Protect Your Bits With BitDefender Internet Security 2011

imageIf it’s true that 50% of computer users run without adequate security protection, as some statistics indicate, then I can understand why. Given the complexity of a typical anti-malware product in both setup and operation, it’s little wonder that many users throw up their hands in frustration.

To be sure, computer security is a complex issue, but that shouldn’t mean that the average end user of a security application, needs to be exposed to a labyrinth of choices in either application setup, or in monitoring activity.

It’s hard to overstate the fact that typical computer users require a simple, intuitive, and easy to use interface in order to get the most out of a security suite, and BitDefender’s Internet Security 2011 breaks new ground here. More on this later.

By combining an efficient Firewall, an Antivirus engine, an Antispyware engine, Spam filtering, a parental control system, privacy control, home network and game/laptop modes – BitDefender has built a suite of applications that provides powerful protection.

Taken together, the components provide excellent protection from hackers, cybercriminals, unauthorized software, network attacks, and more.

The application is straightforward to setup, customize, and run – as the following screen captures illustrate. (Click on any graphic to enlarge).

Following installation the application automatically runs a quick scan to ensure the system is clean prior to setup completion.

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Very cool! No malware found on the test system.

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BitDefender’s Internet Security 2011 is all about simple initial choices – average users can sit back and allow the application to choose the most appropriate settings.  Sophisticated users, on the other hand, can get their hands dirty.

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The user has an opportunity to choose a simple, intuitive, and easy to use interface, rather than the more complex intermediate, or expert mode. When I installed this application, I did so with 10 average users in attendance – each one agreed that the “Basic View”, would be the most appropriate for their needs.

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The additional tools menu is push button simple, as the following screen shot indicates.

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On the completion of the installation, a summary of installed application modules is provided.

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Finally, a guided tour is a helpful tool which makes it easy for an average user to become familiar with the application.

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Fast facts:

Firewall

Antivirus & Antispyware

Antispam

Anti-phishing

Chat Encryption

Identity protection and privacy controls

Parental Control

Family Network Protection – Home network monitor

Smart Scan

Quick Scan

Smart Schedule

Smart Help

Smart Sense

System requirements: Windows XP SP3, Vista (SP1), Wind 7 (both 32 bit and 64 bit).

Note: Recommended hardware –

  • CPU: Intel CORE Duo (1.66 GHz) or equivalent processor
  • Memory (RAM):
  • 1 GB (Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows 7)
  • 1.5 GB (Microsoft Windows Vista)

Having tested this application on a number of machines, I suggest you don’t install this application unless your computer meets, or exceeds, these requirements.

Download 30 day trial version at: BitDefender

Purchase product at: BitDefender (3 PCs for 1 year $49.95).

A personal note: BitDefender is one of my favorite security providers, since it offers a bevy of free virus removal tools, as well as a number of free specialty security tools.

A final word: Choosing a security application correctly depends on a number of variables including – how you use a computer on the Internet. In the final analysis though, the application should simply work –  unobtrusively and silently, with a minimum of fuss and bother – without presenting complex questions that average users simply can’t grasp.

Overall, BitDefender Internet Security 2011 handles this issue very well, and its overall detection and malware removal rates, place it in the top tier of security applications.

A word of caution here regarding tests carried out by antimalware labs. By and large, these tests are one time “snap shots”, and are not always indicative of an applications strengths, or weaknesses. Applications tend to change relative positions based on these tests, very often.

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6 responses to “Protect Your Bits With BitDefender Internet Security 2011

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Do my old eyes deceive me? Are you really recommending a single supplier’s software to handle all aspects of security? I get that the aim is to encourage people to install security products when they might otherwise not be bothered, the argument presumably being that some protection is better than none. However I’m a little surprised that you seem to be changing your opinion that no one supplier’s product can give adequate protection. Not only that but this is a paid-for application, which, again seems to go against your principles.

    Has the world really turned upside down? You appear to be saying that this suite is suitable for both average and advanced users. Where do those like me, who have not much technical expertise but are prepared to use a little effort to gain maximum protection stand? Should I uninstall MSE, ZoneAlarm and MalwareBytes in favour of BitDefender? Is BitDefender better than the likes of Norton, McAfee and PC Tools?

    Help!

    John (confused of Scotland)

    • Hey John (Confused of Scotland),

      Nowhere in this article do I “recommend” that users install this application. Instead, I have reviewed the application with a particular emphasis on ease of use for average users. This review is no different, in the larger sense, than the review I wrote on PC Tools Internet Security 2011. Nor, is it any different than reviews I’ve written over the course of the last three years, on paid applications of all stripes – not just security applications. The fact is, I review commercial applications here, with some regularity – four in the last thirty days (in one form or another).

      This article, as I said, is a review. It is not an article on my personal views on what forms of layered security are most appropriate for various types of computer users. I think my 20+ articles on this issue, set out my views precisely. This review is not the place to reemphasize this view. While you may be prepared to “use a little effort to gain maximum protection”, the vast majority of average users are not. Consequently, protection suites enjoy vast popularity – deserved, or not. That’s a reality – my personal views won’t change that reality.

      As to whether this application is better than Norton, McAfee, or PC Tools, that depends on a user’s view of simple snap shot testing against existing malware samples, carried out by testing labs who often have a built-in conflict of interest. There are additional variables to consider, of course, but most of these variables are simple hype.

      Finally, I have made it clear over the years, that the security application of choice is almost incidental to Internet safety. The single most important consideration in remaining infection free, is the person behind the keyboard. Nothing I have written in this review, impacts that.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. RoseD1st

    Well I’m a Bitdefender fan Ive used them for 4 yrs,to me they beat Norton hands down(its a company I detest) PC tools wasn’t awful and Ive used them as a backup detection on an off

  3. I’m not satisfied by “Bit Defender“ because when PC connects with iPod, “Bit Defencer” stops working. You need to reboot your pc for restarting “Bit Defender”. If this issue has been resolved in the new version then it’s ok otherwise this needs to be corrected.