Bitdefender Total Security

Bitdefender Total Security

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 299 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2014
File Size:
6.7MB
Date Added:
June 26, 2013
Price:
Free to try; annual subscription, 3-user license; $69.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
638,879
Downloads Last Week:
1,282
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Internet Explorer 8

Editors' review

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:

    Full Scan times (Initial, post-Photon in minutes)

  • Antivirus plus: 21:38, 2:50
  • Internet Security: 20:54, 2:47
  • Total Security: 22:45, 2:48

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:

    Cinebench

  • 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.

    Boot time, Shutdown time (in seconds)

  • Antivirus plus: 44.73, 10.27
  • Internet Security: 44.75, 9.08
  • Total Security: 45.07, 11.45

Conclusion

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.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.0

    out of 299 votes

    • 5 star: 107
    • 4 star: 24
    • 3 star: 27
    • 2 star: 39
    • 1 star: 102
  • Current Version:

    2.4

    out of 39 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 17
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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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  • 5 stars

    "Best antivirus money can buy"

    July 10, 2014   |   By sphynxsoft

    Version: Bitdefender Total Security 2015 18.12.0.958

    Pros

    - intuitive user interface designed for touch as well, which is a big deal for my Dell XPS 12.
    - Surprisingly fast scan time even for in-depth scan jobs
    - AV-Comparatives and AV-Test position the Bitdefender scanning technology as number one in detection for the past three years, which, again, is a big deal if you share the home PC with less skilled users, such as children.
    -Set-it-andf-forget-it: I rarely see any prompts from the antivirus solution, it handles everything by itself;

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Summary

    I've had Bitdefender TS 2015 since early beta and it was love at first sight. If there is one thing I care about with computers it's security and Bitdefender has managed to fend off creeps on my machine for the past six years. Totally recommended.

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