Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better than 2014 version"

    September 17, 2014  |   By noorxbyte

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 18.12.0.958

    Pros

    - Nice Interface
    - Easy to use
    - Doesn't slow down your PC
    - Good protection
    - Has PC tuneup tools
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    Cons

    - Slows down your PC when doing scans
    - Parental control Software is not that good

    Summary

    If you tried Bitdefender 2014 versions and disliked it, you will find this 2015 version very much better! I don't know why many other reviews are against Bitdefender. It works perfectly fine for me.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better than last years version"

    September 10, 2014  |   By slickr

    Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 18.12.0.958

    Pros

    * Way more stable than last years (2014) version
    * Extremely quick fast scan, very through system scan
    * Lighter and faster than last year
    * Minimum pop-ups (can be a negative sometimes though)
    * Options are easy to find and set

    Cons

    * No full screen mode (read more in summary)
    * Optimization tools are very simple, lack options and settings and can cause damage to your OS
    * Win 8 style UI, why would you make your UI in accordance with Win 8 when its the most hates OS of all time?
    * Still slows down the system when analyzing bigger files in the background.

    Summary

    This is a way better version than last year, while last year it was very buggy, sluggish, slow, unresponsive, resetting options automatically, etc... this 2015 version is way way better.

    I was one of the beta testers and made sure to report a lot of bugs, as well as post many feature requests, so no wonder the product is overall way better. I was given 6 month subscription for my contributions.

    Anyways the good stuff is that it has a simple UI, though its worse looking than last years. The settings are easy to find and set and unlike last year product this one is very stable and keeps your settings.

    The system scan is very through and scans for over an hour, depending on how much data you have on your HDD of course, while the fast scan is very fast, finishing in about 20 seconds or so.

    Background scanning of programs and files has been improved and is now faster and doesn't ruin or destroy programs without telling you, it doesn't have hidden screens where you need to unblock stuff, but you can't find it and its generally more accurate by not flagging safe programs and stuff.

    The big problem is that it doesn't have full screen and by this I mean all its windowses are set size and can't be resized or run in full screen, making a lot of the screens hard to use or set stuff, especially in the tune-up department where you need to be able to clearly see the files and be able to easily select/deselect. This is a huge issue that they didn't fix from the beta version, even though it was reported.

    Firewall is quite basic, for programs it doesn't have information it automatically lets them operate, which doesn't produce any pop-ups its a lot less secure, especially against zero-day exploits or yet unknown viruses and malware.

    Overall it lacks some options to customize the security, it doesn't give you the option of having more control and to have pop-ups so that you can manage the security yourself if you are an advanced user, even scanning options are limited.

    If you are looking for a very stable, install and forget, generally fast security suite Bitdefender 2015 is for you. If you are looking for a more customizable suite, if you are looking for a more hands on approach or more default secure software than you may need to look somewhere else.

    There are also a slew of free security suites and antiviruses that the high price of bitdefender ISS may turn you down.

    If you are looking for a good free option Comodo free internet security 7 or Avira free antivirus is for you.

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  • 1.0 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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