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I googled for "Best Antivirus" and got this so I decided to buy this and check it out and I have to say, this is one of the best antivirus softwares I've ever tried. It protected me from everything my previous antivirus softwares failed to. The thing is that Bitdefender has a strong web protection, it saved me on various occasions regarding browsing and accidentally clicking something you shouldn't be clicking, like a Facebook hacked account virus link posted to your wall. My previous antivirus softwares would let the virus into the PC and then, takes action to remove it. Bitdefender puts a wall right before that happens, very useful. You can choose what type of scanning you want, quick scan, complete scan or you can create a custom scan. There are various modes you can choose like, Typical, Parent, Gamer and Custom. I've only used the Typical mode and Game mode so I wouldn't know anything about Parent mode. I can explain about the Game mode though, basically, when in gaming mode, Bitdefender consumes lesser power for your smooth gaming but it wouldn't matter for a person with a high-end computer but for people like me who don't have such computers, it's useful. Talking about consumption, the little problem with Bitdefender is that it consumes alot, like I said, it wouldn't matter for a person with a high-end computer but it would for people like me, I wouldn't recommend it if you have one of the weaker systems. Another problem with it is that Bitdefender may mistake many normal programs for viruses and it won't allow you to use that program, unless you add that program to the exceptions, but it's a real hard deal to do that since Bitdefender blocks the original .exe of the program, you have to switch Bitdefender off for a few seconds, to extract the .exe of the program to the place you wanna extract it, then switch Bitdefender on and add the extracted .exe to the exceptions through Bitdefender. It's pretty tricky. Other than that, it's a great shield against the malicious threats that's all around the web.
I started using Bitdefender about 3 years ago because I was fed up of Norton slowing down my PC and Bitdefender was the answer to my prayers. It had a high detection rate, was easy to use and didn't slow down my PC. It was great and I have used it every since.
So when it was time to renew I upgraded to the new 2010 version.
The installation was straight forward. It only took a few minutes and I was able to configure the security settings easily.
The main screen has three different interfaces, for novices, intermediate or advanced. This makes it easy to use and customise no matter your level of expertise.
Bitdefender updates itself every hour, which I think is more often than any other anti virus programme. This is great because any virus programme is only as good as the latest update.
BitDefender also has a complete lineup of all the essential features (and then some). It is equipped to protect your computer from a number of threats, and provides complete peace of mind while downloading files online, opening emails, or sending an important IM.
However after a few days I discovered a few downsides to the programme. It is much heavier on resources than previous versions (even slowed down a new laptop it was installed onto) and had a tendency to crash. Which is a very big downside.
I really hope they sort out the issues for the next edition because I do think this much better than the likes Norton.
Compatible with all versions of Windows XP, Vista, and the more recent Windows 7, the internet security suite "BitDefender Total Security 2010" protects up to three computers for one year.
Protection on offer includes ant-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, identity protection, file and instant messaging encryption, a firewall, as well as parental control, and both tune-up and back up utilities. Overall delivering very comprehensive protection and offering several tools that other Internet Security Suites do not.
Installation was easy and painless, the chances are that if you can sign on to the internet then you're already skilled enough to install BitDefender. The first time installation of the software was not quite as fast as other Internet Security Suites I've used but that's no great failing. I appreciated the ability to set up the software for novice, intermediate or advanced controls, I choose the latter as I enjoy exploring the different settings, and tweaking the software to my own preferences. Again if you just want BitDefender to run away in the background with minimum input and no complex settings such as B-Have (heuristic analysis) and contextual scans then the novice option is ideal.
The addition of a laptop mode which saves battery life is a smart idea, as is the game mode which reduces the software's load on your system resources, and prevents asking for user interaction when your...when I guess when you're playing games.
The user interface is well designed with everything laid out smartly into their own separate tabs (remembering that I choose the advanced settings during installation) it's easy to do what you want, when you want with the minimum amount of clicking and starching of the head.
The Tune-Up tools on offer are great for the less experienced user or for someone wanting to be able to do everything from within a single program. Offering a disk defragmenter, registry clean-up, file duplicate and broken shortcut cleaner to name a few, but I personally prefer to do all of this along with other maintance tasks myself, and to be honest I've never really trusted third party registry cleaners having too much trouble with them in the past.
The only thing I can fault is the fact that when I'm busy doing something BitDefender has a nasty habit of popping up and starting to scan my computer - despite the fact that I've disabled scheduled scanning. If I press the cancel button and close the window, it will simply come back shortly later. I perform a quick scan every few days and a full scan every week or two, so I don't feel the need to let the software scan several times a day, and am currently searching for a solution to prevent it doing so, and I'm sure that there is simple resolution.
With everything that it offers it's hard not to recommend BitDefender to you. It really is well worth considering as a reliable method of keeping you and your computer safe.
You can purchase this item from Amazon.co.uk for the very good value price of £20.97, making it much cheaper than most of it's rivals.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)