Bitdefender versus McAfee


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There’s a reason so many IT experts tell their friends to use Bitdefender:

Because they know it’s the best* cybersecurity solution money can buy

Acclaimed by reviewers and independent testing labs!

Choose Bitdefender – You can’t go wrong when so many experts say it’s the best cybersecurity solution out there!

Millions of happy customers and recognition from independent labs brought Bitdefender exclusive awards that you won`t find anywhere else.

Complete Protection for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android

Bitdefender Total Security gives you the best anti-malware protection against e-threats across all major operating systems.

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Protection

Protection

Bitdefender`s unbeatable multi-layered protection keeps your devices safe from all new and existing e-threats.

Complete Real-Time Data Protection

Improved

Absolute power in the most efficient anti-malware solution available today. Bitdefender Total Security works against all e-threats, from viruses, worms and Trojans, to ransomware, zero-day exploits, rootkits and spyware. Your data and privacy are safe.

Network Threat Prevention

Bitdefender Total Security stops attacks before they even begin. The new cyber threat intelligence technologies included can analyze and identify suspicious network-level activities, and block sophisticated exploits, malware- and botnet-related URLs, and brute force attacks.

Advanced Threat Defense

Bitdefender Total Security uses a technique called behavioral detection to closely monitor active apps. The moment it detects anything suspicious, it takes instant action to prevent infections.

Multi-Layer Ransomware Protection

Bitdefender’s multi-layered approach against ransomware includes a data-protection layer that safeguards your documents, pictures, videos and music against all kinds of ransomware attacks. It works with the Advanced Threat Defense module to protect your most important files from encryption by ransomware.

Vulnerability Assessment

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Scan for security holes and vulnerabilities with just one click. Bitdefender checks your PC for outdated and vulnerable software, missing Windows security patches and potentially unsafe system settings, then indicates the best fix.

Web Attack Prevention

Our web-filtering technology ensures that you never land on a harmful website. Find out whether your search results are safe to access before you actually click on a link. Bitdefender Total Security also blocks all known infected links.

Anti-Phishing

Online scams are on the rise, but our advanced anti-phishing protection easily keeps you out of danger. Bitdefender Total Security sniffs and blocks websites that masquerade as trustworthy in order to steal financial data such as passwords or credit card numbers.

Anti-Fraud

Our advanced filtering system warns you whenever you visit websites that may try to scam you.

Antispam

Filters irrelevant messages in your Inbox. It is available for local email clients (Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird).

Rescue Environment

Some sophisticated malware, like rootkits, need to be removed before Windows starts. When Bitdefender Total Security detects such threats, it reboots the computer in Rescue Environment for clean-up and restoration.

Performance

Performance

Bitdefender security software reacts instantly to malware without compromising your systems performance.

Autopilot

Bitdefender Autopilot is designed to act as a <Security Advisor>and to give you deeper insights into your security posture. Its smart capabilities mean that it can recommend security actions in the context of your system needs and usage patterns.

Bitdefender Photon™

This innovative, exclusive technology helps Bitdefender Total Security adapt to your system’s hardware and software configuration to save computing resources and improve speed and performance.

Global Protective Network

Most heavy scanning takes place in the cloud, so there is virtually zero impact on your local resources. This means your system’s speed and performance remain unaffected. And your files are always completely private: Bitdefender does not scan the actual contents of your files, and never uploads or stores them in the cloud.

Game, Movie and Work Modes

Bitdefender Total Security detects when you play, work or watch a movie, so it knows not to bother you with unnecessary requests. Depending on what you are doing, Bitdefender temporarily halts pop-ups, adjusts visual settings, and pauses unimportant background activities so you can enjoy your device to the max.

Speed Up Your Devices

Improve speed and performance for your devices with OneClick Optimizer.

Battery Mode

This useful, intelligent feature saves battery life for laptops and tablets by temporarily tweaking system settings such as display, system cooling, system updates and Bluetooth connectivity.

Privacy

Privacy

Bitdefender complete protection takes care of your online privacy and personal information.

Bitdefender VPN

Improved

With Bitdefender VPN, you can stop worrying about privacy on the web. It protects your online presence by encrypting all Internet traffic. Bitdefender Total Security includes up to 200 MB per day of encrypted traffic for your Windows, Android, macOS and iOS devices.

