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Editors' Review

by   / July 15, 2013

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 22.0.10.141

  • Fixed an issue where the Ransomware Protection(Safe Files) causes the TaskBar icons to hide
  • Fixed an issue causing the Agent to initialize improperly causing the product to stay into a inactive state
  • Fixed an issue causing the product to block internet access after a period of time
  • Fixed an issue where the SafePay notification would appear several times for some banks
  • Fixed an issue where the Vulnerability Scan would show a blank window for Critical Windows Updates.
  • Fixed an issue where the Reset Settings for Bitdefender Shield would not prompt for confirmation
  • Fixed an issue where as the Security Report would display extra days in a month
  • Fixed an issue where as the text in the GUI would be displayed with a slight delay
  • Fixed an issue where the SafePay Virtual Keyboard would enter the text into the address bar by default
  • Fixed an issue where the Open With contextual menu would be disabled once the subscription expires
  • Fixed an issue where the Widget would reset its position after a reboot
  • Fixed a rare issue where the Name/eMail/Device would not be displayed in the Account Info page
  • Fixed a rare issue where as SafePay could not perform a login into certain banking websites
  • This version fixes the vulnerability FG-VD-17-019 reported by Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs through responsible disclosure
  • Several interface improvements
  • USB Immunizer functionality was augmented
  • Improved the security of the Install Engine
  • Various optimizations to the Install Engine
  • Added link to the Bitdefender Uninstall Tool should the Install Engine fail to deploy drivers
  • Various optimizations to the Scan Engine
  • Various optimizations to the Update Engine
  • Various optimizations to the SafePay browser
  • Various optimizations to the Firewall - Adapter Engine
  • Various optimizations to the Webcam Protection module
  • Added Dynamic Adapter type (It will setup itself depending on your Windows Adapter setting: Home/Office type settings for the Private Network and Public for the Public Network)
  • Added the ability to copy/paste information from Notifications
  • Improvements leading to better compatibility with the next Windows Security Center update

General

Publisher Bitdefender
Publisher web site http://www.bitdefender.com
Release Date April 04, 2019
Date Added April 04, 2019
Version 22.0.10.141

Category

Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

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File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 877,850
Downloads Last Week 57

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $44.99
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