Review: Bitdefender Internet Security 2013: Excellent security, user-friendly interface
Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 ($ 70 for 1 year plus 3 PCs, because of 12/19/12) will only be everything which you’d need inside a safety suite. This system, that earned the greatest rating inside both the real-world attack test plus the program cleaning test, has a user-friendly interface which may appeal to both normal plus advanced consumers. It equally comes with many additional services, including antitheft security for different mobile equipment.
In the real-world attack test (that indicates how effectively a suite can block unique malware attacks because it encounters them), Bitdefender completely blocked 100 % of attacks. (Four different tested protection suites additionally place up best scores inside this test: F-Secure, G Data, Norton, plus Trend Micro.) Bitdefender was furthermore capable to identify 98.8 % of recognized malware samples inside the malware-zoo detection test. That’s not a bad detection rate, however, five of the 9 protection suites inside this year’s roundup had detection rates of 99.0 % or high.
Bitdefender managed to identify plus disable 100 % of the infections inside the program cleaning test, plus it effectively cleaned up all traces of infections 90 % of the time. This happen is the number one full-cleanup rate of some of the suites you tested—only F-Secure Internet Security 2013 had a synonymous cleaning rate (90 percent). Bitdefender flagged only 1 file (from over 250,000) because harmful, that offers it a low false-positive percentage compared with its competition.
The system adds merely a small additional fat to the system—in different words, its slowdowns are tolerable. It added 3.5 seconds to startup time (compared to a PC without antivirus system installed), that puts it inside the lower half of the suites you tested. It additionally added a 2nd or thus to shutdown time. Bitdefender has the greatest on-demand scanning time (2 minutes, 1 second) of the programs you tested, as well as the fourth-longest on-access scanning time (5 minutes, 41 seconds).
Bitdefender’s installation procedure is a small boring. It has just six screens to click by, however, a couple of those screens require consumer input (like selecting whether to start certain features), as well as the last screen needs we to log into, or create, a Bitdefender account. Bitdefender refuses to come with a browser toolbar, however, it does install a widget which sits about the desktop plus displays security status plus notifications.
Bitdefender’s interface is appealing plus well laid out, with a big banner which shows security status plus small modules for particular regions of security. It’s easy to locate details found on the leading screen: A big settings switch, for illustration, takes we to a comprehensive list of settings, to a notifications location, plus to small modules (for antivirus functions, online confidentiality, the firewall, system updates, so on) which let we to fast access plus configure those qualities.
Settings plus choices are abundant, yet not extreme. Bitdefender does a wise job of keeping details easy, except you need to see more-advanced choices. Should you do commence to receive a small confused, you are able to constantly click on the aid switch inside the bottom-right corner of every screen to find pop-up messages which describe what the settings do.
Bitdefender additionally lets we manage a services, apps, plus mobile equipment from a Internet portal called MyBitdefender. This portal, that you signal up for whenever we install the system, lets we configure online parental controls, manage Facebook plus Twitter security, set up antitheft security for a equipment, activate identity theft security, plus access Bitdefender’s Safebox cloud backup storage (we receive 2GB for free).
Overall, Bitdefender’s 2013 Internet protection suite is an good, user-friendly system. It does have several light scanning-speed issues, however otherwise it’s an easy-to-use suite which provides we many good additional services.