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A Comparison of Trend Micro vs Ad-Aware by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of Trend Micro vs Ad-Aware by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of October 25, 2014).


Trend MicroLavasoft Ad-Aware
Versions:

Trend Micro Antivirus 2015 - Trend Micro Antivirus 2015 is definitely focused on protecting your social media. It does the typical things like scanning for viruses and malware. It also boosts the Windows Firewall and validates WiFi networks and hotspots. Trend Micro Antivirus will monitor search engine results to make sure any link you click on is safe. It highlights suspicious links in your social media profiles to warn you before you click on something dangerous.

Trend Micro Internet Security 2015 - The Internet Security version improves PC performance by cleaning up temporary files, registries, browser history, cookies and the start-up manager using a feature called the System Tuner. It also provides parental controls and online backup. All of the features of Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus can also be found in this version.

Trend Micro Maximum Security 2015 - The Maximum Security version includes a password manager, file locking, tablet security and mobile device security on top of everything offered in Titanium Internet Security.
Versions:

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Free - Ad-Aware Free Antivirus is the most popular downloaded antivirus on the internet. It comes with a lot of solid features to compliment the standard antivirus protection such as link checking against the Ad-Aware cloud (Safe Browsing), a malware sandbox, and a game mode.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Personal Security - The Personal version includes all the previous as well as upgraded social network protection and extra security for online bank transactions.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Pro Security - The Pro version includes all the previous as well as a two way firewall, USB scanning, and anti-spam features.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Total Security - Total Security is the complete package with some sweet features such as a PC Tuneup, parental controls, online backup, data recovery and rootkit detection (rootkits are a very nasty flavor of spyware).
Strengths:

Trend Micro is heavy on social media protection so if that is important to you then consider this antivirus. It has a cool Facebook Privacy checker which helps enlighten your Facebook privacy settings (showing you things that you might not want to share on Facebook but may currently be opened to sharing).
Trend Micro scores very well on accurate virus detection. It ranks #3 out of 21 in flagging false positives in an independent AV Comparatives study.
There are versions for both Windows and Mac.
Strengths:

With 450,000,000 downloads it is the most popular antivirus on the market.
The features on the free version are more robust than others. The Safe Browsing technology is a great feature. Ad-Aware leverages their incredible popularity to identify malicious links and update everyone to protect them from threats.
As for upgraded versions, you really need to go with the Total Security version. That is were the cooler features are at such as the PC Tuneup, Parental Control, and Online Backup.
Virtual Sandbox:

No. We don't see a virtual sandbox option with Trend Micro.
Virtual Sandbox:

Yes. Personal and Pro both contain a feature called Malware Sandbox Emulator.
PC Optimization:

Yes. The Trend Micro System Tuner improves PC performance by cleaning up browser history, cookies, temporary files, and the registry.
PC Optimization:

Yes. Total Security includes a PC Tuneup but also Lavasoft has a standalone PC Tuneup product called Lavasoft Registry Tuner.
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes. Trend Micro SafeSync backs up files online up to 5 GB. It can also lock down files if your computer is stolen!
Backups / Online Storage:

No. We couldn't find backup functionality in any of the Ad-Aware versions.
Parental Control:

Yes. Restrict internet content and set a schedule for kids to browse with the Parental Controls.
Parental Control:

Yes. Ad-Aware Total Security includes parental controls by allowing websites with selected content to be viewed or restricted, monitoring web use and setting limits for time spent online.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. Trend Micro Titanium protects against malicious links in IM messages. Actually, there is a really cool feature which monitors Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter for malicious links on your page.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. The Personal and Pro Security versions help monitor malicious links that could be sent out via messaging and chat.
Customer Support:

Support includes online troubleshooting and a discussion board.
Customer Support:

Lavasoft includes support in the form of forums, phone and online ticket.
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