BitDefender Total Security 2010 Review

 

Okay, you’ve done your research.  You’ve learned that BitDefender is one of the best antivirus programs you can buy.  You’ve learned that independent testing labs including AV-Test.org, Virus Bulletin, AV Comparatives.org, ICSA, Checkvir.com and West Coast Labs have all given their highest ratings to BitDefender.

And to add icing to the cake, you’ve also learned that BitDefender is one of the most economical choices in antivirus software.

BitDefender comes in three levels: Antivirus, Internet Security, and Total Security. The BitDefender Total Security program offers the most complete level of protection, adding additional features to make BitDefender Total Security 2010 the most comprehensive security software solution available from this noted family of products.

And if effectivness and economy aren’t enough to convince you that BitDefender is the antivirus program for you, BitDefender is one of the least intrusive antivirus programs available.  You can even set it in “gamer mode” so it won’t deliver an annoying popup message in the midst of a game (or important online business meeting).

 

Installation and Setup

BitDefender Total Security is just as easy to install as the other BitDefender programs.  The Windows install wizard guides you through each step, from removing other antivirus programs (to prevent interference), to choosing between typical and custom installations, to rebooting to finalize installation.

Setup will prompt you to choose from three different user levels.  Most users will choose the basic setting, where BitDefender operates continuously in the background without any effort on the part of the user.

 

Interface and Features

BitDefender operates in the background.  You might even forget it’s there, until it identifies a potential threat; then a little window opens in the bottom corner of your screen to alert you to the threat.

BitDefender is automatically updated hourly to track new security threats as they are identified.  But even before a new virus or malware program is officially identified, BitDefender is monitoring your system for indications of malicious code, and will immediately alert you to suspicious findings.

If you’ve ever had a game—or a business presentation– interrupted by an antivirus popup warning, you know how annoying it can be.  In BitDefender, you can select gaming mode to turn off interruptions.

A two-way firewall can protect your computer anywhere you connect to the Internet, and BitDefender can also protect you from phishing sites that are out to steal your identity.

With Parental Controls, you can limit children’s access to the Internet to the times you select, and block their access to inappropriate websites.

Once your computer is protected with BitDefender, you can download, chat, email, and IM, secure in the knowledge that you’re protected from worms, Trojans, spyware, viruses, and malware of all types.

BitDefender will automatically check instant messages, emails, and web traffic for malware, even stripping viruses from inbound HTML and stopping spam in its tracks.

BitDefender continuously monitors your computer to detect unauthorized changes to registry entries, DLL files, and system files.

The Total Security version also includes anti-spam and firewall features, as well as parental controls.  Compare to BitDefender internet security, the Total Security version has additional features to help you maintain your system include tune-up, file shredder, and data backup.

 

System Requirements

Recommended system requirements are Windows XP SP2 or higher, 1.66GHz or higher processor. 1GB RAM (XP and WIN7) 1.5GB RAM (Vista) 600 MB hard disk space, and Internet Explorer 7 or higher.

Laptop mode can help prolong battery life.

 

Help and Support

The program itself includes technical support built in with both help files and the option to contact tech support from within the program.

In addition, there are online support resources, as well as free 24/7 support by telephone, email, or online chat.

 

Price

The retail price is $79.95 for a one-year subscription for 3 PCs.  Using a coupon code will save you some money; you can check BitDefender coupon for the latest coupon information.

 

Conclusion

No matter how you use the Internet, you need dependable security.  And you probably want convenience and ease of use, as well as an affordable price.  BitDefender Total Security offers all that in one package.

 

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