Expert Bitdefender Review 2018

In a nutshell: Bitdefender has achieved impressive performance scores in malware detection and removal, making it one of the best antivirus software available. Their products come equipped with enhanced features that ensure greater security while accessing the internet including password protection and browser security. It also has a gamer mode allowing users to suspend scans while playing games or watching videos online.

Overview

The only expectation a user has from an antivirus system like Bitdefender is complete protection of locally stored data and online activity. Bitdefender is the new cool kid on the block, with a complete series of features for both local usage and Internet browsing, and with low impact on your device’s performance. The company offer is rich and they welcome both the individual and the business user with a series of options and services.

This way, any type of user will find the adequate protection solution for their needs and system requirements. The entire suite performed well in specialized lab tests and up until now, users really enjoyed their time with the antivirus. With an easy to understand and use interface, Bitdefender offers the user full control over the entire process, using big windows and a dark-grey background.

Bitdefender managed to maintain its solutions on top of the preferred antivirus systems worldwide due to a constant interface improvement and extensive database of signatures that is updated several times a day.

Compatibility

Bitdefender offers solutions for both Windows computers and Mac. There is also a Bitdefender Mobile Security solution that works great on Android, keeping any type of device running this OS, safe. Sadly, they only have a file-sharing app that works on iOS systems and there’s nothing scheduled for Windows Phones. Keep in mind that many of the features presented for desktop devices lack on the apps for mobile security. Your mobile device will be safe but with less features.

Spyware, Malware & Ransomware Scans

When it comes to hunting and destroying malware and spyware, Bitdefender scores high on lab tests. It is actually considered to be the best anti-malware antivirus system due to the continuously updated database, amazing features and high performance. The antivirus scored a detection rate of 93% and it beats all other antivirus systems in similar tests.

Email Scans

Bitdefender delivers a very simple and effective email scan and spam filter. The spam filter can be integrated with popular email clients like Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, and Thunderbird and it can be easily configured to only realize certain tasks.

Download Protection

Bitdefender built an entire package for Internet protection called Internet Security and the latest version is for 2016. This package offers features like Active Threat Control and Ransomware protection. This means the system will check any downloaded file and will quickly identify and stop any suspicious activity while you’re browsing.

Resource Usage

Bitdefender is the type of antivirus system that doesn’t freeze your computer when running a scan. It will have very little impact on your machine’s performance and it won’t annoy you with unwanted messages or pop-ups. The system comes with a unique feature called Autopilot. Once this is activated you won’t have to worry about setting scan times and other type of protection related details. Everything will run smoothly and with zero impact on your system.

Real-time Scanning

Bitdefender’s real-time scanning feature is called On-access scanning and it is activated at the installation. When this feature is inactive, the system will notify the user by displaying a warning message. Thanks to the powerful and modern technologies used to build the system, Bitdefender is capable to identify and remove the most dangerous threats in the present days. These include viruses, Trojans, worms, rootkits, spyware, and more.

Privacy Policy

Bitdefender states in its privacy policy that, in certain cases, users’ information might be used as a business asset. Still, no data that could harm or endanger a person’s confidential information will ever be made They will only release account and personal information in accordance with the current law, in order to protect their company’s safety.

Customer Support

Customer support is absolutely great with Bitdefender and they are available 24/7. Operators are highly professional and they always respond politely and try to offer as much help as possible. You can get in direct contact with the customer support team via mail, chat, forum, or phone or you can check their extensive database of frequently asked questions developed for each product separately.

Antivirus Plus 2018Total Security 2018Family Pack 2018
Price per year $24.99 $34.99 $59.99
Devices 3 5 20
License duration 1 year 1 year 1 year
Anti-spam
Anti-spyware
Anti-adware
Anti-malware
Real-time protection
Email protection
Firewall
Wi-Fi protection
Parental control
Identity protection
Supports Mac

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Pros
  • Zero impact on performance
  • Accurate spam filter
  • Powerful firewall
Cons
  • Slow full system scan
  • No network scanner
Bottom Line
Cloud-based protection for PC computers.
Compatibility
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, MAC OS x
Top 5
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9.8
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9.3
3
9.1
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9.1
5
8.9

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