Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 Review

Bitdefender

Bitdefender Antivirus Pro 2020 is a well known computer security product that is intended to protect and eliminate threats from your computer system. Bitdefender is also one of the highest ranked paid antivirus software in the year 2020. It can perform a very good job in identifying malware and removing infestations. All of these features make this innovative product worth a look.

Bitdefender Pro 2020 – Installation and Interface

Bitdefnder AV Pro 2020 is compatible with various operating systems such as Windows 10, Windows XP, Windows 7 and SP4. The installation process of Bitdefender can take up to 20 minutes and can be completed with a single reboot. This may be quite longer compared to other antivirus products in the market, but the entire flow can be smooth and presents less interruption.

Bitdefender comes with three types on interface such as the basic, intermediate and expert that allows you to choose an interface that suits your PC’s knowledge level. Typically, the more advanced you go, the more features you will have to explore. For regular PC users, the basic mode can be more than enough due to its directness and simplicity. This is the same thing with the intermediate mode which is very different when it comes to the expert interface. Bitdefender is more advanced and filled with complex tabs making it appear complicated. However, if you are well versed in computers and you are not easily daunted by toggling button and knobs then you may give this a try.

Bitdefender AV Pro 2020 Features and Benefits

Although this software is not the best when it comes to malware detection and elimination tests, Bitdefender has managed to obtain good marks. In the test, this program was able to detect malware at 97.5% compared to the 99% of the top performers. This test is conducted to detect how well a program can locate malware threats.

This software seems to be a very good one, but also possesses certain drawbacks. In actuality, Bitdefender Pro 2020 seems fall below when it comes to halting live malware threats. In the test, this product was able to prevent 68% completely and additional 20% partially. Although this is the case Bitdefender is not the worst performer in this specific category.

But then, Bitdefender is very strong when it comes to cleaning PC infection once it reaches into your PC. Bitdefender has the capacity to identify and remove all infections with high accuracy. This is the advantage of Bitdefender Pro 2020 from other similar products in the market. This software can also perform quick scans and has less effect on your PC performance.

Overall, Bitdefender is one of the best antivirus products, and it is very effective in cleaning up infections that are exiting in your PC. Apart from this, Bitdefender also does a good job in identifying known malware. However, Bitdefender has a user interface that is a little bit confusing and has the tendency to encounter problems in identifying new malware. The bottom line is this product is an excellent tool that can detect malware and disinfect your PC despite the fact that it may have difficulty preventing new malware.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus – A Detailed Review

Almost all of our data and transactions are now online. We rely on the internet for so many everyday chores – shopping, paying bills, and transferring money. We have our details and data either on our computer or in some online accounts. Our passwords and search history – everything is out there, at risk from many external threats that we know nothing about.

What we need is a safety antivirus plan to secure and protect all our data. And we need the best of the best – an antivirus that not only protects our online and offline data and activities but also provides us with important features like file encryption, file shredding, online banking protection, webcam protection, and top-notch malware protection.

You can find many antiviruses online, but do they deliver what we expect from them, or what they promise to do? There is one antivirus software that puts many companies offering cybersecurity to shame. The Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has a long list of features to its credit and is undoubtedly the best in the market.

This outstanding antivirus tool keeps your search and browsing history private and protects you from the most malicious malware. Other features include password manager, safepay option, VPN, online banking security, social media protection, and multi-layer ransomware protection. Bitdefender is lightweight and does not take much of your RAM, leaving memory for your work, gaming, surfing, and other activities.

The best part about using the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is that it constantly updates its database of the newest online threats and keeps your system protected without slowing it down. With a global network of above 500 million computers, Bitdefender is a giant when it comes to cyber security and data protection.

The Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is easy to install and the UI is simple to use. Once you install the software and customize it, it will start giving you 24/7 protection without you even noticing that Bitdefender is running in the background. The interface is clean and it gives you loads of security options without causing any confusion (which is great as compared to many antivirus software having complicated menus that we need to dig deep into to find what we want).

For installing it, you get two options. Either install the antivirus from the disk or its Bitdefender Central web platform. If you normally go through low internet speed or connection issues, it is better to install Bitdefender from the disk.

Once installed, the Bitdefender antivirus offers 2 types of scans: a quick scan and a complete system scan. You can schedule automatic scans from the software’s dashboard. The antivirus also checks the external devices attached to your system such as a USB. Bitdefender keeps a close check at your Wi-Fi networks and makes sure it detects and blocks any kind of spyware, phishing, and other malware attacks.

Features Overview

To benefit from the maximum features out of any product, the most important aspect is its look and feel. With an easy-to-understand UI, the Bitdefender dashboard is easy to understand and use. When there are no security issues, the dashboard displays a green checkmark. In case the antivirus detects any threat, a red cross sign appears. At the dashboard, you will also find the VPN, safepay browser, Quick Scan, and autopilot recommendations. You also get customization options (such as Privacy, Protection, Utilities, etc.) that give you better hold on the software.

