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BluePoint Security 2010

CNET Editors' review

BluePoint Security Personal provides an interesting take on traditional virus-scanning programs. With a simple layout and a surprisingly thorough scan, we found this free scanner to be a slow but thorough and useful tool for securing your PC from hackers and other online predators.

The program's interface is broken down into pieces that are a cinch to navigate. BluePoint's commands remind us of many other virus scanners, so it feels familiar to use. The program offers some standard features, such as a timer, but it's fairly unoriginal otherwise. For its main function, BluePoint offers both a quick scan and a deeper complete scan. We were somewhat disappointed that even the "quick" scan took more than a half hour to complete; however, the results made up for any inconvenience. When the scan finished, BluePoint presented a list of possible threats, including the potential threat posed by each. The program claims not only to search for popular viruses, but also unknown commodities. We had no way of testing its thoroughness, but we were presented with several threats with odd names that led us to believe BluePoint was doing its job well. BluePoint easily isolated and eliminated these viruses on command. Overall, this program impressed with its results but disappointed with its speed.

BluePoint Security Personal is freeware. It installs desktop icons without permission. Although its scan was slow, the results were impressive enough for us to recommend this program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Much Better than Free Antiviruses I've had"

    December 29, 2012  |   By Karlo3rd

    Version: BluePoint Security 2010 1.0.41.99

    Pros

    Unlike the other virus software I have used, this does not let viruses download onto your computer. It uses prevention system instead of cure. Using a cure system is useless if you end up with the situation I had above i.e.. the cure had not yet been put into the virus definitions when I was hit by the virus.

    I have not noticed any system slowdown, thus it appears to be extremely resource light.

    Cons

    Doesn't appear to be supported anymore? This is a shame.

    Summary

    I read the review on Cnet/download.com of someone bemoaning how bad Bluepoint Antivirus is and then going on to say that many other antivirus software programs are better. Of the programs he mentioned that were better - they stated Avira. This compelled me to write this review as from my experience Avira, is far, far worse than Bluepoint Security.

    I run a business on my PC and was using Avira antivirus. I was also something of a stumbleupon addict. This turned out to be a dangerous combination as one day, whilst using stubleupon. I was directed to a site, which downloaded a virus. My hard drive was wiped and I lost a lot of valuable information (yes I should have backed up more frequently). I had to pay a lot of money to a data recovery expert who managed to recover about 70% of the hard drive.

    After this I realised a definition based virus package was useless so looked for antivirus software which stops a virus getting onto your system in the first place, even if the antivirus does not currently have a definition for said virus. I came upon bluepoint security which used a cloud based system and it does exactly that. It will not let anything even slightly suspicious download onto your computer. I have been using it for 2 years now and have not had any problems with viruses.

    People have mentioned that it is slow to scan for viruses, but after doing a single virus scan, it won't let any more viruses get on your system so you wont need to do more than 1 scan!

    Unfortunately, it does now appear that the creators of the product are no longer fully supporting it. I was unable to purchase via credit card through their website and was told I would have to do it by phone. I supplied my phone number but they did not phone me. I have therefore had to start using a different antivirus package - Bitdefender. Whilst this seems perfectly good, it slows down system startup and does not appear to be as resource light as Bluepoint. If bluepoint had a working site that accepted payment I would go straight back to them.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worthless junk."

    November 3, 2010  |   By enkhbaaatar

    Version: BluePoint Security 2010 1.0.41.99

    Pros

    Nothing so far.

    Cons

    Bad white-listing, has to pay money? you're kidding me!

    Summary

    BluePoint Security is the biggest pile of crap to enter the security industry, and I believe that they will go bankrupt soon. I hope they do. BluePoint Security, which is a tiny security company that has only around 30-40 employees, has been using spam methods to advertise their product on the net by running fake test machines to show that their product was the best. What a joke! Do you see Norton testing their own product to show that it's best? Do you see Kaspersky doing such thing? I thought not. But bluepoint security, despite being hated by users who know how a good security suite works, kept trying to induce novice users by continuously advertising their worthless product on YouTube. They claimed their product was better than every security suites on the market. Only a fool would fall for that. What BluePoint Security does is it just flags every file unknown to it as "high risk" files, and the amount of those unknown files are HUGE. DO NOT TRUST THESE GUYS! I REPEAT!!! STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY. You can find better and free products like MSE, AVAST, AVIRA, or even COMODO.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worth the time. Very deep scanning."

    October 31, 2010  |   By AHillenbrand

    Version: BluePoint Security 2010 1.0.41.99

    Pros

    Very thorough scan, easy to use interface

    Cons

    Slightly slower than other antivirus providers

    Summary

    Altogether, I felt that BluePoint outperformed the other antivirus products out there. Sure, its a little bit slower but I think its worth it to get a good scan, who wouldn't? I'd rather spend a half hour and have a clean computer versus a ten minute sloppy scan that leaves me at risk. I don't know about you, but I have my account numbers etc on my computer so I'm very concerned with privacy.

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