TotalAV Antivirus Review 2020January 2020 TotalAV Antivirus Review & Deals
TotalAV Antivirus Review – The Pros & Cons
TotalAV is one of the newer antivirus providers on the block, having only come into existence in 2016. Despite its relative lack of time on the market compared to more established names such as Norton and Kaspersky, TotalAV is highly recommended as the go-to antivirus solution for those requiring easy-to-use detection and removal tools, but less of the bells and whistles (such as anti-phishing tools) that some of the more established providers offer. This TotalAV antivirus review will assess how the solution fares against the competition.
Should You Choose TotalAV Antivirus Software?
TotalAV is a good option for an antivirus provider, although users will have to purchase the premium version to get even basic detection and removal functionalities. Its strong suit is currently its user interface which we found both intuitive and fast. In addition, the system performed well on our test hardware and the system overhead of both the user area and background processes were minimal. The product remains in an early stage of development, however, and several important functionalities such as a dedicated firewall manager and parental control options have not yet been implemented. We will update this TotalAV antivirus review as the software continues to upgrade.
Clean user interface
Good antivirus protection
Free version is extremely limited
Firewall and parental controls haven’t been rolled out yet
Hasn’t been independently benchmarked yet
The company does, however, offer a 30 day money back guarantee. Considering the fact that it does not currently offer shorter monthly or quarterly subscription options, this is particularly important to give users peace of mind about trying an antivirus that they will probably not have heard about before. In addition, the company offers a free download.
Real time protection is another feature that is only offered on the paid version. This feature provides 24/7 protection against emerging malware and viruses and is a must for those requiring the most robust protection possible.
Because TotalAV remains a relatively new solution, it has not formally tested by any of the independent antivirus testing laboratories so it’s not yet possible to know how well its definitions database stack up to those of competitors. The company is currently licensing the antivirus engine from Avira, however, so its reviews should be indicative of TotalAV’s performance. Additionally, third-party reviews for popular tech websites have commented favorably on its detection of test viruses with PCMag rating its malware-detection abilities at 7.7/10.
For those concerned with privacy, TotalAV operates a proprietary VPN network which is included in the premium package. Information beyond the protocol that is uses; however, remains extremely limited. Those with a serious need for a powerful VPN would therefore be best advised to look for a standalone solution. Finally, the premium version includes a password vault for managing passwords. It is, however, a static storage area and does not sync across multiple devices. Again, users needing this functionality would be better served by using a dedicated solution such as LastPass that can sync across devices.
Both the background process and user area are also extremely light on system resources. On our test machine, TotalAV antivirus consumed only 2.7 MB of system memory while operating in the background.