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PC-cillin Internet Security 2007
I like it when I test a security program and it finds something. My McAfee
Virusscan subscription had just expired and it had not complained about
anything; in other words, my PC was clean. I have still not been infected by a
proper virus as my PC is not shared with the family and their friends (we are a
four-PC family) and I practise safe (read boring) computing.
At CES I picked up PC-cillin and Panda antivirus for review, so I was about to
choose between them, or perhaps the free AVG to replace McAfee. Therefore, this
review of Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2007 (PCIS) is timely.
Main control panel of PC-cillin
Alexa's adware is found
I am warned to avoid a
dubious Web site
PC-cillin is very comprehensive (adapted from Trend Micro's description):
- AntiVirus Security. Detects and removes viruses and the latest threats from
your emails, Internet downloads, removable media and PCs. Automatic updates
immunise your security system against the newest virus outbreaks.
- Spyware Protection. Blocks and removes spyware, adware, grayware, and root
kits - a new type of deep-hiding invader.
- Personal Firewall. Intercepts hackers and network viruses trying to attack
your computer and home network.
- Fraud Defence. Protects you from online phishing scams designed to steal
credit card and bank account numbers. Configures easily and notifies you of the
latest Web-based risk.
- Wireless Network Monitoring. Safeguards against unauthorised users invading
your wireless home network.
- Home Network Control. Manages, configures and updates security for every PC on
your network, with an easy-to-use management console.
- Certified for Windows Vista.
- Can be installed on three PCs in one household.
- Bonus Service - TrendSecure, an online suite of security tools:
- Transaction Guard protects your online transactions conducted at Internet
Cafes or other public wireless hotspots.
- Remote File Lock safeguards your private files in case your laptop is lost or
- Trend Micro Mobile Security protects your mobile phone against viruses and
I should point out that some products are more comprehensive than others - an
"Internet Security" product usually contains an antivirus, a firewall, an email
checker and a spyware/adware remover. I use a mix of products on my PC:
I could not test the wireless network monitor and the home network control. I
did not test the firewall either as it could take a long time before something
nasty tried to get in.
- Firewall = Kerio Personal Firewall 4
- Antivirus = McAfee VirusScan (until it expired)
- Spybot Search and Destroy + Ad-Aware = Spyware/adware remover
PC-Cillin was easy to install. Early reviewers (the product was released
September 2006) have reported various problems but I noted none. It will run on
Windows 2000 and later versions of Windows.
I ran the comprehensive system test overnight and saw that PC-cillin had picked
up no viruses and 22 possible spyware, including a nasty-sounding trojan named
TSPY_Beastdoor. After some research on this one (it is relatively rare) and
looking at its entries in the registry, I felt it was a false positive. Even
Trend Micro's site does not seem to know anything about it.
Nevertheless, I ran Spybot and deleted all the adware it found.
A false positive is found on my PC
Trend Micro's Web site knows nothing about the trojan it found on my PC
I next ran Windows Defender because I read that it had found Beastdoor on
someone's computer. It did not find it on mine, confirming the false positive. I
again ran the PC-cillin scanner and it still saw the cookies and the Beastdoor
trojan. This time I allowed it to delete them.
As a spam checker, PCIS is inconsistent. I am on a mailing list where the same
poster whose email is allowed to enter normally has some of his posts (from the
same address) flagged in the Spam folder. Nevertheless, I noticed that my
Outlook Junk Mail folder now has very little spam in it but the newly added Spam
Mail folder has been collecting some real spam and some false positives. I am
impressed by the spam checker and by the Fraud Defence alerts when a suspicious
site is visited or an important file changes on my PC.
PC-cillin can be downloaded from http://www.trendmicro.com.au for $99.95. If you
need it on CD, you will pay a further $19.95.
I am likely to continue using PC-cillin as my main antivirus and spam checker. I
don't pretend to have tested many other anti-spam solutions but as the final
barrier between a spammer and me, it does a better job than Outlook 2003's
Reprinted from the June 2007 issue of PC Update, the magazine of Melbourne PC User Group, Australia