As if it was following hot on the heels of the underwhelming and critically panned protection OneCare from Microsoft, BitDefender has provided the market with a complete all-in-one solution for any PC user, yet runs at a whisper pace despite how robust and efficient the suite is at protecting your devices.
Though the suite is advertised as a full solution for the serious computer/device user, network administrator or business solution seeker, the UI is rather clean, easy and clearly developed to be as accessible to any level of user, giving direct access to the applications most commonly used functions, such as quick scans and the update utility. One of the immediate draws of BitDefender is how incognito it is when it comes to general operation. Though the entire security suite is rather robust and can perform many functions either manually or automated, you can almost forget you have it installed once you have it running in Autopilot mode.
Given that users prefer to install an anti virus suite that follows “set it and forget it” course-of-action, it is quite the blessing that BitDefender pulls this off seamlessly, allowing the user complete protection of their systems and devices with little to no input. The usual options such as Quick Scan and Start-up Optimization are available in the initial splash screen, but as a replacement for last years Tools menu is a list of modules that details each function:
- Web Protection
- Vulnerability Check
- Intrusion Detection
- Ransomware Protection
Each module has it’s own group of settings that can be tweaked to your liking, as well as offering several different scans for any possible flaw in your PCs security armor. There are also privacy modules, including:
- Data Protection
- Password Manager
- Parental Control
- File Encryption
The Startup Optimizer and OneClick Optimizer are very welcome additions to Total Security 2016, adding an additional means of maintaining your PC health, cleaning out what many PC users consider to be the junk files and data that are bogging their systems down or just wish to keep things uncluttered and pristine. I had compared the results of the OneClick Optimizer against CCleaner after an entire weekend of liberal internet usage, uninstalls and updates and the OneClick Optimizer outperformed CCleaner by a significant margin and didn’t warrant a re-run.
Given the plethora of features and individual tasks that can be performed or assigned to the Autopiloit, Total Security 2016 is truly the all-in-one solution that any user can benefit from immensely.