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TotalAV Review

article by Arya Attar author March 22, 2017
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TotalAV Antivirus is a robust protection suite that is available for a wide variety of computer and mobile platforms. It provides solid protection with features you don't see in many antivirus programs. Learn more below in our Total AV antivirus review.
  • Additional features can improve PC performance
  • Fast malware scanning
  • Large online support database with extensive tutorials
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support
  • Supports most mobile platforms
  • Some features standard for other programs not available - ex: Firewall
  • License only covers 3 devices
  • Poor Performance Against Malicious and Phishing Urls
TotalAV is a solid product for those looking for an antivirus solution for both their PC and mobile devices.
Arya Attar, author
Multiple Devices Install on up to 3 Devices
Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection Malware Protection
speed Boost Performance
Firewall Protection Firewall Protection
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Setup Setup

  • TotalAV is supported on a wide variety of platforms. It is available for both Windows and Mac users as well as Chromebook, iOS and Android devices.
  • To install the program on Windows or Mac, just head to the website. Android users can install via Google Play while iOS can download at the App Store.

Installation of this program is quick and easy. Just download the file and install. Once installed, the program is simple to load and use. Check out the user interface section for more.

Detection and Removal Tools Detection and Removal Tools

TotalAV Antivirus is similar to other antivirus programs as it compares files on your computer to a database of known threats that is regularly update. One difference over other programs is that the database is maintained in the cloud rather than locally on your computer

Also like other programs, it actively monitors your computer for suspicious activity and if it detects it, it will send information to their virus lab for analysis. Should it prove malicious, then protection will be sent in subsequent updates.

Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection

When you first install the program, a full scan is conducted and then scans are conducted daily for major threats in key areas on your computers. As such, TotalAV is great for stopping most standard virus infections.

For malware, TotalAV is fantastic. Test have proven that TotalAV’s malware protection far exceeds the industry standard for protection. Another plus for their malware protection is speed. The initial malware scan is very speedy in comparison to most products and subsequent scans go even faster.

Total AV antivirus provides one protection feature you don’t hear about often – clickjacking. Clickjacking is what happens when you see people unknowingly send dangerous links via social media or spam email. TotalAV catches and eliminates this threat.

One area where this product seems lacking is phishing protection. Independent tests have shown that this product doesn’t block malicious or phishing urls as well as other products.

Additional PC Protection Additional PC Protection

In addition to virus and malware protection, TotalAV offers a couple of feature that will help improve the overall performance of your computer or mobile device. Their System Booster feature will help to boost system performance in multiple ways.

It frees up hard drive space by removing duplicate files. Next, it searches and eliminated any speed related issues affecting your computer. Startup Manager and Program Deactivator will reduce your average boot or startup time by up to 77%.

With Disk Cleaner, you will average up to 75GB in additional disk space as it removes unnecessary files from a wide variety of programs, including Photoshop and iTunes. Finally, by using the economy mode on TotalAV, you can experience up to 117% longer battery life for your mobile device.

In addition, there are several additional features coming in the future. These include a comprehensive file manager, parental controls, browser speed optimization and an enhanced firewall.

Firewall Protection Firewall Protection

Total Defense antivirus presently doesn’t offer any type of firewall protection. However, when looking under the features section of their website, this is something that will be added in a future update, so stay tuned.

User Interface User Interface

The user interface for TotalAV is sleek and simple – perfect for even rank beginners. Simple reports keep you informed on your protection status with the standard green meaning that everything is good to go, yellow meaning there are things you might want to look at and red meaning you’re infected and need to scan.

All program features are easily accessible from the main dashboard, including comprehensive reports that tells you what (if any) infections were found and also their type.

Pricing Pricing

Like most other premium antivirus programs, TotalAV offers a free 30-day trial period. Afterwards, you must purchase the program to continue using it. Normally, this program is a steep $149 for an annual license.

However, they often run specials for this program and currently you can get TotalAV protection for just $49 for a year. The one catch to this deal is that you will only be able to cover three devices with this license. For those just needing protection for a single computer and just a couple of mobile devices, this will be a perfect fit.

Once you’re ready to purchase a subscription, you can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.


TotalAV has a solid knowledge base online with general FAQs, installation guides, mobile tutorials, desktop tutorials and general troubleshooting guides. If you need additional help, you have several options.

They offer email support for non-critical issues or you can chat online with a support agent 24-7. There is live phone support available, but phone support only covers billing issues.

Live chat is going to be your best bet for most urgent issues. Just go to the support section and click on the 24/7 Live Chat link at the bottom right of your screen.

Bottom Line Bottom Line

TotalAV antivirus is a solid program for those looking for protection for both PC and mobile devices. If you use multiple mobile devices or multiple mobile platforms, TotalAV has you covered.

While it lacks some features normally found in some programs, it exceeds others with superior malware scanning and clickjacking protection. However, future product releases will make this equal or even superior to the industry leaders.

