Total Defense Antivirus Review

UPDATED Oct. 2021

While Total Defense is usually not mentioned in the same breath as some of the more famous antivirus solutions, this software can put up a good fight. It is also refreshingly consumer-centric, which is a huge plus.


Company Overview

Total Defense was founded in 2011 and since then, they have grown into a company that serves more than 4 million individual users with their antivirus software solutions. Company headquarters are located in Redwood City, California and at the moment, and their CEO is Paul Lipman.

One of the most important moments in the company’s history was when Total Defense purchased iSheriff and incorporated their world-famous solutions in the TD products.

Today, the company has adopted a very customer-centric outlook. As you will find in this Total Defense antivirus review, this does not mean they are trying to skip any steps when it comes to the brute force of their solutions.

Package Information And Features

Total Defense antivirus solutions are available in three packages, each adding new layers of security to the end user.

Screenshot_29Their most bare-bones solution and the star of our review is Total Defense Anti-Virus. As its name would suggest, this package provides you with anti-malware protection which defends against viruses, spyware, ransomware and other threats that are lurking online. Their Anti-Virus signature database is updated a few times every day, meaning that it is highly unlikely it will ever be out of date. Furthermore, your Total Defense Anti-Virus software will automatically upgrade whenever a new version is released.

With this basic antivirus package, you can protect three of your devices.

The next package is called Total Defense Premium Internet Security and it provides much more than basic antivirus protection. In addition to anti-phishing protection and blocking of potentially malicious websites, it also provides the user with an encrypted vault where their identity and private data and kept safe. In addition to this, users also can enjoy protected online transactions. Furthermore, this package introduces something called Threat Hunter where dual malware scanning engines proactively protect your device. Finally, the Premium Internet Security suite also provides you with 10GB of cloud storage space where you can backup the most important data securely.

Total Defense Unlimited Internet Security is the most comprehensive package sold by the company and in addition to the stuff Premium Internet Security provides, it also comes with a PC performance optimizer and added security for your personal information and identity theft. It also allows you to protect an unlimited number of devices while the Premium Internet Security protects only 5.

Reliability And Performance

A major downside to Total Defense is that the company has not allowed many of the most common independent labs to test their product, which is an automatic red flag in our book. On the other hand, the company does have VB100 certification, meaning that the software detected 100 percent of malware samples from the WildList Organization list.

One thing that Total Defense Anti-Virus does well is block malware from gaining access to user devices. Even at the slightest hint that a piece of software could be malicious, and Total Defense blocks any further action.

On their website, Total Defense states clearly that their antivirus software will not have any impact on the performance of the device on which it is installed and we have to say we saw very little in terms of slower performance.


Total Defense basic anti-virus package doesn’t really go the extra mile to protect your privacy, except for the obvious – it keeps malware out and away from your computer. However, the Premium Internet Security package does come with some neat features designed to protect your privacy. For instance, it protects you from identity theft by keeping all of your personal data in an encrypted vault. There is also financial protection, which takes care of your credit card details, bank account numbers and other sensitive data. This is particularly useful for those doing a lot of online banking or shopping.

Identity theft protection is supported on Internet Explorer 8 and higher, Chrome v4.0 and higher and Firefox 35.0 and higher.

Installation And Ease Of Use

The installation of Total Defense is as straightforward as they get and it comes own to downloading the install file and then running it. Once the software is installed, it will run an automatic quick scan to find out if your system is already infected by any malware.

As far as the ease of use is concerned, Total Defense definitely ranks among the better solutions on the market. Their insistence on user-centric protection has resulted in an intuitive user experience which enables people with no experience whatsoever be well protected.

System Requirements

Total Defense will require 2GB of memory, at least a 1GHz processor, as well as 650MB of storage space. As far as browser support is concerned, anything newer than Internet Explorer 8, Chrome v4.0 and Firefox 35.0 is supported.


The Total Defense Anti-Virus interface was obviously designed with only one goal in mind – to allow for the quickest and the easiest access to the options you need. The combination of white, gray, black and orange makes for great visibility and all of the options are organized in a very logical way.

Even without touching a single setting, you can enjoy a level of protection that is more than enough for the average user. However, by exploring the various settings (found under My Settings), you will soon discover that you can play with Total Defense solutions and modify them to best suit your needs.



All Total Defense products come with US-based support service that is available 9am-9pm EST weekdays, or you can always send them an email. There is also a huge FAQ and self-help section on their website where you can find answers to the vast majority of questions that might arise from using their software. We would feel remiss not to mention that we have found quite a few testimonials from people who were rather dissatisfied with the customer support Total Defense provided.


The basic Total Defense Anti-Virus package will cost you $39.99 for the full year. Their Premium Internet Security suite will cost you $59.99, as will the most comprehensive, Unlimited Internet Security package.



Bottom Line

When all is said and done, Total Defense Anti-Virus feels a bit too basic, especially considering some of their basic options are not that great. With more expensive packages, it becomes a more sensible choice, but we would still have to say that there are antimalware solutions out there that are significantly better than Total Defense.

Do not get us wrong, this antivirus is more than fine. Still, if you want the best of the best, you should definitely check out our Top 10 Best Antivirus Software Of 2016 page where you will find only the finest solutions.

User Reviews (5)

Total Defense Antivirus customer rating based on 5 user reviews.

The Total Defense Antivirus reviews listed below reflect the opinions and experiences of real users and are in no way influenced by the company reviewed here. Before publishing each review, our team checks whether it was submitted by an actual user in an effort to prevent false or spammy reviews.

  1. Randall1989 | November 11, 2019

    I bought their antivirus package (the cheapest) and then i found out they don’t give you any phishing protection with it. That’s just silly.

  2. StanleyM. | October 27, 2019

    I am a senior and I don’t really get on well with computers. My daughter installed Total Defense on my computer and I have had absolutely no troubles with it. She checks up on it when she is around and tells me it is working great. I couldn’t tell. My PC Is fine since she installed it, though.

  3. MadisonArizona | September 19, 2019

    After my sister installed this antivirus on my computer, I stopped having to install new Windows every few weeks. I don’t know how it works or what it does, but it sure makes my life easier.

  4. Julianne | March 25, 2019

    I have definitely seen better antivirus solutions.

  5. Thomas | January 5, 2018

    It is not the best antivirus software out there but it’s not the worst. Middle of the pack really.

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Total Defense Antivirus Review
Updated : 2021-10-20
Rating : 8.5/10