Finding a good antivirus software that can keep the computer protected from any type of malware and viruses is a tedious task. After using Kaspersky Internet security for a year, I decided to try some other antivirus which can perform much better than the previous one. From various reviews I found that Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 does a good job in protecting the PC from viruses and also it comes with a lot of other useful features. I will share some tips, pros & cons about this software
Bitdefender is one of the leading Security software products in the market. It was started in the year2001 and they were in the business for more than 14 years. The latest product to get released from them is Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2016. Now let us get in detail to discuss about the features, its performance and the usability it offers.
Is it Easy to Install Bitdefender Antivirus ?
The installation of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 is a typical one and it does not involve any complex steps which needs explanation. The actual download of the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus software begins only after you click on the .exe file. Then you just need to follow the series of steps by clicking the next button.
Before the installation starts, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus will run a system scan on your PC to find any infected items and malwares present in your PC. Once it detects them, it will let you know and prompts you to restart your PC to continue with the installation Process.
BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2017 Features
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus also comes with a lot of other features that protects the user from many unknown threat for which the user might have otherwise became a victim.
One of the best features that the software offers is the Ransomware protection. Ransomeware is one of the biggest problem that most of the user faces. Ransomeware is a special type of malware which attacks the system by some means and restricts the user from using the system and forces the user to pay some money in order to grant access to the system. So the Ransomware protection feature locks all the files stored in the PC and allows only the user of the PC to access them and thereby preventing any unauthorized access.
Social Network Protection features protects the system by blocking the malicious links that the user might get from some of their friend on social networking sites like twitter, Facebook etc. It goes through all the links and articles that you see on your Facebook page and tells whether the particular link is safe to open or not by using a green tick next to the article. In the below screenshot, the green tick next to the article indicates that the link is safe to open.
Secure Browsing feature warns you whether a particular URL that gets displayed in Google, Bing or yahoo search page is safe to open or not. The green tick next to the URL indicates that the link is safe to pen and a red cross mark tells that the webpage contains some malicious item and it is not safe to open.
The Safepay feature allows you to securely do all the financial transactions by opening all the banking websites in a secure browser. Once you open any online banking site, you will be getting a popup window which asks you permission to open the website in a secure browser.
The File shredder feature allows you to securely delete all the important files and folders in such a way that they cannot be recovered back by any cybercriminal or hackers.
The user interface of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 seems to be somewhat tricky when compared to my previous antivirus software Kaspersky. The main screen contains options only for scan and you need to navigate through various screens in order to access all of its features. The left side of the main screen allows you to access various sections of the Bitdefender Antivirus software.
The main screen tells whether your system is protected or not and if your system is up to date. It also contains the following features.
Quick scan: Perform a quick scan of your system
Vulnerability scan: Checks for any missing windows update and other application updates and informs you to update them.
Update: Check for any updates
The file protection and web protection tabs lets you know about the threats it had detected in the system and webpages it has blocked respectively.
You can access the protection features by clicking on the View Modules link that is available in the middle of the main screen.
The Antivirus section contains option for various types of scan like Quick scan and full system scan. The vulnerability section allows you to perform vulnerability scan and check if the Wi-Fi settings are secure. The web protection section allows you to add any webpages that you want to block.
The ransomware protection enables you to add the trusted applications which can access your files and block application which you don’t want to access your personal files. The Antispam and Firewall sections are available only with Bitdefender Total Security software and hence you need to upgrade your antivirus software to access them.
The dashboard also has an Autopilot mode which does most of the work by itself like blocking the popups and optimizing the performance of the applications running without any user interference. By default the Autopilot mode is turned ON.
By clicking the privacy option in the left side, you can access the Safepay and File Shredder features.
The tools screen shows various options for enhancing the performance of the PC, but they can be accessed only when you upgrade your Bitdefender Antivirus to Bitdefender Total Security.
The Activity screen lets you know about the various activities performed by the Bitdefender Antivirus software like detecting malwares, blocking webpages and applications.
