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A Comparison of Avira vs BitDefender by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of Avira vs BitDefender by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of November 21, 2014).


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Versions:

Avira Free Antivirus 2014 - Avira provides a free edition of their antivirus available for download for Windows. It comes with a standard system scanner for viruses, worms, and trojans. AHeAD Technology is included in the free version which is a heuristic solution for recognizing suspicious code before it is a world wide recognized virus.

Avira Antivirus Premium 2014 - The premium version adds some features not found in the free version. The main feature found in the premium version is the Website Safety Advisor which alerts you in search engine results if a website is safe or dangerous. Premium also diffuses other websites from monitoring your internet browsing activities by killing tracking cookies.

Avira Internet Security 2014 - Internet Security includes all of the features found in premium but goes further in the protection. There are anti-phishing solutions and anti-spam solutions found in the Internet Security version as well as a public wi-fi hotspot protection firewall, a backup system, and parental controls.

Avira Internet Security Plus 2014 - Internet Security Plus comes with some nice features not found in the regular Internet Security. Security Plus comes with a file shredder and a file encryption environment. It also provides PC Optimization tools.
Versions:

BitDefender Antivirus Plus - The entry level product is BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2015 which includes the standard antivirus protection as well as some features such as USB scanning, remote launching, and search results checking to make sure you click on safe links.

BitDefender Internet Security - BitDefender Internet Security 2015 includes the same options as Antivirus Plus but it also includes antispam technology and parental control options. If you want the firewall and permanent file shredding options then you need this version.

BitDefender Total Security - BitDefender Total Security 2015 includes the same options as the Internet Security version but it has some cool features like an anti-theft option in case your laptop gets stolen, a file encryption option and a PC Tuneup.
Strengths:

The PC Optimization tools that Avira provides are very robust. Most antivirus solutions only clean up unnecessary files. Avira does much more. It has a process manager which eliminates the annoying problem of too many programs running in the background. It has a smart defragmenter and it can fix broken files on the hard drive. It also has a thorough program uninstaller.
Avira ranks #4 out of 21 antivirus suites in not tripping false alarms (courtesy of AV Comparatives). It ranked a very respectable #5 in speed and performance in another AV Comparatives test.
If you ever want to completely erase your hard disk (for selling or re-installing windows) Avira has a nice option to do that.
Strengths:

First and foremost BitDefender comes with a full one year trial on most of their products which is unheard of but pretty darn cool.
BitDefender scores very well in AV Comparatives false alarm test ranking 5 out of 21 in not getting fooled by false positives.
You have to love the anti-theft feature in Internet Security if your laptop gets stolen. That is a great feature.
Virtual Sandbox:

Avira doesn't specifically have feature called a sandbox but they do provide "Advanced Web Protection" which intercepts malicious websites before they load.
Virtual Sandbox:

There is a sandbox option in the BitDefender toolbar when browsing websites that you feel may not be safe.
PC Optimization:

There is PC Optimization in the Plus 2014 version.
PC Optimization:

There is a PC Tuneup available only with Total Security (not on Antivirus Plus or Internet Security versions).
Backups / Online Storage:

Internet Security version includes backup functionality.
Backups / Online Storage:

Bitdefender Safebox is the backup system which syncs your files in the cloud.
Parental Control:

Internet Security version includes extended parental controls.
Parental Control:

BitDefender Total Security 2015 does have parental controls for blocking inappropriate content (even on schedule). It can also monitor Facebook activities.
Chat / IM Protection:

Avira provides a free social network protection suite, but we cannot find specific chat protection functionality.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. Links that come through on Facebook and Twitter to prevent social media viruses.
Customer Support:

Avira provides a forum, email support, phone support, and a contact web form.
Customer Support:

Support includes chat, phone, and an online forum.
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