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Bitdefender Total Security 2016

$69.95
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Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
out of 338 votes out of 20 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    20.0.18.1035
  • Total Downloads:
    814,825
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 10, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try; 1-user, 1-year license (30-day trial); $69.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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Bitdefender Total Security is a top-notch antimalware suite, and the 2016 version adds extra protection against ransomware.

Pros

One of the best detection and removal engines: Independent software testing labs AV-Comparatives and AV-Test consistently rank Bitdefender at or near the top in every category, such as scanning speed, scanning accuracy, and system performance impact.

Ransomware protection: Bitdefender's engine has been enhanced to detect malware that can encrypt your documents and demand ransom payment for the decryption password.

Vulnerability scan: Bitdefender has a separate tool that checks for new versions of software and new downloads from Windows Update that you may have missed. Even the best antimalware suite can be undermined if you're using out-of-date software with exploitable security flaws.

Cons

Settings could use more explanation: Given the small type size used by the management console, there's plenty of space to describe what's happening when you toggle switches for "protection against fraud" or "protection against phishing." It's too bad Bitdefender doesn't provide such explanations. Safepay in particular might be a complete mystery to someone who's never used it before.

Windows Registry scanner could use more explanation: Other tools that clean out your Registry detail exactly which entries appear to be causing a problem. But Bitdefender's OneClick Optimizer only groups the entries by type, so no confirmation or investigation is possible.

The file shredder needs fleshing out: There are a number of free tools that give you options for how securely you want to delete files and that tell you which method they're using. While Bitdefender's approach makes the process very straightforward, the security-focused user will probably want more information about how this tool operates.

Bottom Line

Bitdefender Total Security's desktop client could explain more about what it can do, but out of the box it's some of the best antimalware protection available.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.2

    out of 20 votes

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    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 12
  • All Versions

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    out of 338 votes

    • 5 star 116
    • 4 star 25
    • 3 star 27
    • 2 star 42
    • 1 star 128
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2 stars

"A perfect example of why Windows is loosing"

August 22, 2016  |  By icanhasjonas

2016-08-22 15:34:38  |  By icanhasjonas

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 20.0.18.1035

Pros

Fast
Technical

Cons

Absolutely NO guidance on settings. Settings like 'Protection against phishing'. What is it? Why do I need it? What's the implications? This applies to pretty much EVERY setting in the application. Settings are also hidden under something called Modules. It's just not very human-friendly. Something I see no mention of in the CNET reviews.
Custom UI -- Why do I have to learn a new UI language for this app? Please just give me a Windows Styled app FFS! It surprises me that Microsoft would sign this app actually.

Summary

I acknowledge the technical excellence of the application and the technology BitDefender applies. But, in this current world, I don't agree with the review from CNET. The user friendliness of the application is horrendous. The dashboard looks nifty and all Windows 8 styled, but for example, the AUTOPILOT checkbox, you can't easily see if it's in the On or Off switch without clicking it. The PROFILE box, I still don't know what that does. It says `Standard` but I don't even know what that means. The ONLY good thing on the dashboard as far as I'm concerned is the big green `YOU ARE PROTECTED`, that gives me comfort.

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5 stars

"Brilliant.easy faultless install..zero impact on system"

July 20, 2016  |  By jammyfella

2016-07-20 04:18:55  |  By jammyfella

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 20.0.18.1035

Pros

Total Security 2016 has so many modules that cover pretty much everything you need to stay safe online and doesn't seem to conflict with any other programs.which is a bonus.
Install could not have been simpler. Unlike many other users, I didn't "upgrade" from the already installed trial version or from an older version which seems to cause a lot of problems for other users. Maybe the fresh install is less buggy....just a thought!!!!
This suit has had zero impact on my system's resources and has in fact detected a number of probs and dealt with them without me even being aware of the problem in the first place. There is so much going on in the background yet I forget the software is even there most of the time.
Includes "Ransomware" which is something I had not seen before but certainly a serious threat that is becoming more and more widespread.

