Battle AVG Ultimate vs Bitdefender Total Security

What is the best choice between these two complete suites ?

  • AVG Ultimate

    Votes: 25 51.0%
  • Bitdefender Total Security

    Votes: 24 49.0%

  • Total voters
    49
Software comparison
AVG Ultimate
Bitdefender Total Security
Feature comparison
  1. Ease of use
  2. Impact on hardware performance
  3. Most available features
  4. Core protection (malware and heuristic engine)
  5. Internet protection (web filtering, anti-phishing, anti-spam, browser extension)
  6. Proactive protection (anti-exploit, behavior blocker, IDS-HIPS, sandbox)
  7. Network protection (firewall, anti-botnet)
  8. Ransomware protection
  9. Banking and payments protection
  10. Machine learning and A.I. capabilities
  11. Privacy protections (VPN, anti-tracking)
  12. My privacy (GDPR, data handling, privacy policies)

McMcbrad

Level 23
Oct 16, 2020
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Hello,
After reading @McMcbrad reviews, User Feedback - AVG Ultimate and User Feedback - Bitdefender Premium/Total Security , I'm wondering what is the best choice between these two complete suites to protect my laptops ?
Hello,
AVG Ultimate is a whole suite packed with VPN and TuneUP. If you don't need this, you can get AVG Internet Security.

As for Bitdefender vs AVG, AVG is lighter, scans faster and has a more polished feeling to it overall. It also has much more settings than Bitdefender. Protection-wise, there is very small difference, if any. Avast/AVG's reaction to new thteats is faster than Bitdefender.

You can still try them both and decide, but even then, AVG will be a clear winner.
 

Nightwalker

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May 26, 2014
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Just to complement the post of @McMcbrad, I prefer AVG nowadays just because of better PUP detection and how smooth its engine deals with updates, it has a very little I/O impact, especially compared to the humongous updates of the Bitdefender engine; their staff needs to trim the bloat there.
 

JB007

Level 22
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May 19, 2016
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Hello,
AVG Ultimate is a whole suite packed with VPN and TuneUP. If you don't need this, you can get AVG Internet Security.

As for Bitdefender vs AVG, AVG is lighter, scans faster and has a more polished feeling to it overall. It also has much more settings than Bitdefender. Protection-wise, there is very small difference, if any. Avast/AVG's reaction to new thteats is faster than Bitdefender.

You can still try them both and decide, but even then, AVG will be a clear winner.
Thanks @McMcbrad for your explanations.
I have already tried both, on my laptops they are light and easy to use, but I am not knowledgeable enough to determine which is more effective on a daily basis.
Another question, I have also a MacBook Air, what is the best choice for macOS ?
 

McMcbrad

Level 23
Oct 16, 2020
1,252
Thanks @McMcbrad for your explanations.
I have already tried both, on my laptops they are light and easy to use, but I am not knowledgeable enough to determine which is more effective on a daily basis.
Another question, I have also a MacBook Air, what is the best choice for macOS ?
They are both light, but Bitdefender is not light during an update at all. It receives updates every hour or so and it is not a small few KB update just dropped somewhere. It rewrites the whole 500 mb database and deletes the old backup, putting an unneeded strain on your SSD. AVG's streaming updates are just a few KB files snd the database is rewritten once, maximum twice a day.

Both for Windows and Mac, AVG Web-Shield blocks more threats. You can add their optional extension to get user-reputation, in addition to the official rating. AVG is the better choice for both Windows and Mac.
 

blackice

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Apr 1, 2019
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I vote AVG if you care about update size and writes on your SSD. If you have a drive with high TBW endurance it may not be a big deal, but still could be a consideration. From looking at lots of tests it seems Bitdefender’s behavior blocker is a bit better, but AVG is a lot faster with new signatures, Bitdefender has been a bit slow to add them and rely on their web filtering very heavily. @McMcbrad can probably correct any inaccuracies about my statements. I just put AVG in my laptop in addition to already having it on my gaming rig because I liked it so much. I use the Internet Security version because I don’t need the extras and it already has the file scanner. One note about Bitdefender is I had occasional slow down from their firewall that I am not seeing from AVG. Hopefully that wall of text helps.
 

