360 Internet Security

360 Internet Security

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 54 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.9.0.4900
  • Total Downloads:
    98,602
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 30, 2014
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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 stars

"all features in one place and free"

December 02, 2014  |  By tarun9990

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

different virus detecting engines from already popular antivirus programs for free.the new 360 patch up is aaaawesome

Cons

new cleanup is slowing the pcand its not a major poblem too

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5 stars

"Great Free Antivirus, Known Non-US (aka Non-NSA Origin)"

September 16, 2014  |  By PatrickJT

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

It runs smoothly, and even detects certain things as false positives such as Mailpile (a service I also use for privacy) and it gives you a choice as to what to do instead of just deleting suspicious items. This is very easy to use, and I highly recommend it. Also it is proudly marketed as being located in China, and in these days of the post-Snowden leaks, I would much prefer to trust China than the US government.

Cons

Non so far... except that their marketing team does not market this well enough. But that's not actually a con, that's more of a request that they put this out into the Internet better. :) Great job 360!

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5 stars

"360 Se convirtió en socio de Seguridad con Transformers"

August 17, 2014  |  By 26338420

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

Impresionante tasa de deteccion!!!!!!
sanbox.
facil de usar.
interfaz muy fresca.

Cons

firewall pero uso el de windows.

Summary

Como "Transformers 4" celebró su estreno en Shanghai, Qihoo 360 fue anunciado como el socio exclusivo de la seguridad oficial de la película. Durante el estreno, el tráiler incluyendo Qihoo 360 elementos atrajo un gran interés por parte del público.
http://youtu.be/an083xczLe0
En el trailer, Decepticons invadió la tierra mediante la difusión de troyanos masivas en las ciudades. Los troyanos infectan sistema de Maquinaria dinosaurio por lo tanto hacer que se arruine las ciudades. Los investigadores utilizaron 360 para proteger la tierra de los troyanos, y los Autobots domados Maquinaria dinosaurio al final. La justicia es mejor que el mal de nuevo en esta guerra.
La versión de este remolque es la combinación de 360 ??y trailer original de película para calentar audiencia. Demuestra capacidad de gran alcance de 360 ??contra amenazas maliciosas.
"Transformers 4" incorporados con numerosos elementos chinos, y muchos actores chinos y actriz Li Bingbing como y Han Geng tomaron partes de la película.

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5 stars

"After my Avast 1yr ends I'll switch to 360"

August 14, 2014  |  By Rateara

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

-Great virus engines
-Very clean interface
-Very active when blocking changes and sites
-Simply saves your PC and wallet

Cons

I have installed this in Windows 7 PC, 360 need Administrator permissions to run in non- admin accounts. Windows 7 will ask every-time if you have a non- admin account.
Will ask about blocking changes when any new update occur to some installed software. (Unlike Avast) But may be a good thing, I do not know. But when you choose to put the suspected file in white list it's all fine afterwards. like many other AV's and Malware blockers out there.

Summary

As I said, when my 1yr with Avast runs out I will switch to 360 for the time being, on my windows 8.1 laptop.
I have seen how how great it performs in my family's Windows 7 desktop PC so it will be a easy decision for me to install 360 in window 8.1 when my 1yr with Avast ends.
Look at the news for 360 safe: http://www.360safe.com/news/?cat=1
I'm happy with the security 360 will be giving. =)

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1 stars

"Banned in many countries for Data Theft"

August 09, 2014  |  By Michaellee95

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

http://www.techinasia.com/360-safe-browser-malware/
http://www.businessinsider.com/citron-still-working-on-qihoo-fraud-story-2012-2
http://seekingalpha.com/article/807811-qihoo-360-fakes-a-microsoft-security-patch

Cons

Qihoo is one of the companies already committed more absurd practices and a collection of data theft scandals, eg "PSafe" a base of Qihoo in Brazil
has several fake Facebook profiles to promote themselves, stealing identities of people who have absolutely no relationship with the Company, at the same time trying to denigrate the image of competitors.
Qihoo also had the most banned from app store after creating a fake Windows update and infect much of the users applications in China.