Cons

Honestly, so far I can't think of a single thing which even hints on a negative....and trust me when I say, if there was, I would be shouting it from the rooftops.
I was fortunate and discovered a very good promotion which meant I didn't pay very much for this software package. Even though it has many modules and certainly scores highly in performance and protection testing, I did think the full purchase price was a little steep for the average home user.

Summary

I have read so many negative user reviews on here and its like I'm using a different security suit. Maybe I have just been lucky but the install couldn't have been any more streamline and with all the added extra's that this 2016 version has, I would actually have expected some sort of hit to system resources and accepted it to a certain degree...but honestly if it wasn't for the icon showing in the taskbar, I wouldn't even know it was running.
As I said, maybe I have just been lucky (which I'm usually not) but so far I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and couldn't be happier!!!

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1 stars

"Deceitful, Thieves & Liars"

June 03, 2016  |  By 70562744

2016-06-03 04:53:58  |  By 70562744

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 20.0.18.1035

Pros

deceit procduct

Cons

dirty billing practices

Summary

Firstly, I purchased my 2015 Bitedefender Anti-virus online.I was then, recently offered an "early-bird" special , as a valued customer.

I was led to believe that my new purchase of the 2016 Bitedefender would replace my 2015 purchase. And then an attempt was made on my credit card to "double-dip", for my 2015 anti-virus anyway. I called customer support and they apologized for the incident, or what I call, the attempted "theft", of my money. I was then promised by the woman at customer service, that the 2015 Bitedefender subscription payment would NOT go through, as I cancelled my 2015 subscription.

Having put my trust into what the woman had told me at customer service, I then, loaded my pre-paid card up to pay for my car insurance payment.

The Bitefender lying thieves then went ahead and stole my money anyway, causing my car insurance payment to not go through.Bitedefender should maybe design an anti-theft software and market it on themselves.....plain and simple ...LIARS AND THIEVES !!

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1 stars

"NEW IMPROVED INSTALLATION METHOD?????????????????"

March 29, 2016  |  By goldstan

2016-03-29 08:01:26  |  By goldstan

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 20.0.18.1035

Pros

None - as did not install.

Cons

I have used Bitdefender for eight years and installed it for many of my clients. Simple, usual process - buy, download, install, update. NOT ANYMORE. The new "MANAGED" CENTRAL INSTALL IS A PAIN. I have to assume that BitDef have taken this route to combat piracy. WRONG DECISION. I feel that for every pirate avoided there will be ten frustrated and angry customers. As I told customer "support" who provided me with a number of steps to try to install, I will go elsewhere. Customers should not have to jump through hoops to provide protection to their machines.

Summary

AVOID AVOID AVOID

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1 stars

"You can never install it."

March 09, 2016  |  By dlyl2328

2016-03-09 07:31:42  |  By dlyl2328

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 20.0.18.1035

Pros

good time killer-
you have to spend whole hour to find the solution for the installation error but still fail to install. The installer download extra file everytime you try.
Test your EQ-
I got mad during setup.

Cons

Completely rubbish. Can't believe people spend money on this ****. They just donate money to beggars?

Summary

waste my time to type these words.

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1 stars

"Instalation Sucks"

March 06, 2016  |  By manie strauss

2016-03-06 06:51:30  |  By manie strauss

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 20.0.18.1035

Pros

When it was installed last worked excelent, fast

Cons

Difficulty installing

Summary

Bought a upgrade after my old one expired, stupid program keeps on downloading and failing to finish the download, after 5 tries managed to complete the download only to tel me it wants to uninstall previous version, fine let it uninstall and low and behold has to re download the whole thing again. After two more tries it finishes the download again and starts the installation, at 97% the %£$%& tells me an error has occurred. Now its starting right at the beginning again. After three more tries it finish the download and tells me there is a previous version of bitdevender installed . Okay reading on internet download a registry cleaner, get rid of offending files, and start the download again, some more retry s and and started the installation again only to stop on 94% this time. An error has occurred.
Now they can keep their stupid program, will go back to Nod32.

