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:
- Antivirus plus: 21:38, 2:50
- Internet Security: 20:54, 2:47
- Total Security: 22:45, 2:48
Full Scan times (Initial, post-Photon in minutes)
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.
- Antivirus plus: 44.73, 10.27
- Internet Security: 44.75, 9.08
- Total Security: 45.07, 11.45
Boot time, Shutdown time (in seconds)
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 Total Security 2015 builds on technology awarded by AV-TEST Best Protection for three consecutive years, and Best Performance. It is exceptionally easy to use. It detects when you are working, playing, or watching movies, and prevents apps from popping up or slowing down your system. OneClick Optimizer frees up the hard disk space and Bitdefender Wallet shortens the buying process by auto-completing credit card details. Besides unrivaled antimalware protection, Bitdefender Total Security 2015 offers File Encryption by locking up confidential files in a secured vault, while Bitdefender Safebox securely stores your photos and videos online. Additionally, Device Anti-Theft helps you recover your devices in case of loss or theft.
What's new in this version:
- 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 ... See all new features »