BitDefender AntiVirus Plus 2017
• High levels of virus detection in both independent & in-house tests
• Impressive phishing protection features
• Social networking safeguards, including scanning your Facebook profile
• Includes privacy protection that most vendors reserve for internet security
• Guards your online transactions
• New Wallet password management somewhat limited
We've been unable to find anti-virus software that can beat BitDefender AntiVirus Plus 2017 for virus & spyware protection, ease of use and value for money. Virus detection rates outstrip many of its competitors in both our own tests and other recognized independent anti-virus labs. The design overhaul is impressive and the new security additions such as the anti-phishing tool keep this anti-virus ahead of the competition.
BitDefender has been making a bit of a name for itself in recent years. The reputation of this computer security software based company has slowing increased as its launched more security products on to the market, picking up plenty of prestigious industry awards along the way. This latest version sees a new interface design, social networking security features and silent security.
Installing BitDefender AntiVirus Plus 2017 isn't quick, in fact its become a pretty large installation in recent years, but it is easy and very straight forward. During installation BitDefender scans system files for viruses and it may request a reboot to complete its installation process.
BitDefender was able to recognize that we already had an anti-virus installed on our computer and alerted us to the problem. Remember you should only ever have one anti-virus running on your computer, otherwise your likely to run into conflicts.
BitDefender AntiVirus Plus is designed firstly to protect your computer against virus threats. Built on top of that is protection from spyware, rootkits, worms and keyloggers - so its a pretty comprehensive anti-malware solution. It will also protect you from phishing scams, identity theft and social networking threats. Threats are now protected across different mediums including internet, search engines, email and instant messaging programs.
Email - BitDefender scans e-mail on both the POP3 and SMTP protocols and it also integrates nicely with Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail (if you have Vista) to provide anti-spam protection.
Search engines - Recent versions of BitDefender AntiVirus Plus have seen the use of a search adviser tool, that alerts you to potentially dangerous websites that appear in Google & Bing search engine results. Were pleased to see Search Adviser back in this latest addition and appears to work a lot better than past versions.
New to BitDefender is a virtualized browser that isolates the browser from the operating system. Keeping them both separate provides another layer of protection by making sure web based threats can't get through.
Social networking - Safego is a new addition to BitDefender AntiVirus Plus. It scans your Facebook wall and filters out potentially malicious links that you receive from friends who post on your Facebook or Twitter feeds.
In our own lab tests, BitDefender came out on top, scoring some impressive results. See chart to the left.
All the major anti-virus testing labs have included BitDefender in their studies and looking at the statistics the results are impressive.
AV-Test perform one of the most comprehensive malware tests under Windows 7, Vista and XP platforms. In the most recent test BitDefender earned 17 points making it their highest performing anti-virus.
AV-Comparatives awarded BitDefender ADVANCED+, the highest rating it can receive.
Scans & updates
AntiVirus Plus offers quick, full and customs scans. On our test computer, a quick scan averaged around 2 minutes and 15 seconds. While the deep scan averaged 1 hour, 40 minutes. These are roughly the same times as last year's version.
During the scan process BitDefender will automatically quarantine any viruses it picks up. However, not all viruses can be removed from your computer without a reboot. BitDefender will alert you if a reboot is required after a scan process has been complete.
Within the advance settings there are plenty of scan options - you can choose whether you scan files, applications, network shares even boot sectors. You can also select whether you want to scan email, IM and HTTP traffic.
BitDefender also offers a vulnerabilities scan which checks for out of date applications and other security issues.
Laptop mode - New to BitDefender AntiVirus Plus is a laptop mode. It's a nice addition to the program that minimizes BitDefender's impact on your laptop's power usage while it's running off the battery. It's the sort of thing you probably won't notice, but could come in handy if your on the move.
Gamer mode - If you like to play games on your computer you can set the anti-virus to play in gamer mode. This means that the BitDefender won't interrupt you during a game. Gamer mode is also useful if your in full screen, making a presentation or watching a movie.
Rescue mode - Allows you to scan all partitions outside your operating system. This means that if your unable to boot your computer, you still use Rescue Mode to check your system.
Remote monitoring - Using the access network map you can manage all installations from a single computer. From here you can start scans and fix uses without needing to even move.
Ease of use
For the third year in a row, BitDefender has given its interface an overhaul. For those of you who are familiar with last years edition, the intermediate and advanced interfaces have been merged into one interface. Its a move, we think works wonders - removing a layer of complexity, we didn't really need.
One of the recent additions to the software is autopilot mode. This allows you to let BitDefender run silently in the background without any alerts or messages. It makes its own security based decisions. Of course you can turn off autopilot if you want to get further into the settings. But in our opinion, it's a great approach to software - keeping things simple, but with the option of further configuration if needed.
Help & support
Telephone - Technical support is available on the following numbers:
Email - Click here to send a message to customer Care.
Live chat - Click here to chat to live support.
Twitter - twitter.com/Bitdefender
Forum - Click here to directly access the forum.
We've always been big fans of BitDefender AntiVirus and the 2017 version has not failed to impress. It scores really well in the independent lab tests while the company's focus on silent security is definitely a positive for those looking for hassle free anti-virus protection. One of the key bonuses of BitDefender AntiVirus Plus is the inclusion of privacy protection, usually reserved by most security vendors for their for internet security security suites. In conclusion, all-in-all a great choice for those looking to purchase anti-virus software.
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