Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 208 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2013
File Size:
6.46MB
Date Added:
June 26, 2012
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $39.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
598,120
Downloads Last Week:
2,399
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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:

    Cinebench

  • Antivirus 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.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    2.5

    out of 208 votes

    • 5 star: 46
    • 4 star: 18
    • 3 star: 25
    • 2 star: 21
    • 1 star: 98
  • Current Version:

    2.3

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 13
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  • 1 stars

    "Very disappointing"

    August 27, 2014   |   By nu3413

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 18.12.0.958

    Pros

    The scan is fast.

    Cons

    Black screen upon startup of the computer for over a minute. Computer crashes. Bugs (manage scans does not work, system scan does not work). Uninstall issues when trying to do a fresh install. Customer Service sucks, they promise to reply, they never do. I paid and got a useless software.

    Summary

    I am unable to understand how this software got such good reviews. With practically no customer service, bugs, black screen, computer crashes, its a bad antivirus software. I will not renew my license and will look for an anti virus that has a proper customer service that first of all replies and later does solve issues. I definitely do not recommend Bitdefender.

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  • 3 stars

    "Way too heavy, slows down PC"

    August 13, 2014   |   By V_Burneski

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 18.12.0.958

    Pros

    - Always in the top 2 anti-virus software
    - Highest virus, malware and harmful websites detection
    - Greating looking interface
    - Many features
    - Easy to use and understand

    Cons

    - Way too heavy
    - Slows down PC ( unless it's a high-end PC )
    - Kind of slow disk defragmenter

    Summary

    Well, this anti-virus really offers a great protection to its customers, it's really great looking and contains a lot of features which are useful and helpful, however in my case the cons are more important than the pros stated.
    From the moment I installed it, I noticed my PC was being slower than from before, took a lot more time to start up and in general my RAM usage was higher. I guess that's because this anti virus has 2 engines and most of the anti-virus softwares use only 1, the more engines the higher RAM usage and less performance.
    Due to the performance problem honestly I do not recommend this anti virus, unless your PC is a high-end one so you dont notice a lot of slowing down, however I'd recommend it if you do not really care so much about performance ( ex. you're not gaming/ using some heavy softwares ) and all you care for is protection.

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  • 1 stars

    "This software recipe for nightmare"

    August 02, 2014   |   By WellNot

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 18.12.0.958

    Pros

    Many futures all in one pack

    Cons

    Way too heavy. They will suck you in as a promo price for 3 computers 39.$ something.
    Then when Times up you will receive Thank you for the renewal payment. Than you will go further and check out what payment they are talking about.
    You will see nice 70$ per each computer charged.
    Don't bother to complain, because it goes on deaf ears.
    They will not let you know automatic payment installed without your authorization when you are first time purchasing this product
    Unethical practice to still money from their customer I would call.
    Yes they do state with thank you email, you can cancel the payment and they are giving 48 hrs for it with the link.
    But is that link works for first 48 hrs? Absolutely not.
    Second issue is, before installing this program what I use to do in an hr, it took me two days to complete my work.
    I mean this is a kind of program recipe for disaster.
    It slows down your PC nothing like it.
    I have not ever seen such a program to almost kill my PC.

    Summary

    Owner of the software of this company is not honest.
    Technically they still your money.
    If you want to slow down your PC please be my guess.
    Forget about paying for this software, if they
    pay me to use it. I would not.
    You might think I might have a problem with my computers right?
    Well, nothing wrong with my 3 computers. It can not be 3 PC faulty when I install this program.
    Once I did uninstall this program from my 3 PC's all works like a charm.
    This program is absolute joke.

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  • 3 stars

    "OK, but new features are betas"

    July 21, 2014   |   By DavesWeApologize

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 18.12.0.958

    Pros

    Anti-virus works well
    New features needs several versions to stabilise

    Cons

    Lost a week of computer use due to faulty update from BitDefender. Far bigger outage than any suffered to due viruses.

    Summary

    Reasonable product, but now with many new non-core "features" that have proven problematic.

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