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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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use, effective, auto-updates, free"

    November 21, 2013  |   By William-wj

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.3.0

    Pros

    1. Easy to Use
    2. Free
    3. Easily understandable terminology
    4. Constantly updating it's virus chest (meaning it's working to protect you, even though it's free)
    5. Scan (scans you computer while it's booting for any Trojans or Root kit virus that run on start up)

    Cons

    can't think of any cons

    Summary

    Free, easy to use, load on to other devices, update warnings for other programs can be turned off (Ignored), great software thanks to the programmers.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Free Program"

    November 21, 2013  |   By Kent-bellkb

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.3.0

    Pros

    I really like that this is a free antivirus. It just small in our PC. The scan time is average; This seems to be the fastest antivirus product I tried so far.

    Cons

    This is my favorite antivirus program so far, because of the speed, features and the overall design. I will continue to trust my computer with 360 internet security!!

    Summary

    I really like the fact that it is a free anti-virus.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best antivirus product & it's for free too!!"

    November 21, 2013  |   By Bill-Cara

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.3.0

    Pros

    Simple to install and setup. Automatically updates and has caught every virus that has tried to invade my computer.

    Cons

    none that I have come across.

    Summary

    Simple to use and operate. Runs in the background and you hardly ever have to do anything with it. I love it and it's for Free! I have all my family and friends using it and I recommend it to everyone.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Small Fast Light and Compact"

    November 19, 2013  |   By EmirPasalic

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.3.0

    Pros

    Evrybody should give a try to this software

    Cons

    The One Truly Great Security Software

    Summary

    All in all from all known software wich i was try and use this one is best so far hope will stay like that

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent antivirus program"

    November 8, 2013  |   By Ricochet_16

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.3.0

    Pros

    The triple engine configuration does an excellent job at proactively catching antiviruses and other malware,and isolating them before they cause damage to your computer.

    Cons

    None observed.

    Summary

    I have tried most of the better-known (in the U.S.) antivirus programs, and this one is the best. It worked equally well on my 32 and 64-bit computers, and was compatible with my Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro 8.1 on my 64-bit computer and my Emsisoft Online Armor Firewall on my 32-bit computers, without any conflicts. The Sandbox and Cleaner are also excellent additions to it.

    This week it prevented four programs from installing with a program I was downloading, that contained Trojans, and quarantined them. I cannot thank the 360 developers enough for this great software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great software"

    November 8, 2013  |   By house_maniac

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.3.0

    Pros

    great detection
    great proactive protection
    3 engine one which is bitdefender

    Cons

    no firewall i hope this get implemented soon through windows 8 firewall is really good would be nice to have one to complement it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Blend of Protection, Performance and Usability"

    November 7, 2013  |   By xMattPerkins

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.3.0

    Pros

    Best balance of protection, performance and usability in a free antivirus.

    Cons

    The updater is too slow at times.

    Summary

    If you don't want to pay for AntiVirus then you should give 360 Internet Security a look over. It's light on resources, offers good protection and is very easy to use. Plus it uses BitDefender's AV engine. So it's like getting paid AV protection for free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Superb,found what avast, avira and emsisoft didn't find"

    October 29, 2013  |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.3.0

    Pros

    Very very light on system.
    Everything easy to understand.
    3 layer anti-vira.
    Sandbox and cleaner.
    Their website states it forever free!
    Eye candy user interface.
    Tampered files detection.

    Cons

    Non after 2 days.

    Summary

    Versions 4.1 and 4.3 had server issues that made updates almost impossible but I provided a feedback and I got a reply with a link to a new version: 4.5 and this was fixed.
    For a long time my system was sluggish, turns out I had 2 virus' and 6 files tampered and altered which Avira, Avast, superantispyware, malwarebytes and emsisoft didn't find, now system is snappy as meeb meeb. I recommend this to everyone!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "360 Internet Security is the best antivirus"

    October 28, 2013  |   By Netwern

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.3.0

    Pros

    I've used so many antivirus softwares, but they all had disappointed me except 360 Internet Security. It's fast, powerful, and user-friendly. Love the 64-bit performance.

    Cons

    They need to improve their antivirus database update server. 360 should choose Akamai to help in CDN instead of Amazon CloudFront.

    Summary



    Updated on Oct 28, 2013

    Super fast 64-bit performance.

    Updated on Oct 28, 2013

    It's better than Kaspersky, Avast, Avira.

    Updated on Oct 28, 2013

    360safe should improve their download bandwidth too, facing low speed when downloading the installer.

    CNET website sucks, it's slow loading outside the US. They should use Akamai CDN for their website too! CNET review system sucks too, cannot edit unlike Google Player Store review system.

    Updated on Oct 28, 2013

    CNET website sucks, it's slow loading outside the US. They should use Akamai CDN for their website too! CNET review system sucks too, cannot edit unlike Google Play Store review system.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The BEST antivirus I ever had"

    October 24, 2013  |   By Lpie

    Version: 360 Internet Security 2013 (64-bit) 4.3.0

    Pros

    Ease to use, no hassle, possibility to use sandbox, let YOU decide if you want to admit a file or not

    Cons

    None Yet every thng is great so far

    Summary

    Tow his Antivirus is from FAR the Best Free antivirus I Know

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