Expert BullGuard Review 2018

In a nutshell: BullGuard Antivirus protects your devices against malware and hackers with extensive features. The BullGuard internet security suite comes with comprehensive tools such as parental controls, a personal firewall, online file backup, and a gamer mode. Customers can try their products risk-free with a 100% money back guarantee.

Overview

Bullguard is known to be a quality antivirus provider which provides comprehensive protection. This software really stands out when it comes to spam filtering. While it is an effective option when it comes to keeping your inbox running at its best, PCMag did find its anti-spam and virus protection capabilities to be slightly inconsistent.

Having said that, Bullguard performed excellently in almost all independent lab tests. AV-Comparatives, one of the leading labs, gave Bullguard Advanced+ for file detection and antivirus performance. This is impressive and is one of the best ratings an antivirus solution can be awarded. Furthermore, in a test that checks how well the software removes malware traces Bullguard was awarded an advanced score. The software didn’t perform as well in tests run by PCMag and was found to have a detection rate of only 62 percent.

Compatibility

While Bullguard supports all versions of Windows and a range of mobile devices, it isn’t compatible with Mac. The good news, however, is that the mobile coverage Bullguard offers is comprehensive. This includes everything from mobile backup to extensive mobile security. Few other antivirus providers offers such thorough mobile protection.

Spyware, Malware & Ransomware Scans

According to tests run by PCMag, Bullguard successfully blocked 85 percent of malicious links. Their antivirus software combined with their online backup, secures your important files and has been found to sucessfully guard against Ransomware attacks. 

Any malware or Ransomware that Bullguard detects will be flagged. You’ll then have the option to quarantine the content or to continue downloading it. Some users find this approach uninviting as it could potentially expose them to malicious content. While one can’t completely disregard such concerns, we were impressed by Bullguard’s ability to detect a range of threats.

Email Scans

The interesting thing about Bullguard is that it offers comprehensive email protection with the most basic antivirus package. Most tests found the spam filter to be effective and almost all spam emails were detected and removed from the inbox. The email filter works well with the leading email providers including Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Windows Live Mail and IncrediMail. There is also the option to use an unsupported mail client. In this case one would simply have to configure a rule to move messages marked as spam.

In tests conducted by PCMag they found that the spam filter didn’t incorrectly flag any mail as spam. What the tests did fail to do, however, is flag some spam emails. According to PCMag’s most recent test, Bullguard’s spam filter missed about 19 percent of spam messages. Other tests didn’t find this. And perhaps this is less relevant, after all what matters most is that the filter didn’t flag any valid mail as spam. Overall, Bullguard offers an effective and reliable spam filter.

Download Protection

With Bullguard’s thorough solution, you never need to worry about what you download. All content is automatically scanned for malware, adware and spyware. Bullguard will alert you if the download is potentially malicious. We liked the comprehensive social media protection. This ensures that any content downloaded or links clicked from social networks are safe and virus free.

Resource Usage

What’s really impressive about Bullguard is that it automatically adjusts its activities to have as little impact on a computer’s resources as possible. For example, if you’re watching a movie on your computer, the software will use less resources. Bullguard claims that its software won’t have any impact on resource usage. While that seems a bit ambitious, Bullguard is known to be efficient when it comes to resource usage. Some users complained about a spike in CPU usage after installing Bullguard, but that seems to be due to the firewall.

 
Real-time Scanning

Bullguard’s real-time protection ensures that executable files, registry keys and emails are scanned before you access them. This runs in the background and prevents any damage from being done to any aspect of your computer. Some tests found Bullguard’s real-time protection to be so effective that once you’ve installed it, you can forget about it.

 
Privacy Policy

Unlike some antivirus software providers, Bullguard is very clear about the kind of data it collects and how it uses this data. All information entered on site is collected and used to improve Bullguard’s products. The good news is that Bullguard is committed to keeping this information secure and it clearly states that it will never share any of this data with third parties.

 

Customer Support

In addition to a comprehensive range of product guides as well as a FAQ, Bullguard offers an easy to use forum. There is also the option to speak with a customer support representative via email or online chat. We found it a bit disappointing that there is no option to call a company representative for assistance. However, overall it’s hard not be impressed with Bullguard’s customer support. Most queries get responded to within an hour and more serious matters are dealt with promptly via live chat.

 
AntivirusInternet SecurityPremium
Price per year $17.97 $29.98 $29.99
Devices 1 3 3
License duration 1 year 1 year 1 year
Anti-Ransomware
PC Tune-Up
Secures privacy on social media
Supports PC
Anti-spam
Anti-spyware
Anti-adware
Anti-malware
Real-time protection
Email protection
Firewall
Wi-Fi protection
Parental control

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Joe Schwartz | Antivirus Editor

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Pros
  • Impressive malware removal
  • Above-average antiphishing
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Complicated setup
  • Spam filter inconsistent
Bottom Line
BullGuard offers antivirus, internet security and mobile security software. It's recommended for beginners.
Compatibility
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Android, Linux/Unix
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