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Bullguard is an antivirus suite from the English company Bullguard, which first entered the market in 2001. The engine from BitDefender and Outpost firewall were used as the basis. You’ll find out more in this BullGuard antivirus review. You’ve already seen Kaspersky, Norton, Trend Micro reviews, so you know we pay a great deal to real tests instead of repeating complementary vendor descriptions.
There are 3 plans to choose from: Antivirus, Internet Security and Premium. BullGuard Internet Security contains such components as antivirus, firewall, PC status, backup, game booster, tune up, parental control, browser, VPN. Note, that we are reviewing the first one, BullGuard Antivirus, which is only what it is, nothing more.
Let’s start our review with specifications:
System requirements are pretty common: a Windows (10, 8, 7, Vista) or Mac (X 10.11 or newer) computer with 1 GB RAM at least and 850 Mb free drive space. BullGuard also supports Android devices - tablets and phones with Android 4.0 and higher.
For various, and affordable, pricing one may get a protection level of choice - see the table to compare.
|Antivirus||Internet Security||Premium Protection|
|Number of devices||1||3||10+|
Test stand: 16 GB RAM (Kingston HyperX), Intel Core i5-9400 (4.1 GHz), MSI B360M motherboard, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro x64.
As always, the prime goal of our in-house testing is to check real-time detection capability. For this, we download EICAR files in various formats (com, txt, zip, zip inside another zip) and watch how the antivirus reacts. And it is good to know that BullGuard detects and blocks them all 100%.
|Eicar testing for Bullguard antivirus|
To follow it up with some really harmful files, we take a ZIP archive with over 3,700 viruses - the same one as in all previous antivirus reviews. When downloaded, we scan the archive with BullGuard and get the following results:
3,690 viruses out of 3,732 total found (98%).
Following the routine for BullGuard antivirus review, we test its speed and computer resource consumption. This simply means, we initiate two types of scanning - fast and full, on the same test PC. See the results.
|BullGuard scan results|
|Scanning type||Time||Scanned files||CPU load (avg)|
|Full||1 min 38 sec||128,375||~60%|
There’s also one final independent test via PCMark 10 service, which measures and analyzes dozens of PC parameters key in terms of performance. To measure the impact of the antivirus we test 2 scenarios: with BullGuard on and off.
For proper and more accurate results we run each case 3 times. Thus, without the antivirus we get the average score of 4403 (4394, 4407, 4409). When BullGuard enabled, we get 4298 score (4278, 4304, 4313). And in this way we’re able to see that the impact is not significant: -2.4%.
Technical support for this antivirus software is provided via email and web chat communication.
|Tech support channels|
|Phone||Web chat||App form||Web form|
Support is available in 14 languages: English, French, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Norwegian, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese.
Note: Even when using a trial version, support staff is helpful to customers. Also, forum community is actively involved in discussions about the product.
After working with BullGuard for several days, we can state the following. Immediately after installation, system scan begins, which, in our case, has lasted about 3 minutes.
The interface is plain and straight, and at the same time functional, with two display modes (basic and advanced). A full system scan is well implemented, and surprisingly has a noticeably lower CPU load after the initial scan - from 60% to 5% in our case.
Scan reports are convenient and informative. BullGuard has all the necessary functionality for a modern antivirus and even more, yet not oversaturated. Backups, game mode, parental control and system optimizer are in place, but we have not studied it closely.
There are also versions for Android and Mac devices, though they differ in interface and capabilities from the Windows version we’ve been testing. High-quality technical support deserves praise too. It all leads to the summary that we can surely recommend this product for those looking for comprehensive PC protection. It is also worth remembering, that no antivirus can guarantee 100% safety.