BitDefender Antivirus 2011 review
A powerful Romanian antivirus
BitDefender products are well-loved by customers everywhere thanks to their solid performance, ease of use, price and great features. Does their new antivirus software rise up to expectations? We took the program for a spin and we invite you to read our review.
Available for free download
We had two possibilities to download this antivirus: one was via an online download and the other via boxed software. Once we chose what suited us the most, installation went fast and we were offered helped through step-by-step on-screen instructions for initial setup. As with other antivirus products, this one didn’t ask for a reboot. After installation, the BitDefender 2011 did a pre-scan.
A lot of features included
As for features, the BitDefender Antivirus 2011 offers e-mail scanning, antiphishing, secure gamer mode, laptop mode, Active Virus Control and Search Advisor, just to name a few. The Active Virus Control feature detected and erased stealth threats; the Search Advisor one protected us whenever we used the Internet. This product also offered us the possibility to configure and use a home network. During our tests, the laptop mode could also run automatically and saved our device’s resources when we unplugged it. The secure gamer mode feature turned off its alerts, but continued to run in the background.
During the setup process, the antivirus software gave us the option to choose a user profile; this was a great idea, because we could personally choose the interaction best suited to our needs and knowledge.
Three design interfaces
In the design department, the BitDefender Antivirus 2011 offers three interfaces, namely the basic, intermediate and expert ones. The main window looks stylish, content is very well organized and we encountered no problem during navigation through the software’s settings.
This product offered protection from phishing scams, viruses, spyware, malware and so on, whether they were online, in instant messaging (it encrypts IM chat conversations) or e-mails.
Excellent scanning speed and results
All types of scanning worked superb on BitDefender Antivirus 2011; speed was excellent and there were no frozen windows that we encountered when testing other antivirus software in the past. Updates ran automatically in the background and they didn’t slow our computer. Manual update was not needed.
Whenever we had a problem during our test for this review, live help could be found 24/7 by phone, online live chat and e-mail. This antivirus also comes with an in-product help application, very helpful tips, a knowledgebase, video tutorials, troubleshooting and much more.