If 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.
Very cool! No malware found on the test system.
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.
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.
The additional tools menu is push button simple, as the following screen shot indicates.
On the completion of the installation, a summary of installed application modules is provided.
Finally, a guided tour is a helpful tool which makes it easy for an average user to become familiar with the application.
Antivirus & Antispyware
Identity protection and privacy controls
Family Network Protection – Home network monitor
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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