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:
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:
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.
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.
Bitdefender 2019 gives you the best protection against threats across operating systems, winning Product of the Year from AV-Comparatives. The new cyber-threat intelligence technologies can analyze and identify suspicious network-level activities, and block sophisticated exploits, malware or botnet-related URLs, and brute force attacks. Here are some of the improvements brought by Bitdefender 2019: A brand-new interface
The product interface gets a major facelift starting with this version. The most significant change is for the Windows products, which are the most complex and needed the most tweaking to improve navigation and feature discovery. Updates to the UI will be available for the Mac and Android products as well.
The main dashboard is completely redesigned to add security recommendations as well as the ability to pin most used features to the dashboard. Another important change is related to the side menu that is always present to switch with ease between the main dashboard and advanced settings.
Ransomware is highly adaptable to avoid interception by security software, even for small periods of time. This is why Bitdefender 2019 includes a brand-new layer of protection against this type of malware.
The Ransomware Remediation feature identifies whenever a new ransomware attempts to encrypt files and will automatically create a backup of targeted files that will be restored after the malware is blocked. The product will block all processes involved in the attack and start remediation, while also notifying the user.
Online Threat Prevention
With the launch of Bitdefender 2019, we included a new module in the Protection window: Online Threat Prevention. The new network-based adaptive layer of protection prevents exploitation of vulnerabilities in your system, detects and blocks brute-force attempts, prevents your device from being compromised in botnet attacks and prevents sensitive information from being sent in non-encrypted forms.
The improved Autopilot
With the launch of Bitdefender 2019, the Autopilot feature will be ON by default. Furthermore, the ON/OFF switch was abandoned in favor of a recommendation-based system, where you will constantly receive advice based on the way you interact with your system. These recommendations will be used to to highlight different security features that were previously disabled or unknown to the user.