Bitdefender Internet Security

Bitdefender Internet Security

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.7
out of 158 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2013
File Size:
6.46MB
Date Added:
June 26, 2012
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $49.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
215,737
Downloads Last Week:
825
Product ranking:
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 158 votes

    • 5 star: 41
    • 4 star: 18
    • 3 star: 13
    • 2 star: 28
    • 1 star: 58
  • Current Version:

    2.6

    out of 29 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 5 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 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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