Bitdefender 2019 Review: Superior Protection

With everything from file encryption and ransomware protection to a game mode and a hardened browser, Bitdefender’s 2019 antivirus products have some of the deepest defenses of in the industry. Each also has very good malware protection and a light system impact, and the newly upgraded Autopilot helps you navigate it all while providing useful advice.

 

On the flip side, Bitdefender’s initial disk scan takes a long time, and the software isn’t as good as some of its rivals at blocking specialized attacks of the sort used in online espionage. But Bitdefender’s lowest-priced paid offering, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, continues to provide the best balance of protection, performance and useful extra features of any antivirus product.

Antivirus Protection

Bitdefender’s malware protection is threefold. A file-scanning engine compares suspect code to known malware signatures, while a heuristic monitor watches file behavior and inspects code. Anything new and suspicious goes up to the company’s servers for analysis, and resulting signatures get pushed out several times daily to its 500 million users.

Antivirus Performance

All of the Bitdefender Windows antivirus products have the same underlying anti-malware technology, which is among the best in the business. The core protection is identical in all of them.

 

In our own tests, conducted from August through November 2018, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus found 99 percent of all

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