Every year, Romania-based Bitdefender regularly ranks among the best antimalware products that money can buy (and premium antimalware apps still maintain an edge over the free options). Let's take a look at not just its performance, but also the user experience and how you buy Total Security.
High-quality antimalware protection: Every year, Bitdefender is rated as some of the best protection that you can get, according to independent testing labs AV-Test and AV-Comparatives. It has a high rate of detection, it's fast, and it doesn't bog down your system. In our testing, it took about 6.5 minutes to scan nearly half a million files. A subsequent scan took only 2.5 minutes, though the scanned group also shrank to "only" 316,000 files.
Friendly interface: A strip of icons on the left-hand side separates the sections of the main console window. If you want descriptions of each section, just click on the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner. Clicking on "View Features" takes you to a compact interface where different subsections are divided into cards, and everything is intuitively labeled. Most of these cards have a slider that you can toggle to turn off the feature of that subsection, or you can click on its gear icon to customize feature behavior.
The bell icon on the left takes you to a log that details every setting you've changed and every security action you've undertaken, and when. This makes it easier to retrace your steps if you accidentally disable something or simply don't remember a change you made a while back. This log can also be filtered according to three different levels of importance, in case you want to go directly to info about a security incident.
More competitive pricing than before: Bitdefender used to be one of the pricier antimalware options out there, but we're seeing significant discounts lately. The license for an unlimited number of users was down to $60 a year, whereas the regular price on its site is $120. If you just have a few Windows devices, the three-user license of the Internet Security version could be had for $45 a year, down from $80. And we saw these kinds of discounts both on the company's website and via third parties.
Genuinely useful bonus tools: A lot of security suites get accused of throwing in everything and the kitchen sink to make their product look more valuable, but execution is hit-or-miss. Bitdefender, however, has a pretty good set of extra utilities.
The OneClick Optimizer provides details on what it finds and gives you the option to selectively clean things up. For example, you can ignore the Windows Registry fixes and opt not to empty your browser cache, while deleting temporary system files but keeping the files in your Recycle Bin. The Vulnerability Scan also correctly identified outdated versions of Skype and Adobe Acrobat Reader while also noting that our Wi-Fi password should be stronger.
Renewing or obtaining a subscription may get confusing: During our testing, we encountered some different prices depending on where we looked. On your Bitdefender Central account page, you may see a renewal offer of $63 for the five-user subscription to Total Security. But at the publisher's online store, this same subscription was listed elsewhere at $50. However, clicking on the renewal button on Bitdefender Central does at least take you to a webpage showing you the lower price points.
Meanwhile, we received an automated email after downloading the trial (you can't download it without giving them your email), which offered 50 percent off Total Security, bringing the price down to $45.
During our exploration of our purchasing options for Total Security, we also noticed that one version of Bitdefender may be mentioned on one page but not on another. These two versions (Antivirus Plus and Internet Security) have two different pricing structures. The website doesn't have a comparison chart that features both versions, so we had to go to the individual product pages and compare the feature descriptions ourselves.
While the buying experience may feel like a safari, the product itself performs well, it's easy to navigate, and it's getting more reasonably priced versus the competition.
Why use several security products when you can have the ultimate all-in-one solution? Bitdefender Total Security 2018 is the perfect choice when you want to protect your Windows, Mac OS and Android devices all at once.
Bitdefender Total Security Multi-Device 2018 delivers ironclad protection against even the most advanced malware and provides features designed to safeguard your private life across multiple platforms -- all without slowing down your devices. It uses the most advanced security technology in the world, yet it's simple and intuitive. You only need one account to protect up to 10 different PCs, Macs, and Android smartphones and tablets.
Total protection for Windows, Mac OS and Android.
Centralized management for devices.
Wi-Fi Security Advisor: always secure on the go.
Pure performance - no slowdowns.
Single-touch security: complete automatic protection.
Privacy protection across platforms.
Parental Advisor: family-oriented protection.
Anti-theft and data protection tools.
Comprehensive support, 24/7.
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