Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 Review

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If you are looking for the best in antivirus protection, look no further than Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017. Bitdefender has a simple, easy to use interface, is quick to install and runs seamlessly in the background. When looking for the best antivirus software, you want the best protection while not slowing down your everyday computer use and not interrupting you every couple minutes. Bitdefender delivers on all these points which make it a great antivirus software package.

Price

Bitdefender offers great malware protection for a very competitive price. They have a pricing scheme to fit many customer's needs. You may need to protect your desktop, the kid's laptop, and your tablet PCs. Bitdefender can handle that. The following prices are for 1 year subscriptions which offer automatic virus updates throughout the subscription term. Bitdefender also offers 2 and 3 year subscriptions for a discount.

1 Year Protection Subscription:

1 PC 3 PCs 5 PCs 10 PCs
$39.95 $49.95 $79.95 $139.95

You can easily download Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 from their website (www.bitdefender.com). They also offer premium installation and configuration services for an additional charge, however their product is so easy to use that you should give it a try yourself first. You can purchase a backup disk for $10.99 if you like having a physical disk in case you need to reinstall Bitdefender. Just be aware that this backup disk is added to your cart by default so remove it if you don't want it.

Features

Bitdefender offers a slew of great features that you would come to expect from any modern antivirus program. Bitdefender scans your computer silently in the background using their Autopilot feature which gives you the peace of mind that you are protected while not interfering with your everyday computer use. The Active Virus Control detects new and unknown viruses while they are running on your system using advanced heuristic algorithms. This active control looks for suspicious file behavior and unusual application activity, and will shut it down while alerting you with a simple popup message.

Bitdefender has a great "Rescue mode" feature that reboots your computer into a trusted environment which is used for cleanup and restoration if a particularly serious threat is detected on your system such as a rootkit. During installation, Bitdefender will run a scan prior to installing any files to ensure a clean install. It also continuously performs a vulnerability scan, checking your whole system for missing or outdated security software as well as potentially unsafe system settings.

Bitdefender offers a virtualized browser which isolates the browser from your operating system in order to block web-based threats. Your privacy is protected with Bitdefender as well using its personal data filter which removes critical personal information, its antiphishing tools to stop phishing attacks, and its chat encryption to keep your IM conversations private.

Bitdefender now protects your online social networking by scanning links and monitoring your privacy settings from your social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, keeping you protected. The improved Search Advisor feature will give you advanced warning of risky websites and display this information right in your search results from Google or Bing.

Another cool feature is the gamer mode. This mode allows you to disable interruptions or popup messages while using a full screen mode program such as playing a game or watching a video.

System Requirements:

Minimal System Requirements
OS: Windows XP Sp3, Windows Vista Sp2, Windows 7 Sp1
CPU: 800MHz Processor
Memory(RAM): 1GB
Hard Drive Space: 1.8GB Free Space
 
Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows XP Sp3, Windows Vista Sp2, Windows 7 Sp1
CPU: Intel Core Duo (1.66GHz) or Equivalent Processor
Memory(RAM): 1GB (XP) / 1.5GB (Vista or 7)
Hard Drive Space: 2.8GB Free Space
 

Screenshots (click to enlarge):

Main Screen On-Access Scanning Phishing Options

Ease of Use

From installation to everyday use, Bitdefender is simple and easy. Their new interface is user-friendly, sleek, and easy to understand. There are simple ON-OFF switches for all the different levels of security and threat protection. The novice user only has to turn on the protection and then forget about it as Bitdefender will automatically pick the best settings for your system. However, the more advanced user has the ability to customize their protection with a substantial level of control.

The security status bar quickly indicates if your system needs attention by changing the bar color from green (everything ok), to yellow(system needs attention) or red(security threat found). The interface is also faster to navigate and responds quickly to user inputs. Popup messages will alert you to any immediate threats, but are not overbearing as Bitdefender can handle most threats automatically.

Protection Level

Bitdefender offers the best level of protection against all types of malware, spyware, viruses, and identity attacks. Much of the malware today finds its way into your computer without you even knowing. You could be opening an email or visiting a website you've been to many times before. You might think you didn't do anything wrong but today's malware can be very sophisticated. Some forms of malware may even look like legitimate antivirus or internet security programs!

Bitdefender does a great job protecting you from all these threats. It actively protects you in the background with its Autopilot feature which runs silently and can stop most malware attacks without requiring user intervention. It protects your social networking by filtering links from Facebook and Twitter. It monitors your web activity to warn you of risky websites and protects your personal information from identity theft threats and attacks. Bitdefender also scans emails and IMs for potential threats and phishing attacks.

Bitdefender offers advanced threat detection technologies and algorithms to effectively detect and repair almost all threats. A key factor in determining how well antivirus software protects your system is its ability to detect and prevent 0-day threats and attacks. In addition, another key factor is your antivirus software's ability to repair and remove this malware from your system should it not be detected immediately. Bitdefender updates their virus and malware definitions automatically every hour and uses advanced heuristic detection algorithms to stay ahead of these 0-day threats.

Bitdefender receives the highest scores from AV Test (www.av-test.org) and AV Comparatives (www.av-comparatives.org) independent real world antivirus protection tests. These are two very respected, independent antivirus test groups. Bitdefender does a great job at both detecting and repairing these threats. AV Test indicated that Bitdefender's protection against 0-day threats as well as protection and prevention against widespread threats is excellent. Bitdefender received 100% score in these areas. Bitdefender also was able to detect all actively running malware and scores an 83% in removal of this malware, which is much higher than the industry average of 61%.

Bitdefender also received an ADVANCED+ rating, their highest rating, from AV Comparatives for their effectiveness in everyday real world protection and threat removal. During AV Comparatives testing only 12 of 1898 threats were not detected giving Bitdefender one of the highest detection ratings of any antivirus product. We highly recommend Bitdefender because of its level of effectiveness against today's computer threats. Bitdefender's protection level, among its many other features, is why we rate it so highly.

AV Test Scores:

OS Protection Repair
Windows 7 100% 83%
Windows XP 100% 92%

AV Comparatives Real-World Protection Test Rating:

ADVANCED+

Performance

Bitdefender performs very well at detecting and removing threats to your system while not compromising speed. Bitdefender scans your computer silently in the background using the Autopilot feature. There is virtually no impact on your computer performance as full system scanning only takes place when your system is idle. Bitdefender's Scan Dispatcher only triggers system scans when resource usage falls below an acceptable threshold.

Playing games or performing CPU intensive operations like encoding movies or Mp3s is still a breeze while Bitdefender is running in the background. However, it still makes sense to set Bitdefender to perform full systems scans in the early morning hours when your computer is most likely not in use. Bitdefender did not receive the highest rating for performance but it is still very respectable given the high level of threat protection and detection it offers.

AV Test Scores:

OS Usability (Performance)
Windows 7 83%
Windows XP 83%

AV Comparatives Performance Test Rating:

ADVANCED

Customer Support

Bitdefender has designed their software to be very easy to install and configure. It is simple to maintain and runs silently in the background. However, there may be times when you need additional support with a tough virus or unique configuration. It's comforting to know that Bitdefender has 24/7 phone, email, and live chat support. They also have an extensive online knowledge base, user forums, and video tutorials to assist you with setup, virus and malware removal, and special configuration cases. Their support staff is friendly, quick to respond, and very knowledgeable about their products.

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I am using the 2014 Total Security. The product has done it's job and caught all suspicious files. What I don't like is the Pop Up Ads on my desktop especially when I already upgraded. The program also tries to login to their website which is not good for throttled internet.
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