Quick Heal Total Security 2009 has been advertised as the 10-in-1 protection for the computer. There are exactly ten different kinds of protection applications that have been loaded into the software:
1. Antivirus – The main component is the antivirus, of course. The virus database definitions are pretty good, and on par with other antivirus programs.
2. Anti Spyware – Most antivirus programs do not catch spyware, so a large number of users install third party applications to remove threats of this type. It is a definite plus point to have this module bundled with the main antivirus program, precluding the need to install an entirely different program altogether.
3. Firewall – A firewall is the first line of defence. Quick Heal Firewall is extremely sophisticated, with a track log of all the incoming and outgoing transactions, allowing the user to have an instant view of all the network-related activity on the system. The firewall application also has an excellent process list, listing all the computer processes and the applications that started it. While Windows also has a task manager, it is more difficult to ascertain which applications started those processes.
4. Anti Spam – The anti spam filter is not too much of an issue for those that use web-based email accounts, but for the mail application users, spam mail can be problematic. Applications like Outlook still open emails in a pane below the inbox, leaving the computer vulnerable to attacks.
5. Anti Phishing – For those people who conduct their banking transactions online, phishing sites pose a very real threat. Phishing sites attempt to mimic an actual commercial website, and collect usernames and passwords of people that try and log in from there. This method of collecting personal data can seriously endanger a user, especially if the phishing site mimics a bank’s website. Phishing filters are usually installed as add-ons on web browsers, but it is unlikely that many users have them.
6. Data Theft Protection – This particular module prevents people from copying information onto removable media storage devices like pen drives.
7. Privacy Protection – Most computer activity is traceable at a later stage by following electronic trails through temporary folders and cookies. Privacy Protection empties all the folders that contain these sorts of trails; something an individual normally overlooks.
8. PC2Mobile Scan – A truly feature of Quick Heal Total Security is the ability to connect a number of mobile devices, one at a time, to the computer system and have the antivirus scan the mobile for unfriendly applications. As phones become smarter and contain more and more personal data, it is a vital and often overlooked area where security can be compromised.
9. Anti Rootkit - A rootkit is a malicious program designed to seize control of the operating system, and disguise the presence of other malicious software applications like viruses. A rootkit materially reduces the chances of catching and eliminating a virus, so it is important for an antivirus to be able to detect a rootkit first.
10. Anti Malware – Although all malicious applications come under the broad category of malware, it has been added as another module to emphasize the speed at which the module can scan various system files, folders and registries for any sort of unauthorised applications.