IObit Security 360

IObit Security 360

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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 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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"CNET should be ashamed of this review"

October 17, 2014  |  By 00sweeney

 |  Version: IObit Malware Fighter


Buys ads that help to pay CNET writers.


Most people aren't CNET writers.

Also gets abysmal scores on malware detection, the testing of which CNET admitted they didn't do. They just ran scans and looked at speed and false positives. Not accuracy and positive positives.

Fast and pretty is great for race cars and first dates but it's lousy for anti-malware software. Stunning to me that CNET would post a review without doing the most rudimentary testing.


I can't believe that as recently as a couple of years ago CNET seemed like a legitimate source for software reviews. But it seems they've chosen to trade short-term advertising profits for long-term credibility. I can think of no other reason why you'd review anti-malware software AND give it 4 stars without bothering to test it to see if it actually detects malware attacks. Seriously? Because PCMag did, and it got the absolute worst score they've ever seen. Other sites had similar dismal opinions. Now, perhaps we could quibble about methodology--but not when the extent of your testing is looking for the kind of false positives you admit yourself are common (and therefore obvious for a company to address) and whether or not the scan is quick. Because when it comes to security, we don't care if it's good, we want it quick. What? Please, go ahead and read the review again, and count how many sentences are devoted to the actual functionality of the software, and whether it works or not. Now ask yourself if you want to base your decision on your security software on whether the interface is "eye-popping."

And, finally--take a look at some of the five star reviews. Does it seem like these people know a lot about their computers, or does it seem like they just like the way it looks and that it's easy to use? Now, admittedly all perception is subjective, but when I read the reviews, the more the writer seems to know about computers, the less they like the program. But some of the negative reviews bear repeating--first and foremost, just Google IObit and Spigot. Do you want to use anti-malware software from a company that bundles malware with their product? Really? Why would you do that? Why is that a good thing?

Look, the only reason you're even thinking about downloading this is because it's cheap, or free, and you've read some good reviews--most of which, I will insist are either fake reviews or were written by people who don't have a very educated opinion. Dig a little deeper. Find the reviews written by pros who aren't writing for a hack site like CNET which bundles adware toolbars with all downloads anyway, so their cup of credibility isn't exactly overflowing. Look around. There are PLENTY of reviews of this software by respected sites that will tell you just how bad this software is. The sites that actually TESTED the software.

Man. I could just go on and on. I've had my beefs with CNET before, but to recommend an anti-malware product that they didn't test--it just boggles my mind. CNET, there are some foolish--but otherwise very nice--people who trust you and come to you for advice. The idea that you think a few advertising dollars is more important than the security of their computers is just breathtaking--and not in the cool, Grand Canyon at sunset kind of way--even to a cynic like me.

Finally--Google IObit and ethics, as another reviewer suggested. In case you need a reason other than the fact that it doesn't work not to buy it.

Updated on Oct 17, 2014

Oh, I almost forgot the real reason I came here. To complain about the fact that this program, which is also a module of Advanced SystemCare Pro--which I actually like--installed itself yesterday and started running at startup without my permission.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.41
Version 1.41 improves scan engine and database and includes various bug fixes.
Publisher IObit
Publisher web site
Release Date February 04, 2010
Date Added February 08, 2010
Version 1.41
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 31.29MB
File Name IObit-Malware-Fighter-Setup.exe
Total Downloads 13,061,726
Downloads Last Week 27,992
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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