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Review: Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010

written by: Mark Muller•edited by: Bill Bunter•updated: 6/17/2011
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Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010 is an Indian, Windows 7 compatible antimalware suite. Here’s what you should know about including our ratings and tips.

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    What is Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010?

    Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010 is suite of anti-malware application reviewed for the fact that Quick Heal is a Windows 7 Consumer Security Software Provider [1]. As such, Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010 has been a candidate for our Top Antivirus Software for Windows 7 list, but the software wouldn’t make it there at all.

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    System Requirements

    Rating Average

    Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010 runs on 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7, Vista and XP as well as on legacy Microsoft Windows plus Server 2003. Please note that some features such as Anti-Rootkit are not supported on 64-bit operating systems, and it is recommended reading the full system requirements on the vendor’s home page.

    Bright Hub has tested Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010 on a Windows 7 based system.

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    Setup & Installation

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    The installation of Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010, aka Quick Heal AntiVirus 11.00, comprises standard steps embedded in a particular interface which after the install leads over to Update and Register. The program won’t update regularly unless you activate and register with Quick Heal.

    Despite Quick Heal being a Windows 7 Consumer Security Software Provider Windows Defender has a suspicious stand against Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010’s executable:

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    You may give up during the registration process because if you are using the trial version you probably don’t know what do enter in the Activation Information screens. We were not allowed to give up but neither able to activate for Personal Use so thus selected ‘Educational Use’ in the drop down menu.

    If you are still here after the complicated activation process then you have to register Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010 with the vendor, yet the amount of information required for registering may be considered as intrusive.

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    Interface

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    Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010 has a truly unique interface which, contrary to the vendor’s believe is all but “intuitive and easy-to-use [2]”. Starting with the install process the software uses varying look and feels including an abundance of color schemes and fancy icons.

    This software has definitively not been developed with the user in mind, and it is not clear for instance why Quick Heal Antivirus 2010 installs a separate Anti-Malware application. This Quick Heal Antimalware should have been integrated in the main application!

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    Features & Performance

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    Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010 comprehensive modules come at the cost of high complexity and include

    • AntiVirus
    • AntiMalware
    • Anti-Rootkit
    • Autorun Protection
    • Browsing Protection
    • Self Protection
    • Gaming mode
    • AntiPhishing
    • AntiSpam
    • Firewall

    Whenever we tried to update Quick Heal AntiVirus we received an error message.

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    Help & Support

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    The manual of Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010 makes a very good impression, but their online FAQ’s and support options have not convinced (except, perhaps, for the Indian market with toll-free call center support).

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    Price to Value

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    Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010 carries a price tag of $ 25 a year. The price is right, but with regard to IT security and malware protection also quality and vendor trust matter.

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    The Bottom Line

    Avoid Quick Heal AntiVirus 2010. You can get better free antivirus and antimalware software and/or get more bang for your bucks checking out Top Antivirus Software for Windows 7.

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    References

    [1] http://www.quickheal.co.in/products.asp#1

    [1] http://www.microsoft.com/windows/antivirus-partners/windows-7.aspx

    Writer's own experience

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