SetupBitdefender Total Security has a large installation but straightforward enough for not to lose track. In the course of installation it BitDefender scans system files for viruses and does a reboot for successful completion of installation. It is recommended to always have only one antivirus running on the machine otherwise it computer may run into an antivirus conflicts, but BitDefender recognizes already installed antivirus and pops up an alert.
ProtectionBitDefender AntiVirus Plus 2013 not only protects computer against virus but also acts as an anti-malware, thus protecting us from spyware, rootkits, worms and keyloggers. It also safeguards you from social networking threats, phishing scams and identity theft. Irrespective of what you are using; internet, email, instant messaging programs or search engines it will protect you in all the mediums.
E-mail is scanned on both the POP3 and SMTP protocols and BitDefender also provides healthy integration and anti-spam protection with Microsoft products like Microsoft Outlook, Windows Mail and Outlook.
Express Search engines
Search Advisor has always been a potential tool of Bit Defender from the previous versions and it is back with better performance results in this version. It alerts, if you somehow a potentially dangerous website comes out as a result of a search criteria from search engines like Google and Bing.
Safego is a latest addition to BitDefender AntiVirus Plus. It helps cleaning your social networking websites,for instance, it scans your Facebook wall and screens off possibly malicious links that may come from friends or Twitter feeds.
EffectivenessBitDefender has shown quite impressive results in lab tests and among the major test labs BitDefender has come up to be the best antivirus in their studies
Main UI Modules
AV-Test test: BitDefender has earned 17 points in this test and thus marking top position among other available antivirus programs. AV Test performs malware tests under Windows 7, Vista and XP platforms
AV-Comparatives awarded BitDefender ADVANCED+, the highest rating it can receive.
Both ICSA and West Coast Labs have both certified it for virus detection. It also received 9 out of 10 VB100 awards, so full marks all round from the top independent labs.
Scans & updatesFull and customs scans are offered by AntiVirus Plus. On an estimate average quick scan takes around 2 minutes and 15 seconds and the deep scan takes around 1 hour, 40 minutes.
During the scan process, viruses are automatically quarantined and some may require a system reboot to get completely chucked off from your system. BitDefender alerts for any reboot, if required, after the scan process completion.
The advance settings gives a liberty to scan files, applications, network shares,boot sectors, email, IM or HTTP traffic.
It also checks for any and every security issues or out of date applications
- Laptop mode – This mode really interests me as it reduces BitDefender's impact on your laptop's power usage while it's running off the battery. The major importance of Laptop mode might not be visible casually but it will come to great notice when you are on the move.
- Gamer mode - This mode understands you well and make a point not to disturb you if you are playing a game , making some presentation or watching your favorite movie.
- Rescue mode – It scans all partitions which are out of your computer system , thus if somehow, you are unable to reboot your system , the Rescue mode will actually recue you and check your system.
- Remote monitoring – This is used when you want to scan your system from some other computer on the same network; it manages all the scans, fixes and installations over the network map.
Ease of useBit Defender has always given us amazing versions and this time intermediate and advanced interfaces have been fused into a single interface and thus removing any complexity which might be visible.
One more feature added is the auto pilot mode, it allows Bit Defender to run into the background, makes its own decision and do not prompts for any alerts or messages. This mode can be turned off at personal choice , but it is really helpful with all the optional configuration provided.
Help & supportThe customer support is amazing with an everyday telephone helpline. The support is also provided vi live chat and email. The telephone numbers and email id can be find under the help section. An FAQ is also provided for common queries.
- Social networking protections
- Remarkably high levels of virus detection
- Inclusion of Privacy Protection.
- Great value for money
- 24/7 technical support
- Large installation
OverallBitDefender has always made its stand among the competitors and this version has set new benchmarks for them, proving BitDefender's supreme position in the antivirus software hierarchy. The lab tests are a complete A+ and hence one can rely on the software blindfolded. Another feature it has provided is the privacy protection which is normally not included in other such programs for the internet security. All in all, it is surely an excellent choice to make if you are looking to buy an antivirus.
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