Among many protection and security features that Bitdefender Antivirus Plus offer, here are some of the most important ones:

Parental Control

Even when you are not around, the Parental Control keeps a check on your kids’ online activities. The Bitdefender Parental Control feature lets you limit your children’s internet access to certain applications or the internet. All you need to do is to create your child’s profile and assign a device to that account.

Bitdefender VPN

A Virtual Private Number (VPN) lets you hide your online presence and activities and is especially useful when you want to connect to unsecured wireless networks. It is good to use a VPN when using public Wi-Fi (hotels, malls, airports, clinics, restaurants, etc.) as it keeps your data safe through wi-fi security. With your Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, you get a 200MB per day of VPN usage which can help you tremendously in your online transactions. The Bitdefender VPN keeps all your data private so there are no chances of online theft or hackers trying to access your IP address.

Some countries have internet censorship and they do not allow you to access certain data (websites, search results, apps, etc.). Bitdefender Antivirus Plus’s VPN lets you access the restricted online content no matter where you are. The Bitdefender VPN creates a secure private connection between the network you are connected to and your device, hides your IP address, and encrypts data using very secure encryption.

The Bitdefender’s VPN service is covered in its yearly subscription and costs you way less than many other exclusive VPN services out there, including Hotspot Shield, NordVPN, and Private Internet VPN, etc. And not only that, Bitdefender lets you use a VPN on as many devices as you can (that your Bitdefender VPN subscription covers) whereas, in case of a standalone VPN service, you normally get an option of five devices.

Protection

Protection is the number one reason why you need to buy antivirus software. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus gives you multi-layered protection from ransomware, protecting you against the risk of losing your data or money.

Malware Protection

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus protects your Windows-based devices from all kinds of malware massacres (including ransomware, computer viruses, spyware, etc.). Bitdefender gives foolproof malware protection in three steps. First, it provides a full scan on all files to look for shady codes. If it finds anything suspicious, Bitdefender compares it with the existing malware signatures and examines how the file behaves. It then transfers the suspicious information to Bitdefender servers where new malware signatures are then sent to subscribers all around the globe. This way, every user stays safe from even the latest malware threat.

To protect your devices and the data on it from ransomware, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus copies your important files and safely hides them away. Bitdefender successfully blocks all kinds of nasty attacks before they become a threat to your data. In an unlikely case that your device gets infected as a result of a ransomware attack, the copies of the original documents stay safe and secure, thanks to the intelligently programmed anti ransomware protection mechanism.

Firewall Web Protection

There cannot be a great antivirus software without a robust firewall for web protection. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is no exception. Bitdefender’s firewall is a strong feature that controls the programs to obtain access to the network, along with looking for holes in the operating system or the network (that can be compromised by cyber-attacks).

The Bitdefender’s web protection works continuously day and night to give you the security shield your data deserves. It automatically blocks all kinds of malicious attacks when your device is connected to the internet. Bitdefender plays a vital role by deciding the apps and programs that are safe to run and those that are not. Bitdefender prevents hacker attacks and blocks programs from dubiously communicating to the internet.

The Bitdefender Antivirus Plus’s OTP (Online Threat Protection) does not only detect the existing blacklisted threats but also carries out real-time analysis to detect fraudulent activities.

Phishing Protection

If you are not sure what phishing is, you may have probably heard about fake emails or websites that input the naive user’s private information such as username, password, credit card information, and bank details (for instance in case of Paypal or freelance work portals like Upwork) details and using this data for their own financial (or sensitive data) benefits. Anyone can be tricked into believing a certain URL is the authentic one – one slight change in spellings or punctuations of the link, email, or web address, and you get phished.

Your antivirus continuously blacklists and blocks the existing malicious websites. But the hackers do not just stop there. They create new sites to trick other users, and this continues. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has an excellent mechanism to deal with phishing. Independent lab tests have verified that Bitdefender truly protects against phishing attacks like not many top-notch antiviruses (including Kaspersky, ESET, and McAfee, etc.) do.

Phishing sites are blocked but they also keep on emerging at a mushroom growth. Therefore, you need an extremely strong anti-phishing feature that lists these fake sites and warms you against visiting them or clicking any link that leads to these sites. And that’s not enough. The amazing Bitdefender Antivirus Plus keeps on updating its database so even the newest phishing scams are not hidden from its system.

Webcam Protection

Webcam and microphone protection is a crucial feature that Bitdefender Antivirus Plus boasts. No one wants to be seen or heard secretly. And more so if the data collected through webcam and microphone is going to be used against you in unimaginably evil ways. Bitdefender gives you a complete webcam and microphone protection by taking charge of the decision of allowing programs or apps to access these devices, and even completely switching them off if required. This way any malware that tries to access your webcam needs to pass through the strict layers of Bitdefender security, and we already know how Bitdefender shows an almost 100% no-mercy kind of protection against all kinds of malware.

