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IObit Security 360

CNET Editors' review

Freeware IObit Security 360 is a fast and welterweight utility for both detecting and removing malware, and determining any security holes in your system before they can been exploited. The interface has large icons with simple labels that won't confuse novices, and the tools menu offers some useful features that more advanced users are sure to appreciate.

The Overview tab is the main window and contains links for immediate Smart scans, definition file updates, a "security analysis," which evaluates potential exploits in your system and includes Windows security patches, and a status update window. This tells you whether your real-time protection, automatic scans and updates, and heuristic-based scans are on or off. Automatic scans and updates and scheduled scans, are restricted to the paid upgrade. The Scan tab lets you initiate a Smart scan, a Full scan, or a Custom scan, and the Protection tab lets you toggle your real-time protection status. It seems a bit odd that a user would want the separate controls the program offers for "known malware" and "unknown threats."

The Tools tab gives you seven useful system security tools. There's a Hijack scan for power users, a Security Holes scan, a Passive Defense that disables cookies in Firefox and Internet Explorer, and ActiveX in IE, and an Unlock and Delete tool for getting rid of files your system thinks are in use. There's a Privacy Sweeper that will clean not just cookies and cache but saved forms, download history, and other Internet traces in all major browsers, as well as utilities like archival tools, multimedia players, and other applications. Annoyingly, a PC Tuneup option takes you to the download page for another IObit program, but users on the go will like the custom portable version that you can launch from a USB key. Security 360 eats about 50MB of RAM when idle, with a Smart scan taking about 6 minutes and a full scan finishing in 45 minutes, making this one of the fastest in its class.

Editor's Note, November 17, 2009: CNET Download.com has received notice from IObit, the maker of Security 360, that they have updated their database to address accusations of intellectual property theft. (Read more about the dispute in our CNET News story.)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great little adon from ASC"

    April 4, 2010  |   By tryn2save

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.40

    Pros

    Easy to use and quick to scan with three different scan modes & has picked up one or two things so far

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    All in all great little program that doesn't take up too much space or memory

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A solution at last - Thank you"

    February 8, 2010  |   By steebling

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.40

    Pros

    FOr ages I was plagued by the inability of my so called "Internet Security" package to keep the crap out of my system. Once sweep with Security 360 and it was fixed. No more annoying little surprises

    Cons

    Only that I didn't know about this package when I purchased Advanced System Care - Now I can buy them as a pair - sigh

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use good knowledge base"

    February 7, 2010  |   By Michael Hopley

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.40

    Pros

    Finding and cleaning malware and trojans

    Cons

    No complaints

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A great software to use in addition to your anti-virus!"

    February 7, 2010  |   By pinkrose_moni

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.40

    Pros

    It's a wonderful product which can be used easily and effectively.
    You don't have to be a tech genius to use it, and like it's previous versions, it comes with other tools that you can use to bring your PC back to tip-top condition.

    Cons

    Sometimes it finds MyWebSearch as a threat, even though it is not. Although you can easily just uncheck it to not be quarantined.

    Summary

    This is a great product which can be used in addition with your current anti-virus programs. IObit has amazing programs in general. I recommend this program as well as IObit Advanced SystemCare.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I am impressd"

    February 7, 2010  |   By lordelpuz

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.40

    Pros

    quick and easy

    Cons

    sometimes it alters certain settings in my pc

    Summary

    Simply because it does wha its suposed to do.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent range of information, protection and repair."

    February 6, 2010  |   By jerchall

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.40

    Pros

    I particularly like the fact that security holes the program finds, are automatically downloaded from Microsoft's server as part of the Repair. This is truly inspired work.

    Cons

    I'd like to see ALL of the features categorized on one page with links to each, rather than grouped under headings I might not recognize, even after opening the headings more than once.

    Summary

    I like that a real effort has been made to incorporate information and repairs for which I already have separate software. After I have tested this product for a month or so, I will delete the other software I purchased in favor of this condensed approach. Nice Work IObit.

    Updated on Feb 6, 2010

    IObit is leading the pack in providing affordable, efficient software.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "compact and efficiant"

    February 6, 2010  |   By nuttynutty

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.40

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    i like everything

    Summary

    even the icon for the program is catchy

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  • 5.0 stars

    ""Impressive!""

    February 6, 2010  |   By tonyinaz

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.40

    Pros

    Just got installed this anti-spyware and ran a scan. Installation is easy, and it found malware and a trojan that have been on my system for a while, but went undiscovered by Xoft, pay edition, and SuperAntiSpyware Free.

    Cons

    So far I don't see anything to complain about.

    Summary

    I am very impressed with its performance, especially given its price, free. This program went through and found crap that two other anti-spyware engines couldn't, with seemingly little effort, and did a thorough job cleaning up my PC. Great program.

    Updated on Feb 7, 2010

    Beware of this program. I now believe after using this program for a little while, and spending a lot of time online for comparative research that is program is bogus and introduces trojans and other malware into to your system, possibly as 'scareware' to get you to upgrade to their paid version. I have since uninstalled it, and the other IObit utility I'd been using Smartdfrag, which my avast! scan identified its .exe file as a trojan. I would recommend users to avoid IObit products like the plague. This company is also accused by Malwarebytes of stealing their database of signatures which they incorporated into their own product, but later dropped with the allegation.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2355889,00.asp

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It works as advertised."

    February 6, 2010  |   By gtn

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.40

    Pros

    Does help keep my system clean.

    Cons

    Does not agree with the ASC V3.4.2 Spyware removal as to the number of threats detected when run at the same time. One or the other will report more.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems to work okay."

    February 5, 2010  |   By andysaid

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.40

    Pros

    Easy to use.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Summary

    Very Good.

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