Bitdefender Premium Security review (2023)

Bitdefender Premium Security review (1)At a Glance

Expert's Rating


  • Excellent malware protection
  • Masses of features
  • Decent, unlimited VPN service


  • Fragmented experience with multiple apps
  • Can’t set individual app time limits using parental controls
  • Identity protection included only in most expensive package

Our Verdict

Bitdefender Premium Security offers impressive protection from malware, phishing and scams. Some of the additional features, such as the VPN and password manager are good, but others such as parental controls are far from best-in-class. You need to pay more for ID protection, but it’s a good service overall.

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In recent years, Bitdefender Total Security has felt like a misnomer because – unlike some rivals – it doesn’t include any protection for your identity.

It’s a naming problem more than anything, because Bitdefender did offer ID protection, albeit as a separate, standalone service.

If you’d rather pay a single subscription fee then Norton, McAfee and others will give you everything in one package.

But now, Bitdefender has rolled this protection into its top security suite and calls it Premium Security Plus – in the UK at least. In the US it’s called Bitdefender Ultimate Security. There are reasons for this, which we’ll get into later where we’ll explain how that protection works.

To keep things simple, though, this is primarily a review of Bitdefender Premium Security which doesn’t include ID protection. It’s the same whether you’re in the UK, US or elsewhere and offers protection for 10 devices whether they’re running Windows, macOS, iOS or Android.

Since Premium Security is essentially Bitdefender Total Security but with the 200MB per day VPN limit removed, you can also treat this as a Total Security review – just bear this rather annoying limit in mind.

What’s included?

Mega-suites such as Premium Security include so many features it’s hard to get your head around them all.

So, here’s a handy list of the main features. But, just to complicate matters, features vary across operating systems, with Windows and Android getting the lion’s share, and iOS and macOS having fewer of them.

  • Malware protection – including ransomware
  • Web attack prevention
  • Anti-phishing, anti-fraud, anti-spam
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Game, movie and work modes
  • Performance optimiser
  • Anti-theft tools
  • Battery mode
  • VPN
  • Anti-tracking tools
  • Microphone + webcam monitor
  • Parental controls
  • Firewall
  • File shredder
  • Online banking protection (Safepay browser)
  • Wi-Fi Security Advisor
  • Social network protection

That’s just Total Security. With Premium Security (which covers 10 devices instead of 5) you also get:

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  • No-limits VPN
  • Password manager

If you opt for Premium Security Plus, then you get digital ID Protection. (Again, in the US, you’d need Ultimate Security but there are three tiers for that, the lowest of which comes with the same ID protection. Go for the more expensive tiers and you get ID Theft Protection which includes an ID restoration service and insurance to cover any losses. These are not available if you’re in the UK.)

It can be hard to spot what’s missing from a list like this, but the most obvious one – especially if you’re also considering Norton 360 – is cloud backup. Norton’s the only company that offers this, though. Norton also includes an updater which checks and automatically updates any out of date software but this and the cloud storage are Windows-only features.

A list of features is helpful only to a limited extent: it’s whether the features are any good that’s important. And that’s what the rest of this review will explain.

Apps and interface

When you sign up for your chosen package, you’ll get an activation code. You can enter this in the Bitdefender Central website (or mobile app) where you create an account and then use the code to redeem your subscription.

The Central website is an important portal where you can manage your subscription, see an overview of how many licences you’ve used and send links to devices (or family members) so they can install Bitdefender on their devices.

The links include login details, which makes it really easy for everyone to install the app and get protected.

Install Bitdefender on Windows and you’ll be presented with an clean-looking interface that tells you ‘You are safe’. For non-technical users, the default shortcuts to Quick Scan, System Scan, Vulnerability Scan aren’t particularly easy to understand.

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The eagle-eyed will notice that it says Bitdefender Total Security at the top even if you subscribe to Premium or Ultimate. This again goes back to the naming convention: you’re effectively getting Total Security with a few extras bolted on.

