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1 out of 5 eggs Bitdefender Total Security 2016 - Just like the man said...... 07/12/2016

This review is from: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 - 1 PC

Pros: Got a good deal on a product key back in April. I was running the 2014 version of this before I upgraded 2 weeks ago. From that version's performance, I have to say I think it did a pretty good job of keeping viruses off my computer. If it does that I'll try to revisit it and re-rate it.

Cons: Just like the 1 review before mine, let me confirm what he said. Bitdefender's ads say '1 Product - All devices'. That's not an accurate statement. When I renewed, one machine I most wanted to protect was running Vista x64. I spent *many* hours either talking, writing to, or otherwise contacting support to live up to their 'all devices' promise. In the end, a huge amount of wasted time, and their 'final' advice - 3 days after they said they look into a solution for all the failed attempts - they told me what they told the first reviewer - uninstall every program that was keeping my machine safe otherwise - Malwarebytes, Identity safe, on and on. Not gonna happen. In the end, I downloaded a free copy of AVG anti-virus. It took perhaps 10 minutes to a complete install. It works just fine. And most importantly, it works without conflicting with *any* of my security-installed programs. Bitdeffender's claim of 'all devices' just isn't true. When it fails every time they tried to get it to work, it failed. I count it as a somewhat defective product, with a promise they can't keep.

I did install it on another machine running Win 7 ultimate. But it kept rejecting my activation key. Took another hour with tech support following completely non-intuitive instructions. I hope it works as well as the previous version I had, because this product need to have more good things to say about it.

Also a couple of other nasty 'cons' to it. It is fairly intrusive and sometimes obnoxious. Regardless of how many times I tell it that I want to be in 'user mode' - able to set my own settings, and have a choice when it flags viruses, it reverts back to 'automode'. AND I CONSIDER THIS QUITE IMPORTANT - Starting in January, a full 6 months before my license would run out, every day, and often numerous times a day, and also cutting in on programs I was running, it started marketing me FURIOUSLY with promts to renew my license. Just Awful. I finally wrote to tech support that I paid for this product, and I don't like being abused by having a product I paid good money for to market me, without any choice on my part. And no clear way to slop it. Close to a deal breaker right there.

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't recommend this to anyone - unless you have a physical disk, running a compatible system (how would you know beforehand? They already misled you with '1 program, all devices'. So, no guarantees, hope you 'get lucky'. We're back to the days when 'plug and play' meant 'plug and pray' with this product.

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1 out of 5 eggs You'll be very sorry if you buy this 03/07/2016

This review is from: Bitdefender Total Security 2016 - 3 PCs 1 Year - Download

Pros: The software appears to work acceptably well

Cons: All the other reviewer were absolutely accurate in their comments that this company has no respect for its users. I'm still several months out from the expiration date of my license and *every* day upon startup I get obnoxious, unsolicited marketing spam from Bitdefender to upgrade to their 2016 software. No choice, no permissions to them to abuse me this way, just relentless marketing spam. The very *last* thing I would do at this point is sign up again with these people

Other Thoughts: If you enjoy *paying* for a company to abrogate your rights and abuse you, this is the software for you.

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4 out of 5 eggs DSS Module Makes This Worth It 03/05/2016

This review is from: Turtle Beach Ear Force DXL1 Dolby Surround Sound Gaming Headset - Xbox 360

Pros: I really bought this on sale (e.g., approx. $25) because the DSS2 module can be used with *any* headset. the headset that comes with it is moderately ok, but if you pair that module with some really good headphones, the choice of simulations you can set the DSS2 module to is pretty entertaining, and does a good job of providing a variety of surround sound output profiles

Cons: One egg off for a less-than-grand headset. But not a show-stopper. It works. What else do you want? The 'module' is the show. And there are *way* too many chords going in different directions to set this up. I'm using a PC, and it works fine. But plugging your own headphones into the module trumps all this

Other Thoughts: Yes, I'd buy it again. Nice little surround sound algorithm module.

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Display Name: James K.

Date Joined: 09/17/07

  • Reviews: 18
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  • First Review: 10/18/07
  • Last Review: 07/12/16
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