When it comes to anti-viruses, Bitdefender has been a well-known name for years. Bitdefender provides excellent security solutions and features from years, and the latest offering Antivirus Plus 2020 is no different. It comes packed with all the necessary features you would need at an affordable price.
Windows comes with Windows Defender, which has basic security features, but I have never been able to trust it. There are several reasons for it. It lacks advanced features, its UI is poor, it gives less control to the user as its settings are in System Settings. Windows Defender lags far behind a complete security solution from companies that specializes in PC security like Antivirus Plus 2020 from Bitdefender.
Today in this post, I will be reviewing Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020. I will tell you whether I found it to be the best or not. I will also tell you how easy or difficult the download, installation & use was. Let’s begin.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 Review
We used, analyzed and tested Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 for a few days and also compared it to other antiviruses along the way.
In our honest review, we found it to be the best Antivirus for PC, there are many reasons for it which you will find as you read the review further.
Download and Installation
The download and installation were reasonably straightforward.
You just have to go to https://www.bitdefender.co.uk/solutions/antivirus.html
Click Download, give your email, and your download will start.
It will download an 11 MB installer file. Once you open it and accept T&Cs, the download of 500 MB will start, and you will be well on your way to installing and using the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 as soon as the whole process is complete. I installed it on my Windows 10 PC which has an Intel i7 processor with 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD. It took only a few minutes for the whole process to complete and load for the first time.
Security Features of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020
Bitdefender’s Antivirus Plus 2020 is highly efficient and protective as it uses the core technology to avoid slowing down your PC & work efficiently while protecting you all along.
Bitdefender company has a bank which it uses to log and analyze each and every new virus & malware it detects which ensures that it can react instantly to any virus detected on your PC and keeps your security up to date.
Quick Scan, System Scan and Protection
Quick Scan in Antivirus Plus 2020 runs a lightweight scan for your peace of mind while System Scan runs an in-depth analysis of your device and scans everything thoroughly.
Quick Scan is reasonably quick, and the scan was complete in about 8 minutes on my PC, which have over 1 TB of data to be scanned. On the other hand, System Scan took over an hour and a half.
Which one to perform?
System Scan is recommended once after installation so that the whole system is fully scanned. Later Quick Scans should be enough in most cases while System Scans could be performed once every month or so.
Behaviour Monitor and Ransomware Remediation
Bitdefender’s Antivirus Plus 2020 includes Behavior Monitor which stops Ransomware from encrypting any files on your system. It runs simultaneously with Ransomware Remediation feature, which backs up your targeted files if Antivirus detects anything as possible Ransomware.
Bitdefender provides the feature of Password Manager. As the name suggests, basically it allows you to store your passwords and sensitive information which you want to store securely. You can create one or more wallets and store your information in it. Each wallet is secured by a master password. Along with logins, it’s able to store credit card details, wireless network passwords, license keys, email server details, and personal information (name, dob, address, email, phone nos. etc.). A wallet is able to create multiple password databases and sync them across all your Bitdefender-equipped devices.
It is totally safe to use, and your privacy is given utmost importance. It simplifies online shopping and logins by auto-filling your login credentials, payment details (like a credit card) directly in the browser.
Blocks Malicious Sites, Phishing Sites, Trackers
Bitdefender provides capable web protection. It monitors and blocks any malicious, unsafe, phishing links. According to AV-Comparatives’ 2019 Anti-Phishing Certification Test Report, Bitdefender blocked over 98% of dangerous links and ranked no. 1 among competitors.
According to our research, Bitdefender gives much better protection than other antiviruses, even against the very new and most dangerous links. If you are someone concerned about your privacy while browsing the internet, it also provides you with the options to block trackers and also offers you VPN option to help you in hiding your identity online.
Online banking protection
Bitdefender’s advanced filtering system warns you whenever you visit websites that may try to scam you. It provides a unique, dedicated browser to shop and bank that secures your transactions to prevent fraud. Bitdefender Safepay can automatically fill banking details like credit card or debit card details in billing fields. You don’t need to worry about your stored details in Bitdefender’s wallet. It is entirely safe to use, and your sensitive information is well protected.
Data Protection and Safe Files
Data Protection feature of Bitdefender provides you with the capability to completely remove traces of deleted files and folders. You probably already know for a fact that when we delete some file or folder from hard drive, those are deleted for us, but there are still traces using which those could be recovered. The File Shredder permanently deletes selected files/folders and removes all their traces from Hard Drive. It makes recovery of deleted files impossible, so be sure before using this tool to delete your files or folders.
The Safe Files feature allows you to add an extra layer of protection on your important data files like Photos, Videos or anything for that matter. It prevents unauthorized changes to your sensitive files so that Ransomware or any threat can’t compromise them. You can manually configure your protected files/folders which may include any form of data like Photos, Documents etc.
Bitdefender is offering a 50% discount on Antivirus Plus 2020, it costs as less as £19.99 for 3 devices for the first year. Its pricing makes its purchase an absolute steal. You can also avail 30-day trial before buying, but after reading this review, you don’t really need a trial to be sure. The features it is offering at this price are better than any other antivirus software and it also out-performs others in terms of protection.
After using and testing it for a few days, we can conclusively say that Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 provides the best value for money and out-performs its competitors when it comes to Protection Features. It an absolute must for PC security and provides much better control & protection than the inbuilt Windows Defender or any other Antivirus Software.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 is the basic Paid Plan from Bitdefender and has way more functionality than most of the other antivirus apps, but lacks some features. You may be interested in Bitdefender Internet Security or Bitdefender Total Security if you are looking for more features like Webcam Filter, Firewall, Parental Controls etc.
Go for Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 if you are looking for an antivirus which provides all the features, one usually desires without asking for much from the pocket. If you need more advanced features, you might be interested in other Bitdefender products.
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 Review
Name: Antivirus Plus 2020
Offer price: £19.99 for 3 devices for 1st year
Operating System: Windows
Application Category: Antivirus
Author: Jatin Singhroha
- Behaviour Monitor and Ransomware Remediation
- Password Manager
- Web Protection
- Phising, Online Banking Protection
- Data Protection and Safe Files
- Bitdefender VPN
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 provides the best value for money and out-performs its competitors when it comes to Protection Features. It an absolute must for PC security and provides much better control & protection than the inbuilt Windows Defender or any other antivirus.
- No bad impact on PC’s Performance
- Great Overall Protection
- Performs better than competitors in most criterias
- Highly Affordable
- Offers Best Web Protection
- Password Manager and other handy features included
- Only Con we could conclusively find is that VPN allows only 200MB data per day