TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is part of the current generation of antivirus products not afraid to include antispyware features for fear that adware publishers will sue them for calling adware what it really is: spyware. It has not always been so. Back in the day, antispyware software complemented antimalware software, but the categories were separate. Antivirus product vendors did not include antispyware capabilities. At that time, they feared of lawsuits by purveyors of adware that took umbrage at having their adware labeled as spyware. In order to sidestep silly semantic reasons for artificially crippling security products, antimalware publishers dropped the term "spyware." They started to include antispyware features in antivirus products and began to refer to adware as "extended threats" to avoid lawsuits from legitimate marketing companies. It is good that the conflict between antispyware vendors and antivirus vendors has been resolved because you no longer need to buy two separate products.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus wins the TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award for the best antispyware software. Bitdefender is so much more than antispyware. It demonstrates excellent antimalware performance at independent test labs. Bitdefender protects your PC from viruses and your privacy on social networks. It warns you if you try to visit dangerous websites. Furthermore, it protects you from attempts to steal your identity. Bitdefender also has features that keep you safe while you bank or shop online. Let us now consider the most important aspect of antispyware software: performance.

Performance
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9.7/10
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In the summer of 2013, an independent German test lab called AV-Test included Bitdefender in a suite of tests for a group of two dozen products. Bitdefender outperformed every competitor. The tests evaluated the products continuously over two months with each product set to its default settings.

To achieve its perfect score for protection against malware infections, Bitdefender demonstrated its ability to identify zero-day attacks: brand-new threats. Bitdefender had no difficulty detecting malware spawned no earlier than 90 days prior to the testing either. Additionally, it detected any widespread and well-known malware it encountered.

Bitdefender also achieved near-perfect marks from AV-Test for its ability to clean and repair already-infected computers. Bitdefender was the best of the bunch in its ability to detect actively running malware. It had no rival when it came to removing all pieces of active malware. Furthermore, it removed all malicious components and was able to remediate any critical system modifications.

In AV-Test test results for usability, Bitdefender also earned a perfect score. The AV-Test approach to scoring usability capabilities is to conduct tests that demonstrate the impact of the security software on the test computers' usability. AV-Test considered whether the software slowed the system down, confused and labeled legitimate software as malware and mistakenly blocked perfectly safe files.

Features
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In addition to emerging as the winner in objective tests that demonstrate performance, Bitdefender includes excellent features. It protects against viruses and rootkits. It keeps you safe during online financial transactions. Whenever you bank or shop online, Bitdefender automatically opens a separate, secure browser. If you insert a USB drive into your PC, the software scans for threats. Bitdefender also protects you on social networks. It warns you about any sites that it recognizes as phishing sites when they appear in search results from Bing or Google.

In addition to including as many useful features as possible, Bitdefender monitors the entire threat universe and provides auxiliary tools as necessary. For example, when ransomware attacks began to increase, Bitdefender released a removal tool to augment the native features of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. Ransomware is a kind of malware that locks you out of your computer system or certain files until you pay the hacker to give you the unlock code. Often the attack will pretend to come from the FBI. It will accuse you of breaking some law to try to intimidate you into paying a so-called fine. When ransomware holds you hostage, you can download the Bitdefender ransomware tool to another computer and then install it on the infected computer with a USB drive. As hackers bring new techniques forward, Bitdefender augments its products as necessary to protect you.

Help & Support
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You can access Bitdefender's help and support 24/7 by online chat, telephone and email ticket. There is a user forum where you can enlist the help of fellow users. There are also extensive online resources that consist of expertly written instructions about how to deal with various security situations. In addition to the free services, there are premium paid support services that give you the option to receive advanced support from a technician who uses remote access to perform certain security chores for you.

 

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus Summary:
9.8/10

The reason you should install excellent protection such as Bitdefender security software is that the hacker underworld continues to evolve its organization to maximize efficiency. Each new wave of threats reveals an increasing level of criminal genius. Do not settle for Windows native security. Think twice about settling for free antivirus software.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is a winner when it comes to antispyware. However, it is much more than antispyware. Bitdefender is full-strength antimalware that outperforms all competitors. In addition to being a champion performer, Bitdefender includes many useful features that go beyond the average capabilities of its competitors. Bitdefender is the best antispyware software and the best antimalware.

 
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Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2014

Pros
Bitdefender achieved perfect scores at AV-Test labs for protection and usability.

Cons
Bitdefender deserves better brand recognition in the United States.

The Verdict
: 9.78/10

Bitdefender is the best of the best choices for security software.