McMcbrad

Level 23
Oct 16, 2020
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Only one correction, Bitdefender's behavioural blocking and ML/AI is by no means better than AVG. AVG/Avast also use reputation, but there is no evidence to support that Bitdefender has any detection similar to FileRepMalware (Avast). Avast/AVG's behavioural blocking has been around for longer than BD ATD and covers a broad range of threats, and issues. I believe they are on par, but AVG is one idea better.
The static scan ML seems lighting years ahead of Bitdefender.
 

ZeePriest

Level 3
Jul 2, 2020
107
Hello,
AVG Ultimate is a whole suite packed with VPN and TuneUP. If you don't need this, you can get AVG Internet Security.

As for Bitdefender vs AVG, AVG is lighter, scans faster and has a more polished feeling to it overall. It also has much more settings than Bitdefender. Protection-wise, there is very small difference, if any. Avast/AVG's reaction to new thteats is faster than Bitdefender.

You can still try them both and decide, but even then, AVG will be a clear winner.
You sir have convinced me that AVG is better overall. Please take my vote sir.
 

blackice

Level 29
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Apr 1, 2019
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Only one correction, Bitdefender's behavioural blocking and ML/AI is by no means better than AVG. AVG/Avast also use reputation, but there is no evidence to support that Bitdefender has any detection similar to FileRepMalware (Avast). Avast/AVG's behavioural blocking has been around for longer than BD ATD and covers a broad range of threats, and issues. I believe they are on par, but AVG is one idea better.
The static scan ML seems lighting years ahead of Bitdefender.
I stand corrected, thanks for the edification. I was actually curious about this.
 

McMcbrad

Level 23
Oct 16, 2020
1,252
Well, I think Bitdefender is more robust, so much so that the scores on specialized sites are always the highest, changing the subject, @McMcbrad do you usually make positive comments about Trend Micro and AVG, between the two, which would you recommend?
AVG and Bitdefender have similar scores on all tests, however I trust my own tests more. AVG performs better than Bitdefender and has been heavily tested, though Bitdefender is very close, in fact closest. There are official tests where Avast outperforms BD, mainly on AV-Comparatives and there are tests where BD is not submitted at all.
Regarding Trend Micro vs AVG, this is off-topic, but AVG is a slight bit better for now.
 
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silversurfer

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Aug 17, 2014
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Just wondering about how many votes are done for AVG, where are those people who always complaining about Privacy "issues" of Avast/AVG

Last year, we had similar "Battle" threads and the winner was BD as users said it has been improved in terms of performance and system impact...
 

McMcbrad

Level 23
Oct 16, 2020
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Just wondering about how many votes are done for AVG, where are those people who always complaining about Privacy "issues" of Avast/AVG

Last year, we had similar "Battle" threads and the winner was BD as users said it has been improved in terms of performance and system impact...
It's been improved, but is still really hefty. I have installed AVG on very slow devices, but it is unthinkable to install Bitdefender on them. Regarding the privacy issues, I don't believe users have a reason to bring them up anymore.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Maybe I am too Dutch, but I don't see the need for those full suites anymore.
In all my early Windows years (starting with Windows 95) I have bought them all.
Nowadays I find a free av coupled with some system hardening more than enough.
I prefer to spend my money on other things (like things for my house, car, games, hardware).
 

Cortex

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Aug 4, 2016
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Maybe I am too Dutch, but I don't see the need for those full suites anymore.
In all my early Windows years (starting with Windows 95) I have bought them all.
Nowadays I find a free av coupled with some system hardening more than enough.
I prefer to spend my money on other things (like things for my house, car, games, hardware).
Yes but many who are MD fans often use some form of hardening / firewall additions etc & maybe that becomes a suite - I'm a suite fan though :):) The costs of AV's now is minimal & would hardly buy you anything off amazon for example (external hard drive case maybe)
 
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