Getting back to the app itself, Quick Scan does what it says, as does the second – a full system scan. The the third – vulnerability – checks your device for things like out of date apps, system settings that have been changed from defaults and weak passwords. There’s also a dedicated Wi-Fi scan that checks you’re not using weak encryption or authentication protocols.

The Protection tab is a lot less intimidating than it once was and is much easier to understand

You can edit these six shortcuts and replace them with the features you want to see. And above them is the oddly named ‘Autopilot’ which offers recommendations for actions you need to, or might want to take – the opposite of autopilot. The first is to turn on ransomware protection, which is simply a case of clicking Enable.

On the left-hand side are tabs for Protection, Privacy and Utilities. Notifications is a log of what Bitdefender has been doing or noticing on your system, and Settings lets you pick dark or light mode, the language and a host of other things, including turning off special offer notifications which are on by default.

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The Protection tab is a lot less intimidating than it once was and is much easier to understand. Ransomware Remediation, for example, backs up important files as an extra safeguard so they can be restored if the worst happens and Bitdefender is unable to stop a ransomware attack in the first place. Though, as you’ll see, all the major antivirus testing labs found Bitdefender exceptionally good at blocking all types of malware.

The anti-spam module allows you to explicitly whitelist friends and blacklist real spammers. However, with so many people using web-based email services (along with their mobile apps), this won’t be any use as it only works with Outlook and Thunderbird desktop email apps.

Web browsing is protected by the Online Threat Prevention module. This uses machine learning and a global website reputation database to judge whether any site you visit should be considered malicious. Like the Safe Browsing service used in Chrome and other browsers, this is constantly updated, meaning that you’re technically getting global real-time protection. (This is also available on iOS and Android.)

There are also a selection of tools under the Utilities menu. OneClick Optimizer looks for disk space that can be freed up, Registry entries that can be deleted (improving Windows’ performance) and does a Privacy Cleanup, which wants to delete your browsing history, temporary internet files and cookies.

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Fortunately, after analysing what can be deleted, there’s a warning to check the items before doing the optimisation. And you can uncheck cookies and other items that you don’t want to be deleted.

Another utility is Profiles. These kick in automatically when you’re watching a movie, or playing a game, for example. The different modes prevent popups, or put off housekeeping events until the software detects that they’re appropriate. Now, these profiles can be enabled automatically – once you’ve enabled that particular setting, and each can be configured to your liking.

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In the most recent tests from AV-Test, Bitdefender’s performance is outstanding. It achieved perfect scores for protection, performance and usability. Similarly it was given the top rating for performance and malware protection by AV-Comparatives, and came top in SE Labs’ latest tests covering January to March 2023.

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As mentioned at the start, Bitdefender has an enviable track record, too: these results have been repeated month after month, year after year.

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Privacy features

As well as the webcam and microphone monitoring already mentioned, Anti-Tracker blocks data collection from websites. It’s ‘enabled’ by default but this misleading because that default is to only apply this protection to Internet Explorer. Who still uses Internet Explorer?

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You have to click on the settings to install and enable it in Chrome, Firefox and Edge – the only other supported browsers.

Bitdefender VPN

As mentioned, the VPN service – powered by Hotspot Shield – is also part of Total Security and Premium Security. This is such an important feature that we’ve covered it in a full, separate review of Bitdefender Premium VPN.

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If you go for Total Security, it’s very limited because you get only 200MB of data per day. But with Bitdefender Premium Security it’s a ‘proper’ service with unlimiteddata and the ability to pick from 30 or so countries and stream video from Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max and others.

However, it wouldn’t unblock UK-based streaming services including BBC iPlayer and ITVX. Still, given that the best standalone VPN services cost almost as much as Premium Security (at least for the first discounted year) it is a real boon having a half-decent VPN service that you can use on 10 devices at the same time.

Password manager

There has been plenty of criticism of Bitdefender’s password manager in the past – specifically in its ‘Wallet’ incarnation – but the company is retiring that and replacing it with a totally new one called Bitdefender Password Manager. Of course, the Wallet extension for web browsers still exists, so you need to avoid that (if you don’t use it already) and instead install the correct add-on in your web browsers. Firefox, Chrome and Edge.

