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Review Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012

This is AllAboutCookies independent review of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012 edition.

Reviews on the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus for 2012 are unanimous in putting it among the top performers with the best value for just less than $30 per personal license.

Its full featured and powerful functionality offers solid security, resource security, simplicity and ease of use, and a wallet-friendly price point, for which it has become known as the “digital dragon” to slew internet evil in all its forms


Bitdefender Antivirus Plus shines in securing your PC against several online threats coming from social media, spyware, viruses, and phishing scams.

It Includes private data protection and potential identity theft monitoring. It protects your PC from every angle that includes email, instant messaging and downloading by performing scans in all web, email and IM traffic to your PC. It also has the ability to encrypt chat conversations and provides Facebook and Twitter protection as it tracks their privacy settings and effectively block threatening links sent by friends from those social sites. Reviews online are one in saying it has the best anti-phishing protection.

It boasts a proprietary Anti-fraud Filter that detects websites with potential scams to block fake banks and commercial transaction, It uses its free credit monitoring system available in the US which alerts you of changes to your credit report. In addition, Bitdefender offers basic identity theft protection using its partner IDWatchDog. Activating the feature is done by simply visiting the Bitdefender site’s control panel and registering with your personal information. IDWatchDog verifies your profile and tracks several online databases to alert you on suspicious content that use your personal profile. The service flags you of online events such as someone posing as you to receive medical attention, getting arrested and getting employed with your name, and more.

Its most outstanding feature is its heuristic real time Active Virus Control that detects and defeats threats using a proactive algorithm to monitor all application activity. Designed with the least impact on system resources, the feature keeps an eye on suspicious file behavior which malware can’t readily disguise and makes them easily detectable. In addition, it uses a timely virus definition updating online that runs in the background without compromising PC performance.

Its Smart Scan technology harnesses your PC processing power with the least overhead footprint. Without hogging memory and CPU resources, it gives way to other programs which get higher priority. It adjusts its processing routines to optimize performance with its Scan Dispatcher that works only with available time slices when your system's resource availability goes below a predefined threshold.

There’s a secure gamer mode that allows you to play video games and watch movies in full-screen without annoying pop-up interruptions while maintaining security. You can configure the program to recognize a list of games and applications where you want Gamer Mode to work in automatic mode. It also has an automatic laptop mode that saves battery once a laptop is unplugged.

In rare cases when threats like rootkits breach security and lodge deep into the OS, you need only to reboot in Rescue mode to perform cleanup and system restoration. If you pop in a CD, DVD or USB drive, the system detects the action and scans the media for threats.

Installation and Set-up

You can purchase the security software as shrink-wrapped boxed CD or via internet download. Either way, you get quick and easy installation with step-by-step instructions. It comes with a pre-installation scan that effectively disables malware-infected PC from frustrating its installation. But unlike other similarly featured AV programs, it doesn’t require rebooting for installation to proceed.

Should you require additional assistance or technical support for a specific problem, Bitdefender has a 24/7 customer support via email, live chat and phone. The dedicated help section on the Bitdefender's website has a comprehensive self-help section that includes a searchable knowledge database, articles, troubleshooting and several video tutorials.

User Interface

The Windows user interface is elegantly simple, minimalistic and the epitome of user-friendliness. You simply drag and drop modules when activating functions directly from its main window. It has an Autopilot feature that automates security actions without prompting you for responses. No alerts and pop ups and nothing to configure in this mode. But if you want to make configuration changes, you simply turn this feature off.

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