System Requirements and Installation
The standalone anti-virus program by F-Secure runs on all editions of Windows 7 and Vista. It can also be installed on Windows XP Home, Professional and Media Center editions. An Internet connection is required during installation because the program will try to download important product updates while it installs.
The installation is straightforward, providing options to install either the 30-day trial version or the full version when a subscription key is entered. There's no need to register the program with your email address if you're just trying out the software for one month. The installation wizard allows you to install the program using automatic or step-by-step installation.
During the installation process, F-Secure will connect to the Internet to download a huge number of program updates, even though the setup file is new and already packaged with 53.8 MB of installation files. The computer became slow during the download and installation of these updates. What is neat is that there's no need to restart the computer after the installation of the program and its updates. It will only restart the program components, including its tray icon. In my case, it restarted itself twice.
F-Secure used 207 MB of hard-disk space and added a tray icon, two startup items and four Windows services. Windows Defender, the built-in anti-spyware for Windows, detected changes in the Windows hosts file during the installation of F-Secure, but after checking the content of the hosts file, I did not find any modifications at all.
The anti-virus program by F-Secure successfully registered itself in Windows Security Center and did not disable the existing anti-spyware programs from Microsoft.