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1 stars

"Very disappointed is UNDERSTATEMENT"

February 16, 2016  |  By Solargen

2016-02-16 20:51:11  |  By Solargen

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 20.0.18.1035

Pros

Easy to install, lot of features...PROMISED, Built-in VPN, tech support reps are polite

Cons

Built-in VPN aka SafePay started working ONLY after 5 months of complaints.
Does NOT protect from viruses, malware, etc.
Tech Support is NOT qualified to deal with technical issues - more like a call centre..
Promises of a priority to deal with the technical issues, within 24 hours are not fulfilled within WEEKS

Summary

I chose Bitdefender because I've read the raving reviews in media. However, to say that I was very disappointed would be understatement. The product simply DOES NOT deliver. To resolve ANY issue takes weeks if not months. You are getting simply ignored The weekly reports advise that your system is perfectly protected, however when you running a full scan it found over 900 issues related to malware and viruses. You are promised that your case will get a priority and the solution will be sent to you within 24 hours... BUT it's NEVER the case.
I just had to purchase products from another vendor to clean up my computer. Bitdefender never got back to me...

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1 stars

"Does not install right"

January 31, 2016  |  By mohabk.CNET

2016-01-31 01:01:17  |  By mohabk.CNET

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 20.0.18.1035

Pros

Who knows? It does not install correctly if you purchase multiple licenses.

Cons

Fails to install correctly if you purchase multiple licenses. How can you trust your computer with a company that cannot get the basics right.

Summary

Bitdefender sent me an offer to upgrade my current licenses of Total Security 2015 to Total Security 2016. I have three 3-PC licenses for 1 year, i.e., nine 1-year licenses. Kids got new laptops for X-Mas. So, I bought four 3-PC licenses each for one year. That is what my sales confirmation says too. Somehow, Bitdefender translated that into 3 licenses each for 4 years. I called customer support to complain about the wrong licenses. I also noticed that the licenses were counting from the day of purchase, which meant that I was screwed out of 52 days of 3 previous licenses and 82 days on the other 6 licenses. Bitdefender said they would fix this within 48 hours. Nothing a week later. And it seems they have known of this problem since at least Dec 31st, but they are still selling the product ... knowing it does not install correctly. What crap!!!! Avoid this product like the plague if you are buying multiple licenses. Avoid this product if you have any time on your existing license(s). Keep avoiding this product until you know these issues are fixed. But first check whether it actually works AFTER installation.

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1 stars

"Beware of Bitdefender"

January 06, 2016  |  By Klairina82

2016-01-06 09:56:20  |  By Klairina82

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 20.0.18.1035

Pros

Nothing pos to say.

Cons

Their product is 39.99$ they charged me 70 euros without even my knowledge.I had no clue that they are gonna charge me every year 3 price from what I paid in the beginning.I got emails,but none of them said they will automatically renew their crap and now they don't reply to my emails not bitdefender not anvangate.Do not ever purchase their product they will find a way to charge you next year. I'm not the only one there are thousand people like me who had been charged but don't use their products anymore and they don't get their money back. Please beware!!!!!

Summary

Do not ever purchase Bitdefender, their tech support is really bad and they do automatic renewal without even notifying you and then they don't want to refund money, they don't respond to emails and phone calls are worthless.Plus I go to my account and there is nowhere to turn off auto renewal. BEWARE OF FRAUD !!!!

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1 stars

"Waste of Time and Money"

December 31, 2015  |  By iain6600

2015-12-31 23:29:52  |  By iain6600

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 20.0.18.1035

Pros

None, impossible to load and activate

Cons

Absolutley Useless

Summary

Wasted a whole day trying to download and activate, finally gave up, life is to short and reinstalled Nortons smoothly and without a hitch.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 20.0.18.1035
  • New Firewall
  • New Parental Advisor
  • Anti-ransomware file protection
  • Improved Anti-theft
  • Improved Wallet
  • Improved Traffic Light technology
  • Usability improvements
General
Publisher Bitdefender
Publisher web site http://www.bitdefender.com
Release Date September 10, 2015
Date Added September 10, 2015
Version 20.0.18.1035
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.87MB
File Name bitdefender_webts.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 814,825
Downloads Last Week 678
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $69.95

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