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Bitdefender Windows 8 Security Review

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Bitdefender Windows 8 Security Review

When I was first asked to test the newest software from BitDefender (Bitdefender Windows 8 Security) I was excited. I’ve actually had another version of Bitdefender before on one of my previous Windows computers and I actually loved it so was excited to receive a free copy. The only catch was that I had installed my copy of Windows 8 on an Acer Netbook and the drive actually keeps crashing due to the size of the netbook, some apps don’t work as well with smaller screen resolution and some actually refuse to load, but I downloaded Bitdefender Windows 8 Security and after verifying that it is working on my system, prepared for the review.

Installation

I downloaded Windows 8 Security directly from Bitdefenders website. The program took a couple of seconds to download and from there, a few minutes to install. Bitdefender scanned the computer and after finding no problems, installed itself quite quickly. Overall, the download and install are both much faster than AVG or Norton’s previous versions ( I have not yet tested them for Windows 8 though) which are definitely good points in anyone’s book.

Downloading Viruses for my Bitdefender Review

Because I had recently wiped the drive, I first downloaded a Trojan Simulator (which is safer for testing your drive than an actual Trojan). Bitdefender actually blocked it from downloading at first which is a great sign considering that it is from a legitimate software company. Trojan simulator installed, I ran the first virus scan.  The first scan took about 2 minutes, which isn’t bad considering there are 1,319 files on the computer.

I then disabled Bitdefender for Windows 8 and went online and visited a couple of sites that are known to be risky, picked up malware (three viruses), and then turned Bitdefender back on. It picked up all three of the viruses after a quick scan and deleted them. Finally, because Bitdefender Windows 8 Security includes a USB scanner, I dropped a virus onto my USB flash drive and ran a test with a positive result.

For scanning, locating, and alerting for viruses found in downloads, Bitdefender Windows 8 Security seems to do an excellent job. It even picked up the Trojan simulator which isn’t really that big of a threat. Five out of Five.

Bitdefender Windows 8 Security Review

You can see that it picked up all four viruses I downloaded

BitDefender Windows 8 Security Features

Another thing I was really impressed by is the multiple features. Windows 8 Security offers features that actually compete with more expensive antivirus systems which is more than can be expected. Most of the built in scanners are built for Windows 8 which means that it works with the Windows 8 apps and interface.

  • Early Startup Scanner to scan Windows 8 before other apps start
  • Proactive App Scanner scans apps and alerts for compromised Windows 8 apps
  • Privacy Protection
  • Firewall
  • Automatic Scans
  • Anti-Spam
  • USB Immunizer
  • Bitdefender SafePay

For anyone with kids (or who likes to play games), Bitdefender also includes a ‘game list’ of ‘safe’ games so you can play without interruption from your antivirus. The program includes the ability to set password protection, and to start in game mode or laptop mode depending on your preference.

The Review

Bitdefender Windows 8 Security offers some really stellar features but not really anything absolutely new. The real time scan to detect viruses as they pop up is a very nice touch, the antivirus is very efficient, and the firewall seems to work very well. After a quick test, Bitdefender performs admirably against other high end antivirus systems and I will definitely be keeping it around. The system is very easy to switch between user and autopilot mode and the Windows 8 format makes this antivirus blend right in, albeit, in a more limited color schematic.

I was actually very impressed by the ‘vulnerability’ section which not only scans your computer for vulnerabilities such as weak passwords, but also lets you know about software updates that should improve the security of your computer.

The only thing that I can find to be negative for my review is that Bitdefender does maybe take up a bit more CPU than I would like when cleaning viruses up, but considering scans and cleanup only take a few minutes, it’s hardly a problem to worry about.

I currently use Norton Antivirus 2013 on my main computer and Bitdefender is very competitive at every angle, in fact, it even costs less per year to purchase while offering an easy to use interface and great scanners. If you read any of my other reviews you know that I always list the cons and I always find something I don’t like about software, with Bitdefender, it actually took a couple of hours of use before I noticed anything, and the only real problem which is CPU usage, is present in nearly any antivirus. You can download the test trial to run a preliminary scan of your computer and then test the software to see for yourself if you like it or not before purchase.

Bitdefender Windows 8 Security Costs $74.99 per year and includes a license for up to three computers.

Bitdefender Windows 8 Review