It’s very confusing for new users that the password manager within the Total Security Windows app is still the Wallet version. Plus, even though the new Password Manager has a Bitdefender Wallet import option (along with 1Password and other popular apps) it will only accept them as a .csv file. But Wallet exports as .db – a problem Bitdefender obviously hasn’t noticed this.

There has been plenty of criticism of Bitdefender’s password manager in the past – specifically in its ‘Wallet’ incarnation – but the company is retiring that and replacing it with a totally new one called Bitdefender Password Manager

A representative told us there was a tool for seamlessly switching from Wallet to Password Manager, but there’s no reference to this in Total Security or indeed the new browser extension.

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Password Manager doesn’t allow you to create multiple wallets (which always felt unnecessary) but does let you store identity info (name, address, email, phone numbers) to quickly enter this on web forms, credit / debit card details, website logins and there’s also a section for notes that you want to keep private. It’ll generate strong passwords, too, with options to include or exclude certain types of characters.

Plus, there’s a handy Security Report that shows at a glance how many duplicate, weak and old passwords you have.

The sign-in process on the web is more painful than it could be because the extension redirects you to the Bitdefender Central website which makes you click on Captcha images before you can log in. However, you only have to do this the first time.

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After setting up your password vault – which handily has a recovery key – it’ll ask only for your master password every time you close your web browser, which is standard practice. And once logged in, it works well, and the mobile apps are good, too.

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A bigger issue is that using a password manager bundled with a security suite means you’ll lose access to it if you stop your subscription. So, instead, we recommend using a dedicated service – some of the best password managers are free, too.

Parental control

Bitdefender’s parental controls allow you to control your kids’ screen time across all supported devices, as well as decide when they can and can’t use their devices.

The main limitation is that you can’t set time limits for specific apps. So if you allow them, for example, six hours of screen time, they could choose to spend all of that on TikTok, which you probably don’t want.

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The only option is to block specific apps, but this approach won’t be acceptable to your kids.

There’s also content filtering which helps to prevent them seeing inappropriate things online.

Filtering works fairly well, but there’s no way for a child to request access to a specific website that they think they should be allowed to use. If your child has an iPhone, Bitdefender can’t tell you what they’re using the device for, so you’re better off (if you also have an iPhone or iPad) using Apple’s built-in Screen Time controls.

There’s one other key feature: the ability to set up geo-fenced locations so you can get alerts when your child arrives at or leaves a specific place.

Mobile apps

As usual with security apps, the Android version has a lot more features than the iPhone one.

Several useful features are included on Android.There’s Anti-Theft which gives you various options in the event that your phone is lost or stolen such as being able to track it, lock it and remotely wipe the data. App Lock lets you put a PIN on any apps you don’t want anyone else opening if they’re borrowing your phone – or find it lying around unlocked.

It also allows you to automatically take a picture when someone fails to unlock the device three times in a row. This is all controlled from Bitdefender Central.

App Lock is another handy feature that stops anyone from using apps you choose by requesting a PIN before the app will launch.

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Web Protection is on by default and protects you from dangerous web pages. Scam alert warns you of any dangerous links found in messages – not just SMS but also WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and others.

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You still have that same limit of 200MB of free data per day via the VPN if you subscribe to Total Security, but it’s unlimited on a Premium one.

Of course, there’s also a proper antivirus component which will protect Android devices from a similar variety of threats to the Windows version. As with the Windows version, the Android app scored top marks in both AV-Test’s Android showdown and AV-Comparatives’ Android tests.

On an iPhone you don’t get that, but you do get anti-theft features, the VPN and basic web protection which also works by using a VPN.

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There’s also an audit which warns you if security features such as Face ID are disabled, and if there is an operating system update available.

