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:
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
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 Internet Security 2015 builds on technology awarded by AV-TEST Best Protection for three years straight, and Best Performance for system speed. It is exceptionally easy to use. It detects when you are working, playing, or watching movies, and prevents apps from slowing down your system. OneClick Optimizer frees up hard disk space. Besides unrivaled antimalware protection, Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 offers network protection by preventing unauthorized access to your private data with a two-way firewall. Additionally, the state-of-the-art antispam technology blocks all unwanted e-mails, and keeps your children safe by helping you monitor their activities with the complete yet subtle Parental Control.
Windows 10 compatible.
February 09, 2016
Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 18.104.22.168
Software seems to work (had it for a few years) and people seem to say it works well..though I'm not so sure (it takes over the pc's resources without caring what you're doing and gives scary messages when you don't download update for 12 hours - it's not very relaxing).
It feels like it WANTS to be in control of your computer. Kind of gives you the ethos of these people. And of course the massive increase in renewal charges.
I dare you to (easily) find how to stop auto renewal or find your credit card details. They hide them so well you don't think about it and make it really difficult to stop auto renew. Then try and speak to them or send them an email....they make it complicated.
don't deal with organisations that you don't trust. I don't trust them regardless of how good others may say they are....
September 06, 2015
Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 22.214.171.124
It works ok for the most part.
I hate when ads are suddenly displayed. Such a company should not need to do this, unless of course they are about to go bankrupt? At least that is the feeling I get when such behaviour is used.
Sometimes my PC just gets inresponsive and the harddrive runs all the time. Using the task manager it is easy to see that Bitdefender is the culprit.
Right now I am in the market for a new solution. Any good ideas?
Bitdefender Profiles. Bitdefender automatically detects when you Work, Play or Watch movies, and temporarily prevents apps from popping up or slowing you down.
Cloud Antispam. Stops unwanted e-mail from reaching your Inbox, now fully based on Cloud technology.
Security Report. Displays your overall security status for the past week, as well as the total issues fixed by Bitdefender since installation. Includes freed up space, optimized apps and remaining available storage.
Bitdefender Autopilot. Provides a hassle-free experience by making optimal security-related decisions with no input from you. This means no pop-ups, no alerts, nothing to configure.
Quick Vulnerability Scanner. With a single click, the vulnerability scanner automatically warns of missing or outdated security software, missing Windows security patches, and potentially unsafe system settings.
Pay Online in One Step. Bitdefender Wallet is a secure tool that speeds up online shopping by autocompleting credit card details within payment fields. Apart from purchase details, Wallet can also safely organize credentials for favorite websites, messaging applications, or frequently-used WI-FI networks.
Tune-Up. With OneClick Optimizer. Your antivirus isn't slowing down your computer. So what is? Bitdefender OneClick Optimizer is a new feature in Bitdefender 2015 that automatically speeds up your system and frees up disk space by running every known optimization. All in one click.