The Good: Both excellent scores in our tests as in the independent labs. The fantastic protection form phishing, ID theft and the transmission of your private data such as financial information and passwords, make it a very complete package. On top of this, Bitdefender provides great online protection of suspicious links on platforms such as Facebook and Google as well as great scan options for your PC or Mac.
The Bad: Not a perfect score on the installation of heavily infested systems. Do not worry though, if your system would be heavily invested, you would not be able to read this.
The Verdict: The best virus scanner on the market today. With great all-round scores, a competitive price, and a solid array of effective and robust security features, Bitdefender is the worthy winner of AlwaysReview gold and the best antivirus software of 2014.
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What makes Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2014 great antivirus software?
When a company offers their basic antivirus software for free, how should they ever convince their customers of purchasing the paid version? Offer more, a lot more! Bitdefender Antivirus Plus surpasses its free brother in each and every way while offering you so much more, it will make you dizzy. Add to this the extremely competitive price of the virus scanner while beating the competition at great length, and it’s easy to see why Bitdefender is at the top of our list as best antivirus software of 2014.
The difference between Bitdefender’s Plus version and its free version is based on a new innovative technology called Photon. This technology is premised on providing you with greatly improved speed and performance by molding to your system. In essence, it is a malware protector and clean up system that adjusts itself to your specific PC to offer each separate customer a customized solution.
In every antivirus software review, we run several programs on several systems to get comparable results. In our latest and greatest test, the results were very impressive. At an 87% success rate, Bitdefender out performed all 11 antivirus software in our test by a long shot. In some very specific instances, it asked us how to handle specific malware traces. Normally, we are not great fans of this type of questions, as most users don’t know what to do with them. Luckily, Bitdefender makes it very easy: It’s either user ‘proper action’ or no action. You can avoid this, by putting the virus scanner on autopilot mode.
Bitdefender of course not only cleans the malware on your system, it also blocks against new incoming malwares. It does this in a very unobtrusive manner through its browser toolbar. Whenever you find yourself visiting a malicious site, Bitdefender will divert you to a warning page first, where you are offered the choice to continue or return back to safety. As we tried downloading a range of malware files, Bitdefender blocked an impressive 93% of all files, far higher than the other contestants in our test.
Independent Labs Love it, too!
Don’t just take our word for it. We ourselves check the main independent labs all the time to see whether our test results and antivirus software reviews are coherent with other results. Whichever independent testing lab’s results you choose to inspect, the bottom line remains the same: Bitdefender passes with flying colors as best antivirus software of 2014. An example is the Austrians at AV-Comparatives, a combination of the local government and university, that run tests for weeks to challenge the various virus scanners on hazards they would encounter in practice as well. Bitdefender took the number one spot in the test called Advanced+. And let’s be honest, if the engineers in Austria say it works, well it simply works.
A different lab called AV-Test rates the various programs on Usability, Performance and Protection. In this, the test awards 6 points in each subject. With a near-perfect 17 out of 18 points, Bitdefender beat all other antivirus software in this test as well. Last but not least, Bitdefender earned the prestigious VB100 Certificate in each and every single test (out of 10) run by Virus Bulletin. We could name a bunch more, but we guess the point is clear: Bitdefender knows its stuff when it comes to malware.
Phishing and Privacy
Can the best of the best antivirus software keep your data from falling in the wrong hands? Yes it can. Bitdefender has a specific remedy against websites phishing for your personal data such as financial transfer records and passwords. Most antivirus products are actually fairly bad at protecting from phishing and can’t even beat the SmartScreen Filter which comes as standard in Internet Explorer 8. As a comparison standard, we usually use Norton phishing protection, which sets the industry standard. Bitdefender is one of the few programs able to beat Norton’s score.
While not a full security suite, which is also offered by Bitdefender, this popular antivirus software goes far beyond the call of duty of the regular antivirus programs. Its protection from phishing is amongst the best in the industry, and its antivirus protection is so good, that it wins awards in practically every test it enters. A definitely favorite of the AlwaysReview Editors and deservedly the best antivirus software of 2014.
Why choose Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2014 as your antivirus software?
Immensely powerful and reliable antivirus software
Sleek, intuitive and inventive interface
Non-invasive and very customisable
Integrated online protection and privacy
High level of customer support
Suitable for casual users, advanced users, gamers, and laptop users
Very competitive price tag
Minimum system requirements
1 GB available free hard disk space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)
1.6 GHz processor
1 GB of memory (RAM) for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
Recommended system requirements
2 GB available free hard disk space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)
Intel CORE Duo (2 GHz) or equivalent processor
Memory (RAM): 1 GB for Windows XP
1.5 GB for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus User Reviews
4 years ago
Forget McAfee and Norton - Bitdefender is better
Usually people chose Norton of McAfee. And although I can’t be certain, I assume it’s due to a strong brand name. Over the last couple of years, I’ve had my fair share of virus scann Read More ...
Usually people chose Norton of McAfee. And although I can’t be certain, I assume it’s due to a strong brand name. Over the last couple of years, I’ve had my fair share of virus scanners, internet security suites and antivirus software (I’m still not 100% on the difference between these) and can honestly say that Norton and McAfee aren’t better than Bitdefender in any way. If anything, Norton and McAfee have both slowed down my computer significantly more than Bitdefener does. I have run it on my old Vista system and am now running it on Windows 7, and so far, I’ve had zero infections and my CPU is not heavily burdened at all. That’s all the proof I need…
As an IT Professional, I only recommend Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. In recent years, I’ve seen most Virus Scanners come by and have had a mixed feelings about most of them. Bitdefender is Read More ...
As an IT Professional, I only recommend Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. In recent years, I’ve seen most Virus Scanners come by and have had a mixed feelings about most of them. Bitdefender is the only one that consistently proves to be amazing at detecting and preventing infections and informing its user on a potentially harmful website. The latter should always be taken with a grain of sault as no system can ever predict this 100%. It’s always a compromise between warning a bit too often or missing a few by being to cautious in offering warnings. Bitdefender seems to strike a fair balance.
Outside of my personal preferences, Bitdefender consistently gets the highest ratings from all professional security raters. Keep in mind that I’m not speaking about magazines here. There often simply rate the most paying advertiser as the highest performing product.
On Bitdefender, note that the software doesn’t have a firewall included in the suite. To be completely honest, most firewalls included in virusscanner suites are poor anyway. I usually recommend Windows Firewall as it suffices for most users. If you want to go the extra mile in your protection, you could try Zone Alam (free) or Comodo Firewall. These are developed for people who know what they’re doing. I use Comodo. Keep in mind that it takes some advanced settings to make it work perfectly with Bitdefender, don’t try it if you’re not into tech.
This program doesn’t burden your CPU too heavy and most computers should be able to handle it easily without slowing down.