TotalAV review: A versatile antivirus but is it a dependable option?

Ruheni Mathenge Last updated: September 21, 2022 Read time: 19 minutes Disclosure
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TotalAV is an excellent solution against viruses, malware, and other cyber threats. But is it really effective? Read this review to find out.

TotalAV, a relatively new UK-based internet security solution, will occasionally appear among big antivirus brands. It is affordable software designed to identify and eliminate potential malware threats on your computer actively. Additionally, the antivirus offers numerous privacy protection and impressive web security features in an intuitive interface.

Although TotalAV may not be the most affordable, versatile, or popular antivirus software, it is a decent all-around solution. In this TotalAV antivirus review, we will look at its performance, ease-of-use, system impact, customer support, and much more.

TotalAV overview

TotalAV is a trustworthy antivirus program that is packed with lots of features. It will offer you protection against viruses, ransomware, spyware, and other types of malware that can severely damage your device.

Here are some of its key features 

  • Real-time malware protection
  • Virtual private network (VPN) 
  • Anti-phishing scam 
  • Smart scanning 
  • Remote firewall 
  • Password manager 
  • Updated virus definitions 
  • Identity theft monitoring 
  • Data breach monitoring

Moreover, the service comes with other features you can explore by subscribing to any of the reasonably priced packages. Also, you can utilize the 30-day money-back guarantee to test the service or the free version if you are on a budget. So, TotalAV is an excellent choice if you want a simple-to-use antivirus with excellent malware detection rates.

TotalAV security features

This software has all the tools you might need in an antivirus application. Combining these features will provide you with decent protection against most online threats.

Malware scans 

TotalAV offers three malware scan types that include:

  • Quick scan – Scans temporary file where viruses usually hide 
  • System scan – Scans the entire system for malware
  • Smart scan – Scans a large but targeted files and folder selection on your hard drive
  • Custom scan – Scans a single file, folder, or the whole disk

I started our test with the system scan that took around 1 hour. Fortunately, it didn’t take a toll on our computer’s performance, which is a great thing. Most of its competitors, like Kaspersky, put a strain on the CPU during such scans. 

I downloaded over 900 test files comprising viruses, ransomware, Trojans, rootkits, keylogging, and spyware malware in this test. The results were remarkable, with the antivirus detecting almost all the files (99.6 %), including spyware and ransomware files. This is great news as some antiviruses don’t consider spyware as malware

If you don’t have the time to perform the full system scan, you can do a quick or smart scan. During my tests, both scans run for about 10 minutes. 

TotalAV offers you several removal options on the malware files it identifies – delete, quarantine, whitelist, or ignore at the end of each scan. If you don’t know how to handle the file or its origin, it is best to quarantine it. On the other hand, you can whitelist a program if it doesn’t show any traces of malware. Fortunately, TotalAV did not present false positives during our tests. 

Real-time protection

TotalAV’s real-time protection is highly effective. It is always active in the background, analyzing programs and scanning downloads to protect your computer from malware

I downloaded various malware files, including ransomware and rootkit, to test the real-time scanning engine. TotalAV immediately identified the malicious files and quarantined them even before we could run the scan.