Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 Review

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Editors' rating:
The Pros

Bitdefender Antivirus outperforms the competition in independent test lab results by consistently seeking out and repairing malware.

The Cons

There are no parental control options included with Bitdefender Antivirus.


Bitdefender's high performance, usability and technical support options make it the best antivirus software.

As in previous years, the 2015 Bitdefender Antivirus Plus earned the highest marks from independent tests that measure protection, performance and ease of use. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 defends you against the threats of professional hackers and secures your personal information from identity thieves. You also receive expert customer services and the ability to receive technical support from a technician 24/7.

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The independent testing conducted by AV-Test, an independent software testing lab, examined the 2015 version of Bitdefender against two dozen other PC antivirus program in a controlled lab environment. The tests measured the protection, performance and usability of each program, and Bitdefender Antivirus Plus set or met the highest scores in each of these categories.

The protection test focused on the antivirus program's effectiveness against known viruses, worms and Trojan horses. These harmful components were harvested by AV-Test within the previous four weeks of the test to ensure current threats were being tested. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus detected 100 percent of these malevolent programs, surpassing the industry average of 94 percent.

Bitdefender doesn't only detect known harmful programs; it successfully detects zero-day malware - programs that have never been seen before, but some attributes that suggest malicious intent. Bitdefender inspects programs that look suspicious with similarities to known malicious programs and monitors programs to see if they behave in potentially malicious ways.

The performance section of AV-Test's testing measured the effects of the antivirus software on computer speed. Bitdefender slowed its host computer by an average of just one second for activities such as visiting websites, downloading application programs, installing programs and copying data files. This result is three times better than the average performance result.

The AV-Test Usability section tested how accurately the antivirus programs distinguished between safe and unsafe files. Programs that experience a high volume of false positives - when antivirus programs continually flag benign content as malicious -encourage users to start ignoring warnings. Bitdefender score flawlessly on usability, not producing a single false positive.

Even with Bitdefender's superb testing, it still has features that protect your system from the potential of a missed threat. Bitdefender has a rescue mode, which automatically reboots your system to expose a threat. This allows you to remove the threat from your system with Bitdefender's removal tool. Bitdefender works with Windows to keep all patches current. No other antivirus suite performs this function.

A USB immunizer is included to block potential dangers that can come onto your system from flash drives. A desktop widget lets you drag and drop downloaded content for a quick security scan. There is a dedicated browser included with Bitdefender that protects you further from potential fraud, making your internet purchases even more secure.

To help you to have optimal performance while Bitdefender is operating on your system, an Autopilot function makes security decisions without alerts. This protects your system without the hassle of wading through a multitude of security issues. One thing lacking from Bitdefender is the ability to apply parental controls on internet browsing. This is a feature included on other antivirus programs.

There's a product help and information wiki on the Bitdefender support center site, with useful topics and clear explanations. The support site also hosts malware- and rootkit-removal utilities. Bitdefender responds to customer support inquiries by online chat, phone and email 24/7. Very few antivirus companies offer this level of customer service.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 is the top antivirus software. It beats other antivirus competitors by providing the best performance, usability and virus protection. Other antivirus for PC include a parental control function; however, that is a feature you can program directly in your internet browser. If you are looking for the most powerful antivirus protection, you should consider Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015.

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