Bitdefender has the highest malware detection rate among the AV comparison websites and runs fast without affecting system performance. It also offers a range of extra subscription benefits, including machine protection and ransomware remediation, depending on the plan you choose.

Its antivirus suite combines machine-learning with traditional signature-based scanning to deliver one of the best detection rates in its class. It additionally consists of a great web security collection, a quick VPN, complete toolkits for tuning up your program, a secure browser and a variety of helpful privacy protections to keep your data secure. In my tests, the spam filter from Bitdefender incorrectly flagged less than one percent of legitimate emails, and its ransomware defense was equally effective.

Another characteristic that sets the Bitdefender threat scanner apart from competition is a vulnerability scan which looks for weak passwords, obsolete programs and drives, and Windows vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. The tool can be run by hand or scheduled, and takes about 5 minutes. This is a huge improvement over competitors who take as long as an hour to finish the same task.

Bitdefender offers live chat and telephone support for any issues you may face. It is always one of the fastest in the industry. The community forum is a great source of information to help you solve issues on your own. The knowledgebase of Bitdefender includes a wealth of articles.