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360 Total Security Essential

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 63 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.2.0.1018
  • Total Downloads:
    144,880
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 18, 2015
  • 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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4 stars

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

August 26, 2015  |  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

 |  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

 |  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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5 stars

"EXCELLENT !!!!!"

May 06, 2015  |  By cphill851

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 6.0.0.2016

Pros

I just downloaded this......my laptop runs better than ever... Easy-to-use.....I don't know much about computers, but I know what works.....and this does.....!!!

Cons

None that I have found....

Summary

Highly recommended.....!!!!

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5 stars

"FREE BUT AWESOME"

April 08, 2015  |  By Roberto Wibowo

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 6.0.0.1021

Pros

I just recently switched to 360 Total Security Essential. It is a fast, easy to use, no annoying ads and a lot of useful tools.

Cons

Some people don't like manual update, however I prefer to control my update.

Summary

It's a totally awesome, I hope they keep it that way.

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4 stars

"Very good but still needs some work."

March 30, 2015  |  By gorlaw

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 6.0.0.1021

Pros

Multiple av engine protection.
Light on system resources.
Nice user interface.

Cons

Scan results are sometimes too cryptic and leave you wondering what the program did to correct any issues it found.
Lacks scheduled scanning.
Lacks browser support for Internet Explorer.
On demand and real time scanning capabilities are limited to the Bitdefender and Avira engines. The internal Qihoo antivirus and cloud based services are not configurable.

Summary

This is a pretty good program for people who like to "be in charge" of their anti-virus products, but it is not a "set and forget" type program like Bitdefender Free, Panda Free or even Microsoft's MSE and Defender av programs. I can use it on my own system because I regularly monitor my programs and activities, but I would really hesitate to install this program on the average computer user's machine because it lacks simplicity and automatic maintenance.

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3 stars

"A truly comprehensive AV and internet protection app."

March 19, 2015  |  By GCG1000

 |  Version: 360 Total Security Essential 6.0.0.1021

Pros

Classy UGI; augmented with multiple AV scanning engines; appears to be very comprehensive. The evolution of their 360 Internet Security app.

Cons

Needs more comprehensive information about AV & program updates. In 360 Internet Security did a better job of informing the user about update frequency and dates form their cloud. The question is; are AV update automatic? Needs tweaks & tuning.

Summary

As a former user of 360 Internet Security, I approach this upgrade with caution, this latest "upgrade" needs work. Install with caution. I'm sure the publisher will improve this version rapidly I will try it for about a week if no improvement, I'll go back to 360 IS Network Security, which is superb.

Updated on Mar 20, 2015

A caveat: It would be very nice if the publisher of this app would include the ability to schedule scanning automatically as a user option in "settings". Additionally, automatic updating of the AV signature DB is essential to user acceptance of this product.

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5 stars

"An excellent antivirus program"

January 13, 2015  |  By Wazir Dayers

 |  Version: 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4900

Pros

Sober, but functional interface, but more importantly: an excellent program. During the first scan, it detected two threats that previously had been missed by both avast! and AVG Free.

Cons

None whatsoever.

Summary

An excellent free antivirus program, the best that I've had so far.

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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!

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.2.0.1018
Bug fixes.
General
Publisher Qihoo 360 Technology
Publisher web site http://www.360safe.com/index.html
Release Date August 17, 2015
Date Added August 18, 2015
Version 7.2.0.1018
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 28.12MB
File Name 360TSE_Setup_7.2.0.1018.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 144,880
Downloads Last Week 1,575
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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