Digital ID Protection

Bitdefender’s Digital ID Protection service has always been a standalone service that you could subscribe to separately from antivirus. Now, you get it if you opt for Bitdefender’s most expensive package: Premium Security Plus, which costs £149.99 per year in the UK.

In the US, things are different because Digital ID Protection is the lowest rung on the ladder with ID Theft Protection above it and ID Theft Protection Premium above that.

It’s also why Bitdefender’s top security suite is called Ultimate Security ($179.99 per year), because it includes IT Theft Protection.

With Digital ID Protection you get instant alerts when Bitdefender thinks your data is at risk, such as your email address or phone number being included in a data breach. It can also help you spot ‘impersonation’ attempts by people creating social media profiles using your details.

What it doesn’t offer is any kind of ID restoration service, credit monitoring or insurance to cover ID theft. Just to be clear, if you’re in the US, you do get those features when you buy Ultimate Security, or subscribe to Identity Theft Protection Standard separately.

The Digital ID Protection features are core to both packages, though and work the same.

That’s to say that it is a standalone service which isn’t integrated into the desktop or mobile apps at all.

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Instead, it’s managed from the Bitdefender Central website. Despite the existence of a Bitdefender Central app for mobile devices, you can’t access any of the ID Protection information or settings in it, which is a shame.

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The website, however, is good. There’s a dashboard where you can see an overall score (indicating how well your data is protected), a risk map (so you can see where data is most at risk and what its impact could be), data breaches involving your information, your digital footprint, and an impersonation check.

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Most of these are also accessible using links across the top. To start with, only the email address you signed up with is monitored. But you can add nine more, plus up to five phone numbers.

Data Brokers is another area where you can see eight of the top brokers, and links to search each one to see what – if any – data it holds on you.

This is a manual process where you have to do the work. Other ID monitoring services such as DeleteMe and Incogni – which cost considerably more – do it for you. However, in most cases, data brokers will only accept data removal requests from the person whose data it is, meaning you’d still have to do that part anyway.

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In order to monitor your data, Bitdefender asks only for your email address and a phone number, then uses those to trawl the web to see what it can find. It doesn’t take long to find a lot more, and shows you everything in the Digital Footprint section which you can view as a type of spider diagram.

You can then check each piece of information and tell Bitdefender if it’s correct or not. This is worth doing to remove all the stuff that isn’t about you, so you don’t get alerts when it’s discovered somewhere else or in a new data breach.

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In the list view, you can see what each item is, when or where it was first seen, and a link to ‘Manage your data’.

Some are blurred out until you verify that they belong to you. The only issue here is that you can’t verify some things – phone numbers and email addresses, for example – if you no longer have access to them as the process for those involves receiving a code to prove it’s yours. For old numbers and email addresses, there’s basically nothing you can do.

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Apart from going to the websites (such as Facebook and Twitter) where this information has been found and removing it from your profile, or adjusting privacy settings so it isn’t public, there isn’t much you can do to shrink your digital footprint.

Requesting that data brokers remove your information may not help either. That’s because they tend to get it from social media and other places, so you need to request the deletion with each broker as well as trying to remove it from the original source.

Brokers will often ask you to pay a fee to see what information they hold on you, but you can still request removal of any data without paying to see it. Removal typically takes 15-45 working days according to Bitdefender, but brokers are notorious for ignoring these requests.

We didn’t recognise any of the eight brokers that Bitdefender lists, and well known ones such as Experian and Equifax weren’t in it. Bitdefender says it will add more to the list “soon”.

Bitdefender’s track record for malware protection is absolutely excellent, so is easy to recommend on that basis

Price & Availability

Bitdefender Premium Security costs £49.99/US$49.99, but that’s a first-year discount. After that, it’s £119.99/$159.99. Don’t forget, that is for 10 devices. If you haven’t got 10 to protect, it isn’t as good value.

If you’re in the US, get Bitdefender here.

To get ID protection as well, Premium Security Plus costs £59.99 for the first year and £149.99 after that.

