Bitdefender Total Security 2013 Review

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Bitdefender Total Security 2013 is an all in one security solution for your PC comprising of Antivirus, Antispam, Privacy Protection including Facebook & twitter, Firewall, Parental Control, System tuneup, ID Theft Protector, Anti-theft guardian for laptops, Encryption for files & folders and much more. If you need a all in one solution for everything that your PC needs, then Bitdefender Total Security 2013 can be a great pick. We will be reviewing it today.

 Installation

Bitdefender Total Security can be installed either using the web installer or the offline installer. Unless you are on a very high speed broadband connection, you must use the offline installer to install it instead of the usual web installer. I am going to install it on my Desktop having 3 GB of RAM and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with Windows 8 release preview edition installed on it.

Web installer was able to detect a existing License of Bitdefender Internet Security on my system and asked me if I would like to use the existing License on the system and install the Internet Security instead of Total Security. During the install it scans your system for any existing infection before the actual installation starts. If you use the offline installer, the install finished in few minutes.

Features

  • Total antivirus and antispyware defense
  • Privacy guardian on Facebook & Twitter
  • ID Theft Protector
  • Anti-theft guardian for laptops
  • Watches over your kids online
  • Protects Internet connection (Firewall)
  • Optimizes PC speed & performance
  • Windows 8 compatible

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The user interface is almost exactly same as the GUI of last year Bitdefender products with almost no change in it. As this product is targeted at users who need a all in one solution, the GUI does reflect the mindset of their targeted audience. If you are a advance user like me, the settings or configuration options for the product can be too simple and you may not like it. But if you are an average user or even novice user, you would love the way it is setup.

It comes with features like Parental control to protect & monitor your children from online threats, USB Immunizer to protect threats originating from flash drives etc. The Tune-Up module cleans up your file system and registry helping the system to improve performance without using any additional tool automatically. It also comes with File Shredder which removes all traces of your deleted sensitive files from PC and File Encryption to lock confidential files in an encrypted vault.

Full list of features can be found here.

Bitdefender Safepay and Device Anti-Theft

Some of the new features that come with this new version are Bitdefender Safepay and Device Anti-Theft. Safepay protects you from hackers by automatically opening all your online banking pages in a separate, secure sandboxed browser.It automatically detects the URLs of most of the banks etc and asks you to open them in safepay automatically. Device Anti-Theft can help you lock, wipe or even locate your laptop from any Internet-connected device if it gets lost.

Effect on System Performance

One of the major problems with any All in one security suites are associated performance problems for the system that comes after installing them. As you can see from the screenshot below, Bitdefender Total Security is consuming a memory of ~10 MB only and a CPU of  ~1% only during the normal running of the system. I am using it for almost 2 weeks now and I have not felt any performance issues on my Desktop or any crashes.

If you look at the Memory consumption during a custom scan by Bitdefender Total security, it consumes ~50 MB and ~&0% of CPU. The screenshot below is taken when the memory consumption & CPU use was at maximum and it normally gets stable after few minutes with much less memory and CPU consumption.

Conclusion

I am not going to talk about how good or bad the virus detection & removal rate and other security features are, as with my any other Antivirus or security solution review, I avoid talking about . It comes with decent features without any performance issues on the system, though during testing it on a Windows XP machine with just 1 GB of RAM (minimum system requirement), it gave me some problems with the parental service getting crashed and I had to uninstall it from that system. The mere 2 GB online storage space too is not good enough as most of the cloud storage services provide much better features and space for Free.

If you are looking for a decent all in one security solution, you can give it a try. Use the download links below to install a 30 days trial.

Web Installer || Offline Installer : 32-bit || 64-bit

We will be giving away 10 License keys of Bitdefender Total Security 2013 soon.


A Mechanical Design Engineer by profession, but passionate about Computers, software and anything that helps to learn something new or different. Love to do things which i don't know and dive into unknown territories.

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