Bullguard Antivirus 12 Review

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Bullguard Antivirus 12 has cutting-edge virus and spyware protection, and some of the best detection capabilities of any antivirus software out there. While Bullguard does an excellent job of detecting and protecting your computer from malware infections, it's not ranked higher on our list because it has a difficult time removing that malware should it find its way onto your computer.

Price

Bullguard is unusual in that they only offer protection for 1 PC. You will need to buy their more expensive Internet Security suite to get protection for more PCs. They do still offer 2 and 3 year subscriptions for a discounted price. The following price is for a 1 year subscription which offers automatic virus updates throughout the subscription term.

1 Year Protection Subscription:

1 PC
$29.95

You can easily download Bullguard Antivirus 12 from their website (www.bullguard.com). They allow you to choose the subscription length in your shopping cart.

Features

Bullguard includes some nice features like their customizable Spamfilter with built-in support for the most popular email clients like Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird. You can add emails from particular senders to either a Whitelist (good senders) or a Blacklist (bad senders or spam). This is a nice feature because most antivirus companies require you to upgrade to their Internet Security suite to get Spam protection. They offer advanced virus detection that has been improved dramatically over previous versions. They also provide automatic updates that work seamlessly in the background and can be set to update your system every hour. They also have scan profiles allowing you to configure many different types of file scans.

System Requirements:

OS: Windows XP Sp2, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Memory: 512MB Minimum
Hard Drive Space: 200MB Free Space
Internet Connection for updates
 

Screenshots (click to enlarge):

Main Screen Settings Quick Scan

Ease of Use

Bullguard has a very simple user interface and is easy to use. They don't have a ton of settings to configure which the novice user will appreciate. You can configure Bullguard to either alert you when any actions are taken or be as quiet as possible allowing you to browse the web and email without knowing Bullguard is actively protecting you. Their Spamfilter is very easy to configure as they offer a wizard to walk you through the configuration. We found their user interface to be one of the simplest of any antivirus program.

Bullguard indicates your system's protection status in the home screen showing a green check when your computer is safe and a gray stop sign when there is an issue. One thing we didn't like about Bullguard's settings is that if you disable some scanning features, like email scanning, the main screen still indicates that everything is safe and ok. Most other antivirus programs will alert you that settings have changed.

Protection Level

Bullguard offers a very advanced level of protection without being overly complicated. Don't let their simple user interface fool you, underneath is a multi-layered defense system protecting your PC. They offer virus signature-based detection as well as advanced heuristic behavior-based detection. Their behavior-based detection uses some of the most advanced techniques to find unknown 0-day threats with great precision. This technology spots unknown viruses by the way they act, and watching how they change and affect your system.

Bullguard includes a great Spamfilter which is easily integrated into your existing email client. The Spamfilter is very effective at catching unwanted emails from malicious sources. Bullguard also scans your incoming and outgoing emails for threats so you won't unknowingly spread viruses to your email contacts. Bullguard protects you while you surf the web with their safe browsing system. It prevents you from going to malicious websites by checking links in your search results and alerting you to malicious links. It works with major search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. Some malware can detect antivirus software and shut it down, however, Bullguard protects itself from being terminated by malicious code and applications.

With all this protection technology, its no wonder Bullguard received the highest scores from AV Test (www.av-test.org) for both Windows 7 and Windows XP protection. However, Bullguard does falter in its ability to remove this malware if it happens to slip by their protection technology or already exists on your PC which is why we do not rate Bullguard higher on our list. Bullguard was also not tested by AV Comparatives which doesn't allow us to give it a higher rating.

AV Test Scores:

OS Protection Repair
Windows 7 100% 50%
Windows XP 100% 33%

AV Comparatives Real-World Protection Test Rating:

NOT RATED

Performance

Bullguard's performance is just about average for the industry. While they don't explicitly mention any features in their software to increase speed or reduce system resource use, we didn't notice our system slowing down while browsing the web or watching movies.  Bullguard's user interface is fast and was very responsive when we adjusted settings or viewed different screens.

It still makes sense to set Bullguard to perform full systems scans in the early morning hours when your computer is most likely not in use. Bullguard receives about average ratings for performance which earns it a spot on our list, just not a top spot on our list. Again, AV Comparatives did not rate Bullguard.

AV Test Scores:

OS Usability (Performance)
Windows 7 67%
Windows XP 75%

AV Comparatives Performance Test Rating:

NOT RATED

Customer Support

Bullguard software is very easy to use and they offer great customer support should you need additional assistance. Bullguard offers 24/7 email and live chat, however, we were surprised to see no phone support. Their response time was very short though, so we didn't mind that they don't have phone support. They also offer support in 6 other languages. Bullguard's staff is very knowledgeable about their software and current virus threats. Their support site includes a user forum, product guides, and technical guides.

Customer Reviews

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January 27, 2016Price
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I renewed my Bullguard for 3 years but still I am getting these ads to buy Bullguard that take over my computer and everytime I want another site this ad to buy Bullguard comes on which interfers with what I am looking for. You need to change this becauser it is irritating
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Bullguard slowed down the computer. Kept telling me sites were threats. this on VFW site, Microsoft site, etc.
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