Bitdefender Antivirus is an antivirus program for Windows XP/7/Vista. Although it is priced similarly to other antivirus suites, it contains various extra features typically included only in full-fledged security solutions. The software comes with a free trial and costs $39.95 after it expires.
One extremely convenient feature of Bitdefender antivirus is its autopilot mode. This setting simply allows Bitdefender to run in the background without bugging you. The software still conducts scans and blocks malware but it does so quietly. Alternatively, the user can disable autopilot mode and tinker with more advanced settings to achieve the level of security they want.
Bitdefender antivirus scores incredibly well on performance tests conducted by independent testing labs. In fact, Bitdefender received the VB100 award in 90% of its last tests. The 10% that it fudged were due to false positive results and not an inability to detect the malware.
Bitdefender antivirus features a very cool "rescue" mode, which can be launched on demand and grants the user rescue CD functionality without requiring him to copy the image onto CD. It also comes with its own rescue disk. Interestingly, some antivirus programs have trouble installing due to existing malware on the user's computer. Bitdefender Antivirus , however, gives the user no such headache.
Bitdefender Antivirus is one of the most flexible and effective antimalware suites on the market but it is a system hog. Apart from occupying almost a gigabyte of space and tons of RAM, its system scan can take hours to complete. However, these protracted scans are generally the result of malware in the first place. Scans on clean PCs completed in substantially shorter periods of time.
Like many of its competitors, Bitdefender scores about a 4 out 5 when trying to detect pre-existing threats to your computer. It scores similarly on rootkit tests and rootkit removal. Its ability to clear away scareware, however, is immaculate, scoring 100% detection on recent test.
Bitdefender silently uninstalls and destroys malware without the appearance of distracting and unnecessary notifications. One of the most impressive features that come with this program is its privacy protection capabilities. While most antivirus programs reserve website security features for their full-fledged versions, Bitdefender Antivirus includes it in its regular version. Phishing is a major concern when surfing the web and Bitdefender outperformed several top of the line security solutions!
Bitdefender is extremely complete and comes with many interesting features, one of which is virtual browsing. This allows you to open a virtual web surfing session where web-based malware is rendered absolutely useless. If you want a hands-off antivirus solution with tons of features, Bitdefender Antivirus is one of the best options available.