Ultimate Security for US customers costs $179.99 per year ($79.99 for the first year) – more expensive because it includes IT Theft Protection. You can also go for Ultimate Security Plus on the same page. This doubles insurance coverage from $1m to $2m and also comes with 401(k) plan & Investment Monitoring. That’s considerably more at $109.99 the first year and $239.99 per year thereafter.

You can see how alternatives, including McAfee Total Protection and Norton 360 Deluxe compare in our roundup of the best antivirus software.


Bitdefender’s track record for malware protection is absolutely excellent, so is easy to recommend on that basis. In fact, if the cost is a concern and you can do without all the extra features then you could just subscribe to Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, which protects up to three devices. In fact – as crazy as it seems – Bitdefender gives away basic antivirus completely free and you can install it on as many devices as you like.

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Total Security is a good step up from Antivirus Plus (and a big step up in terms of protection) from the free offering. However, with a daily limit on the VPN, it’s difficult to recommend. This is the main reason why we’ve reviewed Premium Security instead: it’s the sweet spot. And if you want ID protection on top, subscribe to Premium Security Plus (UK) or Ultimate Security (US).

Is is the absolute best out there? It’s certainly close. No security mega suite is perfect, and if you don’t really need parental controls and don’t mind the lack of cloud storage and the software updater that you get with Norton 360, Bitdefender is a fine choice.

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Bitdefender Premium Security review? ›

Bitdefender is one of the most top-rated antivirus providers on the market. It continuously returns excellent results at independent lab tests, is not as expensive as its competitors, and includes useful security features. During our in-house tests, Bitdefender showed excellent malware detection rates.

What is the difference between Bitdefender Total Security and Premium security? ›

For their Antivirus Plus and Internet Security plans, Bitdefender offers different subscription rates for one, three, and five devices. Total Security can be customized to support either 5 or 10 devices. Premium Security covers 10 devices as standard and does not go lower.

Does Bitdefender Premium security have a firewall? ›

Bitdefender Firewall uses a set of rules to filter data transmitted to and from your system. It automatically creates a rule whenever an app tries to access the internet. As a safety measure, you will be notified each time a potentially malicious app is blocked from accessing the internet.

Is Bitdefender good at removing malware? ›

Complete Protection for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android. Bitdefender Total Security gives you the best anti-malware protection against e-threats across all major operating systems.

What is Bitdefender ranked in 2023? ›

Bitdefender is ranked #2 out of 20 antivirus software.

It's not perfect: The parental controls need updating, and the password manager is Windows-only. In 2023, a password manager becomes a bit useless if you can't use it on your smartphone too.

Is it worth paying for Bitdefender? ›

Bitdefender is one of the most top-rated antivirus providers on the market. It continuously returns excellent results at independent lab tests, is not as expensive as its competitors, and includes useful security features. During our in-house tests, Bitdefender showed excellent malware detection rates.

Is Bitdefender better then Norton? ›

Norton 360 also has a file cleanup function, but it isn't treated as a separate tool and is available in the Standard plan. So, overall, Bitdefender adds more features and spreads them evenly across all plans.
Feature comparison.
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Should I turn off Windows Firewall with Bitdefender? ›

Running multiple software firewalls on your computer can cause unpredictable behavior such as crashes and drops in connectivity. As such, the producers of BitDefender recommend that you do not run Windows Firewall alongside the BitDefender Internet Security 2010 program.

Can Bitdefender remove Trojans? ›

Bitdefender won't only protect you against Trojans, but also equip you to contend with nearly every kind of digital threat imaginable.

Can Bitdefender detect hackers? ›

What software prevents hackers? Software such as Bitdefender, McAfee, Norton Antivirus, and VIPRE prevents hackers. There is no way to guarantee that hackers won't penetrate your devices, but these methods significantly decrease the likelihood of a hacking.

What are the bad things about Bitdefender? ›

One of the biggest drawbacks to Bitdefender is price. It's one of the more expensive services on the market, and some critical features, such as email security, will cost you extra. You could end up spending hundreds more on a subscription compared to other options depending on the features you need.

