Bitdefender is one of the best antivirus software options available. It consistently earns near-perfect scores in third-party lab tests, including our own, and comes with so many extra security tools it's hard to believe it's a basic program. Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020 is one of the fastest programs at stopping malware before it has a chance to infect your computer and does it without causing your system to slow down. Here is more of what we discovered while testing Bitdefender and the protections that come with this antivirus software.

Top-notch threat protection

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus


Bottom line: Bitdefender is one of the best antivirus solutions that comes with a VPN, safe banking tools and secure removal of malware threats.


  • High malware protection score
  • Secure delete
  • VPN
  • Safe banking tools


  • Firewall not included
  • Extra installation steps
  • Scans take awhile

What's new with Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020?

The basic protection program of Bitdefender now includes an anti-tracker. Browser histories are typically collected by websites you visit and used with adware to create promotions specifically targeted to you. This is why you see ads on Facebook, Twitter and other websites after you've shopped, browsed or searched for specific items. Bitdefender's anti-tracker hides your browser data to cut down on these annoying ads and keep your online activity more private.

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What we love about Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

From the first time we started testing Bitdefender we were impressed. This antivirus software stops malicious files before they have a chance to start downloading. In fact, Bitdefender often beat the browser notifications asking us to verify the download, displaying a large warning message and securely removing the threat. Bitdefender recognized the URL of where threats were hidden and let us know those sites were tagged as malicious, too, so we could avoid them. It easily caught phishing schemes, including those designed to look like Facebook and PayPal account logins.

We allowed several threats to infect our computers then used Bitdefender to find and clean them. Bitdefender did an excellent job finding each one. In fact, often during our testing, we would reinstall Bitdefender to gather up threats other antivirus software left behind because we were that confident in its protection ability. Each removed threat was securely and completely cleared from our computer so there was no chance malware could reinfect.

Bitdefender includes a VPN for stopping online trackers and shielding browser histories.

Bitdefender runs on very little resources so we didn't notice any slowdown while using it. The only reason we knew that Bitdefender did cause a millisecond of delay is because we were timing it. But we certainly didn't notice on our own. We played games and watching videos, sent emails and downloaded files and programs during Bitdefender's deep virus scans and never had a problem with lag. We even installed Bitdefender on home computers that were already bogged down a bit with a lot of program and it still didn't affect our overall experience.

On top of great protection and performance, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus comes with a VPN that lets you work online without adware, cookies and other trackers snatching your online movements and browser histories. It has banking tools that shield credit card and account numbers while you shop and bank online. Bitdefender also has Safe Files that secure important documents and information from ransomware and other hacker attacks. All of these tools are rarely included with basic antivirus software, which makes Bitdefender one of the best for securing your computer.

What we dislike about Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

The biggest tool Bitdefender doesn't include with its Antivirus Plus program is a personal firewall. Besides malware protection, a firewall is the one security tool we feel strongly that everyone should have and antivirus programs, even basic ones, should include. Most antivirus programs, however, don't include a firewall, but with the amount of extra features Bitdefender includes we feel a personal firewall should be on the list.

Bitdefender does takes a few extra steps to install and setup to use. Some of the tools you need to enable can only be accessed from the online portal rather from the user dashboard. Bitdefender walks you through each step, but it would be much easier to have everything in one place. Also, virus scans take a long time to complete. It was nearly 40 minutes for a deep virus scan to finish where other antivirus programs took half that time.

Is Bitdefender Antivirus Plus right for you?

We have no problem recommending Bitdefender because we've seen just how quickly it stops malware before it has a chance to start downloading. Most threats are immediately scrubbed without ever hitting the quarantine folder, but even quarantined malware is securely and permanently deleted. There are a few extra steps needed to install and set up Bitdefender. You're walked through each step, but it may still become confusing for those who want something a little more plug-n-play.

Bitdefender is a good deal is you need to secure a computer on a budget. It's only $40 for the first year for new users, or for double that you can get three licenses to protect multiple computers.

4.5 out of 5

Bitdefender earns its high score from how well it stops malware, including highly sophisticated phishing schemes. It quickly removes threats before they infect your computer and scrubs them so there isn't any piece left. It runs smoothly without taking too much of your system's resources and includes extra tools like a VPN and safe banking features. It's a little tricky to setup and doesn't include a firewall, which we feel is important for antivirus software to have, but overall Bitdefender Antivirus Plus is one of the best for computer protection.

Top-notch threat protection

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

Top-notch threat protection

Bitdefender is one of the top antivirus software available because of how well it stops malware before the download starts, and the number of security tools included like a VPN. Safe Files shield, and online banking protections.

July, 2019: This article has been updated with information about new tools and features included with Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2020.

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