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Surprisingly good, broadly capable package

  • Nov 9, 2008
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I hadn't been aware of BitDefender before being offered the opportunity to review BitDefender Total Security 2009.

I've used Norton and McAfee and fund plenty to criticize in them. Over the past few years, in fact, my impression is that both brands have become bloated and slow.

BitDefender is a pleasant surprise. Installation is fast and the installer is well done.

Funtionally, BitDefender is very smooth. Setup is extremely efficient and the number of intrusive pop-ups is low. Firewall installation is very simple compared to some other packages. BitDefender does an excellent job of recognizing legitimate applications and letting their traffic pass through.

The range of services is impressive, though some of them such as IM Encryption would appear to be of dubious value in the real world.

The BitDefender CD is bootable (it runs under Knoppix Linux, a very dependable distribution) and can be used to "analyze/repair/disinfect" a compromised system.

The feature list of BitDefender Total Security 2009 is long - 22 by BitDefender's count. The important functions seem to be well regarded. BitDefender came out on top in an allegedly independent test of antivirus detection.

It will take me a while to assess the value of AES encrypted storage capabilities (great if it works); a gamer mode that limits security during online gameplay (unlikely something I'll ever use, but very valuable to families with online gamers), local network management (appears to be somewhat limited compared to other products); online backup, privacy protection and so on.

One quality that is high on my list is antivirus scanning speed and overhead. On this one factor, BitDefender is a clear winner. It scans at an impressively high speed and doesn't bog down the system as Norton and McAfee do. On one Norton equipped computer where I have the antivirus scan set for late evening, it often starts while I am still working. Nine times out of ten, I'll shut Norton down because it is such a resource hog.

Not so with BitDefender.

Overall, BitDefender Total Security 2009 is a very impressive package in terms of capabilities and price. If it holds up under continuous use and scrutiny, I can see it (happily) as a replacement for Norton and McAffee, Well worth checking out in your own environment.


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BitDefender Total Security 2009 Family Edition provides 3 PCs 2 full years of advanced protection against viruses, spyware, hackers, spam and other e-threats... without slowing them down! It's our most complete security offering and includes: online and local backup, to safeguard your important data against hardware failure or theft; firewall; IM Encryption, to keep your private communications private; File Vault, to secure and encrypt your personal documents; Parental Control, to limit Web access; system maintenance tools, to keep your PC humming along; and more!

Provides 3 PCs 2 full years of advanced protection against viruses, spyware, hackers, spam and other e-threats... without slowing them down. Click to enlarge.

Scans all Web, e-mail and instant messaging traffic in real-time. Click to enlarge.

2GB of encrypted storage to safeguard your files from fire, theft and computer crashes. Click to enlarge.

System maintenance tools to maximize system performance. Click to enlarge.

Easily manage the security of your network from one PC. Click to enlarge.

Securely download music, movies, and files from the Web, friends, and family

  • Scans and removes viruses and spyware
  • Scans all Web, e-mail and instant messaging traffic in real-time
  • Proactively protects against new virus outbreaks using advanced heuristics

Protect your identity: shop, bank, listen, and watch... privately and securely

  • Blocks attempted identity theft (phishing)
  • Prevents personal information from ...
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