Anti-tracker

The Anti-tracker extension blocks trackers that collect your data, and it allows you to view and manage this information on each website you visit. It keeps your browsing data private and enhances performance by loading webpages faster.

Microphone Monitor

Regain control over your own devices with Microphone Monitor. Use it and you can see what apps have access to your device’s microphone and when.

Webcam Protection

Protect your privacy and prevent webcam leaks. Webcam Protection notifies you when apps try to access your webcam, and lets you block unauthorized access.

Safe Online Banking

Bank and shop from a unique, dedicated browser that secures your transactions to prevent fraud. Bitdefender Safepay can now also automatically fill out credit card details in billing fields.

Parental Control

Parental Control offers digital help to parents and extra online safety to children. Filter out inappropriate content and limit screen time. Log in remotely to Bitdefender Central to monitor your kids’ online activities. *Parental Control is also available on macOS, iOS and Android with a different feature set depending on each platform.

Privacy Firewall

With Bitdefender Total Security, you get a powerful layer of network protection, so your personal information stays safe from hackers and data snoops.

Anti-Theft

Bitdefender Total Security packs effective anti-loss and anti-theft tools for your Windows laptop or tablet, remotely accessible from anywhere in the world via your Bitdefender Central account.

Wi-Fi Security Advisor

Assess the security of your Wi-Fi network and router, no matter where you connect.

Social Network Protection

Stay safe from malicious links and any online threats your friends unwittingly pass on to you via social networks.

Password Manager

Secure your passwords, credit card information, and other sensitive data in a cyber-vault for easy access whenever you need them. Password Manager gives you the option to autofill online forms and can even recommend secure passwords.

File Shredder

Use this tool when you wish to delete a file for good and leave no traces that it ever existed on your PC.

Protection

Protection

Bitdefender`s unbeatable multi-layered protection keeps your devices safe from all new and existing threats.

Safe Files

With Bitdefender Safe Files, you can prevent unauthorized changes to your most important files. Simply add folders to the watch list, and Bitdefender guards the files stored in them against ransomware and other malware. Only applications you explicitly trust can access your Safe Files.

Time Machine Protection

If you use Time Machine to back up your files, you’ll want this extra security layer to stay safe from sophisticated ransomware attacks. Ransomware, an extremely dangerous type of malware, acts by encrypting precious files such as pictures, videos and other documents, rendering them unusable. With this complex feature, Mac users can restore their files without having to pay ransom. Time Machine Protection gives you the edge against any malware that tries to encrypt or destroy your backups.

Adware Blocker

Unsolicited ads popping up in your browser are unpleasant, and even Macs can pick up these intrusive adware infections that divert your focus and slow you down. Bitdefender Total Security detects and removes adware, malicious hijacker programs, unwanted toolbars and other annoying browser add-ons, so you can enjoy your Mac to the max.

Cross-Platform Malware Detection

Your Mac may be safe from malicious content designed for Windows, but you’ll want to make sure you don’t pick it up and pass it on to PC users. Bitdefender Total Security detects and removes both malware targeting macOS and threats made for Windows, so you know the files you send to others are not compromised.

Traffic Light (browser extension)

Bitdefender Total Security ensures protection for all your browsing, including your online shopping and banking, and can filter out inappropriate content. With automatic protection on, our artificial intelligence system scans all links before you even click on them, so you never unknowingly open harmful web pages.

Anti-Phishing

Online scams are on the rise, but our advanced anti-phishing protection keeps you far from danger. Bitdefender Total Security sniffs and blocks websites that masquerade as trustworthy in order to steal financial data such as passwords or credit card numbers.

Bitdefender Shield

Handles all your security needs so you don’t need to bother with the nitty-gritty. Once switched on, it combines a series of innovative proprietary technologies to automatically detect and remove any threat, with no negative impact on your Mac’s speed and performance. Turn it on and forget about it.

Performance

Performance

Bitdefender security software reacts instantly to malware without compromising your system’s performance.

Autopilot

Bitdefender Autopilot is designed to act as a <Security Advisor> and to give you deeper insights into your security posture. Its smart capabilities mean that it can recommend security actions in the context of your system needs and usage patterns.

