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F-Secure 2016 Review: A Strong Antivirus for Windows 10 PCs

By: Danielle P

F-Secure Antivirus for Windows 10 is a great software to invest it with its efficient, fast, and user-friendly interface.

F-Secure is built to help your PC and mobile devices combat threats such as: spyware, worms, viruses from emails and cookies, malware that attacks your Windows registry, and Trojans, by using sophisticated protection technology. It uses a proactive protection mechanism against zero-day threats that current virus signatures cannot pick up on.

It also offers great results in detecting and eradicating rootkits.

Even the basic program offers strong features that are sufficient to protect your devices.

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In this F-Secure review I will unpack all the important features and products that F-Secure antivirus for Windows 10 has to offer its users in order for them to turn on freedom.

Fight for Digital Freedom with F-Secure

F-Secure - A Fight for Digital Freedom

Pros and Cons

  • Automatically removes existing antivirus installed on your PC when you install it
  • Lots of Customer Support Options
  • AV-Test: Best Protection in the World
  • Automatic updates
  • Pre-installation scan
  • Easy interface
  • No 24/7 Customer Support
  • No ransomware protection
  • High False Positives in AV-Test

Free Trial: 30 Days of the Best Protection in the World for Free

F-Secure offers a 30-day free trial of the full version of F-Secure Internet Security and the F-Secure Anti-Virus for Windows 10 PCs.

With this software you can shop online, surf the web, and use Internet banking without worrying about about protection.

If you decide to dive right in and skip the free trial, you can always take advantage of F-Secure's 30-day money back guarantee.

Background of F-Secure

Founded in Helsinki, Finland in 1988, F-Secure has been around the block for over 25 years by providing protection for tens of millions of users from digital threats. The company boasts 200 operators, 25 offices across 5 continents with more than 900 employees, and all this in over 40 countries.

F-Secure's goal is to provide easy protection for people and companies who want to dive into the big bad world with its award-winning products.

Whether its cyber attacks, crimeware, hackers, online spies, Internet trackers, or malware, F-Secure has you secured with its mission of the Fight for Digital Freedom that promises trustworthiness, integrity, privacy, and transparency.

F-Secure's 2016 Security Products

F-Secure goes above and beyond when it comes to choice.

You can choose from 3 fantastic award-winning home protection software, but businesses haven't been overlooked with exclusive packages.

But what ups the ante are the useful tips and tools F-Secure's site provides for its community, one of which is the Product Selector.

The Product Selector is a quick test to guide you along in choosing the correct package according to your actual needs.

So, let's get started with the main attributes I took away from exploring each package:

F-Secure for Home

There are 3 paid packages to choose from for the home products.

F-Secure Safe

This package is everything you need if you are looking for extremely powerful protection.

The software works on PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones.

What can you expect?

You can choose a 1 year license and cover up to 3, 5, or 7 devices for different prices.

It includes all the basics that an antivirus software would need, such as:

But it does not end there!

The impressive tools and features that set it a bar above the rest are the following:

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F-Secure home packages comparison sheet

Comparison sheet for F-Secure home packages

F-Secure Internet Security

This package is a strong antivirus for Windows 10, and you can cover 1 or 3 computers for a one year license, or 3 computers for a 2 year license; each for a different price.

My Advice:

Invest in the 2-year license because of the price, and you won't have to worry about renewal for 2 years.

This is probably the most popular package as it contains all the basic features of all the packages but more than the basic and a little less than the F-Secure Safe. 

What do I mean by that?

Well, it doesn't include: 

It is simple, easy to install, and affordable with the following features:

This package is great for families; you don't really need more than this. Locating lost devices is more of a luxury - you don't need it to feel like you have a good deal.

The great aspect about this package is that it has a lighter installation tool which doesn't require you to restart your computer; it can even work on a infected Windows PC.

The only downside is that it is only for Windows 10 PCs.

F-Secure Anti-Virus

This is the most basic package; however, in saying that, most people will be secure and protected with this deal.

This is also an antivirus for Windows 10 PCs and the licenses are for 1 year with protection for 1 or 3 computers at different rates.

This package contains all the essential antivirus elements so that you can sleep at night knowing that you're covered.

What can you expect not to receive?

My Advice:

This is probably your best bet if you want all the basics; however, if you want something slightly better, go for the Internet Security packages - the price is definitely worth it!

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F-Secure for Business

Wow, F-Secure really outdoes itself with the myriad of options for business solutions which were developed in Europe for the world over to enjoy.

The software packages go beyond malware protection with the best end-point protection and security management tools.

There are free trials and you can find out whatever you need from the Sales department.

You can choose either the cloud-based protection service which F-Secure recommends for companies with under 500 seats, or the Business Suite for larger enterprises which comes a an installation on your local servers.

What are the differences to expect from them?

Business options with comparison sheet of features

Comparison of features for the Business options: the empty circles mean the feature is available separately


Simple, sleek, and efficient is what best describes F-Secure's interface.

Regardless of which product you install, or which part of the software you are monitoring in terms of scans, statistics, status and tools, the dashboard's interface and navigation are intuitive and simple.

The installation for each product is simple and extremely quick, and the best part is that any existing antivirus programs will be removed automatically to prevent conflict. I also didn't need to restart my computer for the installation or when I uninstalled it.

