Free 1 year of Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011!

Last week I updated my post that compares four free anti-malware programs. Today I present you with a chance to get a commercial, paid anti-malware program… for free!

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security is Trend Micro’s cloud-based anti-malware program that provides all the following features/protection (as per the developer):

Get essential protection

  • Protect your PC from viruses and spyware
  • Prevent unauthorized changes to your applications

Surf the web safely

  • Stop malicious downloads from websites
  • Find and block malicious links in emails or IMs
  • Block email and image spam
  • Windows firewall optimization
  • Authenticate wireless hotspots and WiFi networks

Protect your children online

  • Restrict Internet access by specific categories
  • Limit Internet access time and duration for children

Safely bank and shop online

  • Data theft prevention keeps your sensitive personal information, like credit card numbers and passwords safe

On paper, in terms of features, Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011 looks very attractive. However, features aren’t the only thing that make or break a security program; performance also plays a huge role. In that regard, according to Trend Micro is a very unflattering brand, to put it lightly: Trend Micro Anti-Virus + Anti-Spyware 2010 placed 19th out of 20 products tested in AV-Comparatives’ most recent on-demand tests in August; and it wasn’t just that all the programs scored closely so Trend Micro ended up at the bottom by dumb luck. Rather, Trend Micro found only 90.3% of all malware (compared to 97%+ of most of the other programs) and had many false positives too. Personally, I wouldn’t touch Trend Micro with a ten-foot pole; but hey, if you want it who am I to stop you, right? To get Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011 for free for one year, follow these semi-simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v2011

Free updates: For one year

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: About 50 MB

Note: Unless specifically stated otherwise in this article, Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011 has not been tested or reviewed by dotTech (aside from checking to make sure this promotion is valid). Please do not take this post as an endorsement/rejection or review of the program. This article is simply to inform about the availability of this program as a freebie; nothing more, nothing less.

  • Visit the promotion page and download Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011:

  • After the download has finished, extract the contents of the ZIP file and run the installer. The installer is in Chinese (don’t worry I will show you how to change the program to English) so follow these screenshots if you don’t understand Chinese:

  • After the installation has finished, Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011 will automatically start. You need to close it:

  • Open Notepad (Vista/Win7 users may want to Run As Administrator). Go to File -> Open. Go to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\UniClient\UiFrmwrk\ and open UIProfile.cfg:

  • Once you have UIProfile.cfg open, press Ctrl + F on your keyboard and search for ZH-CN:

Hit the Find Next button three times until you get to the following lines:

As the screenshot says, change both the ZH-CN values in those two lines to EN-US.

  • Go to File -> Save. Save over UIProfile.cfg:

  • Close UIProfile.cfg and run Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011.
  • Congratulations – you now have Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011 for the next twelve months!
  • Enjoy!

If you have any trouble getting Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011 for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.


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  • internetexplorer

    Thanks everybody for all the comments–I was curious since I had seen a favorable review of this prog just the other day, but now I think I’m gonna stick with my good old reliable, but sad to say PAID ZoneAlarmExtremeSuite. At least I get my money’s worth of protection out of it. The only complaint that I have about it is that it doesn’t stop or at least flag executables that are all too often hiding in compressed files downloaded using the services of one or the other bittorrent clients. Which means, of course, I have to be very careful.

  • jimbolalo

    okay so mine stopped working after a month or two and im not sure whats asking me when i uninstall please help

  • Salman

    If you are unable to edit the cfg file within notepad, please download notepad++ and edit the same.


  • MikeR

    @Kiwidave: I think I’d rather give Down Under a try than hassle with Comodo again! Glad you lot are enjoying yourselves in the sunshine, we’ve just come back from Tesco’s where at the check-out there were three penguins and a grizzly bear in front of us. Who the hell was it that said global warming was underway??? (By the way, it’s 7.45pm here and minus 11.) Hrrrrmph!

  • Kiwidave

    @MikeR: Ah! I remember those freezing winters very well.We are just coming in to summer here and already it is 30 C.Sorry I had to say it,we are getting reports on your freezing weather.the same as last year eh?
    I think you should give Comodo another try,as long as you tame it,it doesn’t take that long really,I think it is better than paid versions! Cheers,hope you get warm,wet weather soon.