Not all antiviruses are as vigilant in detecting webcam hijacking as Bitdefender is. Some antiviruses do not even deal with microphone filters. This is one of the features that sets Bitdefender apart, and stand out from the rest of the antivirus crowd. Each time an application or a program (residing in your PC) that is not supposed to access the camera sends a request to the OS to access the webcam, you get a notification. You can decide to allow a recently installed program or opened browser to permit to use your webcam or not.

Operating System

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus provides unmatched security for Windows OS. Unlike many other antiviruses that slow down the operating system once they are installed (resulting in all your applications and programs adapting a snail pace), the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus does not negatively impact the speed. While running on Win OS, Bitdefender provides you with the following features:

  • Complete real-time data security on your Windows system.
  • Improved behavior-based technology that identifies and blocks advanced ransomware and virus attacks.
  • Web attack prevention mechanism prevents you from landing on dubious sites.
  • The Bitdefender Safepay browser lets you shop and bank in the most secure way.
  • It gives your OS multi-layer protection against all suspicious activities. The Bitdefender Antivirus Plus scans your operating system for security holes.
  • The Bitdefender VPN encrypts all kinds of traffic (200 MB per day) to guard your online presence.
  • The Anti-tracker feature keeps your search results and browsing as private as you want them to be.
  • The Safe Files option, File Encryption feature, and File Shredder feature respectively prevents any kind of illegal edits to your files, secure your confidential data, and deletes a file without leaving a trace that it existed on your Windows-based device.
  • The Password Manager module keeps all your important data safe in a cyber vault. Only you can easily access it when you need to.
  • The anti-phishing feature keeps all kinds of fraudulent activities at bay when you browse or shop.
  • The One-Click Optimizer feature speeds up your Windows-based device.
  • With its new network threat prevention mechanism, the antivirus can scan, spot, and block exploits, botnet related URLs, and other attacks.
  • Automatic upgrades and free online support for your Windows PC.

How Much Does Bitdefender Cost?

Bitdefender is not only the most powerful antivirus you can get for your PC, but it also has a great affordable price. This means you do not have to pay a fortune to keep your data and money protected from online fraudulent activities. At only $29.99 per year, you can keep 3 of your devices secure and well-protected.

Besides 3 devices, Bitdefender also gives you the option for installation and security on a single device, 5 devices, or lets you protect as much as 10 devices. You can also purchase an antivirus subscription for two and three years (for one, three, five, or ten devices).

Apart from the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, the company also offers some other antivirus packages: Bitdefender Internet Security, Bitdefender Total Security, Bitdefender Family Pack, and Bitdefender for Mac. It also offers Bitdefender Mobile Security for your cellular devices. The prices of these packages vary. Let us have a look at the cost of some of the most powerful antivirus tools available in the market. Please note that the exact price may slightly vary depending upon your country, or online deals and discounts.

  • As mentioned above, the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus costs $29.99 per annum for a single Windows-based PC. The price of 2 or 3-year subscriptions will be higher, and so will the cost be for 3, 5, or 10 devices.
  • The Bitdefender Internet Security costs you around $39.98 per year for your Windows-based device.
  • The Bitdefender Total Security will protect your devices (up to 5) running on Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS for around $44.99 per annum.
  • The Bitdefender for Mac will shield all your Mac devices from external nasty threats for around $34.99 in the first year.
  • Bitdefender Family Pack is perfect for your overall family needs as it protects all your home devices, no matter what operating system they use. For protecting as much as 15 devices, the price will be around $59.99 yearly, which is great considering the overall protection it offers.
  • For mobile devices, the Bitdefender Mobile Security is free for iOS. It, however, costs around $14.99 for Android devices. It is recommended that before you purchase your Android package for Bitdefender Mobile Security, make use of the 14 days trial period that is free of cost.

Again, all the prices mentioned above are subjected to change. The purpose of giving you the cost is to give you an idea about what different packages charge per year (and depending upon the devices they protect). Online deals, discounts, sales, upgrades, and geographical locations may cause a variation in pricing.

The Bitdefender antivirus (no matter what package you choose), offers you a 30 days’ trial cost free version. This may give you a better idea of the internet security that this antivirus giant offers.

Bitdefender Safepay

The Safepay is Bitdefender’s very own exclusive and dedicated browser that secures all your transactions. It might just be the safest thing on the planet! You need a secure browsing experience all the time. And that’s exactly what Bitdefender provides you with.

In this time and age, online security is one of the most crucial things that you need. You need to make sure all your data is secure and hidden away from malicious hackers. This is where Safepay comes into play. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus’s Safepay module quickly comes into action when it notices that you are about to connect to a site that may ask you for sensitive information.

