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Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

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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.

Bitdefender Total Security 2013:

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.5 stars

    out of 199 votes

    • 5 star: 46
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 23
    • 2 star: 21
    • 1 star: 92
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

    out of 27 votes

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

    "Useless!It is a complete waste of money."

    February 15, 2014  |   By elegiants

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

    Pros

    They are good at taking your money then ignoring you.

    Cons

    There has been no response from the repeated emails sent over weeks for customer support.
    Beware the con merchants who do not provide the service they advertise.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic A++++++++++++++++++"

    February 12, 2014  |   By ThePathOfBlood

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

    Pros

    Great Antivirus
    Really is best rated
    Used for many years
    Better at protection, Than Norton

    Never had a problem, Even If I did there's a repair option, takes less than 5 minutes.

    Cons

    Not really anything I can say

    Heard people having problems with it On " Windows 8 " Well windows 8 Is a terrible operating system still in beta (technically) Even stated by Microsoft why get's tons updates daily/weekly.

    Plus windows 8 is rated much lower than vista/windows 7

    And hard to use.

    Apart from that


    FANTASTIC ANTIVIRUS A +++++++++++++++++++++++


    Ignore what people say about customer service I've never once had a problem they reply less than 24 hours and help fantastic If you actually bother to pay attention to them, and you your self knows how to use a computer.

    Summary

    Have told loads people about this Anti-Virus It's fantastic A++++++

    Updated on Feb 12, 2014

    Also detects pretty much all viruses out there, more than norton can

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is a VERY good Antivirus program"

    February 2, 2014  |   By dedustman

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

    Pros

    Does many things once you set it up for your personal preferences which is very easy to do. Shuts down most viruses, malware/spyware and dangerous websites notifications and other nasty little things. I also have no reduction of speed with my systems. It's like there is nothing running in the background protecting my systems.

    Cons

    I can't find anything to complain about with this product.

    Summary

    I don't know why there are so many negative comments except they probably have no idea what they're doing or their system(s) are so totally screwed up they expect miracles. I have used Bitdefender for the last 4 years and all versions I have used have saved my butt many times and rfeally do an excellent job. I have been in I.T. for many, many years and have used every virus protection software there is at one time or another and no of them compare to Bitdefender. Those of you who complain should probably get someone to check your system out for you. Uninstall Bitdefender and clean up your systems which probably have MANY ugly things in it. If you know what you're doing, the is much freeware available to help you do this. Once your system is "clean" reinstall Bitfender and set it up properly, which is simple, but most of you are probably casual users, so get someone to help you do it right.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not compatible with Windows 8.1"

    January 18, 2014  |   By Dafydd_Jones

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

    Pros

    A good track record and good reviews tackling malware.

    Cons

    Full of bugs and fatal loops. Blocked 8.1 completely in Rescue Mode.
    Technical Support a joke. 13 days before first interaction!
    Then only a temporary fix which had to be applied upon every boot up.

    Summary

    Should have been better bench-tested prior to panic release.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Great detection, bad everything else!"

    December 21, 2013  |   By FrankPizza

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

    Pros

    The highest detection rates. Very low resource impact. If you are a simpleton then the interface is great for you, just don't touch it, keep away from it.

    Cons

    Terribly confusing interface, I have been computing for 30 years and I cannot understand what they have done and where to find functions. Some advanced functions for advanced users are just not there. Recently started slowing down web traffic and problems with certain sites, so contacted support, they have to be one of the worst support teams I have experienced, takes many days to respond and get canned answers, not dealing with the issue, sometimes it seems like they have gone crazy and are enjoying being unhelpful to customers...and I am always very patient and curteous!

    Summary

    If you want their free version of "set and forget" then go with that, it's got great detection rates, there is no point in paying for extra functions and extra service because you cannot find the functions and you get no customer service!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I wasted my money"

    October 5, 2013  |   By Videoman47

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

    Pros

    NONE. Ruined all kinds of software usage.

    Cons

    Purchased full product. Does not let YouTube videos play audio. Strips out audio from your audio productions when video editing. Cost me more than just he purchase price. Runied an important video production.

    Summary

    Junk!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "worst choice I could have made for an anti virus"

    August 21, 2013  |   By TreeToad

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

    Pros

    Installed with little trouble

    Cons

    Bitdefender anti virus failed me but not as bad as its customer support.

    Summary

    My laptop picked up the FBI ransom ware 2 days after installing Bitdefender. Call to tech support was a waste of time as "Bruce" was unable to offer any solutions to correct the problem. He said he would pass it along to his coworkers for help. The computer couldn't be started in safe mode. A few days later I received an email with their proposed solution which required the computer being booted in safe mode! I repeatedly told them it couldn't boot in safe mode or any other mode. After nearly 10 days I had to have the hard drive pulled to access the needed files and have them installed on a new machine. DONT SAY YOU WERENT WARNED! They run a scam business.BEWARE.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's One Of My Favourits"

    July 12, 2013  |   By RaaJa201

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

    Pros

    Check It Out, Top 10 Best Antivirus Software Review !!

    http://www.onlinefunmasti.com/2013/07/Top-10-Best-Antivirus-Software-Reviews.html

    Cons

    Yeah, Check It Out Once !!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This thing slowed down my PC"

    June 4, 2013  |   By sdsmartest

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

    Pros

    Detects few virus which are not a big problem.

    Cons

    My internet and PC slowed down

    Summary

    This stupid antivirus slowed down very severely. I re-installed avast which is working best. Idiotic antivirus. But detects few viruses.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Billing Scam, Horrible Support, Mid-Grade Software"

    May 13, 2013  |   By CFLCarmel

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

    Pros

    I can't think of anything nice to say.

    Cons

    Resource Hog
    Insists On Making Its Presence Known On Your Computer
    Will Block Webpages That I KNOW Are Safe, No Way To Disable
    AUTOMATICALLY WILL BE CHARGED FOR ANOTHER YEAR WITHOUT WARNING

    Summary

    Everybody seems to have covered how mediocre this software is, so I want to touch on the billing. WARNING: EVERYONE who pays for a subscription, your billing information will be SAVED and you will be AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED in one year. They claim to send emails at 30, 14, and 7 days, but THIS DID NOT HAPPEN (I check my spam folder daily...). They sent me a RECEIPT saying I was being BILLED AUTOMATICALLY for another year, and didn't even say what the amount was! I had long uninstalled the software because it totally sucks for all the reasons everyone else already mentioned. When I called about it, the guy questioned my decision to not renew (I UNINSTALLED YOUR STUPID SOFTWARE ALREADY) and began to ask why I had waited so long and did not contact us when they sent out the 30, 14, and 7 day email reminders WHICH I NEVER GOT. SCAM SCAM SCAM FRAUD FRAUD FRAUD.

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