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360 Total Security Review 2017: Free Internet Security Suite

By: Danielle P

360 Total Security is probably the only free antivirus provider out there that offers a whole Internet Security suite for free with tons of sophisticated bonus features.

Originally, this provider was known as Qihoo 360. The company still goes by this name, but its antivirus product is referred to as 360 Total Security.

Just like Tencent and Baidu, Qihoo 360 has been accused of cheating independent lab testing sites by sending in different versions of the product than the public ones so it can score well in the performance tests. (The difference is that Tencent and Baidu provided good reasons for including flags in their products that resulted in different product behavior. The differences didn't seem to give any significant advantage). In 2015, Qihoo primed the suite it sent to the testing labs so that the Bitdefender engine was turned on by default. Qihoo's response was that it assumes that its users will run on lower power computers and therefore the public version turns the Bitdefender engine off. 

Qihoo - 360 Total Security Dashboard

360 Total Security Dashboard - Qihoo

In this review, I will look beyond Qihoo's integrity to evaluate whether its products are worth a shot. Let's look beyond all the fancy features to judge whether the core antivirus engine can be classified as one of the top antivirus products

Company Background

360 Total Security is also known as Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (pronounced Chi-hoo).

It is a leading Internet security company in China and Hong Kong; by the end of 2014, the company boasted around 496 millions users.

Qihoo provides Internet and mobile security services and products to protect its users' PCs and mobile devices from malicious websites and malware. The products are supported by the Qihoo cloud-based security technology.

Key Points about 360 Total Security


360 Total Security has a full suite of modules for an Internet Security suite, but it is not traditional in the sense that there is no online storage and anti-spam features. However, in saying that, there is a sandbox to try out new applications, a cleanup tool, as well as protection against browser scams and someone who wants to hack your webcam.

There is no doubt that for a free Internet Security suite, 360 Total Security impresses, but I expected a lot more when it comes to the core antivirus functions, which are the most important when selecting an antivirus. I thought that a double-powered engine by Bitdefender and Avira, both top antivirus providers, would place 360 Total Security right up there with them.

To conclude, I probably wouldn't recommend them over many of the other antivirus vendors, but you can give it a try if you desire. 


Not many Internet Security packages are free, especially when it comes with tons of bonus sophisticated features and a scanner powered by two of the top antivirus providers, Bitdefender and Avira. This review will discuss whether 360 Total Security by Qihoo is worth a try and if the core antivirus functions live up to all the hype of the bonus features, seeing that the former is more important.

360 Total Security
Date published:March 11, 2018
7.9 / 10 stars


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