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Bitdefender Total Security

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Bitdefender Total Security features, pros & cons

Key features

  • Real-time protection
  • Parental control
  • Bitdefender Central
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Bitdefender Total Security pricing

1 Year
$ 49 99
per Year
  • Protection for Win, Mac, Android, iOS
  • Up to 5 devices
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2 Years
$ 104 99
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  • Stops sophisticated malware
  • Secure VPN for online privacy
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$ 139 99
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  • Ransomware protection
  • Advanced parental control
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Review

Bitdefender Total Security 2020 review

Bitdefender Total Security 2020 is a product by the Romanian company, Bitdefender SRL. It is an antivirus and one of the most popular anti-malware programs, providing protection against malware and other modern threats. Bitdefender runs on Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android. It costs $45 per 1 year as standard subscription, or $60 per 1 year as Family Pack. The program offers the following security services:

  1. real-time data protection - against viruses, worms, trojans, ransomwares, zero-day vulnerabilities, rootkits, spyware;
  2. behavioral detection to monitor active programs;
  3. web attack prevention - to block malicious/infected sites, plus anti-fraud filtering system;
  4. rescue mode - to detects threats that require a PC restart and consecutive cleaning;
  5. network threat warning - identifies suspicious activities, blocks malware or URLs associated with bot networks;
  6. phishing filter - to block sites disguised as valid but could retrieve financial data (passwords or credit card numbers);
  7. theft protection - prevents data in case of device loss or theft by remote access to it via Bitdefender Central account (only Windows version).

So we decided to take a look at this security suite, then conduct and write Bitdefender Total Security 2019 review. It is based on Windows 7, 32-bit PC.

Specifications:

Vendor Bitdefender S.r.l. (website)
Newest version (for Windows) v.23.0.22 out July 2019
Operating systems Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS
Installer file size 482.2 MB
Menu languages 10
Optimization modes Anti-Fraud, AntiVirus, Web protection
Extra features Parental control, Anti-Theft, Optimizer
License Trial / Subscription
Pricing $49.99 - 1 Year, 5 Devices
$139.99 - 3 Years, 5 Devices

Installation & interface

Before downloading and installing Bitdefender, make sure your system requirements are met: a) Windows 7/8/10, 2GB RAM, IE 11/Chrome 43/Mozilla 39; b) macOS Yosemite/El Capitan /Sierra/Mojave; c) iOS 10 or higher; d) Android 4.0.3. or higher, and Internet connection surely.

Note, that if there is another antivirus on your device, it will not coexist friendly with Bitdefender - you’d have to remove it totally. Also, you have to sign up and create a Bitdefender account to use the app. While doing that, you can choose trial, which is 30 days of free use. Interface is quite convenient, main left menu contains tabs like Dashboard, Quick scan, VPN, Protection, Utilities, Quick Action, etc.

Protection is the key tab, with all security tools inside: antivirus, web protection, firewall, antispam, safe files, anti-ransomware. In Privacy tab there’s also a special Bitdefender VPN, data encryption, password protection, webcam protection, parental control. Utilities include one-click optimizer, startup optimizer, disk cleanup, anti-theft. There are few additional items in bottom part as well: notifications, account, settings, support.

How to use Bitdefender, types of scans

The program does not require significant effort. In order to perform a quick scan (to check if there are any security threats), just click on the Start Scan button in the Quick Scan menu. Users may install BTS on any other devices, managing it from personal account online.

Full System Scan feature is located in Protection > Antivirus tab. In Manage Scans tab users can choose a type of scan to perform, set the frequency (schedule), specify drives/folders/files, etc. So, nothing extraordinary in line of security software. Quarantine, as you’ve guessed, holds harmful files and threats as detected by scanning.

In addition to basic tasks, there’s a bunch of useful options. For instance, Online Threat Prevention allows to avoid online fraud sites or phishing efforts, and also a user may set exceptions (URL, domain, IP) when 100% sure about legitimacy and safety. Webcam protection and parental control gain more and more significance in our day and age. One great additional feature is Bitdefender VPN (Dashboard > Open VPN) included by default in the suite with automatic or manual choice of location. We’ll probably do a separate review for it in the nearest future.

