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Bitdefender total security 2012
$79.95 for three licenses/
Last year, Bitdefender’s Total Security,
a perennial high performer, seemed
to lose its touch. Fortunately, the
company has made some significant improvements
to its 2012 edition.
When we reviewed Bitdefender’s Total Security
in 2011, we noted that the software’s installation
took longer than most other security suites. This
time around, Bitdefender claims installation times
have been cut in half.
For its 2012 edition, Bitdefender completely
revamped Total Security’s user interface, and we
like what the company has done. The new interface
looks much cleaner and slicker than previous ver-
sions and puts everything that’s important to the
average user right up front.
Just because Total Security is user-friendly
doesn’t mean it will leave more advanced users
wanting for options. The software also has a plethora
of advanced settings—including custom settings
for your proxy servers and the ability to exclude
certain file extensions from scans.
This year also marks the debut of Total Security’s
Autopilot feature. When activated, Autopilot takes
the major bulk of decision-making for detected
threats out of your hands. This is a great addition,
as it got rid of those annoying pop-ups telling us
that the software detected a threat.
We were very impressed with Total Security
2012’s ability to scan for viruses without impact-
ing our laptop’s performance. During an initial
35-minute full system scan, we didn’t notice any
system slowdown, even while surfing the web and
working in Microsoft Office.
After running the PC Cleaner, registry cleaner,
duplicate finder, and disk defragmenter, we noticed
a marked improvement in our Dell 14z’s startup
time, from 1 minute and 45 seconds to 1 minute
and 21 seconds.
In third-party tests conducted by AV-Test, Total
Security 2012 performed extremely well. In AV-Test’s
malware detection test, Total Security detected
99.53 percent of 105,634 pieces of malware.
According to AV-Test, Total Security also man-
aged to detect 100 percent of the common malware
threats thrown at it, and it successfully removed
Total Security 2012 offers the standard 2GB of
online file backup that most security suites offer.
While we had no problems backing up less than
2GB of data, trying to back up more than that
amount caused the software to crash.
Bitdefender Total Security 2012 provides parents
with a plethora of control options, from setting a
web access time limit to specifying what words can
be displayed in your child’s instant messages.
In addition to the basic website-blocking feature,
users can block specific applications and keywords
and disable instant messaging. Users can also
select what types of websites they want to block
from a list of categories that includes everything
from violent cartoons to cults.
Last year we knocked Bitdefender for falling
behind its competition, and it looks like the company
got the message loud and clear. We really like the
software’s sleek new interface, and its ease of use
was above reproach. The addition of the innova-
tive Autopilot feature, ID anti-theft protection, and
Facebook and Twitter scanning make Bitdefender
the one to beat.
Get the protection you deserve with
protection ready for 2012.
by Daniel Howley
every day, thousands of pieces of new malware and viruses
flood the Internet, putting your data and identity at risk.
And short of dropping off the web and setting up shop
in the woods, the only way to keep your information secure is
by using a dedicated security suite. But not all security suites
are equal. Some offer online data backup and file encr yption,
while others scour the cloud in order to inoculate your computer
against the latest threats.
That’s why we’ve gathered four of the
newest versions of the most popular
security suites on the market and put
them through their paces. We judged
these programs based on their ease
of use, malware detection abilities,
and a host of other features, including
parental controls. So read on to see
which suite is right for you.
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