360 Total Security is a free antivirus program that removes and protects against viruses and various computer threats. It also acts as a powerful startup booster that does not only optimize your system but also shows you how long your computer takes to boot up.
- System speedup
- Virus scan
- Junk cleanup
- WiFi security check
- Downloaded file scan
- Malicious website blocking
- Online shopping protection
- Malicious behavior blocking
- Scan file when saved
The program integrates five award-winning virus engines to offer the best protection, namely 360 Cloud Scan, System Repair, QVMII AI, BitDefender and Avira Antivir engines.
Using 360 Total Security
As soon as we had installed 360 Total Security quickly and without a hitch, the antivirus launched and displayed the message: “Your computer has not been examined yet” on a tabbed user interface that prominently displayed the “Examine” button.
Many antivirus programs take a rather long time during the initial scanning, but 360 Total Security took just about a minute to complete the whole process from the Start tab. When we checked our system for viruses from the Virus Scan tab and selected full scan, the process took about half an hour.
That was due to the fact that we had opted to scan all files, including compressed ones, under Settings. During that time, it scanned 135,848 files, some of which were more than 100 MB. We could also choose either quick or custom scan. We also allowed the program to indicate bootup time after booting and the various ways we wanted the antivirus to protect our computer.
The Speedup tab includes two options: easy speedup and bootup time. Under easy speedup, the program listed unnecessary startup programs that we could disable to shorten the time the computer took to boot, which we could monitor under the bootup time option. 360 Total Security is an intuitive startup booster that allows you to monitor its performance.
The cleanup tab allowed us to choose areas we wanted to scan from among:
- Cache files generated by Windows 8 Modern
- Cache files generated while browsing the Internet
- Junk files produced by watching videos and listening to music
- Application junk files
- Windows system junk files
- Cache files generated by phone utilities
The program provides the option to select all, deselect all or let it select recommended areas, which is can come in handy when a user does not know what to choose.
As its name indicates, 360 Total Security is a free antivirus that provides total security, from local protection of computers against viruses to Internet protection during online transactions. One of the things we liked about the software was its simplicity of use. We could perform one-click cleanup to make our computer function at its optimum level.