F-Secure Review

Overview

F-Secure has been in operation since 1988 and currently has a global reach with office in over 20 countries. They have received numerous awards for their antivirus software including AV-Comparatives 2011 product of the year. It is no surprise, then, to find that this is among the most streamlined and efficient AV program. The program protects against viruses, spyware, worms, Trojans, rootkits and much more. Additionally, the registration and installation processes are very straightforward and it has a reputation as being not only powerful but also easy to use.

 

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Features & Highlights

You should be able to see the difference in your PC immediately after the installation is complete. Not only is this process easy but it is also quick. Any existing antivirus programs installed on your computer will be removed during this process to avoid potential conflicts. The program allows for automatic scans which operate on a time schedule you control. The program is not very resource intensive, running in the background without slowing down your system. Even still, it is capable of providing strong protection against viruses, spyware, Trojans and all other forms of malware. The program database updates in real-time and stops unwanted intruders and threats wherever they may be lurking.

This basic program should be more than enough protection for most users. However, heavy internet users might want to upgrade to their internet security suite option. Both options are among only a handful of programs to receive the Advanced+ rating from the respected AV-Comparatives.org rating organization. There are a number of free extras which include an online scanner to find viruses and other threats along with health check and anti-theft features. Taken together, these plans offer an incredible range of protection; enough to satisfy every type of user.

Internet Security Suite

For heavy online users, the internet security suite will be an excellent value. This program offers everything included in the basic package plus a number of online specific tools. This includes worry-free browsing protection and parental controls. Banking and shopping protection is also included, making your online transactions even more secure. Your identity will be completely protected, so feel secure browsing. In a service not often provided by other software, you will receive protection when chatting online or using a phone over the internet connection. Also, spam and phishing emails will be blocked from reaching your inbox.

Pricing

The prices offered for both of the F-Secure programs seem very reasonable. The basic package is as low as $39.99 for up to 3 computers (12-month license), which is among the lowest in the industry. It is also important to consider how much power and protection you actually receive for this money. We feel that the basic program should be more than enough of a solution for most people. However, the internet security suite also is an excellent value, starting at just $59.99. Glancing over the feedback from other users show that most people are very happy with the service and feel they have received excellent value for the money.

Customer Support

There are multiple ways to find help and/or support when using the F-Secure software. No matter which version, there is a very comprehensive user manual. Additionally, the website itself features some helpful articles and support advice as well as a comprehensive knowledge base. Technical support is also available around the clock via telephone, email and even live online chat. Any of these options will connect you to a very friendly and knowledge support rep who will be sure and solve your issue or answer the question quickly and professionally.

Ease of Use

The main software dashboard features a very user-friendly lay out. It is easy to find all of the essentials including scan, updates and statistics. Set your own preferences and parameters and then you are basically done; the program will run in the background without any disruption to the existing system. A small icon will be displayed in your task bar, quickly identifying the current status of your security protection. Overall, this interface is fairly intuitive and there is not much of a learning curve.

Bottom Line

F-Secure is one of the top rated AV programs online. The prices are reasonable, based on the exceptional protection and number of features offered. It offers something for everyone.

 

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