360 Total Security, by Qihu 360 Software Co Limited, has been designed to deliver an easy-to-use anti-virus product for its customers, offering real-time protection to their Windows PC, OS X Mac, or Android-based system. Impressively, the product is free and is in use by over 560 million people worldwide.
The PC version comes in two forms - All-In-One and Essential, the primary difference being Essential contains anti-virus protection, while All-In-One includes tools to clean and optimise your computer's performance. Having used 360 Total Security I find it very user-friendly, light on system resources, and a great bargain. It has a number of compelling features which I enjoy, as below.
Included features also include privacy protection when using your webcam and keylogger blocking to protect passwords. It scans all downloaded files, it blocks malicious websites such as phishing sites, and it includes online shopping protection to protect credit card and personal information.
At a system level, 360 Total Security includes an impressive host of features, including USB drive protection, network threat blocking - especially useful for those who travel and tend to rely on public WiFi, malicious behaviour blocking, file system protection and registry protection.
Users can elect to scan files when saved and when opened, can use either the Bitdefender scan engine or Avira scan engine, both of which have large databases of virus details for maximum safety.
A great feature of 360 Total Secuity is the Patch Up feature which attempts to repair damaged documents, covering a wide range of popular document file types like Word, Excel and PDF, as well as more obscure items like Java and Flash files.
The list goes on; 360 Total Security includes a Wi-Fi security check to advise on the password strength of your Wi-Fi as well as DNS security check. It can optimise your computer by cleaning up junk files and tidying broken or faulty plug-ins, providing for an improved computer experience. A Speed Up feature similarly allows you to optimise startup items, scheduled tasks, application services, system services and network performance.
It really is an impressive software suite particularly for free, for multiple platforms, and with a light footprint on your resources. 560 million people can't be wrong; you may well find it the anti-virus tool of the future.