"No, it doesn't break the bank but it is a resource hog."2.5 starson by Midnight Rambler
Pros: free tech support, reasonable price
Cons: resource hog, large footprint
Summary: Based upon a major PC magazine's recommendation, I purchased Trend Micro's PC-Cillin Internet Security Suite 2005 but have come to regret it.
To the point, it's been my experience that even after uninstalling all but the basic antivirus component, the program is a resource hog. In fact, simply loading the antivirus component by itself slowed my system to a crawl. Granted, I run a rather ancient system (PIII 450, 224 MB RAM with Win98), but it did meet all of the requirements as mentioned on Trend Micro's web site and because I've maintained it meticulously, up until installing Trend Micro's product, it's handled every program thrown at it.
Apparently, the notion that multi-function hardware devices are no longer regarded as inferior to individual components does not also apply with respect to all-in-one Internet Security suites. After speaking with a Trend Micro support rep regarding program issues, he even admitted as much: PC-Cillin IS 2005 is mainly an antivirus program and the other components were basically "thrown in" to have it labeled a suite. Essentially, the components aside from antivirus just aren't that good.
Instead, I should've stayed with the apps I already had and have since returned to: Grisoft's AVG 7 (antivirus), Zonelab's Zone Alarm (firewall), Lavasoft's Ad-aware SE, Spybot's Search & Destroy and Javacool Software's SpywareBlaster (anti-spyware), and Python Software Foundation's Spambayes (anti-spam). Best feature of all of these is that they're free.