Best Antivirus for Windows

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Mar 13th, 2015


The significance of antivirus software products cannot be over emphasized for protection from potential threats, which include all sorts of malwares, spywares, worms, rootkits, infected files and USB, you name it.

Traditionally anti-virus software packages were only able to stop known viruses and malwares. Nevertheless, antivirus technology is changed that not only prevent from known threats but unknown too, thus making new packages better equipped to provide protection.

The internet users are being bombarded with new antivirus products each year.  The million-dollar question is how to choose right product for your machine that gives value for money (if purchased).The difference between a good and bad anti-virus is “performance”. Many independent labs perform testing and make their results public, for instance, AV-Test, AV-Comparatives, Dennis Technology Labs, ICSA Labs, Virus Bulletin, and West Coast Labs.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 is regarded as one of the best Windows antivirus and internet security suit. Austrian lab AV-Comparatives used a variety of tests including static tests, dynamic tests and performance tests, and gave Advanced+ rating (the highest rating) in all of these tests to Bitdefender Antivirus Plus. Dennis Technology Labs, a London based institute, rated it AA.AV-Test award Bitdefender Anti-virus Plus, 17.5 out of 18 possible points based on performance, protection and usability.

The protection test conducted by AV-Test used 17,794 samples of malwares, a major portion of which were harvested for the testing. Bitdefender showed 100% result by detecting these malwares as compared to 94% of industry’s average.

AV-Test checked the impact of anti-virus on speed of the system while internet browsing, downloading application programs, coping data files, installing and running applications. It just slowed testing machine by one second for each activity that is even faster than average testing results. Therefore, it showed better performance than most of the available anti-virus software packages.

The AV-Test measures the accuracy of Bitdefender Anti-virus Plus to distinguish between safe and unsafe files. Sometimes antiviruses incorrectly indicate safe files or websites as potential threats and issue warning to turn it off. However, Bitdefender worked flawlessly. It did not make mistake to identify safe files as threats during system scans.

The user interface of Bitdefender is similar to full security suite but with disabled suite-only features to give feel for Bitdefender Antivirus Plus security suite, which is probably a marketing strategy. It runs on autopilot mode without disturbing the user to operate functions manually. However, it displays a weekly report outlining all the issues it addressed during the week.

Bitdefender Anti-virus Plus can detects known and unknown potential threats including Trojan horses, Rootkits and other infamous malwares. It provides features like anti-malware, anti-spyware, anti-worm, anti-rootkit, scans incoming emails, bootable CD, auto-clean infected files, infected file quarantine, instant messaging protection, anti-phishing, auto-USB detection and gamer mode. Additionally, Bitdefender Anti-virus Plus includes security features to guard your identity and personal information through hardened browser for financial transactions.

Bitdefender cooperates with Windows in identifying system settings that could be unsafe. It issues warning if Windows security patches are required, which greatly reduced the probability of attacks. In addition to monitoring potential operating system vulnerabilities, Bitdefender vulnerability scanner also alerts in case of missing or out-dated applications.

A feature of Bitdefender improves performance of the machine that is not often found in anti-virus products, which enhances the user’s experience. For instance, optimiser utility speeds up the system by freeing up space. When the user is working or watching videos etc. Bitdefender temporarily stops application(s) that might pop up and interfere or slow down the machine. Autopilot feature of Bitdefender let it makes expert security decisions without alerts and pop-ups, thus require minimum human intervention.

Bitdefender toolbaris also available for browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Goolge Chrome, and the Search Engines for instance Google, Bing, Yahoo and Baidu. It keeps the user safe while browsing over the internet by scanning malware. It also warns about the potential dangerous results on Google and Bing and indicates about infected links with reputation of scamming and credit card phishing, and blocks your access to them. Nevertheless, if you do not want to scan certain websites, you can manually add them to a whitelist. Moreover, it protects you on social networks by monitoring privacy settings and scans any links from Facebook friends.

Customer care for Bitdefender is provided through support centre site that includes explanations and useful topics. In addition, it hosts malware and rootkit removal utilities. Moreover, support is available 24/7 through online chat, phone and email.

Overall, it is apt to say that Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is highly ranked by independent testing labs due to its features, protection and performance. It possess array of features that protect the machine from potential threats online as well as off line. Furthermore, it enhances the performance of machines and user’s experience.

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