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BitDefender Total Security 2018 Review: BEST WINDOWS SECURITY SUITE FOR PROS

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BitDefender Total Security 2018 Review – The parental controls are also excellent, second only to those offered by Symantec, with a cloud- based management and policy center. You can also use the portal site to monitor devices attached to the license and even remotely trigger scans.

For many years, BitDefender has been our pick for advanced users, and even a good pick for beginners as well, thanks to its autopilot mode.

BitDefender Total Security 2018 Review

The set of features available is equalled by few suites. It has a firewall, anti-malware and anti-spam, but also secure browsing, file locking to prevent ransomware encryption, anti-theft tools, game modes, parental advisors, social network protection, password manager, file shredder, security auditor, system cleanup and more.

In this latest version, it’s added webcam access monitoring (which works much better than Windows’ permissions), as well as an improved anti-ransomware file locking tool. File access to selected folders can now be permission-based.

The parental controls are also excellent, second only to those offered by Symantec, with a cloud- based management and policy centre. You can also use the site to monitor devices on the licence and remotely trigger scans.

It achieved perfect scores in AV-Test’s antivirus benchmarks. We’ve had excellent results with its removal engine as well – it does a good job of cleaning infections after detection, and includes a pre-boot mode for ripping problematic elements out.

It also has one of the best recovery drive/disc creators going, with a good set of tools available for repairing a system that’s so messed up you can’t even boot into it.

All the tools, options and reports are highly configurable, and you can really drill down into a lot of features if you’ve a mind. You can set multiple location profiles and adjust sensitivity sliders if you want to increase the aggressiveness of its heuristic scans. If you don’t want to do that, you can always switch BitDefender into autopilot mode, which lets it make most of the decisions for you. We’ve never had any real problems with autopilot, and it’s smart enough to make firewall and cleanup decisions without your input.

This suite is everything a security suite should be: full of features but easy to manage, highly configurable yet also capable of auto­configurations, and designed to not just detect threats but also get them out of your system. It’s still the best suite around, and our top pick amongst all suites.

Verdict

Excellence across the board and at damn good price.

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BitDefender Total Security 2018 Review

Excellence across the board and at damn good price.

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Bitdefender Total Security 2018 Review – NONE BETTER, SIMPLE AS THAT.

ALTHOUGH ITS OVERALL rating took a modest hit in the most recent AV-Test benchmarks due to some overzealous filtering of new applications, Bitdefender Total Security remains our favourite suite overall, both for its extremely capable detection and removal system, as well as the sheer volume of features it supports.

The set of features available in Bitdefender is equalled by no other suite. Of course, it has your basics: firewall, anti-malware and anti-spam, but it protects against so much more than that. There is a secure browser for online shopping and banking; anti-theft tools for laptops and mobiles; a file shedder; a security auditor; system cleanup; version checking; webcam access monitoring; a password manager; social network protection and much more.

We’ve been particularly impressed by this latest version with the file locker as well, which lets you lock down access to particular folders to block ransomware but make exceptions for specific apps. You could say, for example, that Word could access your documents folder, but other apps can’t — which is much more convenient than other solutions that have you locking and unlocking your folders every time you want to do anything.

What’s more, Bitdefender has continued to improve its parental controls, which is becoming a serious competitor to the likes of Norton Family and Qustodio. Comprehensive cloud-based controls, parental advisory systems and support for multiple platforms are all built in. What’s more, the cloud management system, Bitdefender Central extends beyond parental controls, allowing you to monitor the security of your devices remotely, as well as trigger scans.

When it comes to anti-malware performance, it achieves perfect scores in AV-Test’s antivirus benchmarks, although it was a little overzealous when new software was installed. We’ve had excellent results with its removal engine as well — it does a good job of actually cleaning infections after detection, and includes a pre-boot mode for ripping problematic elements out. It also has one of the best recovery drive/disc creators going, with a good set of tools available for repairing a system that’s so messed up you can’t even boot into it.

Given the sheer volume of features built into BitDefender, you might expect it would be hard to use. It’s not. Its autopilot mode gives you a ‘set-and-forget’ option that many users will find appealing. We’ve never had any real problems with autopilot, and it’s smart enough to make firewall and cleanup decisions without your input.

If you’ve more of a mind to manage the system yourself, you can do that: all the tools, options and reports are highly configurable. You can set multiple location profiles and adjust sensitivity sliders if you want to increase the aggressiveness of its heuristic scans.

All of this is currently available as a very affordable price right now. The price is for the first year only, and Bitdefender may jack that up for subsequent renewals, but given the quality of the suite, it’s presently a real bargain.

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CRITICAL SPECS

Anti malware, anti-spam, firewall, parental controls, secure browser, system cleanup,version checking, password manager, web site filter, remote monitoring, anti-ransomware, rescue disc, VPN

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RUNNER-UP

Kaspersky Total Security

No other suite has done as good a Job at keeping up with Bitdefender as Kaspsersky Total Security. Its feature set largely mirrors that of the winning suite, and for the most part, the various components are well designed and well integrated. All the tools you could really want are built into the suite – including backup, file encryption, webcam monitoring, cloud-based parental controls and a password manager. It even includes a volume limited VPN for secure connections when you take your laptop onto public Wi-Fi hotspots.

It also managed perfect scores in the AV-Test benchmarks, and has only a modest impact on system performance. Overall, however, we don’t think it has quite the elegance of design that Bitdefender has, and right now, it does have a slightly higher price, it’s still a good deal.


Kaspersky Total Security Review

A very close second.

Although bitdefender is still our top suite pick, it was a very near-run thing. Kaspersky continues to improve, and Total Security has a feature set that very closely rivals that of BitDefender. All the tools you could really want are built into the suite – including backup, file encryption, webcam monitoring, cloud- based parental controls and a password manager. It even includes a volume-limited VPN for secure connections when you take your laptop onto public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Really, the biggest thing stopping it from overtaking BitDefender is the price.

In terms of features and capabilities, it’s on par. Still the best.

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Removing Malware

A reader asked about security software that appears to charge extra to remove the problems it finds. Security Lead Analyst Neil J. Rubenking sets the record straight.

Q: I found out today that my Amazon account was hacked and email address changed to an address with an .ru domain… I began to wonder if my Mac had a keystroke logger, since I don’t think I’ve fallen for any phishing emails. So after removing Kaspersky a few months ago, I thought I would check out security software again. I just read your review of Bitdefender for Mac on PCMag.com… When when you click “buy” on their site, you are offered an additional purchase of virus and spyware removal for one intervention.

So it seems that the main program is geared toward finding but not removing the problem. I checked out Norton, and it also offers an extra-charge removal program. I also saw a blog online where someone was complaining that McAfee was going to charge them extra to remove what it found. Apparently this is common practice.

It would be extremely helpful if your [reviews would go] over these extra charges.

—Elaine St. John

A: All of the major antivirus products both detect malware and remove it.

Many of them offer a separate, extra-cost service whereby agents remote into your computer and fix problems, so you don’t have to.

Most of those will apply this remote remediation at no cost in the rare event that the AV detects something it can’t remove. McAfee and Norton in particular have a “virus free promise”, saying that if the AV can’t fix a problem, their techs will do it at no cost; and if they can’t fix it, the companies will refund your money.

It’s not uncommon for people to see these extra cost “concierge” services and think that means the antivirus won’t remove malware. Maybe bad marketing? Because that just isn’t the case.

—Neil J. Rubenking

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