  • MikeR

    Thanks for the heads-up, Gordie, not least because of the confirmation it provides of how confusing software nomenclature can be (for example, I wasn’t aware of the regional market product differences you mention.) However. . . being UK-based, I did check Trend Micro’s UK site after reading Ashraf’s tip-off, where the ‘Titanium’ range comes in two flavors: Internet Security 2011 at GBP £39.95 (the product referred to by Ashraf) and Maximum Security 2011 at GBP £59.95, which appears to be the same core product but with added bells and whistles.

    Like Blue (see Blue’s post above) I also stumbled across the PC Magazine review of the “bells and whistles” product and was unimpressed: the review’s key finding — “antivirus. . . misses even slightly older threats” is a major no-no and one of which Trend Micro must surely be aware, seeing as how this is the first recorded case I can think of where a commercial software publisher is saying, in effect, ‘well folks, you can pay for this but don’t depend on it: best run another AV as well from a freeware developer”.

    Considering how relatively recent the AV Comparatives’ lab test was conducted of Trend’s AV performance, and then PC Magazine’s test of that same core performance in what appears to be a different product, there doesn’t seem to be much evidence of improvement.

    @ Loury: Google is your friend! It can be daunting, trying to get to grips with a PC so no, you aren’t being “dumb” in any respect. Unfortunately, the learning curve isn’t merely long, it’s actually endless: there’s something new to fathom out every week. I don’t have Windows 7 so can’t offer any advice (well, advice that wouldn’t confuse you) so would suggest you use Google to browse for Windows 7 online user forums or Windows 7 support sites, of which there must surely be many. Good luck!

    @ Kwidave: Lucky sod you are, escaping the UK for southern climes (as I write, it’s almost lunchtime here, the sun is shining, and the outside temperature has hauled itself up from minus 13 at 8am to minus 7 now. . .) Yup, seems you’ve got a sensible combination to stick with, and as you seem to have tamed Comodo — something I never could, hence the switch to Online Armor — and as Avast continues to shine, not much point in risking any potential grief where Trend Micro is concerned.

  • Gordie


    Looks like a bootleg copy to me – so no guarantee how long it will actually work for before it gets cancelled.

    By the way, this is a link to the full security product, which ranks up the top of most detection tests. AV Comparatives tested the old version of the hacked-down AV-only product, which doesn’t do exploit protection, doesn’t block viruses on download, etc, etc. They only ever sold that version in the USA. I heard that their other branches in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, UK, etc refused to sell it lol.

  • Anonymous

    Trend Micro is for those who will not rage and get mad, like some people I know off on the internet. xD To make things simple, the program iss worst than you think it.

  • Kwidave

    @MikeR: Thanks MikeR Up Above for the response.I am originally from the UK and had never tried Trend Micro before,thats why the question.After what I have heard tho I think I WILL stick with the Avast Free and Comodo Firewall combo.Thanx again.

  • roger

    This has been advertised on Planet Rock (UK based digital & internet radio station) lately so it is rather strange to see it as a giveaway at the same time. BTW I haven’t paid much attention to the ads, I’m pretty much happy with my existing protection, but they seem to be focussing on being cloud-based, and therefore lighter on resources, rather than effectiveness.

  • Loury

    Ok this is so dumb of me. I am fairly new to computers & pretty backwards when it comes to this. Please don;t laugh but I have a really dumb question. How does one run as adminstarter in Windows 7 32 bit. I had everything elsc going good then …poof.. it denied my acess.
    Loury …Navajo Nation.
    PS Thank you so much for all you do. I find you a good teacher for this pc stuff.
    Loury….Navajo Nation.

  • blue

    Those considering this should look first at the PC Mag review here,2817,2368601,00.asp

    (Gotta love the part where they (Trend Micro) told the reviewer to try a free av, because theirs does not work. No really, they actually said that; read the article).

    The issue is that they’ve chosen to focus ONLY on current (as in up-to-the-minute) malware and won’t touch old stuff (NOT up to the minute). Such is fine if you’ve only got very new files that you’re trying to defend against. Open something older, though, and (presumably) PC-Cillin offers no defense whatsoever.

