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Thoughts on BitDefender (paid version)?
Posted: Posted January 5th by Johon-Sensei

I've always been happy with various free antivirus offerings, but I was considering nabbing BitDefender AntiVirus Plus while it's 50% off for me and my wife. Has anyone here used BitDefender, and if so, what are your thoughts? Good, bad, just stick with the free stuff?

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I use BitDefender (free version).

While it has an ever-so-slightly lower detect rate than Avira (at last I checked), BD is also much more lightweight and self-sufficient, which tips my scales in its favor. It provides protection that is completely satisfactory for me while not bothering me at all.

The paid version just has a couple extra bells and whistles that aren't really necessary, as far as I know.

Posted January 5th by nullfather
nullfather

I see. Thanks for your thoughts. If it had been pretty much any other antivirus and if it weren't on sale, I wouldn't have even stopped to consider it. I've just heard a lot of good things about BitDefender so when I saw it going for $30 for 3 seats it caught my eye. At any rate, I think I'll give the free version a try. Thanks again.

Posted January 5th by Johan-Sensei
Johan-Sensei

Update- I realized there was a trial for the full version so I installed it. I actually like it a lot... the extra features are nice. It has a secure browser for banking/shopping, a "vulnerability scan" that checks your computer for security vulnerabilities (i.e. media autoplay, weak wifi password, missing updates, etc), password manager, file shredder, it flags unsafe search engine results before you click them, and a lot more customization options than the free version.

The extra features are nice, but it's exactly as you said - extra bells and whistles that aren't really necessary. I personally was satisfied with just the basic antivirus protection in the free version.

That being said, I think my wife would benefit from the extra features. If I bought the full version for three devices, two of those would be hers. And even if the features are not necessary for my PC, I still enjoy having them. I feel like I could justify dropping $30 on this, but I'm still undecided.

Posted January 8th by Johan-Sensei
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