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Review F-Secure Antivirus 2012

This is AllAboutCookies independent review of F-Secure Antivirus 2012 edition.

F-Secure Anti-Virus is considered among the most powerful antivirus software programs in the market today. As a solid solution offering complete proactive protection, cloud security and ease of use for just $39.99, F-Secure Anti-Virus 2012 is a compelling choice as an excellent value anti-virus software.

It is also among the fastest with an advanced protection technology along with added security features integrated with the program. It protects your PC against spyware, worms, and Trojans apart from virus and also provides basic protection to identify and eliminate rootkits infecting your PC.

The Finland-based security solutions giant F-Secure has recently launched the latest iteration of its mobile security suite, the F-Secure Mobility Security 7. It includes the standalone F-Secure Antivirus 2012 program and adds protection support for mobile Android, Symbian, and Windows Mobile devices, all for the same price of $39.99 in annual license per user, offering better value if you want to protect your mobile gadgets as well.


The F-Secure AV 2012 runs in the background at all times to protect your desktop and mobile computing devices against malware attached in your emails, through cookies and incoming web traffic that attempts to lodge and alter your PC registry. It blocks access to phishing sites and potentially malicious websites

It also takes advantage of the heuristic trends in proactive protection with its own heuristic algorithm to protect your PC from zero-hour threats that escape detection from newly identified virus signatures. Even if the downloaded infected file or program escapes detection and gets saved in your PC, F-Secure analyses suspicious behavior and promptly quarantines them. It also scans all files before they are accessed or launched on your computer. You can also do manual on-demand scanning down to the folder and file level on your hard drives and removable drives.

In the meantime, the newly added parental control in the Mobile Security 7 suite blocks undesirable websites in 15 categories that concerned parents can choose to block or simply choose the Child or Teen profile, one of the few security programs offering this many options in the market. F-Secure plans to support blacklisting of specific websites in future updates or releases. But unlike products that are specifically designed for parental control of smartphones where they monitor your kid’s use, F-Secure does not monitor.

F-Secure Mobility 7 offers a basic firewall that is not present in the standalone antivirus software. It monitors web traffic and operates at four progressive security levels. The normal level blocks pre-defined suspicious web traffic while the higher levels allows you to configure and customize what website to allow or deny.

Installation and Set-up

Installing the boxed version or a downloaded installer for F-Secure Anti-Virus 2012 is pretty straightforward and a no-brainer even for novice non-techies. The installer assumes that any older antivirus program is no longer needed and automatically removes them as multiple antivirus programs in a PC are known to interfere with one another. It has one of the least memory footprints and protects your PC without hogging computer resource to slow it down. You can set-up the software to clean the stored files automatically or get them quarantined where they cannot do any damaged until you can decide how to dispose of them or restore if not malicious. Regular database updates get scheduled every two hours by default and is done in the background automatically.

If you encounter any problems in the installation or configuration, just refer to the in-product help and tutorial guide which takes the place of a user’s manual. You can also visit the F-Secure website’s help page for online support. The site has several practical online resources for added product support. You can contact technical support 24/7 by phone, live chat or email. It also features a searchable knowledgebase and help articles.

User Interface

The F-Secure Antivirus 2012 is presented with a simple look and feel that makes navigation through its features, configuring options in each function or scheduling specific scans a real breeze. Visually appealing, its main dashboard provides easy access to the essentials of scanning, updating and reporting. Users won’t even know it is running as updates and scans run automatically and unobtrusively in the background. Function icons can’t be missed at the lower-right taskbar and all provide quick confirmation of your security status. The program gets help from a protection network, DeepGuard 2.0, which gathers new threats over a cloud-based database to push out updates to the user community.

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