Summary

application stores excluded: all software of Qihoo after she create a fake Windows update to install your software.
http://www.techinasia.com/360-safe-browser-malware/
http://www.businessinsider.com/citron-still-working-on-qihoo-fraud-story-2012-2
http://seekingalpha.com/article/807811-qihoo-360-fakes-a-microsoft-security-patch

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1 stars

"It's really a good AV, however. . ."

July 28, 2014  |  By Batchoy2

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

Everything that you are looking for in an AV, it's here!

Cons

"Privacy issues" since I've read from some websites that this is the downside of 360.

Summary

Almost a perfect AV!

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4 stars

"Fast and Simple"

May 26, 2014  |  By cragorion

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

Has a quick and easy-to-use interface.
Installed and ran a scan with no problems.

Cons

-no firewall
-cannot set up scan schedules. All virus scans are manual.

Summary

I'm a new user to this product, so I cant say how reliable it is, but it is definitely fast and easy to use. I'd like to see an option to set up schedules for automatic scans added in.
Including a firewall would also help me minimize programs running on my computer. I rather have one program do all my security for me.

Add a Firewall and scheduling functionality and it will be the perfect program.

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5 stars

"It's Great!"

April 19, 2014  |  By Passerby01

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

Light
User Friendly
Good Detection
FREE

Cons

No Option for Firewall! :|

Summary

Awesome Security and Firewall!
but there is a problem! why it don't have firewall option!? for example it don't have option to block apps for connecting to internet!
but at all its GREAT!

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3 stars

"360 IS installed easy and fast."

March 24, 2014  |  By BobHeron

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

It's free ..........
Good test results detection on various malware & AV test sites.
Updates once a day.
Blazing Fast Scans.

Cons

No English language 360 IS users forum, or online virus removal tools, help files or documentations other than a Facebook website, but it is not much more than a " Fan-Boy" website, full of cartoons and "atta-boy-kudos" posts..............

Summary

I installed & used 360 IS since July 2013, but due to a couple of problems, and no help files , I uninstalled the free 360IS a month ago, and returned to Windows 8 Defender and just recently have switched again and bought a paid AV software client .

Updated on Apr 11, 2014

Problem encountered on 4/9/14,Install of 360 IS caused total PC lock up. I had a hell of a time with it, trying to run 360 IS uninstaller repeatedly failed.
Finally, I had no other option, but to run a windows system restore point (4/6/14) from three days prior to install of latest Microsoft Windows Update for 8.1 x64 . Others reporting same problem with 360 IS on other security forums .

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2 stars

"has potential. but not ready yet."

March 19, 2014  |  By baddy_3-

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

- clean interface, minimal options.
- lightweight
- cloud integration ( not many free av vendors offer that )
- sandbox tool

Cons

- no documentation.
- misses samples that original bitdefender product detects. so it's bitdefender engine works only in theory.
- realtime shield needs more work. misses samples caught in on-demand scans.

Summary

i have a small collection of "new folder.exe" files archived. as soon as i extract them, all popular av-s start hunting them down.
this one was pretty much snoozing all the time. when i opened the extraction folder in windows explorer, still nothing. then i ran one in sandbox. that's when it detected a malware. but sadly damage was already done. this process was repeated with 'QVM' engine turned ON alongside bitdefender. same result. so this one is a fail as of now.

cmon china, don't let your oppressive govt hold you back :P .

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.9.0.4900
Version 4.9.0.4900: 1. Added anti-phishing for IE x 64 and IE 11. 2. Added the new theme.
General
Publisher Qihoo 360 Technology
Publisher web site http://www.360safe.com/index.html
Release Date January 22, 2014
Date Added January 30, 2014
Version 4.9.0.4900
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 29.99MB
File Name 360is_cnet_4.9.0.4900.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 98,602
Downloads Last Week 1,368
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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