BitDefender Internet Security 2013 - 3 User 1 Year (PC) tops computer magazine PCPro's A list for having the best protection against malware of all the internet security suites currently available, and PCPro also like its comprehensive set of features. That's enough for me to choose this anti-virus software suite. The main downside is that Bitdefender hogs PC resources a bit, although it also has both a laptop and gaming mode to streamline things when required, and for us that's acceptable as Bitdefender offers the best malware protection at present. The user interface isn't very intuitative, but it is easy enough once you get used to it. I did switch off BitDefender's default 'scan CD/DVDs' and 'Scan USB data sticks' on insert though, as otherwise the antivirus-scan freezes the disk access for ages.
This more expensive Total Security 2013 adds in a few extras over the cheaper Internet Security 2013: Laptop/PC device anti-theft tracking, secure on-line cloud storage, and a 'tune-up' utility. Occasionally Bitdefender on-line offers this Total version at the same price as the other less featured version: I paid £29 for 3 PC licences of Bitdefender Total Security 2013 (with the full price quoted as £59) - this listing is for only one PC licence. As well as anti-virus, Bitdefender has a firewall, parental controls, anti-spam, 'safe pay' online payment protection, 'autopilot' safety decisions made automatically, and things like warning you if your passwords are weak or a Windows update needs installing. I did accidently install this Total Security 2913 on my home PC and not the laptop, but I could deregister the Total licence using my on-line Bitdefender account and then use it to my daughters laptop where the anti-theft tracking would be more useful. Once activated, the online tracking wasn't much more than that, it said the laptop was in the UK and 'it couldn't be located more precisely than that' - there were options to lockdown the laptop and wipe it, but nothing that would help recover it. More expensive laptop tracking software such as Lojack can locate the laptop on a map, report it as stolen, and give the police precise details of where it is, although also check out freeware Prey (PreyProject) that offers a lot including taking desktop screenshots from the laptop (hopefully the thief will be on Facebook).
Bitdefender loaded and run with no problems on our three Windows 7 64-bit gaming PCs and our fast Windows 8 Viao laptop - on install it auto-updated to itself to the latest version. I manually uninstalled the old antivirus security suite beforehand. Our PCs previously ran Norton 360, and Bitdefender 2013 seems no worse in terms of PC speed. Bitdefender is a Romanian company with subsidiaries in the USA, UK, Spain, and Germany. As an alternative to Bitdefender, PCPro recommend 'Avast Free Antivirus', which offers the best protection of all the free antivirus software.
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