Let's read what the rest of this review has to say about these claims and whether Tencent withstands the test to be labeled a strong antivirus provider against malware, rootkits, spyware, and other emerging threats.
Tencent was founded in November 1998 in China, and in June, 2004 Tencent Holdings Limited appeared on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange..
It is one of the largest providers of Internet value added services in China, one of which includes antivirus services.
There has been some scandal in the past regarding testing results with certified third party antivirus labs such as AV-Test, AV Comparatives, and Virus Bulletin. This is also the case for Baidu and Qihoo 360, another two Chinese antivirus and Internet Security companies.
Tencent cheated - Strategic optimization and design to enhance AV-Test performance results
Key Points about Tencent
It's for Windows PCs - it integrates smoothly into Windows Explorer context menu in order to scan any file or folder without issues.
A nifty element of the Tencent PC manager is that is keeps an eye on a user's PC as soon as a file is downloaded off the Internet. It then takes this file and thoroughly examines the contents of it in order to notify the user if there are any suspicious components on it.
Tencent uses a faster scan that uses fewer system resources (but we are not sure if that was channeled to suit the testing standards of AV-Test in a fraudulent manner). Apart from the Quick Scanner, there is a Custom analysis element which lets users monitor the drives and folders he/she is interested in. This custom analysis can also check vulnerable PC areas such as system memory, startup apps, Internet Explorer and system settings, hijacked system software, and frequently used programs. The downfall is that there is no scheduled scanner, so users have to manually set scans.
The software uses real-time protection to identify and block new threats instantly. In addition to real-time protection, Tencent also has anti-phishing, secure browsing, USB protection, a link scanner, webcam protection, and hacking modules dedicated for detection and protection.
The user interface is pretty straightforward with different sections dedicated to specific settings. There is the General Settings (to enable defense and avoid Trojan attacks), Antivirus Settings (to add programs to the White-list that can be ignored by the scanner when the PC manager launches), Real-Time Protection (to take action on any detected threats), Download Protection (to flag dangerous files and to flash security prompts).
One big disappointment is that there are no other internet security features, even something quite simple like parental control.
I would avoid this antivirus provider as there are plenty of other options out there that are honest in their presentation of their performance and have a lot more antivirus and Internet security features. Besides, it is a free antivirus software only for Windows PC, so your options are quite limited on this front in that it's basic and narrowed down to one OS.
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