On its website, Bitdefender shows an MSRP of for 1 year of protection on up to 3 PCs, though it’s often marked down 35 percent to ..

There are a few different options we could have picked for this category and the biggest reason we’ve chosen Bitdefender twice in a row is because when it comes to AV protection, we prefer the strong and silent type. Once installed, Bitdefender goes into Autopilot mode by default and makes all security related decisions for you.

It won’t bother you with popups and alerts, nor does it even ask you to go through and configure its behavior.

One reason we like Kaspersky because it consistently performs among the best AV programs, both in terms of identifying and blocking malware, and having a minimal impact on system performance.

That’s not to say it’s perfect—we recall one particularly annoying incident where Kaspersky had let a potentially unwanted program (PUP) lock our mouse cursor in a box.

In AV-Test.org’s latest evaluation, Bitdefender detected every single threat, including 164 zero-day malware samples and over 22,000 widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the past four weeks.

It did pick up a few false positives (3 out of more than 1.2 million samples used), but not enough to ding Bitdefender’s Usability score.It adds a layer of security against outside threats, and if you want to be extra cautious, you can call up Bitdefender’s virtual keyboard to protect yourself from keyloggers.As with most AV programs, Bitdefender has different pricing options based on the number of PCs and year of coverage your purchase.When it finds a third-party program that’s out of date, it gives a detailed report on the number of vulnerabilities and specific security threats it poses, and also provides a link to grab the newest version. Bitdefender Internet Security isn’t overflowing with features, but the ones it includes trend more towards helpful than fluff.Also, there are some new goodies in the 2017 edition.One of them is a Wi-Fi security advisor that analyzes wireless networks for vulnerabilities, and the other is the inclusion of Bitdefender’s anti-ransomware protection, a feature that was previously reserved for its Total Security suite.