F-Secure has announced the launch of the latest version of its Internet Security following an overall company rebrand.

F-Secure Internet Security 2010 introduces the company's new commitment to ‘protecting the irreplaceable', with performance tests by AV-Test.org showing that it has 80 per cent less overall system impact and 60 per cent faster virus scans than the previous version. The product also uses 70 per cent less memory than before.

The company claimed that new features also provide improved detection rates and a safer user experience. Included is a browsing protection feature that checks if web links are safe while malicious websites are automatically blocked.

The browsing protection feature also includes the unique exploit shield which stops attacks that target security holes in the browser and in plug-ins. The exploit shield also protects against exploits of security holes for which there is no patch yet.

F-Secure CTO Pirkka Palomäki said: “We have listened to consumers and have conducted extensive usability studies when developing the 2010 release. F-Secure has now responded with an improved overall experience including major performance gains and a great new user interface.

“At the same time we provide even better security with innovative new features like browsing protection. The result is a security product that sets new standard in safe use of the computer and the internet.”