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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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  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 2,035 votes

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    • 2 star: 104
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  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 293 votes

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Requires fast processor and lots of memory"

    April 4, 2011  |   By mdarmocida

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.41

    Pros

    Easy to install, easy to use, does the job

    Cons

    Not for use on systems with less than 1GB of RAM - it will eat resources and require you to restart multiple times a day to get programs to run. Error will be "Insufficient Resources"

    Summary

    As mentioned above, this is a good program but will eat resources like there's not tomorrow. As such, use the program only when I want to scan my system, and not let it start-up with Windows or run in the background. You're not getting real time protection bu it's worth it not to constantly have to start your computer. Smart Defrag will to the same thing (so I don't leave that running in the background either).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Some of the Best Free Version Software Available"

    January 23, 2011  |   By Aeschylus_Nyx

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.41

    Pros

    Easy to use, clean interface, doesn't eat up cpu. The free version is simple enough for basic users & comes w/many features for the more advanced user. Finds & fixes issues other software doesn't find.

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    This should be standard software on anyone's pc. After using the free version, I was more than happy to spend my hard-earned $ on a piece of software that is definitely worth it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Using the Free Version is awesome!!!"

    June 21, 2010  |   By Saldreyvia

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.41

    Pros

    I love the ability to keep track of any security holes in my systems at home. With 6 people in my household using two computers it is easy to find yourself with unwanted malware or trojans that can cause your computers to slow or crash.

    Cons

    There is not much I can say about what I do not like. Only thing I could ask for is a lower profile. In other words for the program to use less resourses but I am sure that is hard to do with as much as this program offers its users.

    Summary

    It is very user friendly and this is a must have for any home or office computers with many users.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Run away!!!"

    June 21, 2010  |   By keithkig

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.41

    Pros

    Loaded great, first scan worked well.

    Cons

    Froze my Vista system solid, multiple command errors, malware comes right on in as if this thing opened the door for them. System became jumpy on restart, locking up multiple applications, and tried to disable firewall and my other security programs.

    Summary

    First I tried their registry cleaner, now this. I would not load iobit software on my dogs computer, even if he begged.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "unbelievable"

    June 21, 2010  |   By joeybemore

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.41

    Pros

    if the issues this appt. shows are real time then this has got to be the best computer fix around that comes free of charge

    Cons

    none at all.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "does what the others did not"

    June 19, 2010  |   By stephengoode1152

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.41

    Pros

    weeded out problems other (malwarebytes) software passed over

    Cons

    really none i will buy this later

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very very good"

    June 18, 2010  |   By kingpiker

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.41

    Pros

    every thing very good download

    Cons

    nothing to say

    Summary

    the product was very easy to use. and the functions was easy to use would recommend

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very helpful"

    June 17, 2010  |   By joco1141

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.41

    Pros

    checks for missed windows updates and for rogue programs

    Cons

    nothing missing

    Summary

    would recommend it to anyone

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  • 5.0 stars

    "NIce Program, quick and smooth"

    June 16, 2010  |   By korben999

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.41

    Pros

    Quick to scan

    Cons

    it would be nice to have a quick to set hijack setting

    Summary

    overall the product is fast, and reliable

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Absolutely Amazing! Mind blowing results!"

    June 16, 2010  |   By user8069

    Version: IObit Security 360 1.41

    Pros

    Everything you need with the exception of antivirus protection bundled into one package. Extremely user-friendly GUI. The free version in fantastic, but the upgrade to the profressional version is well worth the money.

    Cons

    Does not include antivirus protection.

    Summary

    Most programs that claims they will help your computer actually bog your computer down while they are running. Not IObit Security 360 though. It runs fast and seemlessy in the background will you continue to work as normal. I also purchase Advanced System Care PRO. Bundled together, these two software packages cover all your protection and system optimization needs. You will notice instant results in your computer's boot time and responsiveness. I am a big software junkie, so my computer was bogged down with 46 different programs that auto started with Windows. My old boot time was atleast 5 minutes and that is with no exageration. No my PC boots and it ready to go in just under a minute. IObit is the first to actually improved the speed of my PC and the boot time. With the exception of antivirus protection, I give this software 2 thumbs up! Thank you IObit! I definately recommend that IObit Security 360 adds an antivirus engine.

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