Bitdefender Internet Security

Bitdefender Internet Security

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.6
out of 172 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2013
  • Total Downloads:
    224,372
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 26, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $49.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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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.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.6

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 7
    • 1 star 11
  • All Versions

    2.6

    out of 172 votes

    • 5 star 42
    • 4 star 18
    • 3 star 13
    • 2 star 28
    • 1 star 71
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1 stars

"Not compatible with Windows 8.1"

January 18, 2014  |  By Dafydd_Jones

 |  Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 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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1 stars

"Don't give them you credit card # Awful Experience"

January 16, 2014  |  By howard3906

 |  Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Pros

My experience has been so bad I can't think of anything nice to say about the antivirus

Cons

booby traps boxes that have to be unchecked. Read every line and small print, Hit my credit card 3 times 2 times for something I didn't even want. I may have to close out my bank account and contact and contact everybody associated with it and open a new one. Don't give them your credit card #

Summary

My email box is full of offers and junk mail from them. I want to empty it but I am afraid I will need something on one of the emails as I am trying to get a refund. This has been going on since before Christmas 2013 Horrible

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1 stars

"Uncaring/Terrible Customer Service"

January 09, 2014  |  By OldCollingsPlayer

 |  Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Pros

Using a Black Friday coupon, at least I only wasted $21 on this software.

Cons

Company does not appear to be concerned with providing customer satisfaction with their product.
Purchased, downloaded & installed in December 2013. Immediately had problems with the program causing several issues on my Windows 7 desktop. Emailed Tech Support and got back a WAY too involved workaround. Uninstalled Bitdefender. Made three(3) very clear requests for a refund all within their stated 30-day refund policy. I keep getting shuffled from one Rep to another. Their last reply said I was out of the return time frame period although I clearly initiated a request less than two (2) weeks after purchase. I forwarded all emails regarding this and my purchase receipt as proof of this. Am awaiting a reply. At this point, it's not so much about the money, but getting satisfaction.

Summary

Will never buy a Bitdefender software program again. The company obviously cares very little about customer satisfaction. As a consumer, with an unusable product, I expect a refund.

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1 stars

"Auto Renewal"

January 07, 2014  |  By magnasarcane2

 |  Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Pros

Fine until auto renewal

Cons

I was never ever aware about auto renewal of software. They never sent me an email about charging my credit card. They ended up debiting my card and and causing my rent check to bounce. Cost me $160 in late fees, plus the cost of the software.($80) Now they are giving me the run around to get a refund, they offered me %40 off software instead of a refund. All I wanted was just my money back before they bounced my check, 72 hours after they told me I would get my money back in 24 hours, my rent bounced and now I am in trouble. All because I chose to trust Bit Defender.

Summary

There are other options out there, DO NOT get involved with Bitdefender, please if you do not need trouble, just stay away.

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2 stars

"Installed, had issues 3 days later"

January 07, 2014  |  By phlypp

 |  Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Pros

Not effective.

Cons

Poor registration, promised to email registration key (twice), never received. Can't verify that it's really activated although seems to be.

Summary

Installed on 1/4/14. Three days later, search engine, home page and other settings changed. Probably changed by Bitdefender after first reboot but can't verify. Regret purchasing.

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4 stars

"PRODUCT IS GOOD TILL YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEM!"

December 26, 2013  |  By souravbhor

 |  Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Pros

1. Best Detection Rate
2. Best Threat Removal Rate
3. Great Anti-Phishing Rate
4. Great Scanning Speed due to New! Photon Technology
5. Best URL Advisor
6. Includes File Shredder for Secure file deletion.
7. Longer Battery life as it saves more power even if you turned off Laptop Mode & gives more Battery life.

Cons

1. Sometimes can not remove threats.
2. Updates are short but frequent but BD always checks updates when there is no Internet Connection which makes lots of Events in the category of Updates which are Annoying.
3. Slows down Internet Speed(Includes Download & Surfing Speed)(like more than 3-4 seconds as compared to normal speed).
4. Startup & Shut Down speed increases by 5 seconds & 6 seconds respectively.
5. Slows down File extraction & copying.

Summary

I use Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 on my Windows 8.1 laptop. It runs smoothly & protect me from all E-Threats. Still sometimes I ignore some files which are necessary for my use then BitDefender says 'Your System is not virus free. Please contact Customer Support'
So this makes user feel insecure, so bitdefender should stop displaying such errors. BitDefender's Auto-Pilot mode is not greater than Kaspersky's by default settings. As kaspersky having much more features & is good than BitDefender at protection as what I personally found.
But I found this security perfect for me than Kaspersky because Kaspersky does not start quickly as soon as we logged into computer. Also its URL Advisor is not compatible with mozilla's, Safari's, Opera's & other's latest versions. They are only compatible with Google Chrome. Also they are not compatible with IE on windows 8.1. But BitDefender leads this issue & is fast in all aspects as compared to Kaspersky. So use Offline versions of BitDefender to install so they will not have bugs as compared to the Online Installer. Its really recommended to download offline installers.
Download them & use world's Top Most Security solution on your Systems & Stay protected from all E-Threats.
About customer Support they are lazy while providing you the solution. Here in India they run their services but If we send them any mail with required screen shots then also they do not take any action we have to remind them by giving a call so they will make attention with our issue. Still then also they are not able to resolve issue using Online Help using Team Viewer like Software called as Aammmyyy Am, so they transfer that problem to their senior Technical officials where they analyse the data produced by themselves called as Support tool. Then they found no issue with software & we remain unanswered about our doubt.

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4 stars

"nothing wrong with the new 2014 suite"

November 21, 2013  |  By leoz13

 |  Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Pros

great protection, can customize firewall to your needs

Cons

very slow to download the updates; can't short firewall rules by name or date

Summary

am using Bitdefender 9 months now and i just update from 203 version to 2014 and i never had a signle problem with it, it does not slow down my PC and my Laptop; i have tried all other suites like AVG, Avast! and others and i choose Bitdefender as the most reliable protection to my opinion.. :)

Updated on Nov 21, 2013

PS. why bother to pay full price to the company and have problems of auto renew as many complain here? just buy a new licence o ebay for about $15.00 every year...

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3 stars

"The Hogging master"

October 22, 2013  |  By boium

 |  Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Pros

Good detection rate

Cons

good removal rate

Summary

Only compatible with Windows XP. Other windows will be slowed down significantly.

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1 stars

"Worst anti-virus I have ever tried"

October 12, 2013  |  By Malacath

 |  Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Pros

I can't think of any

Cons

Massive hit on system performance

Download speeds massively reduced

Ping massively increased

Summary

Don't bother

Since installing this my download speeds according to speedtest.net and reduced from 75megs to a pathetic 1.5megs.

Ping has gone from 10ms to 85ms

Since uninstalling my systems performance has returned to normal.

I last tried bitdefender a couple of years ago with a different computer and uninstalled for the exact same reasons. I can't believe this performance problem hasn't been fixed after a couple of years.

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3 stars

"it's clunky"

August 18, 2013  |  By fixeverything

 |  Version: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Pros

scored high in antivirus tests

Cons

clunky and firewall is prone to blocking everything even things you want to work

Summary

there's a big space for improvement

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2013
Version 2013:
  • 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
General
Publisher Bitdefender
Publisher web site http://www.bitdefender.com
Release Date June 26, 2012
Date Added June 26, 2012
Version 2013
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.46MB
File Name bitdefender_isecurity.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 224,372
Downloads Last Week 594
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $49.95

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