BitDefender Total Security 2010
As opposed to other products, BitDefender’s Total
Security 2010 targets all aspects of PC security from threats to backup
and even PC performance which of course could threaten data integrity.
With that said, this product gives the user the following features;
As you can see, BitDefender Total Security 2010 is
not only a comprehensive internet security software suite but it gives
the user additional features that include data backups, file shredding
and pc tuning to ensure that their data is protected and that their PC
is running as smoothly as possible.
Enhanced Usability: In
addition to the existing Basic and Advanced views, the BitDefender
2010 dashboard now features a new “Simple View” to better
accommodate users with different levels of PC knowledge.
BitDefender detects and blocks attempts to change critical system
files or registry entries and warns about attacks performed by code
injection (DLL injection).
Increased Parental Control:
The Parental Control module features a newly added reporting system
allowing parents to view which websites their children visit.
Parents’ monitoring activity is made more efficient, as they can
receive e-mail alerts concerning each child’s activity on the
Application Time Control:
This feature provides parents with the ability to set specific time
intervals for which their children are allowed to use certain
Technical Support: Users can get answers to the most common product
questions or contact technical support directly from the product
using its easy-to-use self-service module.
The installation of BitDefender’s Total Security 2010 was
a breeze and once the CD was detected by the computer, it began the
installation process. The installation process is relatively straight
forward with minimal input from the user and it took around 5 minutes to
You also need to create a BitDefender account during the
installation process and a reboot is also required. The configuration
will also prompt the user to choose from one of four categories which
include “Typical”, “Parent”, “Gamer” and finally custom.
Depending on which you choose, this will assist in
options such as performance for gaming or parental control features to
monitor websites, block certain websites and the like. Lastly, the
software will check for new updates and will scan your system for any
breaches of security. Of course for the more professional computer user,
the program does offer an in-depth customization option.
Depending on your preference during the installation of
Typical, Parent, Gamer or Custom, this will also affect how the
interface looks for the user which is great for removing excess
information. As we installed this on a laptop, BitDefender’s Total
Security 2010 even supports laptops which is great for maximizing
The interface of BitDefender’s Total Security 2010 is
quite basic and self explanatory, ensuring that all computer users can
access this program. With basic menu options and Spartan type icons,
navigating through the menu system is quite easy. Needless to say, for
more professional users, the program does offer a variety of settings
depending on what is needed such as forcing a system scan or configuring
The first screen, the
dashboard tells you if your PC is connected and some status details of
security, tune-up and file storage. It also allows you to scan your hard
drive. Following this is the security section that includes update now
(ensure that you have the latest updates), system scan, custom scan,
vulnerability scan and configure parental control. Parental control is
an interesting device that allows you to ban certain websites, check
internet traffic logs and even report activity via e-mail. It even has a
web limiter program to prevent users from accessing the internet when
they shouldn't. Lastly, you can restrict applications, block keywords
and monitor or block instant messaging. I accidentally had one of our
users labeled as a teenager and they could not access Facebook and that
was an automatic default by the program.
The next section is Tune-up
which gives allows the user to clean the registry, recover registry,
shred files, pc clean-up, find duplicates and defragment disks. It's a
handy feature to ensure that your PC is running smoothly or it ensures
that certain files are deleted permanently. The File Storage section
allows the user to backup locally, add file to vault, remove files from
vault, view file vault and finally lock file vault. Definitely a good
feature for those using to backup their information and ensure it
contains adequate encryption. Finally, BitDefender can also be used to
monitor and protect your home network.
The scanning technology of BitDefender’s Total Security
2010 is quite vigorous and offers three layers of scanning that include
signature based Malware Detection, Active Virus Control and B-Have
technology. This ensures that the user is protected by a variety of
threats, both known and unknown.
The B-Have technology is quite an impressive little feat
by the developers as it runs the malicious code in a virtual
environment, whereas Active Virus Control watches how a program performs
on a system and if it scores too high, it is labeled as malicious.
Scanning our 80GB laptop drive took around 25 minutes to
successfully scan the hard drive. Although this was an initial scan, the
good aspect of BitDefender’s Total Security 2010 is that files are
sorted into two databases which assist in improving scanning
performance. Files that are used and change size all the time are then
checked with the online database at BitDefender and is similar to
Symantec reputation based file scanning.
Subsequent scans were then reduced to under 5 minutes and
the last scan took under one minute. We tested the program with a
variety of suspicious sites, infected e-mails and the like and
BitDefender’s Total Security 2010 immediately stopped any threats from
infecting our system. Nothing
got through our system.
conclusion, BitDefender Total Security 2010 is a very impressive
software suite that offers users a one-stop program for total PC
security and data integrity. The only suggestion we could make to the
developers is a few less inputs to the user but as this area is very
competitive, BitDefender are definitely headed in the right direction.