With an improved and ultra-safe online banking mechanism, Safepay protects your passwords, transactional IDs, and all related details whether you are visiting your banking website or any other website that asks you to input your private details.

The UI of Safepay is quite user-friendly. It looks like a stand-alone desktop with its built-in browser. The processes that run in the Safepay has no link to your actual desktop, and the module runs independently and effectively without slowing down other antivirus functions. It protects you against keystroke stealing spyware and keyloggers.

The Safepay functionality also prevents other programs and applications from taking a screenshot of your sensitive information. If you want, you can connect to Bitdefender’s VPN to give your data the increased protection when using Safepay.

Not just when you are trading your deepest and darkest financial secrets or passwords, you need security 24/7, and that’s exactly why Safepay is here to do.

Support

Bitdefender is easy to install and use. Their online presence in the form of websites, blogs, and FAQ’s section is quite helpful. With its user-friendly UI, there is a chance you may never need to call their support team. But then, what if you need to?

Good tech support is of crucial importance because when things go south, you need to have a support system that helps you in bringing everything back on track. And this is exactly what you paid for, right? Peace of mind and perfectly smooth-running antivirus software.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus provides you overall technical support in many ways. You can contact them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via chat, phone, or email. Live Support is offered to registered users via chat, and they are very prompt in resolving your issues.

The Bitdefender website is also easy to use and gives you all the information you need. Another support Bitdefender provides is in the form of security updates. By constantly updating their database with blacklisted sites and malware, your software is regularly notified and updated. This means that their support through system updates keeps future bugs and security issues at bay.

Strengths & Weaknesses

The Bitdefender Antivirus Plus software is one of the best antiviruses out there in the market. But even the most perfectly designed software can have flaws, depend upon what you expect from it. Let us have a look at the pros and cons of the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus software.

Strengths

Here are some of the many pros of using Bitdefender:

  • Easy to install and UI is simple to use.
  • Outstanding scores from independent labs when it is tested for malware protection.
  • Automatic upgrades of the latest spyware and viruses out there.
  • Multilayer ransomware protection. Bitdefender identifies and blocks even the most advanced ransomware attacks.
  • A complete real-time data security software that checks for security holes and vulnerabilities.
  • Web attack prevention from landing on malicious sites.
  • The Bitdefender Safepay browser secures your online shopping and banking transactions.
  • The Bitdefender VPN enables you to secure 200 MB of data per day.
  • If there is some data that you do not want to have any link with, the File Shredder deletes your file without leaving a trace that it existed on your PC.
  • The Anti-tracker keeps your web browsing security in check.
  • Bitdefender’s File Encryption feature encrypts and hence secures your confidential data.
  • The Safe Files feature prevents access and copying of your files through illegal means.
  • The antivirus can scan, spot, and block exploits, virus attacks, botnet related URLs, and other threats.
  • The Password Manager is the safest wallet on the planet as it keeps all your private data safe in its cyber vault.
  • High-end anti-phishing mechanism identifies and blocks fraudulent data-stealing activities.
  • If you are a PC gamer, the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus lets you enjoy your gameplay at a super-fast mode (unlike many other antiviruses that slow down the PC).
  • A 24/ 7 free online support through live chats, phone calls, and emails.
  • Overall, Bitdefender is a great value for money for multiple devices as compared to some competitor antiviruses. It comes with a 30-day trial period that is a cost free version.

Weaknesses

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has the following weaknesses:

  • The entry-level Bitdefender Antivirus Plus package only works for Windows OS.
  • With a VPN use restricted on 200 MB per day, you cannot stream movies and watch Netflix, unless you upgrade. If you want an unlimited Bitdefender VPN, you need to have a separate subscription.

Conclusion

Bitdefender has launched a great antivirus in the form of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. With a long list of its strengths and features, there is no doubt about the performance and the security Bitdefender provides to your PC or your multiple devices. In multiple independent lab testing, the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus ranked very high as compared to many other antivirus market giants.

In a world and era when everything is online – all our communications, transactions, games, and hobbies – there is no important time than now to get an antivirus that protects our privacy and keeps our data as secure as possible. More and more hackers are developing software and websites to steal our precious data. Our system is faced with a flood of phishing scams, virus threats, trojan horses, spyware attacks, and all other kinds of cyber security issues regularly. External threats continuously try to access our webcam and microphone, and we desperately need a super-secure shield to protect us from these uncountable threats.

The Bitdefender Antivirus Plus does not only detect, block, and blacklist the existing attacks, but Bitdefender also looks out for possible suspicious data and compromised connections. Considering the excellent protection, Bitdefender provides and the countless features it offers, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus gives you the value and security for money you are looking for, without compromising on its quality. If you are looking for extremely robust antivirus software for your PC, the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus might be the one that you are looking for.

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