Ultra-Fast Scanning

Ironclad protection is great, but it’s even better when it comes with unrivaled speed and performance. Bitdefender Total Security combines accuracy and speed so you get ultra-fast scans and the best detection rate in the industry.

24/7 Cloud-Based Guard Duty

Through permanent updates, our Bitdefender security suite is always aware of zero-day attacks. We use amazingly powerful Cloud-based technologies to detect and eliminate e-threats, wherever they come from, to give you instant protection anywhere in the world. As the heavy lifting is done in the Cloud, there’s no drag on your Mac’s resources and your personal information remains safely stored on your computer.

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Privacy

Bitdefender complete protection takes care of your online privacy and personal information.

Bitdefender VPN

Improved

With Bitdefender VPN, you can stop worrying about privacy on the web. It protects your online presence by encrypting all Internet traffic. Bitdefender Total Security includes up to 200 MB per day of encrypted traffic for your Windows, Android, macOS and iOS devices.

Anti-tracker

The Anti-tracker extension blocks trackers that collect your data and allows you to view and manage this information on each website you visit. Keeps your browsing data private and enhances performance by loading webpages faster.

Parental Control

Parental Control offers digital help to parents and extra online safety to children.

Protection

Protection

Bitdefender`s unbeatable multi-layered protection keeps your devices safe from all new and existing threats.

"Note: With iPad support"

Web Protection

Our anti-phishing system scans webpages and warns you when you come across fraudulent pages. Bitdefender Web Protection filters all traffic, not only your intentional browsing, and offers real-time protection against all online dangers.

Scan

Protects your phone and its data by detecting security misconfigurations and helping you remediate them.

Privacy

Privacy

Bitdefender complete protection takes care of your online privacy and personal information

Bitdefender VPN

Improved

With Bitdefender VPN, you can stop worrying about privacy on the web. It protects your online presence by encrypting all Internet traffic. Bitdefender Total Security includes up to 200 MB per day of encrypted traffic for your Windows, Android, macOS and iOS devices.

Account Privacy

Check straight from your iPhone whether your online accounts have been involved in any data breaches. With so many popular websites and apps issuing warnings about database leaks, it’s easy to lose track of your exposed accounts. Account Privacy notifies you when your sensitive data is at risk, and lets you take action depending on its status.

Parental Control

Parental Control offers digital help to parents and extra online safety to children.

Protection

Protection

Bitdefender`s unbeatable multi-layered protection keeps your devices safe from all new and existing threats.

On-Demand & On-Install Scan

Scan your Android phone or tablet any time to make sure all your apps are clean. Plus, the antivirus module automatically scans each app once you install it, and immediately lets you know whether it poses any danger.

Web Protection

Browsing the Internet can take you to dangerous places, but Bitdefender Android security is always there to protect you. Our anti-phishing system scans webpages and warns you when you come across fraudulent pages.

Scam Alert

Our newest technology proactively protects you against the rising mobile attacks relying on links to enter your device, to stop you and others from falling victim to scams.

WearON

WearON extends mobile security to your smart watch. And if you don’t know where your phone is, use WearON from your Android to activate a sound alert so you can easily find it. Receive an alert when you step too far away from your phone, so you never leave it behind.

Anti-Theft

With Bitdefender Anti-Theft, you can remotely locate, lock, wipe or send a message to your device in case of loss or theft. Plus, your Android phone is capable of self-defense: it snaps a mugshot of anyone who tries to tamper with it in your absence, then sends it to you in your Bitdefender Central account.

Performance

Performance

Bitdefender security software reacts instantly to malware without compromising your system’s performance.

Autopilot

Bitdefender Autopilot is designed to act as a <Security Advisor> and give you deeper insights into your security posture. Its smart capabilities mean that it can recommend security actions in the context of your system needs and usage patterns.

Battery & Performance Saver

We designed Bitdefender Total Security to give you the most effective malware protection, combined with efficient power management. Since most heavy lifting takes place in the cloud, it doesn’t drain your device’s resources, and your battery life remains virtually unaffected.