F-Secure programs run in the background and ensure automatic scans but according to a time schedule that you determine; moreover, it uses DeepGuard 2.0 which is a protection network that detects new threats in the cloud and lets the whole F-Secure community know with updates.

I noticed an immediate difference in my PC after I installed one of the antivirus for Windows 10 products, and there was no slowing down of my system even though the program updates databases in real-time. A small icon of the software appears in your task bar with the status of your protection; other than that, all the action happens in the background without any interruptions.

F-Secure's simple user interface

Simple user interface on F-Secure

If you prefer to do things manually, this is not a problem with the manual scans that you can perform on any folders or files; you just need to right click on the relevant item and select scan. The scanner is also applicable to compressed files and those from USB drives.

Lastly, you can use the quarantine feature which is there for files you do not want to deal with immediately without their doing any harm to your PCs and devices. Later on you can decide whether to press that delete button.

Performance in Independent Testing

F-Secure earned high scores in AV-Test's lab tests performed in April 2016 for Windows 10 on the F-Secure Safe software. for Home users. MAC OS Home Users and Mobile Android devices were not tested.

The overall results were impressive, once again reinforcing my recommendation for their packages.

Protection against 0-day malware (worms, viruses, and Trojans) was above industry average (97%) with almost 99%, granting it a full %100 protection score.

The Performance of computer speed was tested on a Standard and High End PC for different websites, applications, software and files. F-Secure was always lower, and by a big gap, than the industry average. These results awarded F-Secure a respectable 92% score for performance.

In terms of Usability for false detections and warnings, F-Secure is on par with the industry average and received 92% as well.

The Business Windows client was tested for the F-Secure client security for Windows 10 and the results were high, with 100% for protection, 83% for performance and 92% for usability.

The points of weakness were again the Usability which was slightly above the industry average and some aspects of the Performance test, which were also a bit higher than the average.

Devices and System Requirements

Every package slightly varies but F-Secure will work on a most personal machines.

This protection software can run on processors that go back as far as Intel Pentium 4 (remember those?), and as long as you have 1 GB of RAM and 1 GB of free disk space, you're golden.

For all of these systems, you need an internet connection to receive updates and confirm your subscription.

As for operating systems, F-Secure supports Windows XP, Vista, 7,  8,  8.1, and 10

Note: The Windows XP versions of F-Secure Sage and F-Secure Internet Security are no longer supported (since June 2016).

Mac OS X versions on which this software can run are: 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), and 10.11 (El Capitan).

Both Android and iOS mobile devices are compatible but it depends on the package, so it's a case by case thing. Check before you buy.

Additional Features and Tools

There are a number of free tools and products that you can install along with your software of choice.

My opinion?

I recommend testing out this free tools, especially if you choose the most basic package.

Because why not? Protecting yourself for free is always a bonus and it's a great way to get to know a brand.

Paid features

My opinion?

These tools are not necessary if you buy the Internet Security or Safe packages.

Even with the basic antivirus package, these are not necessary, and besides that, there are the free tools to check out.

Customer Support

You are sure to feel secure with F-Secure's customer support.

The only thing is that the online chat and phone support is not 24/7.

If you feel lost, there is a comprehensive Knowledge Base for FAQ and how-to articles which cover everything you need to know. You can also select from a drop-down which product and which version you need assistance with, and a whole lot of questions and answers will appear. There is also a tab called "Community" where you can post questions and receive replies from the others F-Secure community members.

Some of us prefer a more hands-on approach and that's okay. F-Secure provides online chat with an expert from Monday to Friday 6-16 (GMT), or you can call different phone numbers at specific times. There is a linked contact sheet that indicates what language to use and when and how to call. All of them offer Monday-Friday service from about 8/9-17/18 in the local time of the country.

Lastly, you can submit a request support form by filling in certain fields. To make the response time quicker, it is advised to create and attach a FSDIAG file. F-Secure explains the whole process and what this file is.

Certifications and Awards

F-Secure boasts some pretty impressive awards, one of them being the award for the best protection in the world by AV-Test in 2015, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

It has received some other awards from AV-Test for mobile security and internet security, as well as others from Beste Uit De Test, PCtipp, and The iSPAs among others.

It also has certificates and certified seals from AV-Test.

I would say that F-Secure is definitely a top achiever!

Value for Money

I would definitely encourage F-Secure software as value for your money.

Just the basic package covers up to 3 computers for a one year license - one of the best deals you can find in the industry.

The basic program is overall sufficient for most people, but for those seeking more protection and power, the Internet Security Suite is also worth your while because you receive great value for what you pay. 

My Conclusion

This top antivirus company offers protection for everyone with its home and business options.

If you are someone looking for stellar protection and a variety of features but with a no-nonsense interface and maintenance, F-Secure should be one of your top choices.

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F-Secure was voted the best antivirus brand at providing protection and antivirus for Windows 10 against malware, viruses, worms, and Trojans. With lots of packages for home and business to pick from, and with additional free and paid features, you will not be disappointed with the strength and power of F-Secure software. The programs are built to suit most devices and systems. and there are great deals and free trials, which makes these offers serious value for money!

Date published:March 7, 2018
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