The internet isn’t as secure as it was. It’s a teeming ocean filled with all sorts of online malware that wants to steal your personal information, financial information, etc. More than 7 million JavaScript malware viruses were found in the last year. It’s essential to keep your antivirus software up-to-date. Avast and Bitdefender both have features that can assist you do this, including vulnerability scans that aid you in determining the applications that are out of date and an automatic software updater.

Bitdefender is the top choice if are looking for an anti-virus solution with high malware detection rates with minimal impact on system performance, as well as affordable cost. It also has unique features such as microphone and webcam protection, which blocks any suspicious requests to your camera or microphone.

Another crucial aspect is the ease to use your antivirus. Both Avast and Bitdefender are fairly straightforward to navigate, but we found that Bitdefender was a bit more difficult when it came to running scans. It took us longer to find the settings we needed for an entire scan or a boot-time scanning was a bit complicated.

In terms of support, Bitdefender’s customer support is more impressive than Avast’s. Its customer support phone line is able to speak many languages and its knowledge base is extensive. Avast however, on its other hand, restricts its contact options to customers with a credit card and relies on its knowledge base and forums.