Is Bitdefender a Russian company? ›

Bitdefender is a Romanian cybersecurity technology company headquartered in Bucharest, Romania, with offices in the United States, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. The company was founded in 2001 by the current CEO and main shareholder, Florin Talpeș.

Can Bitdefender detect all viruses? ›

We eliminate all viruses from your system

Bitdefender's engineers will clean your files via a remote, ultra-secure connection to make sure that viruses are gone without a trace.

Is Bitdefender being discontinued? ›

If you are an existing Bitdefender Total Security, Internet Security, or Antivirus Plus customer, you can keep using Wallet with full capabilities until October 15, 2023. But after that date, you will lose all Wallet functionality.

What is better than Bitdefender? ›

Norton: Which Is Right for You? Bitdefender and Norton are the best internet security suites out there. They both have perfect malware detection rates, a wide range of useful extra features, and excellent customer support. However, there are a few differences that it's useful to know about.

What is better than Bitdefender antivirus? ›

I also looked at the latest AV-Comparatives Real-Time Protection Test from July-October 2021. Norton scored 100 percent and Bitdefender scored 99.7 percent in their online protection rates, putting Norton slightly higher than Bitdefender.

What is the success rate of Bitdefender? ›

Bitdefender achieved the highest malware protection rate of 99.9% in the Real-World Protection Test, compared to the industry average of 98.86%.

Is Bitdefender free better than McAfee? ›

In this Bitdefender vs McAfee comparison, I came to the conclusion that Bitdefender is a better antivirus suite. It includes more security features, such as webcam/microphone protection and a browser for safe online banking. It even blocks malicious links spreading through social networks.

Is Bitdefender safe for online banking? ›

Bitdefender Safepay is a protected browser, a sealed environment that is designed to keep your online banking, e-shopping, and any other type of online transaction private and secure. Hackers are relentless in their efforts to steal personal information, so you can never be too careful about securing online ...

Why is Kaspersky better than Bitdefender? ›

Kaspersky Anti-Virus has a small advantage in malware detection and a lighter system impact than Bitdefender, but a clunkier interface and fewer useful features and tools.

Is Kaspersky better then Bitdefender? ›

Kaspersky: which antivirus is better? Both Bitdefender and Kaspersky Anti-Virus appear at the top of various best antivirus provider charts. If your device is infected with malware, you can confidently rely on both to take care of any threat.

Should I uninstall Norton before installing Bitdefender? ›

During the setup, Bitdefender identifies other security products that were previously installed. To ensure these different security solutions will not cause difficulties, you will be advised to uninstall them. At this point, you may be tempted to keep all security solutions as a multi-layered defense mechanism.

Can Windows security and Bitdefender run together? ›

Yes, although this isn't usually the case with other antivirus software. We'd never usually recommend running two antivirus apps at once, but when you install Bitdefender on Windows, Microsoft Defender automatically disables some of its features so that Bitdefender can do its thing to protect your system.

Why turning off the Windows Firewall is not advisable? ›

Turning off Microsoft Defender Firewall could make your device (and network, if you have one) more vulnerable to unauthorized access.

Why you should turn off firewall? ›

Disabling the Windows Firewall on your computer should only be done temporarily to allow downloads or hardware installation. Changes within the network may require you to re-enable Windows Firewall for your computer's protection.

Can viruses bypass Bitdefender? ›

Bitdefender detects about 99.51% of viruses in the wild, so it is possible, although very unlikely, that a virus will get past its filters. This is mainly because new malware is released continuously and there is a time gap between when a virus is created and when we add detection for it.

Does Bitdefender scan emails? ›

Bitdefender Security for Mail Servers protects Windows or UNIX-based mail servers for known and unknown security threats with award winning proactive antivirus, antispyware, antispam, antiphishing, content and attachment filtering technologies.

Should I allow Bitdefender full disk access? ›

Otherwise, security features such as the antivirus shield and system scan won't work and Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac will display a Grant Full Disk Access recommendation. To keep your Mac protected, allow Bitdefender full disk access.

