Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac review, manual and guides

by Alice Woods - -

Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac[1] is developed by a Japanese security software provider Trend Micro Inc.

Trend Micro is a multinational cybersecurity company based in Los Angeles, California, USA. The company has a global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and regional headquarters in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The company was established back in 1988 and has over 30 years of experience in the security software business.[2]

Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac Review

The company offers a range of security software for cloud computing environments, servers, consumers, and businesses. Users are widely aware of Trend Micro products because of the company’s expertise in developing advanced, next-gen technologies for security, privacy, and optimization software for all the major operating systems, networks, and servers.[3]

Trend Micro offers a variety of products for Home users, including security for Windows, Mac Security, Mobile Security, free tools and apps and Multiple devices security.

Mac users can choose from Trend Micro Mac Security and protect a single device, or Trend Micro Maximum Security that offers multiple licenses across Windows, Macs, Android and iOS devices and can protect up to 10 devices (depending on the package you choose). Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac starts at $39.95 without an offer, and Trend Micro Maximum Security for 5 devices starts at $89.95 without an offer. The company offers users 30-day money back guarantee, so you can be sure that if you do not like the product, you can get your money back.

Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac is simple protection for complex threats.

Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac provides users essential protection and protects email, defends against ransomware and other online threats, blocks dangerous websites and prevents malicious software attacks.

Test results

We decided to test Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac and used it on our test Mac MacBook Air with macOS High Sierra 10.11.3. The software was tested for about two weeks.

The download and installation of the software also were quick and simple. The short guide on how to install the software is provided under the user manual section

Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac protected

Antivirus protection

Trend Micro applies signature-based malware detection and heuristic checks. In addition, the company has successfully utilized machine learning technology to provide users with the best detection rates possible. The application also detects and stops Windows-based malware to prevent users from sharing malicious files across multiple devices.

Once the software was installed, we performed a full system scan. Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac was able to detect all of the viruses installed on our Mac device and even those that we were not familiar with.

In addition, Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac was tested by the independent software testing lab AV-TEST.[4] According to the most recent test results from July 2018, the antivirus system demonstrated an excellent 100% detection rate of widespread and prevalent malware.

All in all, we can say that Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac is an excellent antivirus protection.

Additional features

As it was mentioned before, users can choose from Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac and Trend Micro Maximum Security suite that can protect up to 10 multiple devices.

Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac and Trend Micro Maximum security both include the following features:

  • Protection Against Ransomware
  • Machine Learning Technology
  • Email Protection
  • Parental Control
  • Social Media Protection
  • System Optimizer
  • Password Manager and Protection

However, the antivirus software lacks some of the premium features, such as VPN or a backup.

System-performance impact

Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac was very quick to download and install. The program is very light on system resources and did not cause any interruptions or lags on our test Mac.

In addition, AV-TEST has also tested the antivirus application by downloading and copying multiple files.  Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac demonstrated nearly perfect performance results and slowed down the device only by 1% while download of frequently-used apps and 3% while copying files. The industry average is 12% and 16% respectively.

When it comes to the usability, Trend Micro did not deliver any false warnings.

As you can see, the application has a very minimal impact on the system and is very light on the resources.

Scanning performance

The full scan took almost an hour, which is somewhere in the middle. It is worth to mention, the full system scan also did not have a notable impact on system-performances. The scan runs smooth and revealed all of the infected files and malicious icons installed on our test device.

Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac Parental Controls

Customer support

Trend Micro offers users customer support via phone from Monday to Friday 2 AM to 5 PM. The company also offers a very informative support webpage that includes helpful information, tips, FAQs, and videos online. Support technician is also available via the Trend Micro application interface.

The premium 24/7 support with a troubleshooting and network help costs $80 per year.

User interface

The application’s interface cannot be resized, but it can be moved around. It is simple and combines white, grey and red display colors. The interface is easy to navigate and understand. All the main features are easily accessible within a couple clicks.

Feature Score
Anti-malware protection Excellent
Security and privacy features A decent set of features
System-performance impact Minimal
Scanning performance Average system scans with a minimal impact on a system
User interface Intuitive and simple to use

The final verdict

Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac is a simple but effective antivirus solution for those who want excellent antivirus protection rates with a minimal impact on a system. Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac will keep your Mac protected and malware-clean. In addition, it provides a decent set of features and helpful customer support. 

About the author

Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Antivirus software analyst

Alice Woods is an anti-malware analyst at She is passionate about testing new pieces of software and discovering pros and cons of each program.

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