Testing the performance

Now, from theory to practice, let’s test Bitdefender Total Security 2019. Using Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) and European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR) testing files, designed and certified specifically to test antivirus and security software, we ran several tests for Bitdefender.

First, we checked if Bitdefender would respond to manual downloading of a malicious file by EICAR. It did successfully: Web protection notified us about the dangerous page being blocked. Disk boot protection check found the threat as well.

Having complicated the task with ZIP, ZIPX, RAR, 7Z, JAR, TGZ files (archived malware) we also got positive detection by Bitdefender. The same went for potentially unwanted programs (PUA) test files.

The second stage was meant to be anti-phishing protection, though we were not able to carry it out, even after we had enabled this feature in settings.

So we moved on to next task - testing real-time protection capabilities. For this we used special threat simulations by CheckMe service. Six threats were flagged by Bitdefender: malware infection, command and control communication, browser exploitation, data leak, anonymizer use and identity theft. Although note, that these are not necessarily actual attacks, rather potentially vulnerable areas. Anyhow, BTS detected only 4.

Also, isn’t it quite peculiar that after changing the language at this stage, all notifications about threats simply disappear?

For the main test of scanning capabilities, surely enough we ran both types of scan. Quick Scan lasted 3 minutes 40 seconds and found 1 threat. Full system scan took very long time (over 5 hours) while also slowing down the computer (Bitdefender launched 6 processes, with CPU load between 48 and 54 %), and resulted in 2 potential threats.

Technical support

To find answers to certain questions about Bitdefender, you may visit their consumer support page, with plenty of materials. If it does not help, contact the support via email, phone call, or live chat. In our case it took about 10 minutes for a reply by email, reassuring that the issue will be fixed soon.

Verdict

We can conclude that Bitdefender Total Security 2019 is a decent security software. It is capable of detecting viruses, worms, trojans, zero-day vulnerabilities, malware and spyware. And of course, it has its goods and bads, as any other product. For good, we should say it has a nice interface, wide set of tools, is available for all major platforms and overall works well to protect user’s online activities. On the other hand, it has issues with stability and proper work (some elements fail or act inaccurately), issues with notifications and active alerts (not appearing instantly, and only can be seen in Notifications section), and the program is heavy on PC resources.

FAQ 

Does Bitdefender have a free version?
Bitdefender products offer 30-day free trial period.

Does Bitdefender antivirus work on Windows 10?
Yes, it works on Windows 7, 8 and 10, as well as Mac, Android and iPhones.

Is Bitdefender antivirus available on Mac?
Yes, Bitdefender Total Security 2019 works on Mac devices, as well as Windows, iPhone/iPad/iOS, Android.

How does Bitdefender VPN work?
Bitdefender Total Security 2019 provides a VPN connection that allows to select virtual locations and hide real identity while browsing the web.

How to set up a webcam protection in Bitdefender?
Open Privacy tab and click Webcam protection tab, then just activate it.

How to neutralize threats detected by Bitdefender antivirus?
Head on to Quarantine section, select malicious files and remove them permanently.

How to temporarily disable Bitdefender?
Go to Protection tab in main window and turn off Shield for a required period of time.

Does Bitdefender have tuneup utilities?
Yes, there are One-click optimizer, Disk cleanup and Startup optimizer.

What privacy protection tools does Bitdefender have?
There are a lot of tools, e.g. microphone and webcam access monitors, files shredder, anti-tracker and others.

What is Bitdefender vulnerability scan?
It's a tool helping to keep Windows and programs versions up to date. It's also searching for weakness in user accounts and Wifi passwords.

What is Bitdefender Central?
It's a SaaS service for web-management of licenses and connected devices.

