Update: This program has been replaced with BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012.
If you are in the market for computer security products then I would imagine that you have already heard of BitDefender. They are a reputable up and coming brand in the internet security arena and today I am looking at their 2011 antivirus program.
BitDefender began in 2001 and since that time they have provided both corporate and home security products. Despite the fact that they are a relatively new player in the internet and computer security market they do make some great protection programs. BitDefender Antivirus 2011 is no exception.
As you would expect, BitDefender Antivirus 2011 provides protection against the usual suspects; worms, trojans, viruses, rootkits and spyware. Additionally, this program also features proactive protection which takes care of your email, instant messaging and protects you whilst you are surfing. The new instant messaging encryption feature keeps your IM sessions private and secure.
Another great feature is Family Network Security which his designed to secure your home network for any family member who uses it. This feature can be managed from one location and allows for scans and updates to be run at times suitable to the user.
BitDefender Antivirus 2011 comes with a nice clean interface and is very uncluttered which makes it easy to use. Red and green icons are used to indicate the status of your protection. The software can be customised to quite a degree in order to match your individual needs.
Updates are hourly so you can rest easy knowing that you are always protected from the latest threats. System usage, a particular bugbear of mine, is good with this antivirus product and I noticed no slowdown whilst using it on my laptop. Another good feature which I believe all antivirus vendors should have now is the Gamer mode which really does make a big difference as receiving notifications mid-game is a real, well, pain shall we say.
I haven’t had any need to contact support but BitDefender do offer free 24/7 support after installation should you run into any difficulties.
Cost-wise BitDefender Antivirus represents very good value, especially if you are looking for protection for more than one PC and I would have no hesitation in recommending this antivirus program.