Bitdefender is regarded as one of the best technical Windows internet security suites, and Total Security 2015 lives up to that rep.
The 2015 version aims to make life even easier for customers by introducing Profiles, which adapt the software for particular tasks, like playing games, watching movies or general office work.
After installation, you are presented with a very Windows 8-looking tiled interface. Rather than having a lot of tiles slide awkwardly through the Bitdefender window, as in the 2014 version, here there are three large tiles and four subsidiary ones, giving quick and easy access to all the program’s key functions.
The modules provided by Bitdefender Total Security 2015 cover AV, anti-malware and anti-spam, tune-up, online banking protection, a 2-way firewall, parental control, online backup and anti-theft provision.
Online backup, which Bitdefender Total Security 2015 refers to as Safebox, is handled from the My Bitdefender online site, which is unusual – it is usually set up and managed locally.
It works by synchronizing the files and folders you select with off-site storage and offers 2 GB of space. System optimization looks at three different areas that might need attention: disk, Windows Registry and privacy.
After we had adjusted the default settings to leave browser caches and history alone, Bitdefender Total Security 2015 still managed to recover 8.7 GB from our test system, which is worth having back. You can run the optimizer with a single click.
The anti-theft features include locating, locking down and wiping a stolen laptop, although still no facility to take a photo of the person using it. While testing on a desktop PC, we tried the locate facility, which repeatedly reported we were in a suburb of Doncaster, a place we have never knowingly visited (although we are sure it is very nice). Since this writer is based in Devon that is not very encouraging.
The Profiles, apart from the Standard one applied by default, are for work, games and videos. They postpone protection and maintenance tasks, which impair performance and put off automatic Windows updates. Like many tasks in Bitdefender Total Security 2015, you can leave selection of the correct profile to AutoPilot, which automatically manages the IS suite when engaged.
Our tests showed a fairly low scan rate of 54.5 files per second, but good file fingerprinting, dropping the number of files scanned from 79,145 to 14,703 on a second scan.
We measured very little resource hit, too, with just a 10 percent impact on our copy test, when also running a background scan with Bitdefender Total Security 2015.
The German test site AV-Test (www.av-test.org) has awarded Bitdefender Total Security 2015 top marks in its test groups for the last three years, which is a notable achievement. Also see: How to beat the Hollywood Hacker: Protect your data, photos and more.
Most recently, using the 2014 product, the product managed an overall score of 17.5/18.0, which breaks down into a perfect 6.0/6.0 for Protection, the same for Usability and 5.5/6.0 for Performance.
Performance looks at how much the software affects the overall speed of the system its run on, and here it gave just a 1-second knock-back, against 5 sec for the group Bitdefender Total Security 2015 was tested in, as a whole. A very good result.
The price of this program is $69.95 per year for one computer, or $89.95 for three licenses. Well, for limited time, you can get it for free as a special offer from CHIP. You may install this software on different Windows OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1.
1. Download Bitdefender Total Security 2015: http://bitdefender.com/media/html/trial-download-overlays-2015/ts.html
2. Get one-year license key free: http://www.bitdefender.de/media/html/chip2015/
3. After completed the form please check your e-mail for the license key. Sender address: firstname.lastname@example.org.