Pros / This Mac antivirus software includes a system vulnerability scanner.
Cons / You have to purchase a more expensive program if you want to protect your mobile devices.
Verdict / Trend Micro is excellent at detecting both Mac and Windows malware, which helps keep your computer, as well as your friends’ PCs, safe from internet threats.
Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac is a basic antivirus program that includes several extra internet security tools that protect you and your family online. The virus scanning portion of the program received perfect scores for Mac malware detection in independent tests, and it does a good job of removing Windows malware from Mac computers so it doesn’t get sent on to PCs.
This antivirus program didn’t create any noticeable lag on our computers while we performed common tasks such as sending email, watching videos, downloading files and playing games. In addition, results from other third-party labs showed only a five-second delay while the software ran.
One of Trend Micro’s best features is its vulnerability scanner. This checks all the programs on your computer, including the operating system, to make sure you have the latest versions installed. Keeping the most up-to-date software versions on your computer eliminates weak spots ransomware and hackers can use to break in.
This Mac antivirus software scans incoming emails and USB drives to ensure malware isn’t introduced to your computer from those outside sources. It’s one of the few basic antivirus programs that include parent controls, which you can use to block inappropriate websites. It also monitors privacy settings and provides you with activity logs of your kids’ social media activities so you know what they share and see. In addition, you can enable the safe web feature to automatically block websites that are known to have hidden viruses.
The only two advanced tools not included with Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac are mobile protection and a password manager. Both are included in Trend Micro’s higher priced security suite, Maximum Security.
Trend Micro provides telephone support during regular business hours, and email support is always available. If you need afterhours support, you have to pay for it. Trend Micro offers a low-cost support package that gives you access to 24/7 telephone and live chat support. There is also a decent knowledgebase on its website that includes helpful FAQs – we found answers to most of our questions there.
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While you need to purchase a more expensive program to protect your mobile devices and use a password manager, Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac includes parental controls and a vulnerability scanner to help keep your computer safe from threats beyond viruses. Trend Micro scores high for protecting against both Mac and Windows malware, plus it doesn’t use a lot of your computer’s resources while its scans for threats.