My Review Of BitDefender Internet Security 2012
Having previously looked at BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012 and BitDefender Total Security 2012 I thought it only right that I didn’t overlook the other offering from this antivirus company: BitDefender Internet Security 2012.
- Excellent malware detection – viruses and other threats will be spotted before they damage your PC
- Excellent malware cleanup – gets rid of the bad stuff!
- Beginners will appreciate the built in ‘autopilot’ – ideal for those who aren’t too technical (more on that below)
Will the program run on your computer?
BitDefender Internet Security 2012 has the following system requirements:
- CPU: 800Mhz minimum / 1.66Ghx dual core or better recommended
- RAM: 1GB minimum / 1.5GB recommended for Windows Vista and 7 users
- Hard Drive: 1.8GB minimum free space / 2.8GB recommended
- OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 3) / Vista (Service Pack 2) / 7 (Service Pack 1)
Will BitDefender Internet Security 2012 make your computer slow?
One of the key areas I always look at with security products is their system resource usage because some antivirus and internet security programs can really bring a system to a halt.
BitDefender Internet Security is, in my opinion, a slight resource hog. In my testing it used more memory than some of the competition and CPU usage was very high for a couple of minutes at the beginning of a full scan and again near the end. For the majority of the scanning time, however, CPU usage was at a good level, as seen in the screenshot above.
I think if you use this program with a machine that is close to the minimum suggested specs then you may notice some lag whilst scans are being run but will otherwise be ok. New computer systems should have no real issues at all in running this program.
How easy is it to install the program and does it look good?
As regular readers already know, my eyes don’t like white text on a black background. Otherwise, I think the interface looks great and works well.
When you first load the program up you’ll be presented with the screen below which lays everything out nicely and makes it easy to select the areas you wish to utilise.
If you look to the bottom of the screen you’ll see there are eight dots. To the left of this is a slider which allows you to easily scroll through the various options that are on offer here. If you move down this page a little I’ve added another screenshot which shows the other 4 options that are accessed through the main area of the interface.
What features does BitDefender Internet Security 2012 offer?
BitDefender Internet Security 2012 is packed full of features. Of course all the ones you would expect to find in such a program are accessed via the slider, such as:
- Antivirus – protects your computer from the latest viruses, trojans, worms, etc
- Firewall – stops hackers attacking your computer through the internet
- AntiSpam – blocks annoying and unwanted email messages
- Parental Controls – keeps the children in your family safe
- Privacy – keep your private data to yourself
The feature list doesn’t stop there though as there are many more, some of which you won’t find in other similar products –
[box type=”yellow”]BitDefender Autopilot[/box]
BitDefender Autopilot will make sensible security decisions for you. This is ideal for those who don’t wish to tinker with the huge amount of options and settings that the program has to offer. As such, this internet security program is an ideal choice for computer experts and non-experts alike.
If you are someone who isn’t too comfortable with computers then you’ll love the simplicity of this Autopilot mode – all you have to do to activate it is click on one button and then you’ll have a great level of internet security without having to understand or activate any other parts of the program.
[box type=”yellow”]BitDefender SafeGo[/box]
Another aspect, which you can see in the image below, is the inclusion of a tool which can increase your security on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. You can find out more about this by reading my recent article about BitDefender SafeGo.
[box type=”yellow”]Scan Dispatcher[/box]
Another good feature, which negates some of what I mentioned about resource usage earlier, is Scan Dispatcher. This is an intelligent way of scheduling scans – basically what it means is that the program will schedule scans around your computer activity, i.e. it will only initiate a scan when system resource usage falls below a certain level, thereby minimising any potential impact upon system performance.
How effective is BitDefender Internet Security 2012 at protecting my computer?
BitDefender Internet Security 2012 works exceptionally well indeed. There don’t appear to be many independent test results available at this point in time but in my own testing against a sizable list of very recent malware it performed very well indeed in both the detection of the threats and in removal too.
How does the program compare to other BitDefender products?
I’ve now reviewed all three home security products from BitDefender so I think it is a good time to mention how Internet Security 2012 differs from the other two –
[box type=”gray”]vs BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012:
- adds AntiSpam
- adds Firewall
- adds Parental Controls[/box]
[box type=”gray”]vs BitDefender Total Security 2012:
- lacks File Encryption
- lacks Tune-Up
- lacks File Shredder
- lacks 2GB Online Backup[/box]
As for which of the three solutions is best, only you can decide. All three are good and this program is an alternative which sits nicely between the other two in terms of both features and cost.
What is my overall opinion of BitDefender Internet Security 2012?
To my mind, BitDefender security products have two issues. One is aesthetic and personal to me (white text on black background) and the other is CPU usage on older machines that are only a little better than the stated minimum requirements.
That aside, everything else is very good indeed. If you have a computer that is a few years old or less then your experience with this program should be very good indeed. It is highly effective at detecting and dealing with malware and packs in many other useful features too. AutoPilot may concern those few people who like to roll their sleeves up and get stuck into their security program but they can turn it off. Everyone else will likely appreciate the fact that the program is making sensible security decisions for them.
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