Qihoo 360 Total Security Essential Review

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360 Total Security Essential

Qihoo 360 Total Security Essential offers a free complete PC protection from Viruses, Trojans, and other emerging threats. This modern suite with a simple design boasts a transparent interface easy to set. Modules offered by 360 Total Security Essential are not the traditional ones usually offered in Internet Security competitors suite: you can’t find online storage or anti-spam, but you’ll profit from an excellent protection against browser scams, a clean-up utility that optimizes your computer and a sandbox lets you try new applications safely. The sandbox utility prevents new applications from making any changes to your PC.

360 Total Security, in addition to its internal antivirus engines 360 Cloud Scan Engine, System Repair Engine, and 360 QVMII AI Engine, lets you profit from other licensed engines as Avira and Bitdefender. This combination of antivirus engines assures you ultimate virus protection and detection. If you need a complete protection, you need to keep an eye on the engines on/off switch: Avira and Bitdefender are off by default. You can ask 360 Total Security Essential to monitor not only executables and documents but also files of all types. Real-time scanning doesn’t start until an unknown program tries to launch.

The Protection option offers four different modes for various protection levels from malware, backdoors, and phishing attacks: Performance, Balanced, Security, and Custom. WiFi Security Check is another good tool: it will analyze the settings of your router to ensure a safe and secure internet service.

Optimizing your system, managing services, and plugins is simple and quick thanks to the Clean-up utility. It will remove obsolete files and plugins improving system performance. It’s possible to choose which areas and archives to clean.

Support is available only via email. Supported systems are Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. Qihoo 360 Total Security Essential is free forever.


Qihoo 360 Total Security Essential represents an improvement over its predecessor 360 Internet Security and it gets good ratings from the independent testing labs enabling all antivirus engines. Considering it’s free forever to use and ad-free, it’s worth a try.

Usability: 8.7 /10 Speed: 8.5 /10 Features: 8.5 /10 Support: 6 /10 Pricing: 10 /10

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