Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 – 1-Year / 3-PC
|Ease of Use||9.5|
Bitdefender Internet Security gets the VPN protection and all the other new security features from Bitdefender’s excellent antivirus
When we review antivirus and security software, we use test results from independent laboratories, such as AV-Test and AV-Comparatives in conjunction with our own in-house testing.
Bitdefender Internet Security and Total Security programs include the same antivirus protection included with Bitdefender Antivirus 2019. The software consistently blocked malware in independent tests, including new malware – often called zero-day viruses – that most antivirus software hasn’t encountered before. And it performed equally well in our own testing.
It automatically blocks and quarantines any malicious file until it can be labeled as an absolute threat, at which point the software completely removes it from your computer. If the file turns out to be benign, you can ask Bitdefender to release it so you can use it.
For the most part, Bitdefender doesn’t create too much lag on Windows computers – there was barely enough for us to notice as we browsed the web, opened programs and sent email. However, it wasn’t pronounced when we played games or watched videos online. We compared our results to third-party laboratory findings, and they had similar experiences with Bitdefender.
Scanning & Detection
Bitdefender includes more features than most computer protection programs. In addition to protecting against malware and phishing attacks, it alerts you to threats on social media and scans removable media to block malware entering through USB devices. It also has a gamer mode, sometimes called a silent mode, that postpones full scans and pop-up notifications so they don’t bother you when you watch videos or play online games.
Bitdefender’s cloud antispam feature registers spam attacks and sends the information to its defense cloud so it can quickly prevent other users from falling prey to the same attack. It also cuts back on legitimate-looking phishing schemes, and you won’t receive floods of unwanted emails.
Privacy & Protection
Bitdefender’s firewall works in conjunction with Microsoft Windows security features to create a double layer of protection against malware threats. It also keeps hackers who want to steal your identity from swiping personal information.
The software’s parental controls help you keep your children safe online by blocking content you don’t want them to see. You can also control when they can surf the web and monitor their behavior online, including their Facebook activity.
Bitdefender has 24/7 live chat and telephone support. You can also email support representatives, and the company’s website has a knowledgebase where you can find answers to simple and common questions.
- Both Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 and Total Security 2019 dominated detection and performance tests at independent software testing labs and in our own in-house evaluations.
- Internet Security doesn’t include online backup, but it is available with the higher priced Total Security software.