You will be able to set up TotalAV if you have Windows, Mac, Android or iOS devices. Windows and Mac platforms you will have standard antivirus protection whilst Android devices will also get the same protection as well as an optimizer and an app manager. On the other hand, the iOS version is a little more limited, but it will allow you an optimizer to speed your phone up as well as a photo manager and a safe browsing tool.
To install you first need to create an account, whether for the free or paid versions of the antivirus program. Downloading and installing the software should not take longer than twenty minutes, which includes downloading the malware definitions library.
If you don’t have any issues with checking your email, the same will go with navigating TotalAV because the interface is so intuitive, operating with a sidebar as well as a tile-selection front-facing format.
You will have all the standard security features with this antivirus program. You can do a quick scan or a whole system scan, which is recommended for the initial scan. The quick scan is a little slower than it should be, clocking in at around 15 minutes.
This can be a little inefficient as the timing doesn’t really comply with the action, however, you don’t want the quick scan to be too speedy as it may not check all the areas that need to be inspected. On the other hand, there have been other full system scans which have taken around the same period of time.
The full system scan is much more efficient, taking about 25 minutes. Aside from the scanning process, TotalAV will also provide a standard firewall as well as real-time protection features.
If you want to take your online protection to the next level you will be pleased to know that TotalAV also gives you access to a VPN. Their VPN has access to over 40 server locations worldwide, which is pretty impressive and can even compete with some of the best VPNs on the market at the moment.
There are other features included in this antivirus program which includes a System Boost feature. This will give you the ability to enable and disable various startup programs. Another fantastic feature is the fact that you can uninstall any programs found on your computer solely from the TotalAV client.
Searching and clearing your history and cookies can also be done from TotalAV, but it will not be possible with the Opera extension. There is a remote firewall on hand in order to prevent unauthorized people from entering your personal and private information.
After some time, it is normal for a computer to slow down, but TotalAV will be able to identify the factors that impact your PC’s performance. There is also a huge emphasis on ransomware which has cost around $11 billion just this year. Ransomware works by hijacking your device and then demanding for a particular sum of money for you to get your data back. The problem is, there is never a guarantee that you will successfully get your data back when you do pay up.
Ransomware is an increasing problem and one which TotalAV instantly recognizes when it is unleashed on your computer. Thankfully, TotalAV seems to be a great choice for people who are worried about this problem.
Ease of Use
You will find that TotalAV has given a lot of focus on visuals, with the interface very easy to navigate in a minimalistic and uncomplicated aesthetic.
When you click on the antivirus tab you will clearly see all the options listed for you including Quick Scan, System Scan, Quarantine and Real-Time Protection. By those categories, you will see the results which will show you whether there is a pending scan, if your attention is needed and if any of those categories are not protected. You will also see the severity tracker which is on the right-hand side.
The user interface is by far one of the best aspects of this antivirus, however, it could do with more customizable features. You will find that everything is within reach with the TotalAV client and you can change settings in just seconds. This simple antivirus is probably one of the best when it comes to beginners, so if you’re unsure about your technical knowledge, TotalAV will not pose a problem for you at all.
One of the highlights of TotalAV is that they offer a completely free service, although it is an entry-level product that is capable of running scans and it comes with basic protection features. It should be noted that there is no real-time protection in the free package so we recommend upgrading to a paid subscription once you acclimate to the TotalAV interface.
The Total Essential Antivirus will set you back $19.95 per year, the cheapest of the paid subscriptions. You will only get protection for one of your devices, but if you own multiple smart devices, you will soon see that this will not be enough.
Within this package, you can look forward to features like:
- Malware protection
- Browser manager and cleaner
- Disc cleaner
- Optimization tools and performance boost
- Web shield
- Safe site
- Firewall protection
The next package is more advanced and will cost you almost double per year, priced at $39.95 per year. With this package, you will receive all of the previously mentioned features and then some. You will be able to protect as many as three devices with this plan and apparently, according to the TotalAV website, it is the most popular of the lot. In addition to the features found in TotalAV Essential Antivirus, you can also look forward to a handy antivirus eBook as well as a safe password vault, which will keep all your passwords under lock and key.
The TotalAV Ultimate Antivirus is the most expensive at $59.95 per year and will protect up to five of your devices, which should be more than enough for any household. Considering that you can protect that many devices, this is good value for money, but then again, if you don’t have that many items to protect then there is no point in spending that much money.
This package will allow you what is found in the previous two packages, but on top of that, you will also receive priority customer assistance as well as smartphone optimization.
You should take note that these prices, while they are low, are only for the first year, which when your subscription runs out will cost you three times as much at the regular rate.
If you wish to cancel your renewal after the first year, you will have to remember to do so or else you will get charged again. It is common practice for people to shop around for the best prices. Whilst TotalAV gives a very enticing rate for the first year, the following year will be quite steep compared to competitors.
When it comes to assistance we are pleased to report that TotalAV has a live chat feature that is located on the bottom right-hand corner of the website. To start a conversation with one of the customer service agents you will have to fill out your name, email address, what you wish to talk about, select a department as well as choose the language you would like to communicate in. You can choose from English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.
If that isn’t an option you can always use the ticketing system or contact the support team via email, but it will take them a few hours to respond, whilst the chat will take just minutes.
You can check out the knowledge base on the TotalAV website which is very clearly laid out and all the popular topics are covered and accessible.
Lastly, if you’re after 24/7 priority support, you should know that this service is only offered to the people who have purchased the TotalAV Ultimate Antivirus package.
This antivirus protection program has some great pricing options if only for the first year, depending on which package you choose to invest in. Whether you want to have one, three or five devices covered within your household, there are affordable options for all of these possibilities.
TotalAV does well in protecting your computer by using advanced ransomware protection and real-time antivirus protection. On top of that, you can feel secure when it comes to Trojans, phishing, adware, spyware as well as malware security. And on top of that, you can rely on TotalAV antivirus to free up system space with the disc cleaner feature and save your computer from slowing down to an insufferably sluggish speed.
There are performance and optimization tools on hand to make your device the best that it can be. A safe vault, antivirus eBook, smartphone optimizer as well as priority support are all features that you can count on if you decide to purchase the most expensive package which is three times less expensive in the first year than in the years that follow.
The TotalAV software may take a little longer to install and run the first time around, but one of the highlights is that it has a very intuitive interface that is simple to navigate. With a thirty-day money-back guarantee there’s nothing to lose, so give TotalAV a go without any contracts tying you down.