Bullguard Anti-Virus 2014: Simple, Strong and Solid
The Pit bull is a popular and strong dog breed, popular in Great Britain and the United States. Dogs of this breed can be fierce, strong and at the same time, loving to their owners. This breed is the inspiration for Bullguard’s name and logo. Thing is, does the company’s anti-virus software justify the dog’s demeanor and capabilities? It may not be as mainstream as their competitors, like Avira, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Symantec and Avast, but their anti-virus software is a force to be reckoned with. We all know how important it is to pick one that can completely protect your devices – Bullguard Anti-Virus 2014 can play this role.
Specifications and requirements
All types of anti-virus programs and software take a lot of space on your device, and Bullguard is not an exception: it requires you to free up at least 600MB of storage space. But hey, it’s nothing compared to the programs you installed and the files you have on your device. It requires you to at least have a Windows XP operating system, and it runs well on the Vista, along with Windows 7 and 8. It also requires a minimum RAM of one gigabyte.
Regardless if you bought the CD or downloading it via the company’s website, the installation is very easy and self-explanatory: just a few clicks, along minutes of installing a software and poof, you’re done.
Personally, I didn’t find it a hassle at all – it only took me 20 minutes tops to finish it.
The user interface
In the Internet, the user interface of a certain program is a big deal – have an impeccably designed one and surely, users will flock to you. That being said, like other software, Bullguard follows the trend of making their UI as simple as possible. The red and white graphics are pleasing to the eyes and are designed well, making it a joy to work with. That being said, the number of buttons in the previous version has been increased – although minimalism is a trend in web design nowadays, it shouldn’t be that way in anti-virus software.
Detection and cleanup
Like a faithful guard dog, Bullguard’s ability to detect and destroy intrusions from various malware is a something to be applauded. The scan and delete process is pretty easy: launch it and after it’s complete, simply click a button to fix all of the detected problems. A complete list of it, along with the details can be found in one of the tabs. Right after installation, I tried it out while already having a couple of sample suspicious files on my computer. The anti-virus went straight to work, and eliminated the problems with ease.
However, compared to other anti-virus software, Bullguard takes a lot of time sniffing out each folder – the first scan (with a Windows 7 PC filled with all sorts of files, from old college write-ups to video games) took almost 45 minutes, quite long for a first scan. However, the second scan took only 20. Quite short, but still not as half as quick as other software, like those of Kaspersky and Avira. Speed matters, and this isn’t Bullguard’s strongest asset.
Updating and support
Bullguard is one of the competent security software companies out there, and their anti-virus program updates against new threats every few hours. Keep in mind that different types of malware are created every hour. Once these files go online, Bullguard and other security software vendors detect them and find ways to detect, counter and destroy them.
One of the best assets of Bullguard is their support system. I’ve tried sending out e-mail questions, to the company, played a round of a MOBA game, and got a response immediately after it. Although I’ve never tried the live chat assistance, a number of clients speak highly of it, so you can be assured that the company looks out for its users.
Safety on the web
Surfing the Internet regularly is already a part of everyone’s life, but hey, did you know that doing so is like taking a leisurely walk around a crime-ridden neighborhood? Sure, there are a lot of legitimate websites out there, but they are grossly outnumbered by the disreputable ones. Anyway, regardless if you’re looking for new content to download or if you’re doing transactions online, Bullguard does well in providing security, through its Safe Browsing feature. This function enables the software to flag and signal the red light in case you’re visiting a website which is infected, distributing malware or aiming to steal your personal information, like your credit card numbers, for example.
- Hassle-free installation
- Icon-rich and intuitive UI
- Good at sniffing out and vanquishing malware
- Awesome customer support
- Safety Browsing Feature is excellent
- One of the best, but not the best
- Takes time to finish scans
BullGuard delivers complete Antivirus protection against online threats. BullGuard AntiVirus 2014 features a software based on multiple defence layers.
Bullguard Anti-Virus 2014 is a great guard dog and won't disappoint you in terms of getting rid of various malware. With its impeccable support service and improved antiphishing features, its definitely a great option, especially if you're looking for a cheaper anti-virus: a one year subscription is worth $29.95. It is so simple that even the most clueless user will know how to use the application just by looking at the interface. It is highly rated by numerous testing labs, such as AV and ICSA.
However, the downside is that other programs have fared better in malware detection and spam filter. It is one of the best, but it's certainly NOT THE BEST. Nevertheless, it is a solid anti-virus program capable of delivering results. So, does it justify the Pit bull as a fierce, yet loving pet? You bet!