The internet isn’t what it used to be It’s now a vast ocean filled with all sorts of online threats, eager to breach your privacy, steal your financial information and the list goes on. More than 7 million JavaScript malware viruses were found in the past year alone. It’s important to keep your antivirus software up-to-date. Both Avast and Bitdefender offer a variety of features that will assist you in doing just that with a vulnerability scanner which will let you know what programs are in the process of being outdated and a software updater which automatically keeps all your apps up-to-date for the best security.

However, if you’re looking for an antivirus program with high malware detection rates as well as minimal impact on your system performance, and a reasonable price and a low price, then Bitdefender is a clear winner. It also has some unique features, like shredders for your files, as well as a webcam/microphone blocker that blocks any suspicious requests.

Another important aspect is how simple it is to use your antivirus. Both Avast and Bitdefender are relatively simple to use, however we found that Bitdefender was a bit more clunky when it came to running scans. It took us longer to locate the settings we required for the full scan or boot-time scan was a bit complicated.

As for support, Bitdefender’s customer service is superior to Avast’s. Its knowledge base and phone support are both extensive. Avast however, on its other however, restricts its contact options to customers who pay and relies on its information base and forums.

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