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:
- Antivirus plus: 21:38, 2:50
- Internet Security: 20:54, 2:47
- Total Security: 22:45, 2:48
Full Scan times (Initial, post-Photon in minutes)
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:
- 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.
- Antivirus plus: 44.73, 10.27
- Internet Security: 44.75, 9.08
- Total Security: 45.07, 11.45
Boot time, Shutdown time (in seconds)
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.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 builds on the best antivirus technology for Windows to silently stop e-threats, secure online transactions, and defend your privacy on social networks. Bitdefender Safepay - Keeps hackers at bay by automatically opening all your online banking pages in a separate, secure browser. MyBitdefender dashboard - See all the status and licensing information about your software and services. Security Widget - Enables you to keep track of all of your security related tasks, drag-and-drop files for quick scanning for viruses--right from your desktop! Parental Control - Blocks inappropriate content, restricts Web access, monitors your children's online activity. USB Immunizer - Immunizes any Flash Drive from viruses, when they are connected to your computer. Active Virus Control - A proactive, dynamic detection technology which monitors processes' behavior in real-time, as they are running, and tags suspicious activities. Rescue Mode - If e-threats cannot be removed, the computer is re-booted in a trusted environment which is then used for cleanup and restoration. Vulnerability Scanner - Checks for missing or outdated security software, missing Windows security patches. Bitdefender Autopilot - provides a hassle-free experience by making optimal security-related decisions without input from you. Social Network Protection - filters/blocks social-networking e-threats by scanning the links you receive from your friends. Search Advisor - The Link Filter relies on intelligence provided by Bitdefender Cloud services to flag malware and phishing attempts in search engine results. Personal Data Filter - Prevents critical data from ever leaving your computer. Antiphising - Analyzes and blocks websites that support various scams or credit card phishing attempts. Scan Dispatcher - finds and uses time-slices when system resource usage falls below a certain threshold to perform recurring scans of your entire system.
What's new in this version:
- Bitdefender SafePay - for iron-clad security when shopping and banking
- Windows 8 Compatible
- Device Anti-Theft - Remotely locate, lock or wipe any internet connected device
- USB Immunizer - protection for flash drives against e-threats
- Security Widget