TrendMicro PC-cillin 2002 Antivirus software

Virus protection has always been important but it's even more vital now that more of us have permanent connections to the Internet. After all, nobody wants to be caught out by a devious macro virus that spews out infected mail to all your friends or, worse still, business contacts.

TrendMicro's latest attempt to plug the virus gap is PC-cillin 2002. Despite featuring one of the worst puns in any computer product's name, PC-cillin has managed to stay the course over the years, and this update offers a heap of new features. As well as the usual Windows virus scanning, the software now also includes a personal firewall and antivirus protection for PDAs.

The first major change you'll notice in this version is the new interface, which unfortunately isn't as intuitive as we would have hoped. Whereas you can glance at either Norton AntiVirus or McAfee VirusScan and tell whether the software needs your attention, PC-cillin's interface is not as transparent.

However, the software's default settings are good so you may not even need to look too far into the various menus. If you do want to tinker then you'll find lots of options for creating scheduled scans and automating updates. We also liked the way PC-cillin can scan incoming POP3 mail for viruses, and the script-blocking feature that protects you from malicious ActiveX and JavaScript code on the Web.

PDA scanning is supported on Epoc, Palm and Pocket PC devices. We tried the Palm version of the PDA software, which took up around 54KB of RAM. It worked well, but with only four known viruses for the Palm platform you've got to ask whether you need it.

In brief: TrendMicro PC-cillin 2002.

PC-cillin 2002 is up there with the best antivirus products, but it's still not as polished or as easy to use as Norton or McAfee.

Price: $89.95.

Phone: (02) 9870 4888.

URL: www.trendmicro.com.au.

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