If we want to analyse the Pros of this antivirus, we would say it includes parental controls. But as Cons this software isn’t very effective at detecting Mac and Windows malware threats. F-secure Antivirus is an internet security program that comes with an extra tool to protect you against hankers. Unfortunately, it didn’t do so well at detecting malware threats in independent testing.
This software is designed to work on both PC and Mac devices. It detects and blocks ransomware, as well as both Windows and Mac malware threats. However, this Mac virus scanner didn’t score as high in these areas as other programs in independent testing. So, the AV – Test laboratory looked at how well 12 different Mac antivirus solutions blocked newly discovered Mac malware and over 7000 Windows threats. Around December 2016 results we have discovered that F-secure antivirus only detected Mac threats about 66 percent of the time and didn’t even mention how well it detects Windows malware because it performed so far below average. Even though it didn’t perform as expected, F-secure antivirus still a good third-party application to protect your computer against any threats. It comes with 3 licenses you can use to protect multiple devices and has a mobile security program to keep your cell phone safe from threats. In addition to that, F-secure comes with a bootable CD that is helpful if your computer is already infected. The CD cleans up existing threats and restores your device to its per-attack condition.
SAFE also has a gamer mode, so you can play online games or watch videos without beginning interrupted by a scan that slows your system. This also ensures that pop-up reminders and alerts don’t take over your screen at the most inopportune times. You can also opt to adjust the preference settings and suspend or reschedule your scans to times that are more convenient.
This software scans incoming email messages to ensure they don’t contain threats that can harm your computer or potentially be forwarded on to another user. One feature SAFE doesn’t include is automatic USB drive scanning, which is a common way to transport Mac viruses between devices.
F-Secure is more than just a simple antivirus program – it is also a full internet security suite. The program includes some tools we didn’t specifically look for while reviewing Mac antivirus software such as parental controls and online banking protection. Both of these help you further protect yourself and your family while you interact with people and websites online.
If you need assistance with your F-Secure SAFE software, you can contact tech support during the work week. While weekend phone support isn’t available, weekday support hours extend until midnight. You can also talk to representatives over live chat through the F-Secure website.
While F-secure antivirus has a lot of great features, including gamer mode and ransomware protection, it only detected 66 percent of the common malware threats AV-Test used in their independent analysis. Further, it didn’t score high enough to be mentioned as a top Mac product for Windows malware detection. Still, F-secure includes additional security tools for families and when accessing banking information online.