Baidu Antivirus 2013 Review

Antivirus:
Lee
Version:
2013
Price:
$0
Baidu Antivirus 2013

Reviewed by:
Rating:
1
On March 7, 2013
Last modified:May 26, 2013

Summary:

In my experience this program was a CPU hog and detection rates were very, very low indeed. It may only be a beta version but I wouldn't trust this to protect anything much at all at this time.

]Key Benefits

  • Quick to install
  • Runs scans quickly

This review is for a new free antivirus program, currently in beta, from Chinese firm Baidu. Given all the press about Chinese state-backed hackers recently would it be wise to take a chance on this program for your computer security? Lets find out…

Will it run on my PC?

The minimum suggested system requirements for this program are as follows:

  • All versions of Windows

No other system requirements are noted on Baidu’s site which is a bit awkward and also indicative of the site in general – hardly any useful information is present at all.

Is it easy to install this program?

Remarkably so, yes.

The installer is very small indeed and the entire installation process too, quite literally, seconds.

Baidu-Free-Antivirus-2013

If nothing else, Baidu Antivirus can have an award for ease of installation!!

What is the user interface like?

Pretty lean and basic which, for many people who are maybe not so adept at computing, is exactly what they are looking for.

interface

When you start the program up you get two main screens. The first one (above) gives you access to the scanning options – full scan, quick scan and custom scan.

From here you can also send feedback to Baidu and enter the settings screen.

settings2

If you use the right arrow on the screen above you’ll reach the second home screen as seen above.

Here you can play with a few sliders to toggle the following on or off:

  • File System Protection
  • Proactive Defense
  • Web Access Protection
  • Self-Defense

What features does the program offer?

Baidu Antivirus reminds me of the past in that it is an antivirus program with no bells or whistles — unlike many other AV programs these days you won’t find any extra features here. Thats not necessarily an issue though as standalone antivirus is all some users are looking for.

settings

The fact that the program is so slim on features is what makes the installation so quick. It should also, in theory, perhaps lead to a program with low resource usage (more on that near the end of the review).

Will it keep me safe?

This is probably the single most important question you need to ask about any security software that you will entrust to keep your system safe. Unfortunately, in my testing, the answer to that question was a resounding no with Baidu.

I performed my usual tests with a sample of malware and known bad links and the program detected some of them as being malicious. Whilst this is a beta version of the program, and 100% detection rates are not likely either, I was expecting more here. I would say that this program only detected half, if that, of the bad stuff I fed to it.

In fact it was so bad that I downloaded a collection of malicious files from the web after proceeding through warning notices from Chrome only for Baidu to happily let me install them.

Thats worrying.

Overall impression

My overall impression of this program is not good.

I didn’t enter this review with any concerns about the program originating from China –

– but I did come out of it with a very strong feeling that I wouldn’t trust any of my machines to it due to the poor detection rates I experienced within my own testing.

resource-usage

There was also another big issue too. For a program with such a small footprint I was expecting a quick and resource light antivirus program. I only got one of those wishes. Baidu Antivirus was very quick to install and scans were quick too. In fact, the scans almost seemed too quick Рa full scan took about 10 minutes in comparison to the hour or so I normally experience with competing programs. But, surprisingly  the CPU usage was very, very high indeed Рtypically 90%+ for the entire scanning process. During that time my machine was completely unusable.

Baidu Antivirus 2013 is still in beta and may improve over time but, for now, I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole – there are many, many better free antivirus programs out there in my opinion.

In my experience this program was a CPU hog and detection rates were very, very low indeed. It may only be a beta version but I wouldn't trust this to protect anything much at all at this time.
About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. CPU hog? No. Saying Baidu AV is a CPU hog tells me someone did a sham test. In fact, Baidu is the lightest AV I have used in many years. Also, it’s not fair testing alpha software. Baidu is now in beta, with much improved features and detection.

  2. timebird.68 says:

    Menue; Energie Option — enable Avira Engine for realtime protection
    aktivieren !!!!!!!
    very well

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