Trend Micro Antivirus review: Offers good protection but needs refreshing

Trend Micro hasn’t changed much since we last reviewed it, which doesn’t always work to its benefit. There’s no doubt, however, that Trend Micro Antivirus offers good protection. AV-Test’s latest look at it gave Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac a 100 percent protection score against 83 samples.

AV-Comparatives’ tests are a little more in-depth since it tests the antivirus against Mac and Windows malware, as well as against potentially unwanted applications (PUA) for Mac. Using 207 samples, Trend Micro stopped 99.5% of threats, which is good but not fantastic considering Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, FireEye, and Kaspersky all scored 100 percent on this test.

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Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac’s default view.

Against PUAs, Trend Micro scored 99 percent. That puts it behind the same leaders in the malware test with the exception of Kaspersky, which also scored 99 percent detection against PUAs; Kaspersky’s PUA detection is not enabled by default, while Trend Micro’s is. AV Comparatives said that in its 2021 assessment of Mac antivirus detecting PUAs by default will be mandatory for certification.

Finally, against 500 Windows samples Trend Micro again scored 99 percent. That tied it with Avira and FireEye, with Avast, AVG, Bitdefender, and Kaspersky behind it.

In all the tests, none of the programs tested produced false positives including Trend Micro.

Our own spot checks produced similarly good results. Lining up against the Objective See malware library Trend Micro had no trouble detecting most threats as soon as it was unzipped; however in a few cases it didn’t detect all the malware contained in a folder until a scan had been run.

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Trend Micro performed well, but not perfectly, against this rogue Flash installer.

We also managed to line up Trend Micro against the rogue Flash installer that recently tripped up Norton 360 in our tests. Trend Micro was able to detect that the installer was filled with malware, but had trouble quarantining the DMG file. That’s not great, but at least it warned the user that something bad was afoot. We’re not sure that would be enough to stop all users from making the wrong choices, but at least the malware was recognized.

Trend Micro is an excellent choice for those looking for something that’s simple and easy to use. The interface is very close to what we saw last time around.