Pros Easy to set up, barely need the instruction booklet (but is helpful).
Cons Anti-spam can be a pain (installation isn't recommended). You have to set up many options if you installed everything, but is easy to do.
Summary I read CNETs and the user reviews after I ordered the suite and I got scared because it was mentioned that there isn't a scheduler feature in the program. I got the program, set it up, and read the manual to make sure that I got everything and under "Safe Computing Practices" (p. 1-12) it states to Set scheduled scan tasks. I went to the Main Menu, clicked on System (on the side) and there it was, Scan Tasks. You can schedule a daily, weekly, or monthly scan. PC-cillin uses a military time format so, midnight scans will be "0:00". Plus it has a real-time scan option (a constant monitoring of the PC) with a "turbo scanning" option (where it only scans files that has been changed in some way since the last full scan, so the same unused files won't be scanned over and over again) so if you're not a "control freak" , this is all you'll need.
There is a program called "Anti-Spam for Outlook" on the CD that is outdated (as of 12/31/04). I don't recommend installing this since Outlook will be S-L-O-W to load (and I have a GB of memory). Trend only offers a beta verson currenly so I just uninstalled the old program and left the beta alone.
Hope this helps.Updated
I forgot to add my PC specs:
Dell Dimension 8400, P4 3.0 GHz, 1 GB RAM, MCE 2005 SP2, Office 2003 Pro
Pros good virus program, easy installation and live updating
Cons lack of info on spyware/coookies it finds so you can't decide whether or not to delete them; no ad blocker; no pop-up blocker; no info on what is being updated when it gets new modules from servers
Summary I switched from Symantec NIS 2004 to PC-cillin IS 2005.
Its difficult to tell how effective the system is. Although no viruses have gotten through, there is little or no information given when it detects an intrusion or outgoing connection attempt, this makes it very difficult to tell whether or not it is a legitmate communication you are trying to make or something someone is trying to make for you. The same is true with the spyware scan, no info on the what it finds (cookies on my computer, but since some are legit I can't delete any of them becuase there's no info associated with them...). The lack of an ad-blocker and pop-up blocker is quite disappointing. I read the Cnet reviews and decided to purcahse and I half regret it.Updated
Plain and simple, don't waste your time/money on this product.
If you don't mind having to manually intervene multiple times a day to complete "auto" updates, if you don't mind receiving duplicate copies of email tagged as SPAM, if you don't mind having emails that you've reported multiple times for falsely being reported as spam continue to show up (in multiple copies) as spam, if you don't mind having completely useless/blind/unhelpful/unproductive support, then this IS the product for you.
Otherwise, skip it. I wish I had.
Pros easy and simple to use
Cons takes way to much resources and settings are default to low
Summary My main beef with this suite is that it takes way to much resources and I have 1GB of ram.
It runs 5 processes taking just normally 82MB of ram. This is more than Nortons 2005 and Mcaffee. The main offender is their process tmproxy.exe which takes initially 66MB of ram and can expand to take almost 80MB by itself when running outlook.
As well the default settings are not adequate and I mean that by saying the firewall settings are set to low. So you must go and adjust those to higher level settings. It is almost to simplistic if this could ever be an issue. Regardless I would overlook this if the suite wasn't eating my ram for lunch.
I would say this is an OK suite for the average non techie security savvy user. But at the same time if you are running one of those dell or gateway specials that come with 256MB or 512MB of ram you will find that this beast leaves you not much to run other programs with.
In the end I will not be renewing my subscription and will instead go to some other product.
Pros Wi-Fi Detection, Firewall Profile Switching for Wi-Fi, Updates Almost Daily, Fast Scanning
Cons Feels Less Secure than NIS (no warning pop ups), No Active X Blocker, Uses MORE RAM than NIS
Summary Seems to feel less secure than NIS. There are no pop up warnings for things like Active X controls. But, unlike with NIS I have not been infected with anything that I know of. Though the full system scan does not scan everything, so that makes it feel less secure, too.
The Wi-Fi tailored tools are great. No Wi-Fi detection in NIS. It's great that I can see if anyone is using my wi-fi connection for potentially ilicit activity or to hack me. Firewall profile switching is great. When traveling between my home network and public access networks it is nice to know that I can have specaially tailored more secure rules for public network. I like that I can turn off access points that I won't be using on a public networks.
All around I feel less secure, but, then again, I have been using PCC on a wireless laptop for a some months and I have not had a problem and a look into the firewall logs show an almost infinite list of attempts to access my system from outside. There are no blocked events listed in the logs AT ALL for any of the times where I use my laptop on my home network.
Wireless security is now an essential part of personal computing. The other major security suites need to get with the times.
Pros Excellent anti-virus, good firewall, OK spyware detection and SPAM filter.
Cons Private Data Protection feature cumbersome to over-ride.
Summary Overall, PC-cillin is a very good program that represents an outstanding value among its peers.
Its anti-virus capabilities are second to none. Its firewall works well out of the box, and its default settings are perfect for users who just want to "set it and forget it". However, by changing the firewall security level to "High" from the default "Medium", users are given much more control as to how their programs access the internet, including the ability to specify ports, protocols, IP addresses and communication direction for each program.
PC-cillin is automatically set up to check for updates on a regular basis, ensuring that its virus definitions and ability to deal with other threats are up to date. However, these settings can also be customized, from having the user prompted for each update check to having the entire process run in the background without the user even knowing that it is taking place.
PC-cillin's spyware detection is adequate, but like most of its comptetitors, there are better stand-alone alternatives available (e.g., Spybot).
Likewise, its SPAM filtering capabilities are simmilar to those of competing products, which means that all SPAM messages are first downloaded to your computer prior to being parsed out to their various folders. Again, there are better stand-alone anti-SPAM programs that filter and delete SPAM emails at the server before they get downloaded (e.g., MailWasher).
The only glaring weakness in the progam is the Private Data Protection feature. If you come to a web site that requires you to enter your email address and your email is part of the data you chose to protect, you have to turn off the data privacy feature completely to finish this entry. While exceptions are made for secure web sites, this feature should be able to be over-ridden with a button in a dialog box and not require that it be shut off each time.
In summary, PC-cillin is an excellent program that can be customized to meet the needs of all types of users. And unlike some other competitors (think yellow box), it impace on system response times is negligible.
It is abolutely worthy of its Editors' Choice rating.