Does Bitdefender scan memory? ›

Accessible directly from the browser and easy to deploy, BitDefender Online Scanner will scan and automatically clean the system memory, all files and drive boot sectors.

Does Bitdefender hide IP address? ›

Bitdefender VPN is designed to protect your personal data, hide your IP address while connected to unsecured wireless networks, and access restricted content in certain countries.

Does Bitdefender clean your PC? ›

Bitdefender security solutions can help you speed up and optimize your Windows operating devices. Bitdefender File Shredder tool will help you purge your system of unwanted files, leaving no traces behind, while Bitdefender OneClick Optimizer helps clear out junk files and browser cookies.

Does Bitdefender sell your data? ›

We do not sell your data. For the collected information and data, we strive to apply adequate solutions to anonymize them, or at least to pseudonymize them. Our main principle applied to the data we collect is anonymization of all technical data that can be used by Bitdefender only for the specified purposes below.

Which is better Bitdefender or Malwarebytes? ›

Another Real-World Protection Test research by this independent testing lab shows that Bitdefender also scores higher (99.7%) than Malwarebytes (99.6%) in terms of effective protection. Therefore, it's quite clear that Bitdefender provides better protection against malware and other online threats.

Does Bitdefender slow down Internet? ›

When using Bitdefender VPN, you can connect to any of the 4000+ servers in over 50 countries around the globe. But if you select a server far from your actual location, it could slow down your internet speed, as your encrypted data “travels” more. Make sure you are connected to the right server.

Does Microsoft own Bitdefender? ›

Bitdefender is the product of Romanian computer software company SOFTWIN. The product itself is an antivirus software suite for a variety of operating systems, including Windows-based PCs, Mac computers, mobile devices and enterprise solutions.

Is McAfee and Bitdefender the same thing? ›

If you're looking for a powerful anti-malware engine with excellent internet security protections inside a very intuitive dashboard, go with Bitdefender. McAfee has a better VPN, password manager, and iOS app.

What does Bitdefender cost after the first year? ›

Bitdefender BOX
Product and term lengthPrice per year
Bitdefender BOX, 1 year$149.99
Bitdefender BOX, 2 or more years$99.99
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Is Windows Defender enough or do I need an antivirus? ›

Is Windows Defender good enough? Yes, Windows Defender is a good basic virus protection software. You may not find everything you want if you are extremely security focused. A third-party antivirus or anti-malware software will likely find threats that Windows Defender may miss.

Does Bitdefender scan for Trojan? ›

Short answer, yes, Bitdefender can find Trojans before they are triggered.

Which virus scanner is best? ›

The 6 Best Antivirus Software of 2023
  • Best for Multiple Devices: McAfee Antivirus Plus.
  • Most Well-Rounded: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus.
  • Best for Windows: Norton 360 With LifeLock.
  • Best Premium Option: Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security.
  • Best for Mac: Webroot SecureAnywhere.
  • Best Malware Scanning: Malwarebytes.

Is VPN free with Bitdefender? ›

Bitdefender customers on any of its security plans will get a free version of Bitdefender VPN, but this version has a daily traffic quota of 200 MB per day, which won't do much for you. The paid version, Bitdefender Premium VPN, offers unlimited traffic and connects you to over 4,000 servers in 49 countries.

Why is Bitdefender blocking Windows Update? ›

that Bitdefender is setting this because it thinks it knows better which updates should be announced & fetched & installed; or. Windows has detected some aspect of BIS that makes it think it should switch off its updating.

Can Bitdefender be trusted? ›

Bitdefender Review: Quick Expert Summary. Bitdefender is one of my favorite antiviruses in 2023. It has all of the cybersecurity protections most users need to stay 100% safe, it's super easy to use across all devices and operating systems, and it's cheaper than most competing brands.

What is better Webroot or Bitdefender? ›

The main difference between providers is their anti-malware capabilities. Webroot is an outdated provider with weak threat protection. Bitdefender has very effective scans and defense against real-time threats; both are rated excellent by independent testers.

