We weren’t impressed by Trend Micro Internet Security 2008’s malware-fighting, but its decent features and price put it in fifth place in our round-up.

Looking for dormant malware, Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 found a mediocre 90 percent; spyware and adware rates were sub-par and, when it came to heuristic detection, it caught just 13 percent.

Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 redeemed itself, however, with its strong malware cleanup showing, removing 70 percent of all files and Registry changes introduced by malicious infections. Only Norton did a better job at disinfection.

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On top of a so-so antivirus engine, Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 offers the features you’d expect from a security suite: antispam, parental controls and antiphishing. Its firewall successfully hid the protected PC from outside scans, and it avoided unnecessary warnings when known programs attempted to access the internet.

But its parental controls fared poorly. If you enable the feature, the filters apply to everyone who uses the PC. Trend Micro Internet Security 2008 doesn’t prompt you to set a password, either. Leave it unprotected and any other user can open the program and turn off the controls.

Trend Micro Internet Security 2008's antispam tool adds buttons to Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail that let you label email as spam and approve or block specific senders. We were also impressed by its antiphishing feature.


If you can get past the bugs, you’ll like Trend Micro Internet Security 2008’s clear interface. Settings are easy to find and a nice weekly report lists threats blocked and other statistics. This is just as well, since the suite displays alerts only if it can’t automatically handle a threat it discovers. A better approach would be to let users know they may have just opened an unsafe email message, to give them a better idea of what to avoid in the future.