Bitdefender Total Security Review

Bitdefender is developed by a Romanian company that has been creating antivirus software in one form or another since the 1990s, and puts out very effective and reasonably priced software.
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Features

Bitdefender offers several configurations. Their flagship offering is Total Security Multi-Device, which combines several programs—Total Security package, described in detail below, Antivirus for Mac, and Mobile Security—into a single package that can be managed from a single account.

They offer three products for Windows PCs: Bitdefender Total Security, Internet Security, and Antivirus Plus. Antivirus Plus offers the following features:

  • Bitdefender OneClick Security, which allows you to engage security with a single click
  • Bitdefender Autopilot antivirus and anti-spyware
  • Bitdefender Photon, which provides faster scanning speeds and eliminates slowdowns
  • Detects when you are watching movies, working, or playing games and prevents other applications from slowing you down
  • Startup Optimizer, which minimizes your computer’s boot time
  • Quick Vulnerability Scanner warns you of outdated and vulnerable software, missing Windows security patches, and potentially unsafe security settings
  • OneClick Optimizer PC Tune-Up speeds up your system and frees up disk space
  • A unique, dedicated browser for safe online banking and shopping
  • A Wallet for one-step secure payments
  • Security reports
  • Secure Browsing tells you if links returned from browser search results are safe before you click on them and blocks access to infected websites

Bitdefender Internet Security is their next step up. It offers all of the features described above plus the following features:

  • Two-way firewall monitors your Internet connections and prevents unauthorized access even over a Wi-Fi connection
  • Parental control blocks inappropriate content, restricts web access between specified hours, and monitors your children’s online activity even on Facebook
  • Cloud antispam prevents unwanted email from reaching your inbox

Bitdefender Total Security is their top-of-the-line product. It offers all of the features described above for Antivirus Plus and Internet Security and alsothe following features for Windows PCs:

  • Bitdefender Safebox, which stores your important files in a secure online location
  • Device Anti-theft allows you to lock, wipe, and locate your computer from any Internet-connected device
  • File Encryption locks up confidential files in an encrypted vault

Bitdefender Family Pack is also an option if you need support for Windows, Macs, and Androids and you are looking for parental control features as well. Note that iOS devices are not supported. The features for Bitdefender Family Pack include the features of Total Security, Antivirus for Mac, and Mobile Security, plus additional parental control features, such as the ability to track your children’s physical location online, when they are not answering their phones.

Performance

All Bitdefender products are excellent, with top-rated antimalware capabilities and industry-best performance. In industry tests, they are the top performing antimalware with the least impact on system performance. For Windows users, Bitdefender is the top performer. Not only is the antimalware performance excellent, additional features such as a two-way firewall, device anti-theft, startup optimizer included in their Windows products, make them an even better value.

If you are only using a Mac, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is an excellent product, but has fewer features than what is offered for Windows. If you need to support a variety of devices, Total Security Multi-Device is an excellent choice; however, it does not support iOS devices and, again, not all features that available on Windows PCs are available on Macs.

Bitdefender offers a wide choice of options; however, the sheer number of choices—features, offerings, and configurations—can be a bit daunting when choosing which Bitdefender product, or combination of products, you will need.

Pricing

Bitdefender Total Security is priced at $89.95 per year for 3 PCs, about the same price as its competitors. However, Bitdefender gives you many additional features. This is an excellent value if you only use PCs. There are also plans available for up to 5 PCs or 10 PCs.

Bitdefender Total Security Multi-Device is priced at $99.95 per year for 5 devices. There is an additional plan for up to 10 devices at $129.95 per year.

Bitdefender Internet Security is priced at $79.95 per year for 3 PCs. There are also plans available for up to 5 PCs or 10 PCs. This is an excellent value if you only use PCs. If you only use Macs, Antivirus for Mac is available at $59.95 per year for up to 3 Macs.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is priced at $59.95 per year for 3 PCsThere are also plans available for up to 5 PCs or 10 PCs.

Bitdefender Family Pack allows you to install on an unlimited of Windows PCs, Macs, and Android devices for up to 3 users at $11.95/month or $119.95/year, or for up to 5 users for $14.95/month or $159.95/year.

Technical Support

Bitdefender provides an FAQ and email support only, though their technicians are available 24/7. Support options are more limited than some competitors.

Conclusion

All Bitdefender products are excellent. Bitdefender is well known for its small performance impact while still providing excellent protection. If you use a variety of devices, Total Security Multi-Device is an excellent choice; however, it does not support iOS devices. Bitdefender Total Security is our number one choice if you are only using Windows PCs. If you are using a Mac, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is an excellent product, but has fewer features than what is offered for Windows.  Support offerings are also more limited than some competitors. The sheer number of choices, however, can be a bit daunting when choosing a Bitdefender product.

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