User Feedback Bitdefender Total Security 2022

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Full software title and current version
Bitdefender Total Security 2022
Download and install rating
3.00 star(s)
Download and install feedback
Easy to download from the Bitdefender websiite.
The installer downloads the new versiom ( apparantly NOT, after installation, still need to upgrade to latest version ) straight on installation, nothing to choose from. Just next next, login to Bitdefender Central and done.
It took about 5 minutes to complete.
Interface rating
3.00 star(s)
Interface feedback
I personally do no not like this kind of interfaces, for me looks like Jenga with all the boxes and switches.
Dark mode for me is badly written, the notifications are hard to read.
Usability rating
3.00 star(s)
Usability feedback
Easy to use its all blocks and switches
Performance rating
4.00 star(s)
Performance feedback
It is light on the system. Not as light as GDATA /F-Secure /Norton
Hardly feel any system impact.
RAM about 250-400MB
Installing and launching programs have a small delay.
For me the impact is ok.
Basic protection rating
4.00 star(s)
Basic protection feedback
Protection is good, BD uses HTTPS injection, so no Browser Extention for this, except Anti Tracker Extention.
Phising and Malware pages are detected fine. Most Malware samples i tested were detected.
Installing VPN from the interface will take forever, better install it seperately with the installer.
The updates to download and install take a while, the updates are all small files that need to be loaded and installed ( this really makes no sense for me )

Safepay simply dont work when you use the bookmark in your browser. It only works when you type the URL.

And now the biggest frustating error of this program :

After a couple of days, Services not responding and Bitdefender will never start.
Talked to support and they know about this ( same like many years ago ) and still not fixed.
Some people have this, others do not have this issue.

For me this is the last time i installed this Bugdefender I sorry for the name )

I will not recommend this BD anymore, if you really want the Bitdefender Signaturs, go for GDATA/VIPRE or other programs that use the BD engine and Signatures.
Advanced protection rating
4.00 star(s)
Web browsing protection rating
4.00 star(s)
Multi-layered security rating
3.00 star(s)
Network and firewall rating
3.00 star(s)
    • Many features
    • Low impact on system resources
    • Lightning fast scans
    • Easy to use
    • Ransomware protection
    • Strong and reliable protection
    • Detects or blocks in the wild malware
    • Consistently high test scores
    • Accurate results and reliable antivirus engine
    • Effective malicious URL blocking
    • Excellent scores in independent tests
    • Effective malware removal
    • Advanced users may want more control
    • Short on configuration options
    • Clumsy or awkward interface (UI)
    • Not as many features as some competitors
Time spent using
Up to 1 month
Computer specs
Intel i3 processor
Tower PC
Recommended for
  1. Inexperienced users
  2. Financial banking or trading
  3. Low spec PCs
Overall rating
3.00 star(s)


Level 8
May 29, 2021
Hello :)

Bitdefender I also had difficulties.
Indeed, I use a vpn during my surfing, which allows me to have a little anonymity but also to see geoblocked contents.
I use a 1Gbps fiber connection.

After installing Bitdefender, my speed drops sharply to... 40mbps... (measured on Speedtest)
Tested with many vpn, same problem.
I test with Bitdefender VPN, 250mbps.....

I uninstall Bitdefender, I find my 1gbps...
That's why I don't use it.
I tested the VPN now with Bitdefender Total Security. My line is 500mbps down and 300mbps up. Without VPN I get this speed fine, and with VPN I get 485mbps down, and 300 up.:)


Level 8
May 29, 2021
This is the test sites:


Level 27
Top Poster
Jan 26, 2020
If I know what I am doing ( being careful of what applications I download, or sites I go. ) is it ok to turn off this:
Scan for PUP:


New Member
Aug 24, 2022
I have it on 2 devices and I don't have that problem that the services don't start. Your pc could be the problem. Why do they say that it is bugged if it is one of the best av on the market and if not the best. The technologies used by BD are not found in any other av engine, an example of this is the BitDefenderTheta ai. Greetings.
The only bug I've had is a problem with web scan, especially encrypted scan, which has problems with twitch certificates. Solution disable that feature. Y another thing Bitdefender doesn't need to be configured like other av's because it works entirely with artificial intelligence, install it and forget it.
I think the only thing that bothers me is the mandatory installation of the vpn, since if you uninstall it, it will install itself and it does not allow you to not install it in its installer. I feel that this happens because the banking protection works mixed with the vpn.
I just disabled the vpn service

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