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  • Pros
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Malware blocking and phishing protection
  • Secure browser for financial transactions
  • Remote management
  • OS Rescue doesn't require CD
  • Cons
  • Long cleanup time with potential collateral damage

Bitdefender Antivirus

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is one of the most effective anti-virus software programs out there. We found this to be a program that deserves a spot in the top five. Bitdefender is smart, fast, and makes good use of your computer's resources without slowing it down or causing lock ups. It's one of the top three antivirus software programs released, ranking just behind Kaspersky, and it has a lot of great features.

Game Profile

One of the many great features of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is their gamer mode feature. If you're playing a game, watching a movie, or giving a presentation, you can do so without worrying about losing power, memory, or performance speed. Once in gamer mode, Bitdefender temporarily modifies protection settings so that they don't slow down the system. It sets the program to disable pop-ups, Autoscan, AutoSync, and other behind-the-scenes features that consume your computer's resources. Because of this feature, Bitdefender is one of the recommended antivirus software for gaming computers.

Laptop Mode

Another great feature for power laptop users is the ability to set the Antivirus software on laptop mode. When your laptop is switched to battery power, many running programs can put a drain on the battery life. Bitdefender has addressed this by turning off Autoscan, Safebox Sync and other features because they require the most resources and power consumption. Similar to Game Mode, Laptop Mode is designed with the conservation of your computer's resources in mind. Both of these are valuable features to have.

SafePay

Bitdefender has plenty of other unique features to ensure safety and security when using your computer. Say you're one who loves to online shop-Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has a secure browser just for you to use to shop and keep sensitive information safe. It recognizes when you visit a financial institution's website or a website where you may be shopping, and immediately launches SafePay. This adds an extra layer of protection to the website's security measures already in place by opening up a separate secure browser where nothing gets left behind after your visit. All history and cached files are automatically erased when you leave your shopping session.

Automated Features

If you want antivirus software that you don't have to interact with, once you install Bitdefender, you can set everything to automatic and you're good to go. This antivirus software protects you from online threats, social media hazards, viruses, spyware, phishing scams, and even dangers found in email and instant message chats. SafePay, Laptop Mode, and other features trigger automatically, freeing you from having to remember to run them.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is constantly scanning your system in the background; if you plug in a USB drive or download new files, the antivirus software will scan it to make sure it's safe to use. While scanning, if there are suspicious files on your computer, Bitdefender will flag and monitor them. If the suspicion continues, that file is shutdown or deleted. This is due to a built in Active Virus Control system.

Vulnerability Scan

Because Windows updates and patches are always being developed to combat breaches and security holes, Bitdefender features a tool you can use to look for those holes. It allows you to scan and determine if you are missing any uninstalled security patches, and then offers to install them for you. Bitdefender also helps you tighten up your own security by scanning for weak passwords and prompting you to change them to stronger ones. This is also part of the Vulnerability Scan feature Bitdefender offers and shows that they are working hard on making sure all bases are covered when it comes to security on your PC or Mac.

Support

If you do have problems, you can contact technical support that is available 24/7. If things really get hairy and your computer or files become corrupted, Bitdefender can step in and try to clean files up. You can update manually or let it do so automatically to keep up-to-date on new threats and forms of protection against them. If all else fails, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has an OS Rescue operation that lets you clean up and restore your system to a time before it became infected. You're really covered from all angles here; you even get free credit monitoring service through TransUnion in case your credit card information ends up in the wrong hands.

One issue that Bitdefender has is that if you are not careful computer cleanups may lead to some collateral damage, which means the possible loss of important files. So be sure to clean up and back up frequently, especially if you notice your computer is getting sluggish. Also, Bitdefender Wallet, the password feature, is a bit slow

Pricing

Bitdefender prices at around $40 for one license and one year of protection or $90 for three years. You can purchase protection for up to ten PCs for $160 for one year or $340 for three years. In comparison to Kaspersky and other antivirus software programs of similar quality, Bitdefender's prices are similar. The ability to buy up ten licenses makes it a good value for small and large businesses of any size.

Verdict - Great

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is one of the best antivirus software programs out there. It ranks high and has several unique features that some of its main competitors don't have. However, the damage it can do while trying to save your computer system can really hurt if you have important files. As always, you should perform regular backups of your files to somewhere off-site in the event of an issue.

Bitdefender consistently performed well in both independent and hands-on user lab tests and ranks among the top three companies for malware detection/blocking and phishing detection. It handles phishing tests better than Norton, and in our opinion is one of the best antivirus software programs on the market.

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Bitdefender Antivirus Consumer Reviews

Average Customer Rating

6 out of 10 rating 6 6 User Reviews

User Rating Distribution

Ratings: 10 - 9 1
Ratings: 8 - 7 1
Ratings: 6 - 5 3
Ratings: 4 - 3 1
Ratings: 2 - 1 0
9 out of 10 rating 9 Can protect more than one computer None

Just what I was looking for, good price for a premium product and I can have it on up to 3 computers, so I know all my families computers are protected.

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4 out of 10 rating 4 None Amount of pop up ads

I read such good reviews on Bitdefender I thought this would be the best antivirus, but it's not. I would not go near this if I were you. It made my computer run REALLY slow and there are so many pop ups it is ridiculous and is so annoying. AVOID!

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5 out of 10 rating 5 No viruses whilst using them Constant pop up ads

Signed up last year and was looking around for a new one at a better value and Bitdefender decided to auto renew my contract! The reason I wanted to change was the constant pop ups drove me insane, am still waiting for my refund......

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8 out of 10 rating 8 Good value for money None

I am online constantly and I watch a lot of TV online so I wanted to make sure I had a reliable and secure anti virus software. Bitdefender has been excellent. I've not had any problems since I have been signed up and it always alerts me to anything I need to be wary of. Great value for money.

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6 out of 10 rating 6 Good protection from malware and viruses Takes up too much storage

I chose Bitdefender mainly for the cost, but it definitely is not the best I've used. The antivirus program works well apart from that there are less annoying software programs out there. It takes up far too much storage and the amount of pop ups are just stupid, how do they not realise that pop ups annoy people!!

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6 out of 10 rating 6 superior tools to protect privacy/systme performance low score in malicious URL blocking test

Bitedefender is a good software to have, but of you're hoping to get the mail in rebate, you are out of luck. I'm still waiting for mine.

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