Even though Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 costs less than some of the other Internet security suites out there, experts say it doesn't skimp on the performance front. The software draws praise for its AutoPilot mode, which handles day-to-day tasks in the background and rarely bothers users with prompts or notifications. Its anti-phishing capabilities come out tops in PCMag.com's extensive security suite testing, and the antivirus component is better at removing threats than the one found in the top-rated -- and more expensive -- Norton Internet Security 2011. However, while professional reviewers find that Bitdefender eventually scrubs away most malware, its blocking capabilities are sub-par, allowing reviewers to drop dirty files on their desktops from USB keys and websites before deleting them. Also, the spam filter blocked only three quarters of junk mail in PCMag.com's testing.
The AV-Test.org and AV-Comparatives.org independent testing laboratories include Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 in their extensive security software roundups. Which? magazine and Maximum PC have solid, if brief, reviews of the software. PCMag.com, ITReviews.com and Computeractive magazine cover Bitdefender Total Security 2012, an upgrade version that adds file encryption and shredding, 2 GB of online storage and other features to the Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 package. Walmart.com users provide a valuable real-world perspective
Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 earns the highest certification possible -- Advanced+. That is based on the security suite detecting 98.4 percent of malware and registering only eight false positives in AV-Comparatives.org's extensive testing.
Review: Anti-Virus Comparative, Editors of AV-Comparatives.org, Aug. 2011
AV-Test.org regularly evaluates the antivirus and usability chops of security software on Windows 7 and Windows XP operating systems. In a Nov/Dec 2011 Windows 7 roundup, Bitdefender Internet Security easily earns certification, posting a nearly flawless score in malware blocking and above-average results in installed malware detection and removal.
Review: Detailed Test Reports, Editors of AV-Test.org
Neil J. Rubenking tests the more full-featured Bitdefender Total Security 2012 package, which includes online storage, PC tune up capabilities and other features but sports the same security components as Bitdefender Internet Security 2012. The program's malware blocking and removal isn't as effective in his tests as it was in the evaluations from independent labs, but the firewall and anti-phishing components are named some of the best around. The spam filter lets lots of junk mail through, however.
Review: Bitdefender Total Security 2012, Neil J. Rubenking, July 26, 2011
4. Which? magazine
Which? Magazine tests nearly two dozen security programs, including Bitdefender Internet Security 2012. Each program receives ratings for individual components as well as an overall score, and there is some brief discussion about highlights and lowlights.
Review: BitDefender Internet Security 2012, Editors of Which? magazine
Paul Lilly evaluates 10 security programs, testing each for effectiveness, usability and annoyance factor. Although Bitdefender's tendency to allow malicious downloads scares him, Lilly finds the software effectively removes dirty files afterward, and he gives Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 a 9 out of 10 rating. He gives Norton Internet Security 2012 the Kick Ass award for best security suite overall, however.
Review: Choose Your Defender! 10 Anti-Virus Programs Reviewed and Compared, Paul Lilly, Dec. 5, 2011
Download.com, a CNET website, gives Bitdefender Internet Security an Outstanding 4.5 out of 5 star overall rating. Seth Rosenblatt says he loves the software's blend of strong performance, myriad features and fast scans. "Throw all that together, keeping in mind the seamless AutoPilot system, and you've got the makings of a sleeper hit," he writes.
Review: BitDefender Internet Security, Seth Rosenblatt, Sept. 21, 2011
Like PCMag.com, ITReviews.com examines the more full-featured Bitdefender Total Security 2012 package rather than Bitdefender Internet Security 2012, but the base results should be the same. The review is brief and doesn't test malware blocking, but Martyn Clayden is impressed by the easy-to-use interface and silent-running AutoPilot mode.
Review: BitDefender: Total Security 2012 Review, Martyn Clayden, Aug. 25, 2011
8. Computer Active
Rob Beattie also reviews Bitdefender Total Security rather than Bitdefender Internet Security 2012. The discussion is brief and focused purely on the software's usability and interface, but Beattie likes what he covers: He gives the software a perfect rating and a Buy It! award.
Review: Bitdefender Total Security 2012: Security Software, Rob Beattie, Jan. 15, 2012
Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 enjoys a strong overall rating after about 50 users check in. About three-quarters say they would recommend the software to a friend, but some say that the software slowed their computer to a crawl.
Review: Bitdefender Internet Security 2012, 3 PCs, 1 Year, Contributors to Walmart.com