Bitdefender Internet Security 2012: Power, Performance & Security review

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There is always race between security softwares to be the best among all with highest ratings from security test labs.One of such best rated security firm is Bitdefender.

Bitdefender is a Romanian company creating powerful security softwares since 2001.BitDefender Internet Security 2012 is one of the most powerful security suite available in the market.Its also the top rated internet security suite from different security test labs like AV-TEST,AV-comparatives,Virus total etc.but lets see how it performed in realtime system performance and protection test

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In my test with 5600 virus sample Bitdefender internet security 2012 managed to clear 4984 viruses with detection rate of 91% and removal rate of 89% (while NIS 2012 scored 98.7%) which was average score.But if you consider security test lab reports its the best among all for detection-don’t know why but most of the security labs report Bitdefender as the best while it always perform as mediocre in my tests with Windows XP,Vista and 7 (Scroll down for category-wise ratings).Bitdefender still doesn’t support Windows 8CP with its 2012 version of security suite.So again a set back when compared to Norton Internet Security 2012.Silent mode is the most projected feature of Bitdefender by the developers.In some cases its Active Virus Control suppresses suspicious files, keeping them from launching without actually keeping them off the system.

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Coming to features of Bitdefender Internet Security-its feature rich but not as much as Norton Internet Security 2012 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2012.


  • Blocks viruses, spyware & spam
  • Halts ID theft attempts
  • Filters the links you receive from your Facebook and Twitter friends
  • Keeps kids safe with cutting-edge parental controls
  • Firewall to guard your Internet connection
  • Unparalleled Security
  • Bitdefender capitalizes on live and virtualized behavior-based detection, in addition to cloud-based services, to stop emerging e-threats that other products miss.

Special features:

  • Active Virus Control – Monitors processes behavior while they are running to detect new & unknown viruses
  • Rescue mode – Reboots your computer in a trusted environment, which is used for cleanup and restoration
  • Virtualized Browser – Isolates the browser from the operating system in a Bitdefender-provided environment to block web-based threats
  • Vulnerability Scanner – Checks for missing or outdated security software as well as potentially unsafe system settings
  • Antispam – Stops unwanted e-mail from reaching your Inbox
  • Two-way Firewall – Monitors your Internet connections and keeps strangers from accessing your Wi-Fi connection
  • Parental Control – Blocks inappropriate content, restricts Web access between certain hours, and helps parents remotely monitor their children’s online activity
    Absolute Silence
  • Autopilot – Provides a hassle-free experience by making optimal security-related decisions without input from you.Bitdefender’s Autopilot makes all the security-related decisions for you!
  • Worry-free Socializing
    Protect yourself, and your friends, from e-threats that attempt to exploit the trust you’ve built with them
  • .Social Network Protection – Filters the links you receive from your Facebook and Twitter friends and monitors your privacy settings
  • Search Advisor – Gives advance warning of risky websites right in your Google and Bing search results
    Total Privacy
    Bitdefender protects your privacy and personal data with a range of specialized modules and functions.
  • Personal Data Filter – Prevents critical data, such as your social security number, from ever leaving your computer
  • Antiphising – Blocks websites supporting various scams or credit card phishing attempts
  • Chat Encryption – Keeps your conversations private on Yahoo! and MSN Messenger
  • Bitdefender 2012 takes “scheduled scanning” to a whole new level, as the scanning only takes place when your system is idle.
  • Scan Dispatcher – Triggers system scans when resource usage falls below a certain threshold to avoid any impact on your system’s performance

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One of the major problem with Bitdefender is its installation time and system slowdown.It may take a long time to install from 15 minutes to hours depending on your system infections and health status.This delay occurs because Bitdefender scans your system completely for infections and other problems before  copying installation files to system drive.

System boot time was increased to 64 seconds from 43 seconds in Windows 7.You may also feel some slowdown in launching other applications like M.S. Office 2010.Till now it was okay and one can think of using Bitdefender but when I tested internet browsing speed-it was significantly slow in comparison to browsing speed before Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 installation.

With all its features and efficiency Bitdefender Internet Security 2012 secured following ratings in my security test:
POWER: 7/10 (malware removal)
PROTECTION: 8/10(malware blocking)
PERFORMANCE: 5/10(system impact and slowdown)
INSTALLATION TIME: 15min or more

Final Verdict:If you believe in security lab reports and features like silent protection then Bitdefender can stand as your choice.But  if you are performance lover and desire for strong protection then go for Norton Internet Security 2012 or Kaspersky Internet Security 2012

Download:Bitdefender Internet Security 2012

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