Q&A Is Bitdefender really that good

Discussion in 'Bitdefender' started by advanced_skill, Jul 4, 2016.


Is Bitdefender THAT good?

  1. Yes, it's actually THAT good.

    27 vote(s)
  2. It's okay, but not THAT good.

    55 vote(s)
  3. No, it's not good.

    4 vote(s)
  4. Never used Bitdefender.

    8 vote(s)
  1. advanced_skill

    advanced_skill Level 3

    Nov 11, 2014
    Windows 10
    Bitdefender consistently performs very well across a variety of independent antivirus tests. However, is Bitdefender really that good? I always thought Bitdefender was just overrated.

    Frankly, I am interested in using Bitdefender: They frequently share giveaways; their products are always on sale; their digital dragon background behind their ALL CAPS sans serif font is one of the best marketing strategies I've ever seen, and is really the only reason I want to use their software.

    Everyone knows that when it comes to the "best" antivirus, it always depends on personal preference. I'm just asking whether Bitdefender bribes antivirus testers to give them high ratings (basically, are their products as good as the test results?).

    Or should I just fork over my cash to Eugene Kaspersky and buy Total Security, and use the 1 out of 55 features that I paid for?
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  2. Solarlynx

    Solarlynx Level 14

    Apr 30, 2012
    To my opinion Bitdefender is really that good. As for what is better Kaspersky or Bitdefender it's more subtle question.
  3. XhenEd

    XhenEd Level 27
    Content Creator Trusted

    Mar 1, 2014
    Windows 10
    I voted: It's okay, but not that good.

    I agree that their homepage is excellent and captivating, and it's most probably for marketing purposes.

    As for its effectiveness, I think it's effective considering that many vendors choose their signature-based engine. One of the most reputable companies, for example, Emsisoft, chose Bitdefender's engine.

    What I just don't like about Bitdefender is their lack of explanations about how their different technologies work.
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  4. Solarlynx

    Solarlynx Level 14

    Apr 30, 2012
    I think they have to conceal details to keep their products more security effective. And of course it's marketing approach.
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  5. XhenEd

    XhenEd Level 27
    Content Creator Trusted

    Mar 1, 2014
    Windows 10
    I acknowledge that, but I think there are other ways they could explain their technologies well without too much details. Avast, Kaspersky, and basically others, have done this well.
  6. Bryan Lam

    Bryan Lam Level 3

    Apr 19, 2015
    Sydney, NSW
    Windows 10
    I'm being honest here, I've tested many AV programs and Bitdefenders sigs are on point but the main problem in my opinion is the messy UI, For example, If you've got a false positive it's a pain to try and restore it as it takes 2 minutes to literally find where it's stored in the program
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  7. Solarlynx

    Solarlynx Level 14

    Apr 30, 2012
    That's because they target their products not to tech persons but to those who like install-and-forget approach. That's why they have awesome site unlike Comodo. Comodo site is even a bit untidy.

    I have similar experience when I tried to tune FW of TS or IS to ask for outbound connections. I have to write to support team to help me with this actually basic procedure. To their credit they answered rather quickly.
  8. NullByte

    NullByte Guest

    It's okay, but not THAT good.
    The best thing about BitDefender is AVC, it's really good against unknown samples. But, if you use some type of crypter or code protection it's useless. BitDefender is not that good against scriptors, ransomware and anything that is more advance then a basic malware.

    I think it's better then ESET and a few other security products.
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  9. hjlbx

    hjlbx Guest

    Bitdefender is OK. It has bugs. It has poor documentation so people can't figure out how it works and what to expect. It has some quirky operation. It takes a long time for BD to fix things. Usual stuff...

    It can be heavy on some systems.

    The AVC and IDS are good.

    I like the set-and-forget (AutoPilot) for laptops... but I don't need such nonsense as BD. :D
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  10. _CyberGhosT_

    _CyberGhosT_ Level 52

    Aug 2, 2015
    Central US
    Linux Mint
    I used it for years, used to use it when I first joined here.
    It pretty damn good. Just heavy for my taste.
    EmsiSoft is far lighter on my system, and will suffice till
    ReHIPS is public :)
  11. shmu26

    shmu26 Level 57

    Jul 3, 2015
    Windows 10
    It's okay, but not THAT good.
    Because no AV is THAT good.
    It is about as good as you can get for traditional malware detection, and it runs nicely on windows 10 without slowing down the system.
    Install BD before your other security softs, and then you can add other programs for tighter protection afterwards.
    for instance, Hitmanpro.Alert is compatible, if you install it after BD. Then you have the best of both worlds: strong detection, and strong anti-exploit.
    Add to that a program like Voodooshield, and your system is pretty hard to beat
  12. bunchuu

    bunchuu Level 7

    Mar 17, 2015
    Sales Supervisor
    Windows 10
    I will vote It's okay, but not THAT good.
    I use it last year, it have good detection and comprehensive security feature. However, system impact is heavy and it's signature file size is big. But if you have a rig with fixed (and fast) connection, maybe it's good to have BD.
  13. hjlbx

    hjlbx Guest

    #13 hjlbx, Jul 4, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 4, 2016
    BD is definitely one of the better internet security suites - especially for a laptop.

    As it is, one is better off with Emsisoft or Webroot (WSA is incredibly light, has very good detection, and has solid sensitive data protection for protected apps - which is its main strength - and not its rollback feature).
  14. AlphaBeta

    AlphaBeta Level 3

    Oct 24, 2015
    The only reason I would not prefer Bitdefender is the performance hog.
  15. jamescv7

    jamescv7 Level 61

    Mar 15, 2011
    Web and FileMaker Developer
    Windows 10
    Bitdefender is a good product especially from starters who wants solid protection.

    However... issues arises like heavy on some certain computers and stability while the program running.

    Compare to Kaspersky and few others then Bitdefender is not indeed in the top notch. I agree on AVC, IDS and other variety of features works flawlessly and effective.

    The only problem is common worms attacks (USB autoru) still manage to bypass by Bitdefender itself.
  16. JM Security

    JM Security Level 28

    Apr 12, 2015
    SecureMyBit Developer
    Bitdefender is a good antivirus. In the latest updates it is lighter and faster, although we must remember that any antivirus is perfect, but BD has also a good web protection, and it guarantees good detection ratio. You can see this with your eyes: AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Real World Protection Test Overview Bitfender blocked in the test 100% and it had 0 false positives. Good, not?
    For me Bitdefender, Avast, Avira Pro and Trend Micro can guarantee a super protection; but it is quite sure that it is needed a lot of common sense and maybe a good second opinion scanner.
    This is my opinion on BD, now it's up to you! ;)
  17. viktik

    viktik Level 24

    Sep 17, 2013
    Windows 10
    For security and ease of use, Bitdefender is very good.

    But it has performance issues. It may get heavy on system resources. It may slow internet access.
  18. DJ Panda

    DJ Panda Level 29

    Aug 30, 2015
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Windows 10
    Bitdefendser is good but not 100% for me. Based on my experience it was really heavy and hard to do any hrdcore gaming or browsing. Great detection rates at times. If you use it your set. If not be sure to have at least some sort of AV or protection.
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  19. Evgeny

    Evgeny Level 6

    May 1, 2015
    I have pc from 2009, and latest Bit Total Security ( and it runs smooth and fast (I have 4 gb of ram, and quad core cpu) when you put intrusion detection system to max and on access scanning to max and active threat control to max you are good to go!
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  20. DJ Panda

    DJ Panda Level 29

    Aug 30, 2015
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Windows 10
    I just have not been lucky with running certain programs. I think Bit defender is good but I will stick to Avast Free. :)
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