After I got my new laptop a good friend of mine, Luke’s first question was have you installed an anti-virus software package? Of course I did I told him, and even paid up my subscription uptill 2011! Curious I asked him why? He then filled me in on how he was using Bitdefender and how great it is. I was a little skeptical as I hadn’t even heard of Bitdefender prior to our conversation. ( Why would I? Since I had been using the industry standard for years) He laughed and said, “Don’t take my word for it, just type ‘Best anti-virus software’ in google and see the results for yourself!” Just read the reviews…… Well I must say it seemed pretty impressive but hey, I had already paid up for my premium service and had every confidence in it so thanks but no thanks!
Then about three weeks ago, my wife told me that a colleague had infected her thumbdrive with some kind of virus and whether i could fix it for her. I told her to get her friend to do it instead afterall she was the one who had infected it right? She told me that her friend’s anti-virus software couldn’t remove it. (Gees! I didn’t even bother to ask what the friend was using) I then asked whether she had confirmed that it really was infected and she said that her Manager had tried it on her own laptop and the alarms went off! So why didn’t the Manager just clean it for her? Well apparently the Manager panicked and pulled the thumbdrive out of the socket as fast as she could. Ha ha! Well I popped it into my USB socket and my anti-virus software picked it up instaneously and gave me the option to removed it easily. So yeah..again thanks but no thanks to switching!
Recently after installing Bitdefender Internet Security 2009 for my wife’s netbook, I got to finally see and feel how good the interface really was. The setup was smooth and easy and the updates and initial scan did not hamper with the PC speed. So I thought to myself….hmmm maybe when mine expires, I ought to give Bitdefender a try. The next step after setting up her netbook was to tests if everything worked, USB connections inclusive. So I popped the same thumbdrive into her netbook and Bitdefender detected a trojan with two files. I cannot remember the two file names but the description of the trojan was something like trojan.genheur60xxx or rather. Anyhow Bitdefender removed it and now it is totally cleaned. First thing I asked my wife was did she use it anywhere else after I had cleaned it the first time round, but as far as she remembers No! I then ran a deep scan on my own laptop to make sure everything was ok…and it was Phew!
So when I chanced upon a great offer to switch……I DID!
I am now using Bitdefender Total Security 2009 which has the following features :
Keeps you protected and one step ahead of new e-threats
Helps protect you against identity theft
Keeps your PC running smoothly with PC Tune-up
Safeguards your files with integrated Backup
Provides Automatic Hourly Updates
Includes Free 24 X 7 Technical Support
- Antivirus & Antispyware
- IM Encryption
- Family Network Protection
- Gamer Mode
- Laptop Mode
- Parental Control
- File Vault
They have excellent customer service I might add!
What I especially like about the features so far of which I didn’t have before is File Vault where you can create a virtual drive to store your important documents encrypted. And under the ‘privacy control’ tab I like the ‘Identity Protection’ feature.
Seems pretty complete to me even though it does not have webmail protection, which if my understanding is correct, this feature is supposed to scan files received through webmail but doesn’t it automatically do that when the files are received? I’m pretty sure it does….but even if it doesn’t then it would during a scan on when launched.
Well so far I am extremely happy with my Bitdefender as you can tell, though I only just installed it yesterday and haven’t really been using all the features yet. However there are a few things that I feel they can improve on… like :-
- Tune -Up – Improve the speed of the defragmenter, and it appears the registry cleaner and disk cleaner (temp files remover) seems to be running in extra safe mode or something because after I ran it, I ran another two existing software I had for the same purpose and it managed to clean out more.
- Perhaps they can include some sort of encrypted password management system because majority of users have multiple Ids and passwords to remember and use.
Still this is an excellent product and I recommend it!
and in case you’re wondering NO…I’m not making a cent promoting it though if they do chance upon this post, hopefully they might consider extending my subscription for free *yoo hoo..waves and grins* ( Wouldn’t bet on it but hey a guy can try can’t he?)