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Qihoo 360 Total Security is a Chinese-based company which provides internet security, internet browsers and a mobile app store for their native users. They have been in business since 2005 and have quickly become a growing force in the United States market share for their anti-virus software. Following a business model long-employed in the United States, Qihoo offers free virus protection software.
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Qihoo offers products which operate on several platforms and with good results in detecting and treating virus, malware and other threats. They score at a comparable level with the competition and offer fairly comprehensive coverage without unduly slowing down users' systems, according to several professional testers as well as via real-world reviews from Qihoo 360 Total Security users. Some of the notable features of Qihoo 360 Total Security anti-virus software include:
The information on Qihoo's website is written in English which has clearly been translated from Chinese and some of the instructions are difficult to follow. The company does not have access to live customer support or a US office or phone number.
Independent testing labs found that the default settings only offered basic protection, and in order to receive the full-benefit, one must delve into the interface more and enable all definition databases. Doing so is not difficult, but might be daunting for novice users.
Qihoo's headquarters and all employees are in China. Information about the company itself is sparse.
In some detection tests, the product had a higher-than expected false positive rate compared to their leading competitors. Additionally, the browser plug-ins do not scan for hidden URL-redirects.
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