Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2018
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Product No: 17033
- NEW. Wi-Fi Security Advisor
- Antivirus & Antispyware
- NEW Anti-Ransomware
- Social Network Protection
- Bitdefender Photon
- Bitdefender Autopilot
- Bitdefender Safepay
- USB Immunizer
- Online Remote Management
- Search Advisor
- Personal Data Filter
- Scan Dispatcher
- Startup Optimizer
Unparalleled SecurityBitdefender stops emerging e-threats that other products miss due to its live and virtualized behavior-based detection, in addition to cloud-based services.
- Active Virus Control - Detects new & unknown viruses by monitoring processes behavior while they are running
- Rescue mode - Reboots your computer in a trusted environment, which is used for cleanup and restoration
- Virtualized Browser - Isolates the browser from the operating system in a Bitdefender-provided environment to block web-based threats
- Vulnerability Scanner - Checks for missing or outdated security software as well as potentially unsafe system settings
Absolute SilenceSave time and avoid all hassles - the Autopilot makes the security-related decisions for you!
- Autopilot - Makes optimal security-related decisions without interrupting you
Safe Social NetworkingProtect yourself and your friends from e-threats that attempt to exploit the trust you've built with them.
- Social Network Protection - Filters the links you receive from your Facebook and Twitter friends and monitors your privacy settings
- Search Advisor - Gives advance warning of risky websites right in your Google and Bing search results
Total PrivacyBitdefender protects your privacy and personal data with a range of specialized modules and functions.
- Personal Data Filter - Prevents critical data, such as your social security number, from ever leaving your computer
- Antiphising - Blocks websites supporting various scams or credit card phishing attempts
- Chat Encryption - Keeps your conversations private on Yahoo Messenger
- No impact on the computer performance - as scanning only takes place when your system is idle.
- Scan Dispatcher - Triggers system scans when resource usage falls below a certain threshold
|Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Bitdefender's installer downloads the very latest program and virus definition files. The installer scans for active malware that could derail the installation. You can either activate your installation with a license key or select a fully functional 30-day free trial. And you must create or log in to your account at Bitdefender Central online, to connect this installation to the account. Note that you can only associate one level of Bitdefender protection with a single account. If you want to have the straight antivirus on some systems and the security suite on others, you must create two accounts.
With the 2017 edition, the main window went through some more radical changes. It does still use a background in shades of gray, but they're substantially darker. And it does break down the window into rectangular panels that offer access to security stats and features. A circled green checkmark still represents safety, though the circles now animate when you open the window.
The big change is a new left-rail icon menu with eight selections: Protection, Privacy, Upgrade, Activity, Notifications, Account, Settings, and Help. Protection includes antivirus, Web protection, and vulnerability scan. On the Privacy tab, you manage the Safepay secure browser, the file shredder, and the password manager. Each of these offers a Modules view that gives you finer control. I like the changes. It's easier to find any given feature now.
A full scan of my standard clean test system took 58 minutes, a good bit longer than the average time for recent products, which is 44 minutes. A second scan completed in half the time, which is good. However, a number of other products avoid rescanning unchanged files, making a repeat scan ridiculously fast.
This test starts when I open the folder containing my samples. In most cases, the minuscule access that occurs when Windows Explorer reads the file's name, size, and so on is enough to trigger an on-access scan. At first, I thought Bitdefender must be one of those that waits for a more significant access, like trying to launch the file. I didn't see any notification that it caught malware. But then I realized that it's on Autopilot! Looking closely, I saw that it wiped out just over 60 percent of the samples immediately.
Use the switch to turn antiphishing protection on or off. Phishing websites don't need fancy scripts or drive-by downloads. They simply imitate PayPal, Facebook, Yahoo mail, your bank…just about any kind of secure site. If you take the bait and enter your password, you're totally hosed. The fraudsters have full access to your account.
Bitdefender's protection against fraudulent websites doesn't stop with antiphishing. It marks up links in popular search and social media sites. But where this feature typically just identifies sites as safe, iffy, or dangerous, Bitdefender goes into great details.
When Bitdefender detects that you're heading for a financial site, it offers to open it in SafePay, a separate, secure desktop with a full-featured, hardened browser that supports multiple tabs and bookmarks. Naturally Wallet is compatible with the SafePay browser. It allows installation of Flash, but no other extensions are permitted.
Bitdefender's vulnerability scan looks for missing Windows updates and for outdated browsers and other tools such as Java. It also flags weak Windows account passwords and, if the system supports Wi-Fi, insecure Wi-Fi networks. On my test system, it found updates for Firefox and Java, and suggested I change all of the Windows account passwords.
Bitdefender's Wallet feature has evolved into a complete, if basic, password manager.
Wallet exists as an extension in Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox. You can create multiple wallets, perhaps for different users of the family PC. When you create a wallet, you must give it a strong master password, something you can remember, but that nobody else would guess. You can choose whether or not to sync this wallet across multiple Bitdefender installations.
At creation time, a new wallet can siphon off passwords stored insecurely in your browsers. However, it doesn't remove them from the browsers or disable future password capture, the way Trend Micro does. There's no option to import passwords from other competing programs.
When you connect to a public network, the advisor checks its security level. If the network fails the sniff test, the advisor suggests you do all your browsing through the secure SafePay browser.
For the network that you designate as home, the advisor checks security and makes recommendations. For example, if you're using weak encryption, or no encryption, it advises that you use at least WPA2 encryption, and choose a strong password.
You can open the File Shredder and browse to add files and folders for deletion, or right click a file or folder and choose File Shredder from the Bitdefender submenu
For true, unrecoverable deletion, you need a secure deletion utility like Bitdefender's File Shredder component.
Some secure deletion utilities, especially those found in encryption tools, let you choose from many different shredding algorithms. But in truth, overwriting data just once before deletion is enough to foil all but the highest-end forensic recovery tools. Bitdefender overwrites the data three times, which is plenty.
Excellent scores from independent labs. Scores from very good to superb in our hands-on tests. Effective ransomware protection. Many bonus features including password manager, secure browser, and file shredder.
Full antivirus scan took longer in testing than most competitors.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 combines top-scoring antivirus protection with so many bonus features it would almost qualify as a security suite.