Quick Heal Total Security
Made as a comprehensive anti-malware application to defend computers from viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware and other forms of online attacks, Quick Heal Total Security contains a real-time guard and it is part of a three-flavor security suite - Antivirus Pro, Internet Security and Total Security; as its name suggests, this version has the most features.
Rapid setup and user-friendly interface
Installing the program is a fast and easy task, since users are not prompted to exclude any components. Worth mentioning is that Quick Heal comes equipped with a personal firewall that silently runs in the background. Although not mentioned in the setup, it is automatically turned on after installation. The problem is that Windows Firewall remains enabled and it should be deactivated to prevent conflicts that will most likely lead to system stability issues.
In terms of interface, Quick Heal is wrapped in a pleasant and intuitive window that facilitates quick access to its main components. Most of them can be enabled and disabled with one click.
Diverse scanning modes for thorough investigation
A Full System Scan takes the entire hard disk for a spin to check it for any suspicious activity, Custom Scan allows users to select the exact areas to take into account, while Memory Scan looks only into active processes and services (quickly or thoroughly, depending on the user's preference). Boot Time scan runs a checkup on autostart entries at system boot and, finally, Mobile Scan runs malware searches on mobile devices plugged into the PC.
Advanced scan settings and other options
The default scanner configuration may be altered when it comes to executable, archive and packed files, mailboxes of email clients, anti-spam file extensions, action on threat detection, exclusions, scan schedules, quarantine, and file backups before taking action. Settings may be restored to default.
Additional settings revolve around the real-time guard, DNAScan Technology (cloud assistance), behavior detection level, and submitting suspicious files to the developer labs for closer inspection.
Internet and privacy protection
As previously mentioned, Total Security features its own firewall against network attacks. It is also capable of blocking access to phishing and fraudulent websites, defending the PC against spyware, adware, keyloggers and riskware, ensuring maximum protection when surfing the web by confining all activities in a browser sandbox, as well as restricting access to specific websites and scheduling Internet access for children via a parental control module.
System optimization and maintenance
PC Tuner is a separate utility part of the whole package, which gives users the possibility of tweaking Windows and boosting its performance levels by cleaning up the disk, registry and browser traces, as well as defragmenting the registry. It includes a task scheduler and various customization options concerning each component, in addition to reports, backup and restore, plus extra tools dedicated to finding duplicate files, securely deleting data, managing autostart entries, and optimizing services.
Performance and conclusion
Quick Heal Total Security has proven very good results in our evaluation regarding virus detection ratio, scanning speed and RAM consumption (CPU usage is moderate). It is certainly filled with numerous features to meet the requirements of all users looking for essential and alternate ways to ensure machine protection against malware. Those looking for less features may resort to the aforementioned lesser versions of Quick Heal Total Security. The virus signatures can be manually updated with Quick Heal Virus Database.