F-Secure Internet Security 2012

Manage 3G internet connections and protect PCs

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  • Light CPU use
  • No annoying pop-ups
  • Easy to use
  • Quick scans


  • Few new features
  • Minor brand
  • Some vague labels

F-Secure Internet Security 2012 is aimed at the growing number of us who access the internet on the road rather than at home.

The antivirus software helps manage 3G internet connections by optimising and configuring network settings. Apart from that, it's business as usual. It's very competent - scans of our test drives were completed quickly and without complications.

The program also had a smaller footprint on our test system's resources than McAfee Internet Security 2012, with CPU usage averaging between 11 to 30 per cent during a full system scan. All hard drives were scanned, along with checks for spyware and what F-Secure calls "riskware". Rootkits were also identified during the full scan.

F-Secure Internet Security 2012 review

There were no annoying pop-ups, and the interface was pared down, attractive and easy to use. When you start the software, a small F-Secure launch pad appears at the bottom of your screen with three icons. Clicking 'Computer security' took us to the main program, where we could view our computer's protection status, select or schedule a task and look over statistics from previous scans.

The 'Online safety' button takes you to the parental controls area. Setting controls for Windows user accounts was very simple, and mirrored a lot of the features that are already included in Windows 7, especially when it comes to setting what times users can log on.

Restricting websites based on their theme and content is hit and miss, but generally works well, with inappropriate websites blocked, and very few false positives. With topics as vague as "Hate" and "Weapons", it can be difficult to determine what's appropriate, but on the whole F-Secure Internet Security 2012 gets the balance right.


It might not be revolutionary, but F-Secure Internet Security 2012 does the job well, for £40 in the UK and $60 in the US, for one year's protection for up to three PCs. It's light and comes with some decent features to protect your PC, but there aren't quite enough new features here, to convince us to migrate from one of F-Secure's rivals.

If your computer is getting a bit long in the tooth, or you're annoyed by antivirus programs slowing your PC down, then F-Secure Internet Security 2012 is a pretty good choice. Its relatively light footprint when running on your PC - especially when scanning for viruses - means you can continue to use your PC as it scans for viruses in the background.

Looking for a light, no-frills program to keep your PC safe from viruses without weighing it down with unwanted additional features and gimmicks? Then F-Secure is a great choice.