Reviewed by: Kyle Wood
The Romanian software company, Bitdefender, has been developing online protection for home and corporate devices across the globe. This Antivirus Software is considered to be among the best antivirus in the world with some arguing that it is actually the very best in the world. In justifying its position in the market, a complete overview of its features against price will be done. This should help any user to determine whether it is a viable antivirus solution or not.
Here are the main features of the software that set it apart from the competition:
- Bitdefender has the highest rating available i.e. Advanced + rating from AV-Test
- Virus Bulletin VB100 certification
- Has antivirus, anti-malware, anti-trojan, browser exploit, anti-rootkit, anti-spyware, anti-worm and anti-phishing.
- Protection of both incoming and outgoining e-mail
- USB detection and immunization is automatic
- Messaging protection is instant
- Registry start-up scan
- Enhanced on-demand vulnerability scanner
- Cleans infected files automatically
- Scans compressed formats
- Has quarantine feature
- Has movie, gamer and wok modes that ensure your computer is not slowed down
- Supports different versions of Windows
- Has a separate software for Mac
Just to test the features, you can download a trial verison for a free 30-days.
The features mentioned above are obviously the more general features; there are still specific features that you can purchase based on the three basic levels offered for Windows computers.
BitDefender Free Download
The free antivirus offered by this company is a little bit different than most other companies. Rather than offering a dumbed down version of its own professional product, such as Internet Security 2016, the free edition operates with a more hidden interface which sit’s in the task-bar.
This is a small panel with many sub-panels with features like Virus Shield, Auto-Scan and My BitDefender. There are no settings or stats to display, only on and off switches. This is the web based dashboard and provides very little extra information, other than showing your subscription status on your devices. This company also sells AV products for Android and Apple.
There is no way to initiate a full or quick scan. The automated features of the software will determine when it needs to scan on it’s own. You can however start a scan of individual files or folders from the file menu options.
BitDefender 3 Basic Levels of Anti-Virus Protection
The three basic plans and services are:
Antivirus Plus. Internet and Total. These levels have different degrees of features and varying prices which will be highlighted here below.
BitDefender Antivirus Plus Review:
- Protects your banking and credit cards
- Anti-virus and anti-spyware
- Detailed reports
- Keeps your information private
- Online privacy protection
- Ability to watch movies and shows without slowing down your computer.
The pricing is dependent on number of users and years of coverage. Here below is a synopsis of the pricing policy:
One year license for one user is $39.95 and $159.95 for up to 10 users
Three years license for one user is $89.95and $339.95 for up to 10 users.
Internet Safety Plan
Inclusive of the Antivirus Plus features, the platform offers the following extra features:
- 2-way firewall protection
- Enhanced parental controls
- Its enhanced cloud based technology protects you from spam e-mails reaching your inbox.
One year license for one user is $59.95 and $209.95 for up to 10 users
Three year license for one user is 129.95 and $479.95 for up to 10 users.
BitDefender Total Safety Plan
This package is the highest package that you can get. It includes all the above mentioned features together with the following added:
- Device anti-theft
- Secure online storage
- File encryption
One year license for one user is $69.95 and $$229.95 for up to 10 users
Three year license for one user is $159.95 and $499.95 for up to 10 users
They also have a couple of multi-pack deals that could save you money in the long run if you compare your individual needs for certain key features and level of protection needed. Depending on the number of devices you want to protect a multi-pack deal might also be a good option. This includes the family pack deal.
With features geared towards families where the children have devices that need protection, the Antivirus Family Pack can actually save you quite a bit of money. Pricing starts at $119.95 per year for up to three users. Included in that cost:
- Unlimited number of devices per user
- Protects all Windows, Mac and Android devices
- Parental controls
- Device tracking
- Facebook protection
This is just an overview. There are is still much more than you can learn including the new version for windows 10 that is now available in the three basic packages. You can also check out their new separate software designed for Android phones and tablets. The decision to use or not is solely yours to make using the overview above as a general guideline.
Their antivirus protection is exceptional and has among the highest ratings from all testing labs. The software may have a minimal impact on your system’s performance if your computer is outdated. For those who use their computers for mostly basic email checking and internet browsing, the basic Bitdefender virus protection is usually sufficient. However, if you are frequently downloading un-scanned or unsafe files and/or receiving multiple spam emails that your email filter is unable to weed out, then you may want to look into a more robust program. It is no question that their software is some of the best available on the market today.