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Ideal for parental control

I am a father, and in today's world we have to protect our children not only from any physical problems, but also from technological ones. Indecent content can be found everywhere, even on weather websites. Therefore, it is extremely important for me to choose a means of protecting my children from this information. This is not the first program I use, but it is the best one at this time. I really like that it offers protection for your PC/laptop and phone, and supports any number of devices. Even my wife started using the program. It also has Optimizator (disk, registry and privacy cleaner) which i rarely use, but i see result afterwards- the computer runs faster.

Pros:

  • Safepay.
  • A great tool for parental control
  • OneClick Optimizer

CONS:

  • Have not found
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Max Konan, 2019-09-17 11:56:50

I there are too many unnecessary features

There is a lot of the features included in Bitdefender Total Security. I think there are even too many features. Some of them are really unnecessary ( "Some" I mean 90% of its features that I did not find the need). One of them is "Deleting temporary files". This is a temporary way to free up space. It will be filled up the next day again. Previous versions of Bitdefender Total Security had minimal impact on system performance. But it is not true at this moment: the new version slows down OS loading and you may experience discomfort even during normal use while actively scanning. You must have an SSD for convenience. There is also a great feature "Autopilot mode".

Pros:

  • Autopilot mode

CONS:

  • The new version slows down OS loading
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Amazon Customer, 2019-07-25 01:59:58

Subscription ended earlier

I do not know how much great the protection this product offers. I`ve only used it for over a month. I bought Total Security. It was one-year subscription. But the life of the subscription was not one year, it was one month. After a month it run out and I got "please, renew for a new year". It`s great. I wrote to the company, but I did not get the money still.

Pros:

  • Works well

CONS:

  • Did not receive answer from the Sell Centre
OVERALL
3.25
Quality
2
Ease of Use
3
Functionality
5
Ability
3
OVERALL
3.25
Quality
2.0
Ease of Use
3.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
3.0
James Smith, 2019-05-26 01:05:29

.Bitdefender gives me all I need: stability, efficiency, reliability.

Hi to everyone. To be honest, I think I am not a professional to compare Bitdefender to some other antiviruses. Only hackers, or programmers or cyber protection professionals can do that. I am not from this list. There were good ratings and reviews about Bitdefender Total Security, so I chose this over others. And I like all, I satisfied with everything, therefore I did not try others. Why, if Bitdefender gives me all I need: stability, efficiency, reliability.

Pros:

  • Good protection

CONS:

  • no
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
5
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
4.0
M, 2019-04-23 20:48:50

Easy installing and great support services

I am new user of Bitdefender Total Security: got installed it almost month ago and never use it before. My pc was with antivirus all time. But I was not completely satisfied with my old antivirus. That is why I decided to try BTS. And I'm very pleased now. There are great support that helped me, answered all questions. Thanks, guys.

Pros:

  • Support is great

CONS:

  • Do not found for now
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Lewis of Alpharetta, 2019-04-09 12:29:19

I believe it is a best antivirus

Hi. What i can say about it? Only one - the very wonderful antivirus, I believe it is a best antivirus. It can find a lot of types of threats: viruses, malware and other. In additional, its scanning pass fastly. It did not miss any threats for this time. I do not need to change it for another antivirus.

Pros:

  • its scanning pass fastly

CONS:

  • -
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Arthur, 2019-02-14 13:59:48

t fast works and does not slow down my pc.

Bitdefender Total Security is a great antivirus. I especially like one feature - autopilot. It immediately blocks any detected threat without user`s interference. It fast works and does not slow down my pc. My computer is not an old (8 Gb RAM, AMD Ryzen 2500U, use 250MB of the RAM), so I do not know how Total Security behaves on other pc). There is one issue I see often: increased boot time. It is not bug, it is one of Bitdefender protection feature and called "Early Boot Scan". It scans the critical system components during Windows boot. This feature is enabled by default. If you do not like disable it in the settings. But I leave it active because it is one of the protective mechanisms. Overall, it`s a great antivirus.

