The internet isn’t the place it used to be it’s a huge ocean full of all kinds of online threats, aspiring to breach your privacy and steal your financial details and the list goes on. Over 7 million JavaScript malware viruses were found in the past year alone. This is why it’s vital to keep your antivirus software up-to-date. Both Avast and Bitdefender provide a variety of features that will help you to do this, including a vulnerability scanner which will let you know the programs that are out of date and a software updater that will automatically keep all your apps up-to-date for the best security.

If you’re looking for the best antivirus software with a high rate of malware detection, minimal impact on system performance and an affordable price, then Bitdefender is the clear winner. It also offers some unique features like a file shredder and webcam and microphone protection, that block suspicious requests to your camera or microphone.

A user-friendly antivirus program is an additional crucial aspect. Both Avast and Bitdefender are fairly straightforward to navigate, but we discovered that Bitdefender was a bit more difficult when it came to running scans. It took us a while to find the settings and it was a challenge to set up a full or boot-time scan.

For support, Bitdefender’s customer service is much more impressive than Avast’s. The phone support is available in a wide range of languages, and its knowledge base is vast. Avast however, restricts its support options to paid customers and relies heavily on its forums and knowledge base.