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Ratings
 
Price/Value
8.5/10
Protection
9.5/10
Repair
9.5/10
User Interface
9.5/10
Technical Support
9/10
Software Updates
9/10
Features
9.5/10
91%
Overall Score

From the introduction of Bitdefender Antivirus in 2001, the company has worked long and hard to raise the bar when it comes to online security. In an industry that is constantly changing and where reputation is based solely on product performance, Bit defender Antivirus has consistently improved each year, eventually making it one of the top names in internet security.

Price/Value

At a price of $49.95 for protection of 1 PC for 1 year, the cost is on the upper end of its competitors. The value on the other hand is exceedingly better. Users not only get the antivirus software, but included with it are features that protect online identity, something that typically isn’t included with most antivirus products. For times when users may need a little help, 24/7 support is readily available to assist with any issues. With outstanding performance and a gluttonous amount of features, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2014 is an easy recommendation for users looking to have trusted antivirus software with useful extras to increase security.

Protection

This is where Bitdefender seems to outrank the competition. The antivirus and antispyware technology is not only successful at tracking down viruses and other malware, but it is extremely successful at eliminating threats too. An added security feature called Safepay opens a secure browser as soon as any banking or e-transactions take place. The secure browser keeps sensitive information like credit card numbers safe and away from thieves. Built-in phishing detection helps users know when they’re about to enter a site that has been known for scams. Finally, any flash drive inserted into the computer is scanned for threats ensuring the user, and anyone they share the flash drive with isn’t infected.

New to this year’s software is a Security Report users can run to see the overall security for the past week. Anything that has been found will show up here and the program will suggest how to fix any issues that are pending.

For computer game enthusiasts, Bit defender antivirus offers a secure game mode (which also kicks in during full-screen presentations) where any interruptions are disabled to ensure users aren’t annoyed by pop-ups. Protection is still occurring, users just don’t notice it. Another handy feature is that users can either create a list of programs, or create a personalized hotkey to automatically put the software into game mode, eliminating the need to go into the program to do it.

Repair

Where some antivirus products fail are their ability to remove the traces of a virus after it’s been found. Bitdefender is not only great at protecting against viruses, but removing them as well. In the case of a threat that can’t be removed from within the Windows environment, such as a rootkit, Bitdefender can boot the computer in Rescue Mode. This environment can be used for cleanup and restoration to get the computer disinfected and back in working order.

User Interface

The user interface for Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2014 is easy on the eyes and very simple to navigate. All of the important information is showcased on the main screen, and expert users can access the advanced settings by simply switching to the Advanced tab. Users can customize their level of protection with descriptions of what to expect for each setting.

The MyBitdefender online account gives users access from anywhere on any mobile device to fully manage their Bitdefender Antivirus services, including remote status monitoring and scanning.

Technical Support

24/7 technical support is offered including email, chat, forum and a handy online knowledgebase. Phone support is offered 24/7 in most countries, however some countries the hours range. Wait time for phone support can be up to 10 minutes, but they acknowledge this rather than pretend to be better than it is. For quick answers your best bet is to use the free live chat.

Software Updates

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2014 automatically updates itself and regularly installs new virus definitions, so users won’t have to manually install updates, although they do have the option to manually update. The program is non-intrusive and updates seamlessly in the background. Users won’t have to worry about updates causing issues because if a file is ever corrupted or damaged, the program automatically repairs itself by downloading and installing the newest update.

Features

In addition to the vast amount of features already mentioned, Bit defender Antivirus comes with some of its own unique features. Bitdefender Photon is the technology behind the software’s lightning fast scans. Over the first several hours after installation, the program learns about the user’s PC and optimizes itself for the most efficient way of scanning, resulting in quick and accurate results.

Active Virus Control is a feature that hunts down and destroys difficult to find threats using proactive measures to actively monitor all applications. If enough malware-like actions are occurring, Active Virus Control will block it, keeping the rest of the computer safe.

Bitdefender Safepay opens new secure browsing windows whenever a user is taking part in online banking or e-commerce. Users can rest assured knowing the information sent over the internet is secure and won’t end up in the hands of cyber criminals.

For those who like to install the software and let it do its thing, Bitdefender Autopilot is exactly what you’re looking for. The program’s ability to monitor activity and block threats all on its own is comforting - it will only involve the user when absolutely required. Users don’t have to worry about updates and scans - it’s all done automatically.

With the increased number of online threats happening through social media, the Bitdefender Safego feature monitors links received from Facebook friends and ensures they’re not malicious. It also has the ability to monitor changes to your privacy settings and more.

These features are just the tip of the iceberg. Other features include a vulnerability scanner, security widget, USB immunizer, search advisor, wallet, personal data filter, antiphishing devices, and online chat encryption.


Final Verdict

Overall, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2014 is an impressive, multi-functional product. It actively hunts down and destroys viruses and other malware, protects identity while online, and runs quietly in the background without affecting performance. For the same price as its competitors, the amount of features is quite comprehensive. Users will be able to rest comfortably knowing they’re protected with this impressive antivirus software.