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Bitdefender Internet Security 2014  - Value Edition -  3 PCs / 2 Years - Download
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Second review - second uninstall 08/09/2014

This review is from: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 - Value Edition - 3 PCs / 2 Years - Download

Pros: Cheap - not their regular price, but I got it on special for a single digit price (love NewEgg!).

Cons: I'd like to say 'you get what you pay for' but even at that ludicrously low price, their paid product is actually horrible compared to their free product.

Other Thoughts: I have used Bitdefender free edition and it was great. So I figured hey, the paid version MUST be better, right? And for the ridiculously low price I paid for 3 PC's and two years, how could I go wrong?

I have now had to uninstall on two of those machines. First off, this is yet another 'nanny' program that thinks it knows better than you do what you need it to do. It offers no options on installation and the default settings are ridiculously restrictive, meaning you should be ready for hours or days of trying to get your computers and network working normally again after installation.

Second, they claim to use very low resources, but I have used countless AV programs and full security suites over the years and NEVER had such a huge memory hog on any of my computers. And oddly enough, the lower you adjust your security settings, the MORE memory it uses!

One of the settings it defaults to on installation is to replace the Windows firewall with its own - which might have been okay, but of course it doesn't copy the Windows settings so it ends up blocking programs you've already been using. I use My Movies as a media server across my network and it completely shut down this service after installation - I STILL can't get full functionality back after uninstalling from the server the same day it was installed, two months ago.

And someone PLEASE explain to me why any security suite that picks its own time for running scans would pick a time in the middle of the day while you're using the computer?

Seriously, do NOT assume if free is good, then paid must be better. This software tries to do too much and is extremely difficult to regain control from. If you're a complete newb with a brand-new computer, lots of resources to spare, nothing but box-stock software and settings, don't use your home network for much other than transferring files, and want to be protected from yourself, then hey, I guess this is okay. Otherwise stay away.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2014  - Value Edition -  3 PCs / 2 Years - Download
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Keep using their free product 07/13/2014

This review is from: Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 - Value Edition - 3 PCs / 2 Years - Download

Pros: It's a great antivirus program that doesn't slow down even an older computer.

Cons: It's another product that thinks it needs to protect me from myself.

Other Thoughts: I've been using Bitdefender's free version for some time now. I figured, how could I go wrong spending less than $10 for a two year, 3 PC license? As soon as it was installed my home network became an absolute nightmare. It took over EVERYTHING without giving me any options on installation. Programs on one home computer that depended on being connected to the other computers no longer worked. I actually have more annoying pop-ups than I did with the free version, and there are constant updates requiring rebooting. Very disappointed, and I sincerely hope there's no lasting damage when I finish uninstalling this disaster.

Nextbook 7
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Was a fantastic tablet - in my earlier review, shortly after I purchased it in the Black Friday sale of 2013, I gave it five stars, and it truly was a great tablet. While it lasted, which wasn't very long.

Cons: After less than 4 months it shut itself off and reset on startup, losing all my apps and all my settings. The Play Store still lists all my apps but will not reinstall any of them, and I had a significant investment in paid apps. On top of that, shutting it off and turning it back on causes another reset - every time, so there's no point in reinstalling them anyway.

Other Thoughts: At the time I'm writing this it's out of stock, but avoid like the plague should it come back. As cheap as it was on Black Friday, nothing's worth this kind of headache.


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Display Name: Brian H.

Date Joined: 01/28/06

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  • First Review: 02/05/11
  • Last Review: 08/09/14
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