360 Total Security Antivirus Review 2020 -Something You Should Know

8.0
GOOD
Ranked 22nd from 56 antivirus companies
Sophie Anderson
Sophie Anderson
Published on: November 30, 2020

Detailed Expert Review

Qihoo 360 Total Security is a completely free online security and antivirus solution developed by Qihoo. Its antivirus protection is powered by two major third-party vendors. But is this program merely a repackaging of other tools or does it have independent value?

Security

Antivirus protection forms the core of this security suite but the engines that make this work are actually Avira and BitDefender. For those who need reliable protection, that’s great news: both these scanners have fared excellently in independent reviews.

Security

There are three scanning options: a quick scan (which is very quick – mine took less than five minutes), a custom scan, and a full system scan. There’s also a built-in Patch-Up feature which automatically checks your installed programs to make sure they’re not outdated or contain vulnerabilities. If the system detects a program with an available update, details of the upgrade and a link to download the new version will appear.

This is a great feature—outdated software is a hacker’s goldmine (67% of computers affected by the WannaCry virus were running an outdated version of Windows). In addition to the vulnerability scanner, the software also looks for other “system anomalies” after running. It automatically flagged a “promotional tag URL navigation icon” and quickly resolved it during my test.

Features

Qihoo 360 Total Security is more than just a virus scanner. The comprehensive speedup and cleanup tools improve the state of your system by removing unnecessary startup applications and files. There’s also a handy graphic of your system’s average boot time so it’s easy to track progress as you turn off unnecessary startup services (which can drastically slow down your system’s loading time)

Features

If the automatically pre-configured speedup tools aren’t to your liking, Total Security also provides a “Manual” menu which gives you control over system settings. Finally, the “history” panels allow you to see any changes to your system optimization settings. These tools integrate nicely with the “scheduled cleanup” function.

Other online security tools include a data shredder for securely deleting unwanted files and folders (free trial on the basic plan and available permanently with the Premium upgrade), a virtual sandbox environment for safely examining potentially malicious programs, a virtual vault for storing passwords, and a ransomware decryption tool.  This tool aims to break the encryption that ransomware uses to lock down access to your files and directories, so it’s a second line of defense against this cybersecurity threat.

Features

Ease of use

Downloading Qihoo 360 Total Security involves a relatively straightforward, two-step process (an executable is downloaded from the website, which subsequently downloads the definitions and components that the program needs to run). I like the fact that some of the add-on modules (such as the ransomware decryption tool) are not included out of the box and instead have to downloaded after the initial installation has been completed. This helps keeps the size and speed of the initial download relatively manageable. After installation, the tool is very easy to operate. A notification icon keeps users apprised of system alerts without being intrusive and the assortment of extra tools can be accessed from the “tool box” menu. Overall, this is a very nicely designed piece of user-friendly software.

Ease of use

Support

Qihoo 360 Total Security is a completely free software, so it’s expected that the support resources are not as far-reaching as those from a paid title. Nevertheless, the company offers a basic online Q&A to help users resolve common issues, such as installation or manually updating the virus definitions. However, telephone and live chat support are both notably absent and the email ticketing system can only be accessed by users that have upgraded to Qihoo 360 Total Security Premium.

Pricing

Qihoo 360 Total Security is a completely free product—so there’s nothing to complain about on the price!

The company does offer a Premium upgrade, however, which gives access to additional tools like a firewall editor, a privacy cleaner, an in-app ad remover, and first priority support (which offers email ticketing). 360 Total Security Premium is very reasonably priced—particularly when purchased at the three-year, three-device level. Premium plans also include a 30-day money-back guarantee.

360 Total Security Products & Pricing

Bottom Line

Qihoo 360 Total Security offers a wealth of virus-destroying, internet-securing tools. Things fall down a little bit in terms of support, but that’s only the case with the free plan, so there’s little to complain about.

About the Author

Sophie Anderson
Sophie Anderson
Cybersecurity researcher and tech journalist

About the Author

Sophie Anderson has spent the last 10 years working as a software engineer for some of the biggest tech companies in Silicon Valley. She now works as a cybersecurity consultant and tech journalist, helping everyday netizens understand how to stay safe and protected in an online world.

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360 Total Security User Reviews

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Based on 50 reviews in 14 languages 7.7
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Nov. 30, 2020 NEW
Esmaeil Mahmudi
Esmaeil Mahmudi
Iran
4.0
360 TS Many False Positive
Windows User
360 TS has a lot of False positives. It has a problem with IDM, it detects a virus for every download, even with Visual Studio. Apart from this, The internet Protection is totally sleeped. Only identifies its Online Shopping and does not detect infected sites
I have heard that the 360 Chinese version is much better than the international version.
Oct. 6, 2020
CH Koo
CH Koo
Singapore
9.0
Support WinXP & Server 2008
Windows User
Very good.
It is the only antivirus I can find that still support older OS.
Keep old system running. Good for environment. Reduce waste.
Sep. 16, 2020
Frans
Frans
Malaysia
10.0
Satisfied
Windows User
I already used this software for so many years... and feel satisfied... easy to handle n doing good job
Sep. 12, 2020
Good, but... - Buono, ma...
Windows User
Good, but extremely invasive. Pop ups, can't disable it when starting Windows, keeps asking you to buy premium
Buono, ma estremamente invasivo. Pop up, non riesco a disattivarlo dall'avvio di Windows e continua a chiedere di pagare per l'iscrizione alla versione premium
Philippines
9.0
Meng
Android User
Most antivirus today are bloated with too much unnecessary protection.Thats why i switched to 360 Total Security.Simple interface and simple to use.
Johnny K.
Johnny K.
Canada
9.0
360TS
Windows User
Not any issues.Using it for 3 years.
Vincent Rea.
Vincent Rea.
Ireland
10.0
360 Total Security Premium
Windows User
Renewal Premium starts at 14.99 Euros but at checkout 29.99 Euros (did not purchase premium). Had difficulty signing in but when successful 14.99 Euros went up to 19.99 Euros and I don't what the checkout cost was for the latter. 1 star for price varation.
United States
2.0
avoid
Windows User
Do not make the mistake of downloading this. It floods you with popups, shuts off Windows Defender and tries to make itself invulnerable to uninstall.
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Mossberg
Sep. 28, 2020
Dear Avoid, you are right. As the customer and not the seller, YOU are telling the truth!!! Sven Senghaas? You said to the person calling themselves avoid, "What are you speaking???" Then you say, "I guess you are not a profession...Show More
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Greybird1
Never had any issues uninstalling Qihoo 360.
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Unknown
lmao fake news been using it for 3 years now and counting premium user
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Sven Senghaas
What are you speaking???
We install this Software on the day in our Service arround 10 times per day.
Never bevore i hat some smothly software. Easy to handle and you can turn off what ever you want.
I guess you are not a prof...Show More

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