By Thomas McKinnon 2 October 2009


BitDefender Total Security 2010 has no shame in ­profiling users. After installing the latest addition of the security suite, which should prove fairly straightforward, you are asked a few questions aimed at bracketing you as either a “Typical”, ­“Parent”, “Gamer” or “Custom” user. You are further bracketed as a “Novice”, “Intermediate” or “Expert” user.

The interface and support for the average user, gamer and parent is consequently very different although the engine is the same. These differences are supposed to make it far easier for a user to maintain their security, and they do.

Security features

On the security front the suite is highly rated for its malware protection. A new feature, Active Virus Control, monitors the behaviour of files, looking out for suspicious file activity. In this way the suite continues to keep tabs on files and programs that make it past initial scans.

The package also features anti-phishing, antispam, IM encryption, antispyware and a typical firewall. This wide variety of tools makes it a great all-round security option.

Final word

While BitDefender is primarily a security suite it also features PC Tuning, File ­Shredding, and Data Backups. These prove handy additions which round off the ­product offering nicely. R599 for three ­licenses from

If you have a valid user key for the 2009 edition you can download Total Security 2010 for free.

User profiling is effective without being difficult to customise and upgrading from the 2009 edition is free.
There is some impact on PC performance.

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