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  • 4.0 stars

    "(BitDef Internet Security 2012) SFSG, 1st day of trial"

    December 27, 2011  |   By cg4591

    Pros

    Good reports on www.av-comparatives.org.

    Cons

    A very slow install, over a 2 mpbs broadband connection; includes a Quick Scan but the whole installation took well over half an hour. The install is a downloaded 800k file initially, which then runs the install over a net connection, with a final rather (imho) bloated 245 MB ProgramFiles installation. Not the way I prefer, but it worked, if slow.

    Subsequently a noticable effect on slowing boot and shutdown (compared to previous Avast), but no noticeable in-use delays.

    The Bitdefender toolbar installed under Firefox 8 will not stay "off" when deselected under Firefox toolbar selections - re-appears after each start of Firefox. I have disabled the extension as I am not too worried about spam and prefere to let Tbird learn and for me to have the junk controls visible at application level.

    Slight oddity after running a full in-depth scan in that the Autopilot and a couple of other default selections had been "undone"

    Summary

    Installed on a new Win7x64 Dell, based on previously-used Avast showing declining effectiveness scores on av-comparatives - Avast is a nice product, fast easy to use etc but no good if it doesn't do the basic job.

    So far Bitdef has been ok, 1st day of a 30-day trial

    Didn't have a problem with registering - most av's need this, why is BD different?

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