If you’ve narrowed your antivirus options down to Kaspersky and Bitdefender, you’ve already made some great decisions. Both are huge names in the malware protection industry, so it’s impossible to distinguish on the basis of popularity or reputation, but a careful evaluation of both options can bring you one step closer to the answer.
In independent examinations of malware detection, Kaspersky has received perfect scores from several of the leading test agencies. This includes the notable German AV-Test, which rated Kaspersky as excellent. Like you might expect of a software suite with that kind of reputation, Kaspersky offers comprehensive protection against every type of malware imaginable, including Trojans, rootkits, spyware, and your run of the mill virus. And comprehensive isn’t an exaggeration, because Kaspersky provides three user licenses in its standard antivirus suite, allowing you to stay protected on every device in your home.
Kaspersky also has a very high ease of use, and because it can be run on a schedule, it doesn’t need to be micromanaged to maintain excellent levels of protection. But Kaspersky pairs that hands-free control with a high level of customizability that other malware protection suites tend to lack. From the intensity of your scan to your default security level, Kaspersky offers top-down control over nearly every aspect of what it does. Kaspersky is also ideal for protecting your system against malware-infected websites thanks to a feature called URL Advisor, which can stop you from wandering into infected sites and phishing scams before you’ve even loaded the page.
If you’re an advanced user and you’d like comprehensive control over the intricate details of your malware protection, you’d have a hard time finding a better option than Bitdefender. If you’re not an advanced user, you’ll appreciate Bitdefender’s industry-renowned ease of use. Because there’s no real configuration during setup, Bitdefender can be as easy as install and forget, or as complicated as micromanaging your port security, depending on your preferences and needs.
Where Bitdefender really excels is in system performance. More intensive and active system protection usually means more system resources consumed by your antivirus software, bit Bitdefender rides the line between active protection and low-profile resource consumption perfectly because it does real-time adjustments to its operations in order to remain as non-intrusive as possible.
Bitdefender is also arguably the most proactive antivirus suite on the market, including its recent innovations with social network protection. The people who develop malware understand that the best way to get that malware distributed is through links on social network sites, and the compromised security of only one friend may result in dangerous links sent throughout that friend’s entire network. That’s why Bitdefender’s protection extends into sites like Twitter and Facebook, helping to defend you from dangerous links before they even have a chance.
The Better Choice
Both Kaspersky and Bitdefender are very strong malware solutions, and both are able to provide serious comprehensive protection for your devices. This makes distinguishing between them on grounds of functionality all but impossible; where there are minor distinctions between the two, those distinctions would never be bored out by the everyday user.
As a consequence, the most substantial distinguishing factor between these two suites is cost. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 will set you back $59.95. If that price seems high, you should keep in mind that Kaspersky includes three user licenses. This means there’s a lot of value if you need protection on three devices, but not as much if you’re only looking to protect one. Costing nearly half as much as Kaspersky and providing comparable protection means Bitdefender is the go-to option for anyone with only one device to protect. If you’re protecting more than one device, Kaspersky is a clear choice, but if you’re only worried about a single device, save yourself $30 and grab Bitdefender.