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Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 includes the basic core features consumers demand from a security suite such as parental controls, firewall, antivirus and a spam filter, but what sets this security suite apart from other similar products is its ease of use and inclusion of a few extra goodies like Safepay browsing and USB autorun virus protection, adding that much more safety for a person who uses the internet heavily.
The first thing that’s noticeable about Bitdefender is that it’s relatively easy to install, with no unnecessary bells and whistles or endless pop-ups. For such a complex package, the fact that it’s user friendly and straightforward is a nice surprise; for installation, there is only a little set-up tool which downloads the suite and installs it without much of a fuss at all.
Users can choose Autopilot or manual control at any time they wish; Autopilot will take care of almost all the security issues on its own, and the only notification one will receive (if one even wishes to receive any notification at all) will be in the program’s gadget after the problem has been resolved.
The manual control console has six sections: Antivirus, Antispam, Privacy, Firewall, Updates, and Safego, which is Bitdefender’s social networking protection. What’s interesting about manual control is that it is also user-friendly and well organized; even a novice computer user will be able to get oriented and disable or configure particular modules to his or her liking.
As far as the Antivirus is concerned, the Autoscan module is great in that it goes through the computer’s system for threats during idle time. Files, as they get opened, get scanned for malware. Custom scans, quick scans and full scans are also options that can easily be chosen. The Rescue mode is very convenient in that it gives a bootable environment for getting rid of viruses in the system; if one is using Windows Vista or a later version, the Rescue Mode will still work even if Windows doesn’t.
If users want scanning speeds to be ultra fast from the word go, they’ll be disappointed; one tester’s first “quick” scan took a snail-like seven minutes; however the scan time dropped considerably in subsequent scans to under one and a half minutes. The first time a full-system scan is undertaken, for most systems, it will take over an hour, but as with the quick scan subsequent scans will take much less time, with seven minutes being the average duration.
What’s good to note is that AV Comparatives gave Bitdefender their highest Advanced + rating in 2012 for its antivirus engine which returns far fewer false positives than other security suites. Independent tests show that the Autopilot technology in the 2013 version removes all threats and raises the occasional false positive; but in these cases Autopilot will ask for the user’s input and generally makes very good decisions.
Concerning browsing protection, Bitdefender does everything possible to prevent malware infection instead of focusing solely on malware detection and removal. Search Advisor will warn of dangerous links, and Safego will look after filtering social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The antiphishing module in the system is also incredibly solid, providing a multitude of browsers and Yahoo Messenger with real-time security. In fact, when tested, 70% ended up being the lowest rate of malicious URL detection, which far surpasses the detection rate of competing security suites.
Bitdefender is a solid security suite which has proven itself through a battery of independent tests; however, one cannot review the system without mentioning two features which are thrown into the package: Safepay and USB Autorun Virus Protection.
Safepay is a secure browser which is isolated and will pop up when a visit to a banking site or shopping site is detected. The user can continue in this Safepay browser without the fear of banking or credit card info being intercepted by other programs. Tests show the feature works, but sometimes Safepay doesn’t pop up when it should. Although this can be corrected by manually adding URLS to the controls, it may be considered by some to be a pain in the neck.
The USB Autorun Virus Protection is the other nice extra feature; it protects a user’s system against autorun viruses. This immunizer works by making it appear as though a USB drive already has an autorun.inf, making it more difficult for malware to create one, and according to test results, Bitdefender’s immunizer works well.
In all, Bitdefender is a good, solid product and surpasses others in its field. It is easy to use, does the job, and won’t affect a system’s performance. One certainly cannot go wrong choosing this as their security suite.
About the Author: Chris is a long-time computer expert who enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge through software reviews, contributing to http://dailydeals4you.com, which provides coupons for antivirus software like Kaspersky coupons. Thrifty users can also take advantage of the website’s Bitdefender internet security coupons.