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360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit)

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360 Internet Security 2013's installer is a light 17MB, and though the overall installation time and duration was relatively fast, it's update process took longer than we had expected. Prior to installation, 360 will automatically prompt you to agree to their license and usage terms, something that's normally an opt-out process. And though it's more or less required to move on, those who are more keen on privacy details or interested in the terms of agreement should keep this in mind before they install the software. Still, the opt-out option might appear a bit suspicious, especially for users who are simply trying out the software.

The setup process will then notify you of any potentially conflicting AV programs you have already installed and give you the option of uninstalling them. Again, layering multiple AV programs is generally bad practice, but if used in a corporate environment with preinstalled security software, you might have to take into consideration that 360 IS may not function properly with any neighboring security suites.

360 also gives you the option of installing a Chrome extension, but in an unconventional accepting or cancelling call to action. For the purpose of this review, we chose to opt out of the toolbar and focus on the core 360 IS experience.

Modern AV programs have been following suit after Windows 8's design makeover by incorporating bright, flat UI elements into their programs. 360 is no exception: the interface, menus, and buttons are all bright, clean, and simulates Windows 8's switch-toggle option items.

The upper-right area sports the standard closing and minimizing buttons, as well as a drop-down menu that lives alongside them. In the second row, a giant check mark and a small arrow tab in the center both reveal a pull-down menu with added filtering options, as well as some stats on the number of blocked items. On the plus side, these menu options did seem a bit odd at first, but at least they weren't invasive.

Overall, 360 IS's general interface remained easy to use but also lacks a bit of direction in some areas. There is a decent number of useful tools under the hood, but not a whole lot of obvious signs of the existence of these monitoring features, at least at first glance. It's both good and bad in that for the casual user, the malware scanner is front and center while most other complex tools, options, and features stay out of the way. And though it does reduce the prospect of overwhelming any users with ambiguous tools, those who are more into in-depth monitoring will have to do a bit of minor digging; but overall, things aren't too hard to find despite the minimal guidance.

360 Internet Security does come with a couple of competitive features for not just local and Web-based protection, but also a couple of privacy protection measures like anti-keylogging and unauthorized Webcam hijacking, which isn't common among other security suites. There are some recognizable attributes that allude to some Bitdefender throwback in 360's features, like real-time file protection; and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the real-time scans from the cloud are borrowed from Bitdefender's definitions.

Another interesting tidbit is a built-in monitoring tool that displays a daily performance score of 360 Internet Security's malware and virus detection engines. Though it's more an assessment of assurance rather than a functional tool, 360 Internet Security at least maintains itself as a formidable cloud security service.

Interestingly enough, because 360 IS is built with the Bitdefender SDK, our benchmark scores proved to be relatively similar to when we reviewed Bitdefender: iTunes track encoding took exactly 123 seconds. 360 IS completed the heavy processing load in 349 seconds in our media multitasking benchmark, only five seconds more than Bitdefender AV Free 2013.

360 IS does deserve some credit for presenting harmful results in ways that try not to scare users. Once a potential threat is detected, 360 IS will display some basic info. to identify the malicious file, a brief description of how the malware behaves, where it's located in the system, and whether the malware was detected via the cloud engine or from a local scanner. Though your mileage may vary, a "full scan" at highest speed took about 33 minutes to complete on our test machine. 360 IS will produce a text log after every complete scan with a list of results, similar to other scanners like Malwarebytes.

360 IS performed well as a very capable scanner with a crisp and mostly intuitive interface, and thankfully lacked the many scareware tactics found in other smaller, alternative lightweight virus scanners. Overall, 360 IS's scanner had minimal impact on system performance, and still ranked relatively high on third-party charts. If you're in the market for an antivirus program, then 360 Internet Security's well-rounded protection and friendly useability will make a promising addition to your Windows system.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Total Garbage"

    September 23, 2013  |   By rlp_61

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.1.0.4031

    Pros

    NONE WHATSOEVER...!
    Look @ the very first review.
    "Made in china", that should tell you enough.
    your PC has to run off CHOP SUEY POWER..!

    Cons

    Everything,
    Program and PC freezes, is excruciatingly long download, slows down the O/S dramatically, Messes up passwords, leaves garbage behind on UN-Install,Have to Forcefully remove the unwanted remnants of the program.
    The scan is also excruciatingly long.
    I can not find a single thing about this software that is positive. Unless you enjoy UN-installing, running cleaners, rebooting and forcefully removing remnants of the garbage left behind when you UN-install.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS PIECE OF CRAP...!
    I should have known better, Brand new software with 5 star reviews Right off the bat.
    Obviously written by the makers themselves.

    Took me the better part of this morning to clean up the train wreak this cause to my O/S.

    Let the makers clean up the bugs first before you even try this crap.

    OR in my opinion, Light a freak-en match, Get out the slide rule, Abacus and compass and start all over again.

    What a complete waist of 4 hours of my time.
    I know better, NEVER download anything until you do some research first. and never download anything that has not yet been proven.

