Bitdefender Total Security 2015

Bitdefender Total Security 2015

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 304 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    18.12.0.958
  • Total Downloads:
    654,098
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 09, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; annual subscription, 3-user license (30-day trial); $89.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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Bitdefender Total Security 2015 backs top-rated antivirus protection with fast scans and many extras designed to protect you online, like Safepay and the Bitdefender Wallet for safe and private online purchases, customizable Intrusion Detection and Web Protection, and a Vulnerability Scan for out-of-date programs. It also cleans and optimizes your PC. However, some features designed to help install Bitdefender might cause frustration.

Pros

Privacy: Bitdefender's Wallet securely stores and automatically enters online credentials. Other privacy enhancements include Parental Controls, File Encryption, Safego, and Safebox.

Protect: The Intrusion Detection feature's Permissive, Medium, and Aggressive settings let us customize alert deliveries. The Vulnerability scans found updates for programs and drivers we didn't realize needed updating.

Web protection: Online security features include Scan SSL and fraud and anti-phishing protection. The Antispam Protection tool blocks emails with Chinese (default) and Cyrillic (optional) characters, though both can be changed.

Cons

Installation woes: Bitdefender's installer automatically uninstalls any existing and conflicting antivirus and security software. This is a good idea in principle that let us down in practice by freezing up and interfering with our Internet connection.

Software incompatibility: Safepay conflicted with Acronis' scheduler. Bitdefender's installer also removed Spybot Search & Destroy.

Bottom Line

Bitdefender Total Security 2015 scans quickly and is packed with security, privacy, and performance tools that seemingly justify its purchase price. But features designed for convenience could actually discourage some users. Take our advice and uninstall any existing antivirus software before installing Bitdefender Total Security 2015.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

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    • 2 star 4
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    out of 304 votes

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5 stars

"The best so far"

December 15, 2014  |  By hamid-rahmani

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

Pros

Super light and fast.
Does not keep you'r system busy or slow.
All in one package

Cons

No cons so far

Summary

I really love it. After struggling with Kaspersky internet security for one year I bought the Bitdefender Total Security one month ago and I do not see any problem at all. fast, easy to use and customize.

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5 stars

"Install on Multiple Devices and keep track of devices"

November 01, 2014  |  By bizbuildermike

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

Pros

I like the online dashboard that tracks all my devices. If you have a Laptop and a Desktop and an android like I do keeping track of all the spyware, venom ware, virus ware, bacteria ware, stuff could get time consuming and confusing at times.

Cons

Had some issues installing and I think that is because it has so many features.

Summary

Great One stop for all devices solution.

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1 stars

"They will fraud charge you...."

October 29, 2014  |  By clt003

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

Pros

Go to BBB: they have an F rating and a warning

Cons

They will fraud auto charge you without your consent after you sign up...go to Better Business bureau and read

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1 stars

"Don't GET RIPPED OFF!!!"

October 28, 2014  |  By mooseucr8

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

Pros

There are no pros when dealing with this company!!! They will confuse you with link after link of trying to upgrade you from the bait and switch prices. Then when you order the software you will get a download of trial software after you have paid. This company does not send you a conformation or a license key.

Cons

I purchased this software in JULY using PAYPAL. RECEIVED only trial version even though bank account was charged. 30 days later I get notice that software has expired. I contacted company and they were slow to respond and not activating my software. I filed a dispute with Pay Pal. They told pay pal that they had resolved the issue. MEANWHILE another 15 days rolls by and then Paypal refers you back to your financial institution. I have been fighting for a charge back over 4 months and this company is not refunding my money.

Summary

DON"T BUY THIS SOFTWARE.. USE ANYONE ELSE BUT BIT DEFENDER

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5 stars

"A kick ass antivirus"

October 08, 2014  |  By supaslick88

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

Pros

Protects against viruses spyware, malware you name it. Doesn't slow down your computer. Nice anti-theft feature. Doesn't conflict with any of my other programs. Set in auto-pilot mode you really don't have to do much.

Cons

The only con I have with this is that it blocks Bovada Poker from loading. I have to turn Bitdefender off until Bovada loads then turn it back on.

Summary

Bitdefenders great and using a key I got on the internet, doesn't cost me a penny.:)

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2 stars

"Constantly blocks Google Chrome and Printer"

September 04, 2014  |  By RIchardThird

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

Pros

Fast and effective at eliminating threats. Automatic updates are clean and fast. Gives me peach of mind that my system is secure.

Cons

Every time there is a BD update, I have to go to my Control Panel and perform a repair/restart before BD will allow Google Chrome to function to function as a search engine. Also, BD upgrades knock my wireless printer off line requiring that I go through the same repair/restart process.

When I contacted BD about the problem the response they required from me was much too complicated for my limited computer skills. Also, and this may be a quibble, the BD interface is so small I have to switch from my regular computer glasses to a higher magnification to inter act with it.

