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360 Total Security Essential

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Average User Rating:
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.8.0.1020
  • Total Downloads:
    191,396
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 11, 2016
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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360 Internet Security 2013 is anti-virus and anti-malware protection software for Windows PCs. The 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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3 stars

"Great overall app"

May 07, 2016  |  By lethal57

2016-05-07 20:43:12  |  By lethal57

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 8.2.0.1038

Pros

does what it says . cleanly

Cons

resource hungry. not for laptops or notebooks

Summary

give it a go for your PC

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1 stars

"Malware and very difficult to delete"

March 20, 2016  |  By joelmiller4

2016-03-20 16:19:01  |  By joelmiller4

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 8.2.0.1031

Pros

Apparently stops some viruses

Cons

Constantly has false popup windows requiring deleting false "malware" and requires rescanning, Extremely difficult to remove and little or no support

Summary

There's a lot better out there.

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4 stars

"MAKES NICE JOB"

March 04, 2016  |  By poulstaun

2016-03-04 02:51:00  |  By poulstaun

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 8.2.0.1031

Pros

NICE AND EASY TO WORK WITH..AND I FEEL SECURE THAT IT WILL NOT SPOIL ANYTHING DURING DELETION

Cons

REALY NOT SURE HOW DEEP IT GOES..MAYBE COULD DO DEEPER

Summary

ALL IN ALL A VERY NICE PROGRAM..WHICH AT LEAST DO NO HARM

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5 stars

"Hmm.., Rather excellent AV protection!"

February 25, 2016  |  By GCG1000

2016-02-25 14:58:14  |  By GCG1000

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 7.2.0.1027

Pros

1. Multiple AV protection engines.
2. Nice GUI.
3. Automatic daily AV DB updates.
4. Anti-phising and other very nice feature included.
5. Excellent reliability.
6. Efficient scanning!

Cons

Takes a little bit of time to master the features that are right for you.

Summary

An excellent AV product! It's free, so if you are looking for an AV app that competes (and beats some) well against purchased packages, 360 TS Essential a try. Very good value as long as you remember that 360 Essential is pure AV ( and related protection). 360 Essential very well with Malwarebytes!

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5 stars

"Essential AV and malware protection for Windows 10"

December 27, 2015  |  By gorlaw

2015-12-27 04:37:36  |  By gorlaw

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 7.2.0.1027

Pros

First rate anti-virus protection. Low impact on system memory. Decent scan speed. Quick install. Workable sandbox feature.

Cons

None. It simply works.

Summary

If you have moved up to Windows 10, I highly recommend 360 Total Security Essentials instead of the full 360 Total Security package. The update and patch feature of 360 Total Security is simply not needed under Windows 10, which uses an automatic update system. I use the Avira AV engine on my installation. Some people prefer the Bitdefender engine, which is also available. I haven't found any need to have both AV engines installed.

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5 stars

"VERY GOOD ANTIVIRUS"

November 22, 2015  |  By chairultansa

2015-11-22 23:20:52  |  By chairultansa

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 7.2.0.1025

Pros

protection system is safe and easy
good web protection and safety
design is quite nice

Cons

none for the moment

Summary

very good antivirus for home and office users
Simple and efficient

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5 stars

"Very good antivirus"

November 16, 2015  |  By capitanflorius

2015-11-16 01:41:39  |  By capitanflorius

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 7.2.0.1025

Pros

This antivirus is FREE all.
Fast in scanning
It Finds more virus (someone are false positive) but it is better one of more than one of less!
Therefore we can controll with antivirus on line, when in doubt.
Full scan and costom scan
Real time protection
Different virus detecting engines.
Automatic program updates and virus definitions.

Cons

Little minor cons I found:
The internal Qihoo antivirus and cloud based services are not configurable.
Some small improvements desirable in future.

Summary

Excellent antivirus for home users.
I recommand this to anyone.
Simple to use.

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4 stars

"The best antivirus , that i have ever used ."

August 26, 2015  |  By hrakleitos

2015-08-26 03:11:43  |  By hrakleitos

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 7.2.0.1018

Pros

I could say, that is a perfect multiple antivirus engine. It does the
necessaries whithout to ask you money and to annoy you through pop-ups as
the other competitors do. It' s a must have antivirus protection.

Cons

The only disadvantage is the size of the folder ( 1.10 GB ).

Summary

If you start to use 360 Total Security, I hope, that it will never let you down .

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5 stars

"Everything about this version of Essentials is superb!"

June 27, 2015  |  By GCG1000

2015-06-27 15:02:45  |  By GCG1000

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 6.6.1.1014

Pros

4 stars
"Who needs anything else?" December 30, 2014 | By GCG1000 | Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900
Pros
Superb protection that is easy to setup and use, Yet very comprehensive! Nice clean GUI!

Cons
Nothing, nada, zilch, no bs! Like to see an update to the core app.

Summary
It's free and worthwhile. So, take advantage of 360 IS! Excellent for the home user!

Cons

Nothing that you or I can find!

Summary

"4 stars,( now 5)
"Who needs anything else?" December 30, 2014 | By GCG1000 | Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900
Pros
Superb protection that is easy to setup and use, Yet very comprehensive! Nice clean GUI!

Cons
Nothing, nada, zilch, no bs! Like to see an update to the core app.

Summary
It's free and worthwhile. So, take advantage of 360 IS! Excellent for the home user!"

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1 stars

"Malware, malware"

May 29, 2015  |  By waveman25

2015-05-29 18:40:43  |  By waveman25

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 6.0.0.2016

Pros

Keeps other malware off.

Cons

email, password miner and keyboard logger. Sends spam emails to your address book. Harvests phone numbers.

Summary

Stay away.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.8.0.1020
  • Added: Support Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • Fixed: Bug fixes
General
Publisher Qihoo 360 Technology
Publisher web site https://www.360totalsecurity.com
Release Date August 11, 2016
Date Added August 11, 2016
Version 8.8.0.1020
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 31.09MB
File Name 360TSE_Setup_8.8.0.1020.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 191,396
Downloads Last Week 460
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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