Pros:

  • Autopilot mode

CONS:

  • no
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Asad Shaikh, 2019-02-14 10:16:50

Its protection is better than other antiviruses

I have used Total Security for a while. And there one problem: the booting Windows is too slow, unbelievable how that is slowly. And I use a Samsung SSD. It offers great protection. Its protection is better than other antiviruses, but for good smooth and fast work in Windows you must install OS on RAID0 NVMe SSDs. At the same time, many people use HDD...

Pros:

  • Good protection

CONS:

  • Slow down boot up OS
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
3ogdy, 2019-01-18 16:15:45

Good program and bad support

Program is not bad, What i will not say about support. If you never had a needs to contact them you are lucky man. There are nobody to talk. I had some trouble once. I had written letter to support services, and waited almost month for respond, but nobody did it.

Pros:

  • good engine of scan

CONS:

  • Support
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
4
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
KARC1966, 2019-01-16 04:45:45

wonderful protection

i will be say shortly: It is simple to use, its interface is not to hard; it gives wonderful protection, has perfect default settings . Also it works great - i have no problem with BTS. Oh, no, one problem there are: increased usage of cpu. Maybe that can be solved in settings of protection mode.

Pros:

  • simple to use

CONS:

  • use too much CPU.
OVERALL
4.75
Quality
4
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
4.75
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
ADSIR007, 2018-12-12 16:49:37

Increas CPU usage

I was advised to install Bitdefender Total Security. It was few days ago. Since than my pc feels sick. There are much CPU usage has increased significantly. That so-called antivirus has deleted all information in my Outlook. And it was not home Outlook, yee - working mail. My recommendation - do not use it! Better get free antiviruses- i have never such great problem with them.

Pros:

  • I think - no.

CONS:

  • Deleted Outlook profile
OVERALL
2.75
Quality
2
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
3
Ability
2
OVERALL
2.75
Quality
2.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
2.0
Christiaan, 2018-12-12 09:45:48

It is one of the best antiviruses.

I bought the Total Security 2019. In my opinion it is one of the best antiviruses. Over the last few years it topping the list of security software. You always find Bitdefender included to top 10 antiviruses lists if you type top 10 antiviruses into Google search. Bitdefender Total Security is resource-intensive and can slow down pc. You can feel it if use on old computers. But it has dynamic activity, can take fewer system resources when you run some another resource intensive program. But it is better to use Internet Security rather than Total Security if you have old computer.

Pros:

  • Dynamic activity

CONS:

  • resource-intensive
OVERALL
4.75
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
4
Ability
5
OVERALL
4.75
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
5.0
Dr Vikram, 2018-12-10 20:03:31

I had no any problems during 8 years

I started using Bitdefender Total Security 8 years ago. And during this time I had no any problems. Antivirus has all the features, provides well protection. There are many options for detection, so you can customize it as you like. I also like the ability to customize the scan. Bitdefender Total Security works very well all the time when I use it and I recommend using it anytime.

Pros:

  • Customizing scan and detection

CONS:

  • no
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
5
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
4.0
HedoBum, 2018-11-04 20:51:25

increases speeds pc up

It is not first antivirus on my laptop. I have tried a lot of them. They were mostly the cheapest. Eventually I have stopped on Bitdefender Total Security. The previous antiviruses worked not perfectly: were slowing down my laptop, were showing advertisements, etc. But BTS on the contrary, improves it. The highly recommendations from me.

Pros:

  • low system requirements

CONS:

  • automatic subscription
OVERALL
4.75
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.75
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
4.0
funkymole, 2018-10-30 00:54:58

Many bags in 2019-version

It was not a bad program but in the older versions. 2019-version is very bad. I can`t recommend it because there are many bugs. I tell about locking USB-drives, missing documentation, slowdown drives. If you do not trust me go to the Bitdefender forum and you will see that. Do not buy it, at least 2019-version.

Pros:

  • Not bad protection

CONS:

  • Many bags
OVERALL
3.25
Quality
2
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
4
Ability
2
OVERALL
3.25
Quality
2.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
2.0
Roland Van Leeuwen, 2018-10-29 06:44:38

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