F-Prot Anti-Virus 2014: Better Than Nothing
F-Prot Anti-Virus 2014 isn’t well-known throughout the anti-virus software world, given that they are overshadowed by more popular ones, like Kaspersky, Avira and even Bullguard. However, it’s actually one of the oldest AVs in the world, with it being created in 1989. The company behind it also introduced the heuristic engine, protecting computers from then-unknown viruses. Although it is considered innovative at back in the day, it has lagged behind many ofits competitors. Why? Well, let’s review it and its features:
INSTALLATION AND REQUIREMENTS
I virtually had no problems with installing F-Prot, given its rather light system requirements. It only needs a whopping 120 MB free hard disk space and a minimum of a Windows 2000 operating system and newer (Vista, 7 and 8), which is quite a shocker considering that this OS is old. It also requires at least a 800×600 display resolution. You can directly download the installer from the company’s website at $29. One good thing about the product is with one license, you are able to install it on five devices – calling it a bargain is an understatement.
THE USER INTERFACE
Seems like F-Prot didn’t make an effort to update the design and the user interface of their anti-virus: it looks like something taken out of the 90s. Nevertheless, it still looks intuitive: with text-based options on the left hand side and a menu bar on top, persons with basic computer knowledge will be able to read and use the software with ease, earning plus points. Accessing the virus scanner, along with the quarantine files, support and e-mail section is quite easy, given that everything’s there
Although it screams OUTDATED and retro, F-Prot’s UI is functional, straightforward and intuitive – a quality that most AV software should emulate. However, the user interface doesn’t measure how good an AV software is, right?
DETECTION AND PROTECTION
In my case, F-Prot FAILED to PROTECT. It’s as simple as that. Whereas other AV software like Bullguard and Kaspersky detected hundreds of infected programs during my flash drive test, F-PROT only managed to capture a dozen samples containing old Trojans and worms. Yes, F-Prot managed to get certifications from Virus Bulletin and testing labs like ICSA and West Coast Labs, but it’s only as good as how it performed for you. Not everything is bad though – it did well against known viruses and correctly quarantined suspicious programs and files, thanks to its heuristic mechanism.
F-Prot works like a traditional anti-virus: it allows you to scan (full and custom), quarantine, disinfect and delete suspicious files. Aside from which, it can scan e-mail attachments – and it performed really well in my test. I had over 500 sample attachments, and it correctly flagged 95% of the dubious attachments. It went up to 98% in the second scan. The best thing about the whole test is it clocked in way faster than the other AV software – it took half the time Kaspersky and Bullguard required.
How Does It Fare?
Bad news: it just does not match up to other AV software – it’s basically horrible at detecting and scanning, your whole device. A second scan might have garnered better results, but the typical user wouldn’t think of doing that. We can safely say that it’s not the best, but it could definitely be an option, especially if you’re going to sacrifice quality over quantity: five devices for a $29 license. How cool is that?
The five device: one license ratio is an added plus. As for customer support, it doesn’t have a hotline, but it has forums and e-mail support which could make your patience run thin. Once you install it, it’ll work humbly behind the scenes, under-appreciated and silent, but still less efficient than flamboyant and irritatingly intrusive AV software.
- Fast scans
- Clean, clear and intuitive user interface
- Easy installation and light requirements
- One license = five devices
- Subpar detection and protection scores
- Limited features
- No customer service hotline
Install and forget: if you want something that's light, affordable, and has a 24hour virus outbreak watch, then the F-Prot Antivirus solution may be for you. Adaptable, competitive, and very easy to use, this is realtime protection that won't break the bank.
There are better options. Kaspersky, Bitdefender, Bullguard, Avast!, Avira and the other multitude of software are better at detecting malware and protecting your computer. The only advantage of F-Prot is it being fast, having a clean, clear and intuitive user interface, light requirements and the assurance that it won't suddenly pop-up while you're clashing with opponents in the middle of a MOBA game.