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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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 19.2.0.142

  • Bitdefender Profiles. Bitdefender automatically detects when you Work, Play or Watch movies, and temporarily prevents apps from popping up or slowing you down.
  • Bitdefender Autopilot. Provides a hassle-free experience by making optimal security-related decisions with no input from you. This means no pop-ups, no alerts, nothing to configure.
  • Quick Vulnerability Scanner. With a single click, the vulnerability scanner automatically warns of missing or outdated security software, missing Windows security patches, and potentially unsafe system settings.
  • Pay Online in One Step. Bitdefender Wallet is a secure tool that speeds up online shopping by autocompleting credit card details within payment fields. Apart from purchase details, Wallet can also safely organize credentials for favorite websites, messaging applications, or frequently-used WI-FI networks.
  • Tune-Up. With OneClick Optimizer. Your antivirus isn't slowing down your computer. So what is? Bitdefender OneClick Optimizer is a new feature in Bitdefender 2015 that automatically speeds up your system and frees up disk space by running every known optimization. All in one click.

General

Publisher Bitdefender
Publisher web site http://www.bitdefender.com
Release Date July 09, 2014
Date Added August 10, 2015
Version 19.2.0.142

Category

Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 2.74MB
File Name bitdefender_antivirus.exe

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Total Downloads 667,381
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $59.95
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