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OK, but more fiddly than reviews suggest
on 24 February 2013
As owner of a small business providing IT Support, we need to keep on top of the "best" anti virus products. As Bullguard topped Which's review 2013, we tried it out (we usually use and recommend G Data Internet Security).
We uninstalled G Data, and installed this version of Bullguard, to test on the same PC that has been working for a few months with no issues.
Compared to G Data, we had the following gripes:
- Firewall turned itself "on" by default. This isn't a problem, but Which highlighted that the Bullguard firewall was turned "off" by default. Either Which got it wrong, or Bullguard have changed their product.
- Nothing but trouble with Windows Live Mail, with both sending and receiving mail since Bullguard installed. Frequent server timeouts. Was never a problem with G Data. Have had to resort to turning the incoming and outgoing email scanning off with Bullguard so is actually LESS secure than with G Data. Sending and receiving works fine with Bullguard turned off.
- Causes network printer to work sporadically. Suspect this is due to Bullguard's firewall. Reinstalling the printer software did not fix the problem (and it was absolutely fine with G Data).
- Confusing firewall messages popping up frequently (in contrast to what Bullguard's marketing tells you!) which do nothing other than confuse the user.
In short - probably OK at stopping viruses, but too many "issues" to recommend. Still prefer G Data.