Bitdefender and Avira both offer top malware detection rates, effective real-time protection, and reliable ransomware protection. They’re also very easy to use, which means even novices to cybersecurity can be up and running in a short time. Additionally, both provide many additional features, including a VPN as well as successful PPC or SEO a file shredder, additional privacy protections, and one-click optimization.
Avira and Bitdefender have both received top scores from independent testing labs. However, in this round I’d give the edge to Bitdefender because of its superior performance in the AVComparatives Performance Test, which gauges how much impact security software can have on a computer’s speed. The low score indicates that it is running in the background, and does not slowing down your computer -unlike its rivals.
AV-Comparatives also tests for how much of an impact each product has on system performance when performing regular computer tasks, such as downloading files from websites, and copying files. Bitdefender was the only one to pass this test with a perfect score, while Avira came in at a close second.
Both offer a great level of customer support. Avira offers a comprehensive knowledge base and YouTube channel, whereas Bitdefender provides a full support hub with a phone number, live chat, email support and videos for tutorials. The support hub is arranged by product so that you can get the help you need.