Bitdefender Internet Security 2015

Bitdefender Internet Security 2015

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.7
out of 157 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
18.12.0.958
File Size:
6.46MB
Date Added:
July 09, 2014
Price:
Free to try; annual subscription, 3-user license (30-day trial); $79.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
210,554
Downloads Last Week:
1,023
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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:

    2.7

    out of 157 votes

    • 5 star: 40
    • 4 star: 18
    • 3 star: 13
    • 2 star: 28
    • 1 star: 58
  • Current Version:

    1.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "Stay away!"

    July 25, 2014   |   By Travone1

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 18.12.0.958

    Pros

    It's antivirus software

    Cons

    They are a deceitful company that will steal your money.

    Summary

    Bitdefender and Avantgate are the most deceitful companies ever! They will lie and swindle money from customers. Here is just one of many examples of the scam they run. http://forum.bitdefender.com/lofiversion/index.php/t42035.html

    For more examples just google "avantgate" and see what EVERYONE has to say.

    I will never do business with Bitdefender again.

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  • 2 stars

    "Marginally ethical business practices"

    June 10, 2014   |   By projectboats

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

    Pros

    Too soon to tell.

    Cons

    See comments below.

    Summary

    I was suspicious when a $29 product comes with a personal phone call from an orientation representative. Sure enough, after some quick chit chat, a second tech expert came on to remotely inspect my machine.(which was operating just fine) Not surprisingly, he insisted it needed $150 or so in online help to prevent impending doom. This was a hard sell and I'm sure I was dealing with a commissioned salesman on the other end.
    It is obvious their business model is relying on the added revenue from this upsell.

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  • 2 stars

    "Awful performance killer"

    June 04, 2014   |   By jjguero

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

    Pros

    Security is good.

    Cons

    Horridly slow, frustrating performance killer of my pc--Vista 32 bit. Unfortunately, I paid for 2 years (big mistake) based on reviews which I certainly question now given that performance was mentioned as being light on resources--HA.
    Previous ESET AV and Win Firewall--no problems with performance or security.
    Now Bitdefender 2014 experience has been horrid relative to performance. Even the simplest function takes extremely long and is slow to react, often actual minutes for a program to perform. Absolutely a bust for me. I will return to my previous setup if I make it through this current hog.

    Summary

    I suggest not ever buying a full suite again. I will return to my previous days of choosing piecemeal.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very Good but could be better"

    May 26, 2014   |   By Danne_Mannen

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

    Pros

    Great detection rate
    Easy to use firewall

    Cons

    200 mb ram + 200 mb virtual. Some people say "RAM are meant to be used" but in this case Bitdefender is an overkiller.

    Failed in Comodo leak test in many areas.

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  • 4 stars

    "Superb, But CPU Hog"

    May 14, 2014   |   By Imogen7Ryan

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

    Pros

    Fantastic Anti-virus protection, cannot fault it for that. Very little false-positives. I felt my machine was totally safe with this program. Safe Pay is Bit Defenders browser that comes with the suite and it is the only browser I trust to do my online banking.

    Cons

    Excessive scans. Slows down your machine way too much: Boot time is very long

    Summary

    Bit Defender is amazing. If it didn't slow my machine as much as it did - I'd still be using it. I switched to AVG Free and my boot time is 56% faster. If only they would address this issue, then, they would be the No:1 AV out there.

    *I separately downloaded their SafePay browser because of its superb security when Banking etc..

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  • 1 stars

    "beware the hard sell"

    May 09, 2014   |   By doogpoog

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

    Pros

    never got to find out

    Cons

    fell for the concept of having free configuration done by phone when went to install ... rep wanted to clean my computer before configuring, and wanted me to buy the full version for over $200 a year, when all i wanted was the free version, remoted in and told me what problems i had and how my unit would likely develop big problems if not taken care of. When i told her i couldn't afford, she asked how much i could pay, and she pushed and pushed... told her flat out 'no!' and she still wanted to sell me... had to be fairly rude and disconnect completely. Uninstalled and went with AVG, happy ...and much clearer how to configure and easier to work with.

    Summary

    watch out....

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  • 4 stars

    "Test using 6 Months Freebie Version & Consider"

    April 21, 2014   |   By linotek

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

    Pros

    - Quality features
    - Ultimate Safety
    - Easy-to-Access GUI

    Cons

    - Slowdown Internet speed
    - Take too much resources
    - Time consuming settings

    Summary

    Recommended for upgraded PC. If you need total PC protection the go for Bitdefender.

    You can install this official 6 months version: http://www.tiploot.com/6-months-free-key-bitdefender-internet-security-2014/ to test how it performs on your current system.

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  • 1 stars

    "Beware -- This is RANSOMWARE!"

    April 05, 2014   |   By JohnathanStein

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

    Pros

    Beware - Ransomware!

    Cons

    After installation, the software quarantined 34 of my files, but will only allows 10 files to be restored. Their technical support people say that only the full version gives the user full control.

    So, without paying them, files on my system are now held hostage.

    The files are all virus-free, as they had been in use for some time, and were previously scanned with Microsoft Security Essentials, MalwareBytes and SuperAntispyware. There is NO malware.

    Also note that it is difficult to contact company support.

    1. Their Support page for email is broken: http://www.bitdefender.com/support/contact-us.html

    2. At the same page, the chat fails to connect.

    3. I did get through by phone (954-928-2780), but all the person could tell me is that the paid version does not limit the restore function!


    This is RANSOMWARE, claiming to be security software!

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  • 2 stars

    "Ample Features but no worth it. Gets really Annoying"

    March 28, 2014   |   By PROSTYLE85

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

    Pros

    Features, automatic scanning, automatic update, lots of automatic features, many different choices of antiviral protections

    Cons

    Takes up a lot of memory even with a 2013 computer.
    Slows down the Pc
    Doesn't ask to allow automatic scanning
    Too many popups and annoying comments
    Have a mind of its own

    Summary

    This is a great product but its not for everyone. Before you buy it make sure your computer is ready to support it. I have a brand new computer but its still slows it down significantly, I would not buy it because I deleted the trial edition because it was so annoying. It doesn't ask before it does something. This thing has a mind of its own even if its not on autopilot mode. It has good protection but at the cost of a lot of memory usage that will slow your computer down.

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  • 2 stars

    "Good security, resource hog"

    March 26, 2014   |   By pozgayboi

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

    Pros

    Great security though I cannot say it caught any malware, virus's, etc.

    Cons

    Uses us way too many resources IMHO. I'm generally at 100% disc usage.

    Summary

    Great ISS suite, but need improvement in the way it runs and the system resources it uses to protect the pc.

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