360 Total Security is free and legitimate antivirus software developed by Qihu (Qihoo) 360 Software Co. However, there may be another program with the same or a similar name that malware researchers flag as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and scareware.
|Name||360 Total Security|
|Type||Rogue AV program, PUP|
|Short Description||The rogue AV program can block legitimate AV program so they will not be detected and removed.|
|Symptoms||A number of system scans, disturbing notifications about various threats detected on the compromised machine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss 360 Total Security.|
The rogue security application appears to be dubbed Total Security, Antivirus 360, or something of the sort, and targets mainly users in China, the USA, Egypt, and India. The rogue ‘version’ of 360 Total Security is supposedly capable of detecting different threats on the user’s computer. Unfortunately, experts find many similarities between the 360 Total Security fake and other rogue AV programs like A-Secure 2015, Secure Antivirus Pro, etc.
How Does 360 Total Security Operate?
Once installed, 360 Total Security performs the following tasks:
- Adds a scheduled task to Windows Task Scheduler, which allows the program to launch at certain times.
- Connects to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall in order to avoid detection by anti-spyware applications.
- Installs a shortcut to the Internet and runs the qhsafemain.exe in Task Manager repeatedly.
Once 360 Total Security is active on your computer, it will perform a number of system scans and display disturbing notifications about various threats detected on the compromised machine. As a solution for the reported issue, the program suggests purchasing its full version. Experts recommend ignoring the alerts and running a trustworthy anti-malware tool instead. The allegedly detected viruses are just a scare tactic to lure the non-suspecting user into buying a product he doesn’t need in the first place.
How Is 360 Total Security Distributed?
360 Total Security and its rogue versions can be downloaded online. The rogue application can also enter your computer in a freeware bundle. Additional software is often improperly disclosed during the installation process, and most users do not even realize that the downloaded software doesn’t come alone. To avoid any confusion, users are advised to select the Advanced installation options and deselect any undesired applications.
360 Total Security Removal Manual
Rogue security applications can block your legitimate AV program so they will not be detected and removed. This is why experts recommend installing an anti-malware application in Safe Mode and then eliminating the threats from your computer. The manual below will help you do so step by step.
- Guide 1: How to Remove 360 Total Security from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of 360 Total Security from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove 360 Total Security from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase 360 Total Security from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall 360 Total Security from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove 360 Total Security from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate 360 Total Security from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove 360 Total Security from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove 360 Total Security
Step 2: Uninstall 360 Total Security and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by 360 Total Security on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by 360 Total Security there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of 360 Total Security from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall 360 Total Security and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove 360 Total Security via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove 360 Total Security files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as 360 Total Security, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove 360 Total Security from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase 360 Total Security from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall 360 Total Security from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove 360 Total Security from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the 360 Total Security will be removed.
Eliminate 360 Total Security from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.