360 Total Security
As some of you have noticed, I have been responding to a few av threads regarding my 360 Total Security Experiences. I've always been a fan of Avast, stretching back quite a ways. I've never liked AVG or Microsoft Security Essentials. So a month or so ago I installed 360 Total Security on my dual monitor couch computer in replacement of Avast to try it out.
Over all I've been very happy, while Avast is great, I hate the fact you always have to register the stupid thing one a year for reasons I still don't quite understand. They also popup update notifications even though I've told them not to.
360 Total security is very Quiet. The only time it nags you about anything is to tell you how fast (or not)your boot time was, but even that is easily disabled via a single check mark box in settings. It does alert you when viruses defs have been updated but they do so via a VERY small unobtrusive bubble, which i'm sure you can turn off.
It also uses 5 Scanning Engines
360 Cloud Scan Engine
System repair engine (pretty much a junk file cleanup of sorts)
QVMII AI Engine
Bit Defender (optional)
You turn on Bit Defender and Avira under Virus scan. At the bottom you click on the B and A and move the slider to on.
Recently i've replaced Avast with 360 Total Security on most of my computers. I also booted up 2 Windows 7 VM's. One with Avast and one with 360 Total Security. I then proceeded to do what any normal person would do. I did a search for Firefox, Avast and one other application via Google. I then clicked on the very first link I saw which was an ad of course, and proceed to try to install it. By install, I just wanted to see if either would let me start to run the poo pack setup.
360 total Security detected and deleted all 3 poo packs.
Avast missed all 3 poo packs. I then turned on (or thought I Turned on) PUP detection in avast and it still missed it. Which is strange, because I uploaded all of them to virus total, and virus total told me Avast should have been able to detect one of them.
So I would be curious for anyone currently running a Free AV other than 360 total Security to maybe install it and report back to others.