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IObit Security 360

Posted 22 Sep 2009 | Comments Off on IObit Security 360 | 2,140 views

Publisher: IObit.com
Version: 1.0
Cost: Free

IObit Security 360 (IS360) is a malware and spyware removal tool. This application has a very simple interface to several very nice tools. The main features are quickly accessed with just a couple of clicks. Updates are very easy to apply. There is an update button on the main startup screen. We checked for updates before running any tests. We used a Dell Latitude 820 running XP along with a variety of other security tools.

IS360 uses what they call a Dual Core engine to speed up the scanning process. The smart scan is definitely very fast. A scan on 58542 items took just over 11 minutes. A full scan took just over 16 minutes. A similar scan of 107838 objects by MalwareBytes Anti-Malware took almost 6 minutes, and the full scan of 171474 items clocked in a 34 minutes.

On the main startup screen, there is a large section labeled PC Security Analysis. Clicking Check Now button starts a green status bar with an unknown series of check, and it reports back the My PC is Secure! Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what this means. As a simple test, we disabled the Windows XP firewall, and re-run the scan. It still reported that the PC was secure. Most other add-on security tools complain when the Windows firewall is disabled.

The Hijack Scan tool is similar to HijackThis, which is now a TrendMicro product. It offers similar functionality to disable processes and services at startup, unload browser helpers, and unconfigure IE settings. Bold red print in the lower corner warns that this tool is for advanced users. Directly tinkering with processes and setting is definitely a sure way to foul up a system if you don’t know what you are changing. While the presentation is probably a bit better than HijackThis, the tool does not offer any info on what the detections are.  HijackThis at least gives the user a high level summary of what the change may impact.

The Security Holes tool (still labeled Beta 3) is another window into patch management. The tool presents three tabs labeled Security Holes, View Fixed, and View Downloaded Hotfixes. It appears to be watching primarily Microsoft issued patches. Nearly everything in our list related to Windows XP, Internet Explorer, and Media Player with a few extras like Power Shell and Audio Drivers thrown in. Curiously, none of the fixes for Microsoft Office (either installed or uninstalled) made it into the list. At the time of this writing, Windows Update reported three high priority updates: KB967715, KB967642, and Office 2007 SP2. None of these show up in the Security Holes tool lists. The View Downloaded Hotfixes tab was completely empty, and there was no easily evident button to start a download. Any tool that tries to edge it’s way into the realm of patch management needs to be current and accurate. Otherwise it is a disservice to the user. Hopefully this something that IObit fixes in the near future.

The Privacy Sweeper is a very handy tool. It will clean cookies, cache files, and recent files from the common browsers and applications. In our tests, it found cookies for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome, as well and recently opened files in Word. One click of the Clean button removed them all in one sweep. The tool can also be configured to perform DOD 5220.22-M secure deletion. This tool worked as expected.

The uninstall was not very clean.  After using the provided uninstall tool, the directory and several registry entries were left behind that had to be removed manually. This is minor point and is something easily fixed.

IObit is currently seeking testers. In exchange for all of the feedback, IObit will be handing out prizes to select individuals. Although still a little rough around the edges as a new 1.0 release, this might be a tool worth running in parallel with other tools such as a good firewall and antivirus package.

Update: Shortly after writing this review, MalwareBytes posted a claim that IObit was incorporating their database.

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