    Just like this windows 8 garbage.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Pretty Looking"

    September 12, 2013  |   By liurenjie

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.1.0.4031

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Doubt trustable.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Peoples Republic of China"

    September 4, 2013  |   By kvnfl

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.1.0.4031

    Pros

    Did research before not installing because:

    Cons

    Parent Company is located and operates from China. Given all the known security threats coming out of China, would you trust them to secure your internet communication?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best Free antivirus software around!!"

    August 5, 2013  |   By loooping8

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.1.0.4031

    Pros

    Also compertible as i test with Malwarebyte!
    This software include 3 Antivirus engines iin the last version of his website(http://www.360safe.com/) also for 32 bit),BitDefender,360 cloud Engine,QVM 2 Engine!!

    Cons

    Safe your Money its the best for free!!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Beware of the URL Filtering"

    August 5, 2013  |   By rfm33428

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.1.0.4031

    Pros

    When I 1st started using 360, I had no issues. Easy to install, scans fast and easy to use.

    Cons

    Now, lately I've been having issues with the URL filtering even when turned off. Flagging Gmail and Yahoo as a phishing site. Yahoo... I could understand. Got issues with Yahoo and dumping my account. I guess I can't say too much about the URL Filtering. I can say this, 360 redirects me to a URL from them that never shows, address in the bar with a blank page.

    Summary

    For me, my only issue is the URL filtering. Otherwise, I've had no other issues.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Truly a fine security suite for Windows."

    June 23, 2013  |   By GCG1000

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.1.0.4031

    Pros

    Comprehensive and powerful security incorporating a complete feature set for malware detection an isolation, thorough AV functions and solid privacy enforcement. Attractive GUI that's easy to use for both the novice and advanced user. It's easy on system resources.

    Cons

    Does not include its own firewall, however works well with Windows, or other third-party FW's.

    Summary

    It's FREE, a solid security app, and well worth a try out. I found 360 to be non-obtrusive, fast, flexible and complete. I tried 360 and now use it. When used with Win 7's FW, 360 provides complete security for my system. A nice set of innovative features male 360 a good choice for the average user, because you 'can set it and forget it', 360 is good protection for the price!

    Updated on Jul 27, 2013

    I've been using 360 IS 3013 for 39 days w/o any problems. 360 provides thorough and complete AV, Anti-key log and malware protection for my Win 7 system. I am very satisfied with the performance and security provided 360 IS 2013. An excellent, regularly, updated app. that handles my personal security issues in a comprehensive and professional manner. Great product and it's free. It will be interesting to see if a future release will include a firewall capability.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick install and very effective protection ."

    June 20, 2013  |   By BobHeron

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.1.0.4031

    Pros

    Used by over 400,000,000 world wide ...
    Light on ram and lightning fast scans .

    Free software

    Cons

    None found .

    Summary



    Updated on Jul 11, 2013

    Qihu360 or better-known simply as "360" is currently the Top Antivirus provider in China, it claims it has about 70~80% of the Chinese Domestic Antivirus market. It is a listed company on NYSE.

    When comparing with Rising or Baidu, "360" is not very well-known to the outside world (maybe up till now), because it has only issued it's products in Chinese (since 2005). So to those who like Rising and Baidu products, 360 is a big brother and surely worth checking out.

    360 has passed many internationally renowned tests, such as VB100, Checkmark, AV-Comparatives and AV-TEST and usually ranked amongst the top. It also has received many acknowledgements from Microsoft for informing them of Windows loopholes (for which patches have been made subsequently).

    Updated on Oct 8, 2013

    "It's only just came out ,This is a complete lie" , Oh really ?Here is quote from Wikipedia,
    "Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd., or Qihoo 360, is a software company known for its antivirus software (360 Safeguard, 360 Mobile Safe), Web Browser (360 Browsers), and Mobile Application Store (360 Mobile Assistant). It was founded by Hongyi Zhou and Xiangdong Qi on June 2005.[2][3]Qihoo 360 had 450 million users for its Internet Security products and 207 million users for its Mobile Antivirus products as of December 2012.[1] The company is mainly active in China."Here is one from PC Magazine,
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422024,00.asp By Neil J. Rubenking,Qihoo 360 Software is big in China, with nearly a half-billion users, but it's not nearly as well-known in the U.S. That's a bit of a shame, because the company's 360 Internet Security 2013 is an attractive, easy-to-use, free antivirus.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the most popular AV from China"

    June 12, 2013  |   By tokthoo2002

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.1.0.4031

    Pros

    tri-core AV from China

    Cons

    no ads. no ads pop up. totally free

    Summary

    the cloud is still a little bit weak for the moment since it is newly "coming out" from China. But i believe it will be better.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Light, fast virus scan"

    June 11, 2013  |   By AndyU571

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.1.0.4031

    Pros

    1. Lighter and faster than other antivirus products (especially on my 5 years old laptop)

    2. No ads at all

    3. The license agreement doesn't prohibit business user from using this software, this is my favorite one!

    Cons

    no firewall

    Summary

    I knew the developer of this software has very successful antivirus products in china. Their products passed various tests including av-test so i have no doubt on it's capabilities.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "REALY ThatGuy90 Realy"

    June 11, 2013  |  

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.1.0.4031

    Pros

    China ownes most of our debt.
    think for your self why would they hurt their investment????

    Cons

    China ownes most of our debt.
    think for your self why would they hurt their investment????

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