Greg Nettor says:

Basic Protection on Windows; No IOS; Disappointing!
I had a one year subscription to TotalAV thru 2018 along with their VPN service. I discovered their AV system is very simplistic and offers only a basic protection on Windows platforms. TotalAV offers nothing for IOS machines though they have an App. The VPN service provides a worldwide range of servers, however drops frequently and noticeably slows traffic; does not run on IOS. I did not want to renew and removed my CC information from my account, however they retrieved that and extended my subscription thru to 2019. I did get that reversed after a couple of telephone calls. Disappointing! I have been using Bitdefender AV and VPN for a couple of weeks now; very sophisticated and runs clean.

Jed Thomas says:

the WORSE software and customer support i have delt with.. totalAV caused multiple crashes when it did it’s first updated on my 1 week old custom built computer with 7 programs on it, complete system lock-ups forcing me to hard reset my machine when totalAV updated and now when my machine comes out of sleep makes me think that TotalAV could actually damage my hardware, support told me to uninstall windows defender and sent me tutorial on how to remove a program, i replied explaining windows defender is integrated into windows 10 and cant be uninstalled only disabled which it was from the start. they replied with the same email saying uninstall windows defender and sent me tutorial on how to remove a program again….. facepalm… they then told me to start removing programs as other programs are causing the issues.. i use Steam, Battle net, spotify and a few benchmark and performance testing programs like aida 64 and msi afterburner, nothing that causes conflict with any other antivirus. few weeks later TotalAV picked up a game mod file as a potential threat and put a warning overlay on my screen which is fine, i put the 2 file back on usb stick and removed them from the computer but 2 hours later and i’m still trying to get rid of the overlay so i can see my screen, support tell me to start removing programs and sent me the same tutorial on how to remove a program.. at this point they are starting to frustrate and insult me by wasting my time so i ask again how do i get rid of the overlay or who do i contact to refund the broken and unfinished software. guess what.. they replied with you need to remove conflicting programs and sent me tutorial on how to remove a program because 1 of the 7 programs i use but are not currently not running causes the issues with and only with TotalAV so if you use Steam, Spotify, Battle net, Aida64, MSI Afterburner, CPU-z or Intel Extreme Tuning you may have issues with TotalAV. i canceled my subscription today and found not only that i can’t get a refund i also lose the 1 year with 2 other devices i had not used which is fine because at this point because i’d pay to not deal with TotalAV or TotalAV support (Lack Off) how they get a rating above 1 stars is beyond me.


not intuitive
can cause system instability
no support at all
micro transaction spamming
reports of TotalAV taking money from people’s bank accounts months to a year after subscription was canceled

Josh says:

I’ve been running TotalAV on my smartphone and been pretty happy. 117% battery life might be a stretch, but overall I do think I get some more juice out of it. Overall happy with it.

Alice A. says:

Any word on the additional features?

Timmy says:

Can you pay in crypto?

Carol says:

Clickjacking protection is an interesting feature. But will it ever accidentally stop links I want?

Elle D says:

Would you say TotalAV is better than Norton? I was on my parents package but they’ve cancelled their subscription and left me stranded!!!! Trying to work out the best option because I’m pretty sure they just picked on they’d hear of!! hahaha.

Reginald Harrison says:

After using TotalAV for over a year, I can report no instances of infection. The malware protection is indeed first-rate, but it would be nice to see the company branching out to protect against other threats (i.e. phishing.) It’s also a shame that the PC optimization tools are only available with the premium plan, as it is something I would like to try out, but currently remains outside of my budget.

Janet Parker says:

Hi there. I’m not very good at this tech mumbo jumbo. Reading this review makes also no sense to me. I recently have a problem with a computer virus and it was recommended that I download some antivirus software. Could you please point me towards the best option for beginners?

Sheriden says:

An antivirus that doesn’t have a firewall in this day and age is basically useless. No thanks.

Diane says:

This seems like strong protection against malware, worth a try at least.

Samantha says:

Why are some of the basic features of anti-virus protection included in this service? Are there plans to expand it?

Beth says:

Phishing scams are a really big problem online. This seems like a hole in the service.

Mick says:

How is disk cleaner freeing up 75 gigs of data? That seems a bit extreme and makes me wonder what it’s deleting. Does it give a full breakdown on the site on what it deletes as I don’t want to use it and then find it has removed stuff I actually need.

Jake says:

I’m not sure why covering three devices is a “con.” There are several products out there that are single-use licenses only. Three licenses is not a bad deal. I use TotalAV to protect my computer, my laptop and the kid’s computer. Not a bad deal overall.

Zeke says:

I used to use TotalAV a few years back and had to remove it because it made my computer dog slow. Do you know whether they have improved performance to where it doesn’t eat away at system resources so bad? I can understand if I was doing a full or deep scan of my computer but sitting idle it shouldn’t eat 70% or more of resources.

Sarah says:

Does TotalAV protect against Ransomware? Seems like Ransomware is everywhere now. It’s a bit concerning to not see that listed on the things this program blocks.