The Notification screen provides you with information about the malwares detected, webpages blocked, available updates and activities performed by you in the software like running or stopping a scan.
The settings screen allows you to access the settings of the software.
The support screen helps you to contact their support person in case of any issues with the Bitdefender Antivirus software. If you want the help of a Bitdefender technical person then you need to click on the Contact Support link and fill out a form. Once you have submitted the form the technical person will call you. Please note that there is no option to call the technical support person directly.
How is the Performance of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus?
One of the most important factors that we need to look for while choosing a good antivirus software is the protection it can offer to the system and I think Bitdefender excels in it. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 was able to detect some 2 infections at the installation stage itself and removed them.
When I tried running a full system scan, it successfully detected more than 140 items and resolved them. Again when I tried injecting an USB device with malwares and threats into my PC, Bitdefender Antivirus has successfully detected all the threats and deleted them.
The only concern with the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 is that the full system scan takes more time to complete when compared to Kaspersky. While Kaspersky took only one hour to complete, Bitdefender nearly takes around 5 hours to complete the full system scan. However a second system scan was completed in a relatively lesser time.
Bitdefender also performed exceptionally well in the anti-phishing part, it successfully manages to block all the known phishing sites and links with any malicious content.
Bitdefender does not cause any impact on the system performance. It was making use of only 8% of the system resources. So the system does not slow down when Bitdefender runs in the background.
Is There Any Legit Testimonial?
It is a common practice for anyone to do a thorough research of the software that they are willing to buy. So we usually look for reviews and comments from other users who have previously used the product.
Let's start from the negative review, I Found that few user complains that the menu and settings is lack of explanation, especially for a non techie person. for example there is a settings called paranoid mode. there is no tooltips what is that thing? why we need this?
And there seems to be an installation issues for some users , like my friend who cannot install this software at all .
So my advice get the free trial 30 days first, before you buy it. if you cannot install at all. Leave it and buy another antivirus program
And for the positive ones are the software is work seamlessly in the background without slowing down your PC. it provide really great protection against malware, and threats, there is no Annoying ads, and Many user is satisfied with the price and the security features ( like ransomeware protection, safepay and file shredder and more ) that this software provide
|OS Supported||Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7|
|Required RAM||1 GB|
|Required Space||1 GB|
|Required Processor||1 GHz|
Where to Get Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017? Is there any Discount?
The best place to get this software is by visiting the Bitdefender official website here .
And there is special deals where you can also get a whopping 50% discount on all the Bitdefender products . So the cost of this software is only $ 30 instead $ 60 and it can protect up to 3 devices for 1 year.
So it only cost you $ 10 / device / year , thats pretty cheap
Please note that the offer is valid for only a short period of time and may expire anytime soon. So try to grab the opportunity and don’t miss it.
And also there is 30 Days money back guarantee if you buy it only from the official website
Bitdefender also comes with different version ( Antivirus, Total Security , Box and Internet Security ).
You can view the comparison between all version here
You can also get free 30 days free full trial from the website . I STRONGLY SUGGEST TO TRY FIRST BEFORE YOU BUY IT ( There is a Small link below the product box image, shown in the below screenshot ) .
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 has all the features that are required for providing a complete full time protection to the users. With the exception in customer support and user interface, Bitdefender scores well in all the areas from performance to malware protection.
If you are looking for a good and an advanced protection against malwares and cybercriminals then I would definitely recommend you to go with Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017.
Please note that i recommend you to try the software first for 30 days before you buy it, because there is an installation issues for some users. if you cannot install at all, just look for another antivirus software
- Stay secure while doing online transactions and browsing the internet with Wi-Fi Security Advisor
- Great protection against malwares and other external threats
- Has Ransomware protection which is usually absent in many antivirus software.
- Has minimal impact on the system performance
- Some user reported problem with installation, they cannot install the software. My advice is try the software first for 30 days for free before you buy it
- The 1st full system scan takes more times to complete
- Speaking to a technical support person via live chat / phone call is not possible.