The internet isn’t the place it used to be It’s now a vast ocean filled with all sorts of online threats, yearning to invade your privacy and steal your financial details and the list goes on. In the year that ended in March there were more than 7 million new JavaScript malware viruses discovered. It is crucial to keep your antivirus software up-to-date. Both Avast and Bitdefender provide a variety of features that can assist you in doing just that with a vulnerability scanner that can help find out which programs are outdated and a software updater that automatically keeps all your programs up-to-date for the most effective protection.

Bitdefender is the most reliable choice if are looking for an anti-virus solution that offers high malware detection rates, with minimal impact on performance of your system and also affordable pricing. It also comes with distinct features like microphone and webcam protection, which denies any suspicious requests to your camera or microphone.

Another important aspect is the ease to use your antivirus. Both Avast and Bitdefender are fairly straightforward to navigate, but we discovered that Bitdefender was a little more difficult to navigate when it comes to running scans. It took us a while to locate the settings, and it was a challenge to set up a complete or boot-time scan.

Bitdefender’s support is vastly superior to Avast. Its customer support phone line is able to speak a wide range of languages, and its knowledge base is extensive. Avast however, restricts its contact options to customers with paid accounts and heavily rely on its knowledge base and forums.