Should I use Windows security or Bitdefender? ›

Overall, Bitdefender is better at real-time protection. It detects slightly more real-time threats than Microsoft Defender, provides comprehensive phishing protection, and uses some of the best techniques in the industry to catch the latest threats.

Can Bitdefender remove all malware? ›

Absolute power in the most efficient anti-malware solution available today. Bitdefender Total Security works against all e-threats, from viruses, worms and Trojans, to ransomware, zero-day exploits, rootkits and spyware. Your data and privacy are safe.

Is Bitdefender free shutting down? ›

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition for Windows computers will be withdrawn as of December 2021. After this month, Bitdefender Antivirus Free will officially be discontinued and will no longer be available for download. Bitdefender is committed to delivering innovative, effective security solutions to its customers.

Is Kaspersky from Russia? ›

Kaspersky, one of the world's largest privately held cybersecurity companies, was founded in Russia in 1997 by Eugene Kaspersky.
About Kaspersky.
Company typePrivate; offices in more than 30 countries around the world
FoundedMoscow, Russia; 1997
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What is better than Bitdefender Total Security? ›

I also looked at the latest AV-Comparatives Real-Time Protection Test from July-October 2021. Norton scored 100 percent and Bitdefender scored 99.7 percent in their online protection rates, putting Norton slightly higher than Bitdefender.

How to upgrade from Bitdefender Total Security to Premium Security? ›

There are two ways of upgrading: you can either contact the Support Teams and they can upgrade your subscription with minor validity adjustments, or you can request a refund for the Total Security subscription and purchase Premium Security instead.

How do I upgrade Bitdefender Total Security to premium? ›

You can purchase a Premium Security subscription on the same day when Total Security expires. Then simply redeem the new activation code in Central and once the previous license runs out, your devices will be automatically assigned to the next license that can protect them, which will be the new Premium package.

Is there any antivirus better than Bitdefender? ›

Norton is better for overall security and extra features.

If you want the best protection available in 2023, go with Norton.

Can you buy Bitdefender without auto renewal? ›

You will automatically get the most advanced versions of your security solution once they become available, at no extra cost. Opt-out at any time. You can cancel your automatic renewal service at any time. Once canceled, you will have to manually renew your Bitdefender product.

Does Bitdefender premium include password manager? ›

The Bitdefender Password Manager service is already included in Bitdefender Premium Security for no extra charges.

Does Bitdefender automatically renew? ›

Renewing your subscription with Bitdefender is easy.

Click My Payments. Click View Details next to the subscription you want to renew. Click Enable auto-renewal.

What does Bitdefender cost after first year? ›

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus: $59.99 for three Windows PCs. Bitdefender Internet Security: $79.99 annually for three PCs. Bitdefender Total Security: $89.99 for five devices across the four major platforms.

How do I install Bitdefender premium? ›

on Android
  1. To install Bitdefender VPN on Android, first open the Google Play Store app on your smartphone or tablet. ...
  2. Search for Bitdefender VPN and select this app.
  3. Tap the Install button and wait until the download completes.
  4. Tap Open to run the app.

What is the newest version of Bitdefender Total Security? ›

The current version of Bitdefender was released on April 19, 2023. The build number is 26.0. 35.169 and includes the latest bug fixes and performance improvements.

What is the most trustworthy antivirus? ›

The 6 Best Antivirus Software of 2023
  • Best for Multiple Devices: McAfee Antivirus Plus.
  • Most Well-Rounded: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus.
  • Best for Windows: Norton 360 With LifeLock.
  • Best Premium Option: Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security.
  • Best for Mac: Webroot SecureAnywhere.
  • Best Malware Scanning: Malwarebytes.

Do you have to uninstall Norton before installing Bitdefender? ›

During the setup, Bitdefender identifies other security products that were previously installed. To ensure these different security solutions will not cause difficulties, you will be advised to uninstall them.


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