    Sound like something you want? Uh, not to me.

  • MikeR


    As you’re Down Under (I’m writing from the UK) then I’m surprised you seem not to have encountered that most excellent of Antipodean software houses, Tall Emu, publisher of Online Armor. True, Tall Emu was taken over by a larger outfit around six months ago, but the quality of its product range is still worth checking out and especially if you’re resident in the same hemisphere.

    As for Trend Micro’s offering, it’s good of Ashraf to flag it up but I’d be amazed if anyone with any respect for their computer / their time / their sanity would even bother to download and install this particular product, even for the purposes of simple road-testing.

    The fact is, AV Comparatives’ test lab is infinitely more sophisticated in its capabilities than any average home user, the equivalent of a vehicle safety research center running crash-test dummy trials.

    The results here would seem to suggest that the biggest dummy of all would be anyone who disregarded AV Comparatives’ work and instead set out to decide for themselves whether or not Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security was a comfortably survivable experience or not. . .

  • rodken

    First off I’ll say I’m not trying to put this post down but IMHO I’d stay away from this.
    Now why I say this.
    Yes this works I got this from another site and tried it and thought “awesome 1 year of a quality security software”. Then I tried it, first I had to remove every other type of security software to be able to finally install this. That was fine, so I thought. Set it up and it looked good, then did a scan and after it was finished I realized It didn’t give me a choice if I wanted to remove any malware (false or not) it just automatically removed them. Then when I tried to restore the false positives I had to restore every individual file (pain in the @$$).
    So I spent most of today trying to uninstall it over and over with windows uninstall. Everytime I rebooted there it was again. Went online found their uninstall tool, tried that a few times with the same results (Why make a tool that doesn’t work?). Eventually I managed to remove it with Revo.
    I have to say I will never install it again, although I did like their housecall scanner (the real reason I thought this would have been good)
    And btw the uninstall is in chinese so have fun with figuring out what buttons to hit.
    Sorry about the rant, just letting you know!
    I am thankful for all the other work/help/info you provide though.

  • hugo

    thank you

  • Gibbster

    Great stuff you been posting! Keep up the good work.

  • Gibbster

    I am confused of how to post a comment on someones comment?

  • Gibbster


    you could just copy and paste everything in ms word or just save the whole web page too. Just saying if you didn’t know…=)

  • Tex

    That’s awful. Thanks for the giveaway tip. I’m a big fan of freebies but I will be passing on this as well.

  • Kiwidave

    I’ve never tried Trend Micro myself but it is really big in Australia I’ve heard.How is it like on resources as I am quite happy with Avast Free and Comodo Firewall combo?

  • Gibbster

    Where do you find these kind of deals or freebies?

  • Ashraf

    @Tex: Tier 1. It won’t run alongside anything; it makes you uninstall almost all security programs you have installed… it wouldn’t even let me keep WinPatrol!

  • Tex

    Is this Tier 1 or Tier 2? (can it be run along with my AV program?)

  • Ashraf

    @jbyrdmor: I am glad you like dotTech!

    @PCbasics: I can’t say for sure but yes I believe so.

    @JonathanP: I promise I will get around to adding a proper print function… soon.

  • JonathanP

    Thanks for the detailed installation instructions. Particularly for a post like this, it would be really helpful to be able to print everything.

    When I instructed Firefox (3.6.12 on XP) to print “All,” I only got two pages of content. A third page printed with the links at the bottom of the page. That experience is not specific to this page.

    Would you consider providing a way to print an entire blog post (unless I missed it)? Perhaps a Print option on each page next to the “Share this” buttons.

  • PCbasics

    @Ashraf: Ahh… I see. So as long as I have that specific installer the special 12-month trial should work…..right?

  • jbyrdmor

    I always appreciate your candor and guidance. I won’t touch it with any size pole at all.

  • Ashraf

    @PCbasics: I believe it is a 12-month trial as opposed to a 12-month license. So, yes it should work at a later time.

  • PCbasics

    Thanks, I will try this out. Do you know if the installer/free 12 months will work in a later time?