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Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

*Est. $40 and up
Reviewed
March 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013

Pros
  • Outstanding antivirus protection
  • Anti-phishing and other online protections
  • Secure online transactions
Cons
  • Not Mac-compatible
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Bottom Line

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 has substantial online security features typically found in a suite yet comes with all of the benefits of a traditional antivirus software product. It's competitively priced and performs exceedingly well in professional tests.

Setup and Installation

Meticulous pre-scans may slow down install. Installing Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 may take some time (and several reboots) if your machine is infected, but professionals testing the software say it's worth the wait given the thorough scans and checks. Like some of Bitdefender's competitors, a pre-installation tool starts cleaning up your system before the software is fully installed. PCMag.com is a fan of Bitdefender's Rescue Mode, which reboots your computer and protects your operating system without having to download or use a CD, but notes that it could be easier to use. While the software uninstalls conflicting antivirus programs before installation, CNET's Download.com advises manually removing Microsoft Security Essentials ahead of time. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 can be purchased for one, three, five or 10 users.

Features

Identity theft, social media, USB and other unique protections. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 includes a host of features rarely found in stand-alone antivirus software, and at this price. In addition to defending your computer against malware, viruses, worms and Trojans, it also provides security against identity theft, secure browsing for online transactions, anti-phishing against malicious websites and protection on social media networks, and a plethora of other features. There isn't any firewall or parental security protections but it does look out for spyware and risky websites and offers privacy protection on Facebook and Twitter. Bitdefender's Antivirus Plus 2013 takes financial security seriously, and provides constant credit monitoring. Pop-ups are minimal due to the software's autopilot feature, which makes security decisions in the background.

Performance

An unexpected overachiever. Bitdefender was a dark-horse candidate for best antivirus software just a year ago, but reviewers are heaping praise on the 2013 version for its ability to catch and delete viruses, Trojans and other threats. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 consistently outperforms its competitors in lab tests, winning numerous awards from top tech websites and labs. One of the top labs, AV-Comparative.org, gave Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 and its rival, Kaspersky Antivirus 2013 (*Est. $40 and up) , 94 out of 100 points for malware removal. The software didn't perform as well as other editors' choice picks like Norton AntiVirus (2013) (Est. $50 and up) and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013 in PCMag.com malware tests, but it still detected 89 percent of threats and did very well in blocking potentially dangerous phishing sites and rootkit removal. PCMag.com's tester faced several problems caused by the scans, but found tech support expedient and valuable. It should be noted that consumers give Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 decidedly mixed reviews. Although there aren't a ton of user reviews across consumer sites, customers seem to love or hate the software; critics say it's too slow or blocked uploads and downloads.

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Our Sources

1. AV-comparatives.org

Review Credibility: Excellent AV-Comparatives.org, which tests antivirus software monthly, gave Bitdefender its highest Product of the Year award; the software earned 17 out of 18 in its 2012 tests. AV-Comparatives.org analyzed Internet security suites, but most of the tests were for malware and other traditional antivirus components found in stand-alone antivirus software. Kaspersky fell just short of winning the top award, with Bitdefender testing slightly higher in real-world tests. File detection, blocking phishing rates and removal of existing malware were among the categories tested.

Review: Summary Report 2012, Editors of AV-Comparatives.org, Jan. 5, 2013

2. PCMag.com

Review Credibility: Excellent PCMag.com's Neil Rubenking gives Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 one of its Editors' Choice awards along with Norton AntiVirus 2012 and Webroot SecureAnywhere. Rubenking, who tested the software, is impressed by its performance and plethora of features "that you'd expect to find only in a full scale suite." However, some of the malware fixes caused (repairable) damage.

Review: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013, Neil J. Rubenking, July 11, 2012

3. Virus Bulletin

Review Credibility: Excellent Virus Bulletin is an independent testing lab that certifies security products for a variety of operating systems. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 earns VB100 certification for every operating system including Linux. You need to subscribe to Virus Bulletin to see detailed testing results, however.

Review: VB100 Results Summary, Editors of Virus Bulletin, As of March 2013

4. Download.com

Review Credibility: Very Good CNET's Download.com awards Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 an "Outstanding" 4.5 (out of 5) rating, but it gets less than 3 stars from over 170 users. The reviewer doesn't test the software's effectiveness but praises its array of features, notably its Internet safeguards.

Review: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus , Editors of and contributors to Download.com, Sept. 11, 2012

5. Software Media Blog

Review Credibility: Good A site that reviews and sells software, Software Media Blog strongly endorses Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 in this single-product review. The review contains solid data and a detailed description of the software, its performance and its features.

Review: 7 Reasons Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 Dominates the Competition , Mason Hymas, Jan. 31, 2013

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