Products to compare
Emsisoft Anti - Malware
BitDefender Total Security
Compare
Usability
Performance and System Impact
Computer protection (Antivirus engine, Heuristic engine)
Proactive protection (Behavior blocker, HIPS, Sandbox)
Banking & Payments protection

Cortex

Level 11
For example BitDefender Total Security & Emsisoft are very different beasts - One is an all dancing all singing suite that gives several modules, Emsisoft is a decent anti-malware program with two engines & support that's first class - Frankly I dislike BitDefender products giving me things I don't need & lack of control, + bloat - On this PC I have Emsisoft, easy to install, great service & easy to uninstall & I feel underrated - The screen shot says it all :eek:
 

Attachments

Burrito

Level 19
Verified
In terms of detection, Bitdefender is better. Has been for a long time.

Yeah, Emsisoft has better customer service, a nice rep who comes to MT, a strong privacy policy.... but in the end, it's all about detection/prevention.

Normally in the 'what should I pick' questions of Emsisoft vs others, I choose Emsisoft. But Bit has a much longer history of excellence in detection and a recent improvement in software performance.

I trialed Bit 2020 for a short period and was impressed.

A smart-guy here at MT who has used all sorts of AVs should comment. He's using Bitdefender now.

@Nightwalker --- can you opine on this?

Additionally, @Slyguy has put Bitdefender 2020 on a buttload of computers now, and as of last report, it was going very well.

And check out the Bitdefender 2020 thread.
 

Slyguy

Level 42
Verified
BD2020 running solid on family/friend boxes. Nothing untoward to report at all.

Given that, I think BD2020 is a better (and cheaper) choice than Emsisoft. Which I feel has fallen from it's former greatness a bit, hoping it reaches back up and improves!
 

Nightwalker

Level 17
Verified
Content Creator
This choice isnt easy, both products are top tier, solid security solutions that have proven themselves year after year.

Having said that, Emsisoft has a superior PUA/PUP (potentially unwanted application/potentially unwanted program) protection and its more privacy oriented with a great support, while Bitdefender has a more automatic, silent style of protection with a great behavior blocker, while being cheaper with more features.

Performance wise, Bitdefender has improved a lot and I may say that in my machine it runs better than Emsisoft.

All in all considered, you cant go wrong with either.

I recommend you to give both a trial and see how they behave in your machine, personally I am enjoying Bitdefender very much, this 2020 version was a pleasant surprise for me.


(very low cpu usage with BD running)
Capturar.PNG
 

Spawn

Administrator
Verified
Staff member
If you use either the 2 most recent versions of Windows 10* (v1809 or v1903) then continue to use Windows Defender Antivirus or opt-for Emsisoft Anti-Malware.

Otherwise running any previous versions of Windows (not Windows 10), then go Bitdefender.

*Versions correct at time of posting
 

Syafiq

Level 11
Verified
For example BitDefender Total Security & Emsisoft are very different beasts - One is an all dancing all singing suite that gives several modules, Emsisoft is a decent anti-malware program with two engines & support that's first class - Frankly I dislike BitDefender products giving me things I don't need & lack of control, + bloat - On this PC I have Emsisoft, easy to install, great service & easy to uninstall & I feel underrated - The screen shot says it all :eek:
Whey are their user interface similar each other
 
  • Like
Reactions: Cortex and bribon77

F 4 E

Level 1
I've used Emsisoft. I found it ok but heavy on my PC and compared to other equally good AV, pretty expensive.

If Bitdefender works well on your machine, go for that. It can also be had cheaply from reputable retailers/online stores.

Just be aware that Bitdefender can be buggy at times.