F-Secure 2010 - new UI, new engines
Smaller, faster, more convenient – these are the usual catchwords when new versions of anti-virus programs are released. According to the vendor, F-Secure 2010 beats the previous version by up to 60 per cent when performing a system scan and uses up to 70 per cent less memory.
The new version's user interface has been given a complete make-over. Instead of using a tree structure, the interface is now task oriented with tasks including the actual virus scan as well as opening firewall ports, unblocking individual programs and more.
Much has also changed behind the scenes: The Aquarius malware engine has replaced the previously used AVP engine. Emails are now scanned with the Commtouch spam filter instead of SpamAssassin. When checking files, F-Secure now also uses a whitelist for excluding known benign files.
The normal update feature can now update the engine itself, and users no longer need to install the required hot fixes separately. A gaming mode to minimise the security suite's background activities particularly with high performance, latency-sensitive games is on F-Secure's to-do list, but hasn't been integrated into the current version yet.
F-Secure 2010 is available as of today. The internet security suite including virus protection, email scanner, web filter, firewall and child protection costs £39.95 for a one-year, 3 PC licence; the anti-virus program on its own costs £19.95, again for 3 PCs for one year. The program is compatible with the 32-bit version of Windows XP from SP2 and with both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.