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|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by 360 Total Security |
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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.