How to install antivirus software onto your devices

How to install antivirus software onto your devices

Protect your security, privacy and personal data

by Kurt Knutsson

The increase in destructive malware circulating is becoming a bigger concern by the fact that it is unpredictable. Wartime digital weaponry knows no boundaries and will inevitably create damage to unintended targets. It is imperative that you protect yourself including all of your devices.

In our latest top antivirus recommendation article, many readers asked us how to install our top recommendation of TotalAV onto all your devices.   Here’s how to do it.

Be sure to follow the instructions below.

 

First, uninstall any other antivirus already installed on your computer

Because antivirus with real-time protection runs diligently in the background of your computer, having two such services installed at once will prevent each other from providing any protection at all.  This is especially true of Windows.  To have success with TotalAV, please uninstall your other antivirus programs on your computer.  To uninstall Windows Defender – the most common Antivirus app that comes pre-installed on Windows, please follow these steps.

 

How to install TotalAV on MacOS

TotalAV screen

  • Click Continue
  • Enter your Computers Password
  • Click Install Software

How to install TotalAV on a Mac

How to enable WebShield

TotalAV’s WebShield uses AI and cloud-based technology to provide the first line of defense against online malware, phishing and other harmful websites. It does this by checking and filtering any websites you visit against our block list.

WebShield on macOS® is used within Safari®. Follow the steps below to enable WebShield in Safari.

1) Open TotalAV

2) Select WebShield on the menu

TotalAV Webshield-Mac-1
3) Click ‘Enable Now for Safari’
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4) Click ‘Open Safari Preferences
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5) Click the Box
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6) Click Turn On
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WebShield will now be enabled.
7) Webshield will now be enabled
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The extension is also available on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox. Check out our guides by clicking here.


You have now successfully installed TotalAV on Mac OS!

 


 

How to install TotalAV on Windows

How To Install On Windows

  • Click Install 
  • Wait for TotalAV to Install
  • Wait for TotalAV to Update 

Total AV install

 

How to enable WebShield

TotalAV’s WebShield uses AI and cloud-based technology to provide the first line of defense against online malware, phishing and other harmful websites. It does this by checking and filtering any websites you visit against our block list.

You can check whether WebShield is enabled by doing the following:
  • Open TotalAV
  • Click the Fingerprint
  • Click WebShield

TotalAV Webshield-PC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need to enable WebShield, it will show you the button to “Enable WebShield”.

TotalAV Webshield-PC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also adjust the settings of WebShields by clicking the cog/gear icon on the top right.

Here you can

  • Enable or Disable TotalAV WebShield
  • Toggle whether TotalAV Automatically enables at System Start
  • Toggle whether ‘Low Trust’ websites are blocked
  • Toggle whether Cryptomining URLs are blocked
  • Set the frequency of definition updates
  • Add websites to allowed list


You have now successfully installed TotalAV on your Windows device!

 


 

How to install TotalAV on an iPhone & iPad

Popular question: “Does my iPhone need anti-virus protection” – Find out my answer here

How To Install Totalav On Iphone And Ipad

You have now successfully installed TotalAV on iOS!

 


 

How to install TotalAV on your Android device

TotalAV antivirus software on android phone

How to keep your Android protected with TotalAV

After installing TotalAV on your iPhone:

Turn on Webshield.

TotalAV’s WebShield uses AI and cloud-based technology to provide the first line of defense against online malware, phishing and other harmful websites. It does this by checking and filtering any websites you visit against our block list.

1) Open TotalAV

2) Tap ‘WebShield

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3) Tap ‘Turn WebShield On

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4) Tap ‘Go to Settings

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5) Tap ‘Installed apps‘ (this step may be skipped on some devices)

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6) Tap ‘Tap TotalAV WebShield

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7) Toggle the switch to on.

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8) Tap ‘Allow

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9) Open TotalAV again and activate WebShield.

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How to set up Real-Time protection for Android phones

TotalAV will allow you to run real-time protection in the background while you use your phone. It will scan your phone live and notify you if it finds any suspicious activity that could contain malware.

Here’s how to get Real-Time Protection on your Android device.

  • Open TotalAV Antivirus App on your Android device and login
  • You’ll see that your device is not being protected in Real-Time
  • Toggle on the Real-Time Protection button
  • Your Android will let you know that your device is now protected and Real-Time Antivirus Protection is active

two android phones

Once your Android is protected in real-time from future threats, you’ll want to scan your Android to make sure there aren’t any existing viruses or malicious files on it.

Right under where you turn on Real-Time protection in your TotalAV app, you’ll see an option to click for a Security Scan. Make sure you keep the app open as it scans your phone.

android app

 

 

 


How to keep your iPhone protected with TotalAV

After installing TotalAV on your iPhone:

Turn on Webshield.

TotalAV’s WebShield uses AI and cloud-based technology to provide the first line of defense against online malware, phishing and other harmful websites. It does this by checking and filtering any websites you visit against our block list.

WebShield on iOS® is used within Safari®. Follow the steps below to enable WebShield in Safari.

1) Ensure TotalAV is installed.

2) Open Safari

3) Open a webpage (e.g. https://google.com)

4) Tap ‘aA‘ on the address bar

TotalAV Webshield-iOS-1

 

5) Tap ‘Manage Extensions

TotalAV Webshield-iOS-2

6) Tap ‘TotalAV WebShield

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7) Open TotalAV again and activate WebShield.

Total WebShield will now be active on your device.

Total WebShield will now be active on your Safari browser.

 

If you ever experience what you think may be malware on an iPhone, an app may have a glitch, not have been updated, or just have buggy features. Delete old apps that haven’t been used or updated, and try fully closing out apps that cause you problems:

  •  If you have an iPhone X or later, you’ll swipe up from the bottom half of the screen. If your iPhone has a home button, double tap.
  • Swipe up on the app to fully close it. (Pro tip: You should periodically close out your apps to keep your iPhone running as quickly as possible.)

 


You have now successfully installed TotalAV on your Android device!

 


 

How to enable Real-Time Protection on TotalAV

Enable Real-Time Protection

Finally, you will need to make sure that Real-Time Protection is enabled.

  • Click TotalAV Logo on the sidebar
  • Click Enable Protection 

How to enable real time protection on TotalAV

 


   

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4 comments

Mark Hoidas March 20, 2022 - 5:00 am

I thought my iPhone and iPads have sufficient security built in by apple?

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Kurt-Knutsson
Kurt Knutsson March 20, 2022 - 11:35 am

Hi Mark, Take a look at my article here which addresses this question:
https://cyberguy.com/tech-tips-tricks/does-my-iphone-need-antivirus-protection/

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