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Bitdefender Total Security 2017

$69.95
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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 343 votes out of 5 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    21.0.18.898
  • Total Downloads:
    832,488
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 28, 2016
  • 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 2017 is an antimalware suite that protects your Windows, Mac, and Android devices against viruses and a variety of other software threats. You also get a firewall, a reinforced browser (for things like logging in to a bank website more safely), and ransomware protection.

Pros

High-quality malware detection: Bitdefender's virus and malware detection is consistently ranked as one of the best, according to independent testing labs such as AV-Comparatives and AV-Test. Bitdefender is fast, consistently distinguishes between hostile and benign software activities, and doesn't bog down your system. In fact, during our testing, it detected a Trojan in the Windows recycle bin that wasn't picked up by Malwarebytes, which had been actively running in the background.

Centralized online management hub: The Bitdefender Central website lets you log in to an account where you can see everything in one place, which is especially handy for families or someone with a lot of devices. This service (bundled with your subscription) can perform a remote malware scan, as well as locate a lost or stolen device, lock it, or wipe it.

Cons

Function labels can be unclear: A section of Bitdefender's interface tells you that the app is up-to-date. Right next to this is a link labeled Update Now. When you click that link, it will say "Update in progress," even when an update isn't being downloaded. More precise language would prevent confusion.

Some settings could use more explanation: You have the option to enable Paranoid Mode in the settings, but Bitdefender doesn't explain in app what this mode entails. You can find a description in the online documentation -- but it's under a different heading labeled "Configuring alert intensity."

The OneClick Optimizer told us in its Privacy Cleanup section that we had 828MB of "privacy issues" that it could delete in one click. But closer inspection showed that almost all of that was Google Chrome's (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android) browser cache, which we don't necessarily want to wipe out, as caching lets pages load more quickly and uses less data.

Relatively pricey: The default purchase option for the Total Security version of Bitdefender 2017 is $100 for 10 devices. This is only $10 higher than comparable packages from Norton and McAfee, but it's still a pretty tough price tag, especially when the competition's packages can regularly be found heavily discounted on Amazon or the publishers' websites. For example, McAfee Total Protection is currently slashed to $30 for a back-to-school promotion, and its license does not have a device limit.

If you poke around Bitdefender's website, you can find a five-device license, but it's only $10 less ($90). This is also the only version of Bitdefender that bundles Mac and Android versions. There's a Family Pack that supports unlimited devices, but a one-year subscription will cost you $120.

If you are upgrading from a previous version of Bitdefender, you are currently offered a 30% discount. And if you commit to multiple years on top of that, the company shaves off a few more dollars. For example, a three-year subscription to a five-device copy of Total Security works out to about $47 a year, roughly half the price for a new user who wants a one-year subscription. That may be low enough for your comfort zone, but it's also a long commitment just to get a competitive price.

Bitdefender Mobile Security protects one Android device for $15 per year. There isn't multidevice option here, however, so the price tag adds up quickly if you want to install Mobile Security on a family's worth of Android phones and tablets.

Bottom Line

Bitdefender offers some of the best malware protection in the business, and the remote security features are welcome. But the pricing for the Total Security version creates a high barrier to entry. We could recommend the less expensive tiers, but they don't support Mac or Android, which many people will find too deep a compromise between value and features.

 
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1 stars

"Buyer Beware!"

November 28, 2016  |  By IsabellaQuill

2016-11-28 19:05:42  |  By IsabellaQuill

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2017 21.0.18.898

Pros

My computer has not gotten viruses, although I did have to download Malwarebytes to rid it of Malware.

Cons

Problematic with regard to any Windows 10 updates. I have had to contact Bitdefender due to issues each time there is an update.
But the worst problem is their chronic advertising and the pure torture you undergo trying to resolve any issue: I have been receiving MULTIPLE emails from them lately asking me to re-subscribe. Then I began getting pop-ups on my computer screen telling me to renew! Since we are nearing the end of the year, I assumed my subscription was about to expire, so I reordered.
After reordering, I checked to see when my current subscription would expire: IN 169 DAYS.
I'm sorry, but this is false advertising and an extremely unethical way of doing business. When I contacted them online and via phone 15 min. after placing my order to learn what was going on, no one could explain this to me. When I asked that they cancel my order, they would not agree to do so, but began to give me--and then my credit card company--the run-around.

Summary

Had I not checked my current subscription, which is what Bitdefender was apparently counting on, I would have "lost out" on nearly 6 months of service I paid for last year. HOW MANY CUSTOMERS HAVE THEY DONE THIS TO?
I was also told that the "great deal" they offered on 11/28/16 went out to 250 million people. This company has gotten too big and could care less about customer service.
NEVER AGAIN.

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5 stars

"Perfect antivirus software. $29.99 only for 5 devices"

November 08, 2016  |  By Bryansoftware

2016-11-08 09:00:06  |  By Bryansoftware

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2017 21.0.18.898

Pros

I have nothing to do with Bitdefender, just let it run in the background. I bought 2017 version (5 devices) for $29.99 only at https://topwaresale.com/product/bitdefender-total-security-multi-device-discount-coupon/

Cons

Need install the new version manually, no automatic update.

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5 stars

"Powerful with using only minimal resources"

October 23, 2016  |  By Gorbag1971

2016-10-23 01:54:02  |  By Gorbag1971

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2017 21.0.18.898

Pros

Uses oly minimal CPU and memory resources
Works invisibly in the background
Very powerful defense against malwares and viruses
Never disappointed in the last 4 years since have been using it

Cons

Menu could be better
Pricing is strange. Never opt for automatic renewal, that is a loss of huge money for sure

Summary

Maybe the best anti-malware package. Fast. Quiet.
On the official website now for only 29.99 dollars. That is a steal. Go for it.

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5 stars

"Very quiet, no annoying ads"

October 11, 2016  |  By 3flags

2016-10-11 04:47:06  |  By 3flags

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2017 21.0.18.898

Pros

As I said very quiet, no annoying ads. It does not add things that you do not really need without your knowledge

Cons

Graphics could perhaps have been better looking, I do not know. I never need to touch it. so the graphics are subordinate

Summary

If you have Avast and do not like popups and and a lot humhum humbug devises. Get this it will do the work faster and easy

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5 stars

"Works Seamlessly in the background, Im on my 3 year now"

September 29, 2016  |  By Rickrack

2016-09-29 07:52:42  |  By Rickrack

 |  Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2017 21.0.18.898

Pros

Works Seamlessly in the background, Im on my 3 year now. It works well I use the l use the unlimited licesense which if you poke around the web site can be found for around $60.

Cons

Finding the lowest price on web site takes some time and work. Does not update to new year's version automatically, you must uninstall then DL and reinstall.

Summary

Peace of mind and complete confidence in AV, does not seem to slow down my system.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 21.0.18.898
    WHAT'S NEW?
  • Anti-Ransomware
  • Wi-Fi Security Advisor
  • System TuneUp with Disk CleanUp
    WHAT'S BETTER
  • User Interface
  • Remote Management
  • Parental Advisor
  • Anti-Theft
General
Publisher Bitdefender
Publisher web site http://www.bitdefender.com
Release Date September 28, 2016
Date Added September 28, 2016
Version 21.0.18.898
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 External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 832,488
Downloads Last Week 993
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $69.95

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