A high-quality antivirus program is able to keep malware at bay and avoid slowing down your computer. This metric is one of the most important when deciding on an antivirus program to use on your device as, let’s face it: anyone doesn’t want their PC to stop working each time they run a scan. Bitdefender and Kaspersky both excel in this. Both cybersecurity giants have been ranked near the top of assessments of performance conducted by independent laboratories like AV-Comparatives.
Both programs board meeting design offer a wide range of features that go above and beyond antivirus protection, like password managers, file shredders, and VPNs. Both offer multi-device licenses and can be managed via one console. Bitdefender’s suite includes a Rescue Environment, which creates an encrypted C drive partition to restart the hardware and clear severely infected computers. Kaspersky offers the same feature, which boots into Linux to perform the same task.
Both companies provide comprehensive knowledge bases to answer common questions. They also offer telephone, email and live chat support, and a knowledgeable community forum. Kaspersky’s Premium Security Plans also include remote assistance. Bitdefender’s free version does not. Both companies provide a refund guarantee if you’re not satisfied with their services.