Fast & Light-Weight

Bitdefender Total Security is amazingly powerful against malware, yet easy on your phone’s resources, so you won’t see any negative impact on performance. On-demand scanning is lightning fast, and the app only adds a second to the reboot time.

Privacy

Privacy

Bitdefender complete protection takes care of your online privacy and personal information.

Bitdefender VPN

Improved

With Bitdefender VPN, you can stop worrying about privacy on the web. It protects your online presence by encrypting all Internet traffic. Bitdefender Total Security includes up to 200 MB per day of encrypted traffic for your Windows, Android, macOS and iOS devices.

App Lock

App Lock protects your most sensitive apps so no one can mess with your settings or private info. Bitdefender Total Security adds an extra layer of protection by giving you the possibility to lock apps with a PIN code. With Smart Unlock, you can set your phone to allow direct access to your protected apps when using a trusted Wi-Fi network.

Account Privacy

Check if your online accounts have been involved in any data breaches. With so many popular websites and apps issuing warnings about database leaks, it’s easy to lose track of your exposed accounts. Account Privacy notifies you when your sensitive data is at risk, and lets you take action depending on its status.

Parental Control

Parental Control offers digital help to parents and extra online safety to children.

How does Bitdefender rank against McAfee?

Bitdefender Total Security

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Outstanding Product 2020 [1]

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Product of the Year 2019 [2]

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Outstanding Product 2018 [3]

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Product of the Year 2017 [4]

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How Bitdefender Compares To Other Cybersecurity

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Best Protection Against Infections

Best Protection Against Infections

(On a scale of 0 to 6 and 6 being the highest protection)

Bitdefender

5.94

Kaspersky

5.92

Norton

5.86

McAfee

5.32

Overall Score. January 2011 - June 2022. AV TEST.

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Lowest Impact on Performance

Lowest Impact on Performance

(On a scale of 0 to 6 and 6 being the lowest impact)

Bitdefender

5.83

Kaspersky

5.82

Norton

5.54

McAfee

5.42

Overall Score. January 2013 - June 2022. AV TEST.

Choose device protection that keeps you safe while leaving you (and your CPU) ALONE

Bitdefender runs quietly in the background, catching threats automatically, without interrupting your workflow or slowing down your machine.

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Keeps you informed without bothering you

Unlike other security products that constantly pester you for permission, Bitdefender gently notifies you about threats, then gets right out of your way.

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Daily scans that don’t hold you hostage

Worried about painfully slow scans that drag your system to a halt? Don’t be. Bitdefender’s eagle-eyed scans catch every threat without hurting performance.

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Won’t bloat or interfere with your other apps

Some security tools are so intrusive they can feel like a virus. Bitdefender’s features stay tightly contained in one app, so they’re out of sight until you WANT to see them.

great protection

Great protection without hampering your computer's speed. ... Icing on the cake is that Bitdefender will not slow down the computer to a screeching halt unlike some other competitors.

Quoizimodo

Mar 28, 2021
simply the best

Simply the best. I spent 10 years using trials to experiment with all of the highest rated internet security software, and this is the only one that has never let any malware penetrate my system while also not handcuffing me from visiting all the websites I know are safe. ...[Bitdefender] continues to out perform them all.

Mike M

April 17, 2021
top rated security

I had used almost all other top rated security products over the years, but were not happy with their services and results. ... Bitdefender works great keeps all my online activities safe and easy. Bitdefender is the best product I have ever used, very effective and does not slow down my computer like some other products.

Cheng

April 16, 2021
easy to use

I've been a Bitdefender customer for over 4 yrs and I keep coming back. They're reliable, easy to use, provide the best anti-virus protection, the price is nowhere near as expensive as competitors, it's a great value, and I can always count on Bitdefender to work!

AL

Apr 12, 2021

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easy to Install

Easy to Install

Installing Bitdefender on two, three or more devices takes no more effort than emailing a link to yourself. If you can open an email and click a button, you can install Bitdefender.

easy to Run

Easy to Run

Bitdefender is so silent & effective, the main thing you’ll notice is just how much cleaner and faster your devices run, no matter where you go — on the Web or in real life.

easy to Check

Easy to Check

Bitdefender is designed to run in the background when you don’t want it, but be instantly accessible when you do. Customize, optimize & run reports on your entire household from one account.