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Paul Lilly Nov 14, 2012

BitDefender Internet Security 2011

At A Glance

LIKE A BOSS

Suitable for all skill levels; supersonic scan speed.

LIKE A DUCK

No virtual keyboard.

A powerful antivirus suite you can take home to meet the parents

BitDefender flies in the face of conventional wisdom in more ways than one. Like most security suites, BIS runs the risk of spreading itself too thin by combining antivirus, antispyware, antiphishing, a firewall, parental controls, antispam, and more into a single package. That’s a challenge in and of itself, but BitDefender also attempts to cater to computer users of all skill levels, whether you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate, or expert. A tough challenge, but BitDefender proves up to the task.

Last year’s version of BitDefender also included different layouts to choose from, but they weren’t as slick or user friendly as they are now.

BitDefender prompts you to choose your level of expertise during installation, with each option sporting a different dashboard. You’re given a glimpse of each UI along with a short explanation before you commit, but can also select a different layout if you later change your mind. What’s great about this is that you can slap the Basic View on your parents’ rig and not have to worry about them inadvertently pushing a button they shouldn’t, and use the Intermediate or Expert layout on your own machine. The Intermediate UI is a step up from Basic in that you can customize the dashboard with up to 14 scrollable icons (Basic has three), while the Expert layout throws everything plus the kitchen sink and all the plumbing at you.

None of this would matter if BitDefender went belly up the first time you encountered a virus, but in our testing, it stood tall. It also zipped through our test bed’s hard drive like it was late for a date, reducing a little more than a six-minute scan to less than two minutes the second time around. There’s even a vulnerability scan that combs your system looking for unpatched software, missing Windows updates, and weak passwords.

Last year we concluded that “we’d always know we settled” with Bit-Defender, and now we’re wondering why we’d settle for anything else.

$50 (1 year, 3 PCs), www.bitdefender.com

 

BitDefender
FEATURES

Email Scanning
Y
IM Scanning
Y
Spyware Protection
Y
Rootkit Protection
Y
Heuristics
Y
FirewallY
Identity ProtectionN
Spam ControlsY
Parental ControlsY
PERFORMANCE 
Scan 1 (min:sec)6:10
Scan 2 (min:sec)1:55
PCMark8,914
Boot+7
3GB File Transfer+5
THE VERDICT

BitDefender Internet Security 2011

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