Bitdefender Antivirus continues to remain a top-performing security suite that improves over time by adjusting to your computer usage and performance.
Bitdefender's latest version sheds the yearly version identity and brings back the same expected arsenal of security tricks and tweaks that made version 2013 so competitive among the AV crowd. Features like MyBitdefender return to address the rising demand for multidevice protection as many other rivals like Norton and AVG have followed suit.
Bitdefender's cost has gone up for each of its products across the board: Antivirus Plus now retails for $49.95, Internet Security for $69.95, and Total Security for $79.95. Internet Security shows the greatest price hike, at $20 more, putting it at the cost of last year's Total Security suite.
Installation didn't take long but updates can take some time. After installation, Bitdefender will enable an autopilot mode and auto-gaming mode by default for a hands-off maintenance approach. It'll then follow up with a preliminary system scan to check for any existing infections.
Bitdefender dubs its new adaptive technology "Photon" and claims that the security program learns and adapts to your system's performance. It does this by monitoring the various applications and programs you already have installed and "learns" what kind of configurations are standard vs. those that are tampered with by malware. The result is reducing the load on the scanner and shortening times. Our first initial system scans averaged around 20 minutes but subsequent following scans took about two and a half minutes:
Full Scan times (Initial, post-Photon in minutes)Antivirus plus: 21:38, 2:50 Internet Security: 20:54, 2:47 Total Security: 22:45, 2:48 AV-Test has yet to release their results for this year's Bitdefender; Version 2013 scored 6/6 in protection and useability with 5/6 for performance. Cinebench scores for processor load scored as follows:
CinebenchAntivirus plus: 17292 Internet Security: 17287 Total Security: 17329 In AV Comparatives, Bitdefender scored second highest in real-world protection test at 99.8 percent, ousted only by Trend Micro. Bitdefender also had a score of 2.4 in their system impact test on AV Comparatives; though bested by Symantec, Kaspersky, and Avast!, it still remained in the top 10.
Boot time, Shutdown time (in seconds)Antivirus plus: 44.73, 10.27 Internet Security: 44.75, 9.08 Total Security: 45.07, 11.45 Conclusion
Though it might be at least a month or two before all of 2014's test results get published, current performance along with our own findings suggest a trajectory toward maintaining efficacy in overall protection.
From Bitdefender: Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 builds on technology awarded by AV-TEST Best Protection for three years straight, and Best Performance for system speed. It is exceptionally easy to use. It detects when you are working, playing, or watching movies, and prevents apps from slowing down your system. OneClick Optimizer frees up hard disk space. Besides unrivaled antimalware protection, Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 offers network protection by preventing unauthorized access to your private data with a two-way firewall. Additionally, the state-of-the-art antispam technology blocks all unwanted e-mails, and keeps your children safe by helping you monitor their activities with the complete yet subtle Parental Control. Windows 10 compatible. What's new in this version:
Bitdefender Profiles. Bitdefender automatically detects when you Work, Play or Watch movies, and temporarily prevents apps from popping up or slowing you down. Cloud Antispam. Stops unwanted e-mail from reaching your Inbox, now fully based on Cloud technology. Security Report. Displays your overall security status for the past week, as well as the total issues fixed by Bitdefender since installation. Includes freed up space, optimized apps and remaining available ... See all new features »
Date Added:Jul. 09, 2014
Price:Free to try (30-day trial); $79.95 to buy (Buy it now)
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|Publisher web site||http://www.bitdefender.com|
|Release Date||July 09, 2014|
|Date Added||July 09, 2014|
|Subcategory||Internet Security Software Suites|
|Operating Systems||Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10|
|Downloads Last Week||156|
|License Model||Free to try|