Summary

BD knows about this problem and can offer a fix but have failed to do so. There is far too much personal maintenance required from me to make BD a worthwhile investment in either time or money. My contract is up Dec 1 but I will change to a different Anti-virus/Internet Security program before that. Probably today.

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2 stars

"Just Won't Scan"

September 02, 2014  |  By Deathswalk

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

Pros

The interface is nice and sleek.
It is centered around the idea of one-click to does virus scans and disk clean up.
Comes with man tools and a sandboxed desktop.

Cons

Just will not complete a full scan. It would constantly say the process was "non-responsive" and that I had to reset the computer. It looked like it may have found viruses, but since the scan would not complete I have no idea if it did.
It was much better than Comodo when it was running in the background. Web pages loaded much quicker and programs opened faster.

Summary

The one big problem with Bitdefender is that it would not finish doing a full system scan. I tried at least 3 times and decided it was not worth it to reinstall it. Either it works right out of the box or it doesn't. I am not going to wait hours for a re-installation.
The scanning process on my laptop took about 1 hour on a 500 GB non SDD.

System start times were much faster than Comodo IS. According to Soluto, it takes ~37 seconds compared to Comodo's ~45 seconds.

While the tools that come included with Bitdefender are nice there are many other freeware products that do the same thing. CCleaner has privacy cleaner, registrty cleaner.
So, it really is not worth the price that you pay for it. It seems like for the money you pay you get a product that has bugs that keep reappearing again and again over many different versions. Customer support seems to not want to care if you have problems. They'll ask you to email that some details then send you a patch which doesn't work.

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2 stars

"Another Online jerk you around company!"

August 30, 2014  |  By dwnlnker

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

Pros

Software seemed to work fine.

Cons

Not a user friendly download process
Another company that sends you in circles trying to upgrade price.
Never was able to get just what I wanted and ended up paying but not getting a license key. I never received a license key until I had paypal backout the charges. Then I received a smart ass email saying here is your key but it won't work because you had paypal charge us back.

End result within two days my brand new computer crashed I had to completely rewrite the hard drive and start from scratch. Why can't these companies do straight forward business? Sell you what they advertise and not jerk you around? The website redirects you over and over keeping you from finalizing just the product you want to purchase. I don't like being tricked into spending more money just to get out of a website!!!! Ridiculous!!!!!

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2 stars

"Keeps you safe, but annoying in everyday life"

July 26, 2014  |  By WoodTable

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

Pros

#1 internet security software to date

Cons

Ugly user interface

Autopilot and it's intelligence algorithm will fight with your settings (I don't get why the intelligence system cannot learn from my choices)

Summary

I've owned Bitdefender Total Security since the 2014 series and I am just not that impressed with how it's laid out. It does load faster in 2015, but I preferred 2014's layout better. Autopilot will continue to change your settings even if you change them, which is ironic to me since they advertise this thing as having an intelligence system that will learn from your activities. Apparently, me changing settings is not in that algorithm for things to monitor.

Reviews on this product by PC Magazine, and the like, are nice, but they don't test it out over the long run. By which I mean that they just install the software on an infected computer, test its ability to clean up the mess, and move on to the next security program. They don't give (more) useful information as to how the program behaves when you start to use it in your everyday life.

I used to use Norton/Symantec products before I got out on my own and started buying my own security software, but, aside from the fact that Bitdefender is #1, I am really considering switching back. In summary, I really don't believe all the hype that Bitdefender gets.

Updated on Jul 26, 2014

I forgot to mention something about the user interface. I do not understand why they put the four major buttons off to the side in tiny boxes, but they put the settings and other program-tweaking buttons as the big, forefront buttons you see when you start up the program. This and the fact that I hate that it looks like a security program I'd stick on my phone (aesthetically speaking) is why I say the user interface is ugly.

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5 stars

"A first class product."

July 10, 2014  |  By Nebelb

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

Pros

It really does do the job it is supposed to. I have say I like the Facebook feature & the Lap Top loss protection.

Cons

Due to the amount of viruses flying around on the Internet, the data base is hugh. Updating antivirus signatures does sometimes slow down the computer a little. That is all though that is in my opinion a little negative. Hence the 4.5 stars.

Summary

I have been a long term customer. Having tried other programms I found myself always returning to Bit Defender. In my opinion it is the best programm on the market for all round security. I can only highly recommend it.
The problem of the updates marginally slowing down the performance of my computer are being dealt with. I phoned their head office (easy for me living in Germany) & they told me they have heard from other customers about this & are endeavouring to solve the problem. Still I can live with that, knowing I have a good amount of protection. There is no programm on the market that can offer 100% protection in the private sector.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 18.12.0.958
  • 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.
General
Publisher Bitdefender
Publisher web site http://www.bitdefender.com
Release Date July 09, 2014
Date Added July 09, 2014
Version 18.12.0.958
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.7MB
File Name bitdefender_ts.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 654,098
Downloads Last Week 1,370
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $89.95

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