers to questions, you can query the online community forum or search the knowledgebase. You can also submit a malware sample. You can email, call or chat online with customer service, although live support isn't available 24/7.
Though it doesn't have top scores in all areas, F-Secure Anti-Virus for PC is beneficial in quite a few ways. It protects PCs from viruses, spyware and other sorts of malware, including the newest ransomware threats. It updates itself automatically. It doesn’t slow down your system too much and is effective at differentiating the difference between good and bad files.