All the companies track you unless you use an endpoint product with rules / policy to avoid trackingI know I shouldn't but i just tested Avast for mac and i'm impressed. It's very light. It only has 1 single process. Its even lighter than eset (well at least on the mac). I wish i could pay a nominal fee and bee assured they were doing any tracking but even if you pay for it i don't think there is any type of guarantee. I know avast generally does pretty good in tests.
AVs on Android can’t do much because of missing permissions so it would be very bad if it drain the batteryI like Bitdefender on Android so much that I would consider it on Windows if I ever felt the need for something beyond MD + H_C. BD Free on Android is extremely fast and doesn't drain the battery. So far, my replacement phone has had no malware problems while I've been using BD.
What is H_C may I ask?
Comodo has an excellent firewall but I’m not sure about it’s AV protection part. Having said that, I do love it’s Sandboxing feature.Bitdefender is heavy. Avast is very light and almost not annoying, kasperky is heavier, but it does not reach the level of Bitdefender and generally kasperky feels agile.
- But I think you have already paid enough licenses, without forgetting that they are for several years. Why don't you try a free AV like Comodo (AV, firewall, ect) in a virtual machine for you to try, I know it has its complications, but in general it is very safe and if you consider it heavy, you leave only the firewall that uses the cloud for signatures. You can ask users about their experiences.
Did you by any chance make any changes in the Bitdefender configuration? Many a times, hardening certain configurations lead to memory hogging as well. I suggest you try running it on default settings and see first if that’s the case.So i will never (well unless they change) use bitdefender again. I've been using bitdefender for years. While i'm happy with the protection what i'm not happy is the way it gobbles up memory. I'm actually quite surprised reviews don't every notice this. I've generally seen on reviews that bitdefender is not that heavy. In what terms memory or cpu? In the CPU camp i won't say its light but nothing i can complain about. I've used kaspersky too and i've heard its generally heavy. I haven't seen this both memory & cpu usage aren't that bad. I've eagerly updated to each new version of bitdefender hoping they would have worked on the memory issue. I actually think its progressively got worse. Other than that bitdefender has spammy tactics. Bugging me with their VPN & other features (even though i'm a paying customer). Unfortunately I bought a 5 year license about 7 months ago. Here is my proof:
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As can see on my mac workstation its consuming about 2GB of memory. Crazy right? Right now i'm evaluating both Sophos Home Premium & Eset. I know Sophos Home Premium is not necessarily light in terms of memory but anything is compared to Bitdefender. My issue is i need lots of license. Bitdefender was really affordable for a large number of licenses because i have lots of VMs i use and bitdefender is consumer so much memory its lowering how many VMs i can safely run. So far, of course, eset is REALLY light on windows but not so light on Mac but not all that bad.
Its antivirus is not the best but it is not bad either, it detects threats, but the best of all is the auto sandbox which has been very effective with many new malware and that others have not been able to to day 0, its famous denial protection.Comodo has an excellent firewall but I’m not sure about it’s AV protection part. Having said that, I do love it’s Sandboxing feature.
I wouldn't have recommended Bitdefender back in 2017. It greatly improved from 2018 on.I recall back in the day, the reason why BD used so much memory was because it allocated the definitions into the memory so once it loaded, it loaded the definitions into ram in order to accelerate the scans. I also found BD very heavy and haven't used it since 2017 which was the year I went nuts and decided to purchase like 8 different lic during the Black Friday sale. I had Norton, Kaspersky, BD, Avast, ESET, Emisisoft, Avira, and Fsecure. In the end I ended up with ESET IS. I also recall that the main reason I loved ESET was because I could install the lic on my VM's without an issue as long as I had all the VM's on the same PC. So basically I was using a single ESET lic and I ran experimental VM's with that lic while testing different environments.
I know that recently ESET has changed the lic system in order to lock down that loophole.
I remember i had this exact behavior from Bitdefender customer service a year ago.I probably never use it again too.
here is an example how their customer service works.
my Bitdefender interface won't open up so i've sent a ticket.