Pros & Cons
- Basic antivirus program cheaper than competition
- Quick performance on quick and full scans
- Slick UI
- Pricey option
- Free version only supports Android
Plans & Pricing
BullGuard AV offers multiple services you can purchase. Each service has its own base-price, while the prices vary depending on the number of devices you need to install the AV on and the subscription length. Each of the plans has a standard 30-day money-back guarantee.
This is BullGuard’s basic anti-virus plan, and it goes for $20.99 for one device (no device additions available). Currently working only on Windows, you can stretch the plan from the basic 6-month subscription to a 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year subscription for an addition of $9.99, $27.00, and $39.00 respectively.
BullGuard Internet Security
This plan can be used on all kinds of devices and it contains antivirus, anti-phishing, anti-malware, anti-ransomware, behavioral engine, safe browsing, vulnerability scanner, game booster, firewall, parental control, cloud-integrated backup, and PC tune-up. The plan goes for $59.99 for a 1-year subscription for 3 devices but can be stretched to a 2-year and 3-year subscriptions for an additional $36.00 and $60.00 respectively. You can also choose to increase the number of devices in use, for an additional $24.00 (5 devices) or $81.00 (10 devices).
BullGuard Premium Protection
The premium package can be installed on all types of devices and goes for $99.99 for a 1-year subscription including protection for 10 devices. You can add an additional $15.00 if you wish to use it on 15 devices. The 1-year plan can also be stretched to a 2-year and 3-year plan for an additional $60.00 and $100.00 respectively. It contains antivirus, anti-phishing, anti-malware, anti-ransomware, behavioral engine, safe browsing, vulnerability scanner, game booster, firewall, parental control, cloud-integrated backup, PC tune up, home network scanner, and identity protection.
First launched in 2002, BullGuard is still one of the fastest growing brands in the web and desktop security industry. Today, BullGuard offers a range of products that cover every possible security threat, including identity theft, mobile security, internet security, and protection against viruses. With our growing reliance on “being connected” a strong antivirus program that can provide an efficient protection is a must.
One of the things that really stand out about BullGuard Internet Security is the number of automatic features it has. This is great for users who aren’t very tech savvy or simply don’t have the time to waste configuring software. For maximum protection, BullGuard is easily installed on Win 7/8/10/xp/Vista, the rest is done automatically with default settings already optimized to protect the user’s identity and files.
When it comes to protection against malicious software, or malware, you need something that knows how to detect any and all kinds of threats. BullGuard’s antivirus protection protects against Trojans, worms, malware, and spyware and covers all possible vulnerability points. The software scans your computer to search for threats already installed on your PC and includes a real-time protection feature that detects possible threats when users download and install new apps. Unlike other antivirus products that detect threats based on a list of known viruses, BullGuard uses what they call “behavioral detection” to identify threats based on the actions they take on your computer, actions which are usually associated with security breaches.
The “Safe Browsing” feature protects your computer and your personal information while you browse. Not all websites are safe and some pose serious security threats such as hidden malicious code, undetected phishing attacks, spyware, and malware. BullGuard warns you of suspicious websites before you even attempt to visit them by adding a simple icon in search results on Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Facebook. Safe websites will appear with a green check icon beside the title, whereas suspicious websites will have a red stop sign beside the title.
Additional features include gamer mode, email protection, automatic scans of external drives when connected, PC tune-ups and backups. Once purchased, free version updates are available. Users can choose to have BullGuard check for updates automatically or do it manually at their convenience.
BullGuard Internet Security has a very easy to understand user interface with all of their features available on the main screen as large and clear icons. No technical knowledge is required at all, not even for the more advanced features like creating parental control profiles or defining specific settings, which makes it very user-friendly.
Ease of use
BullGuard does a very good job at customer support by providing a 24/7 live chat support system. This support is available across all three premium product lines, and the same applies for email support. They however lack telephone support, a feature available with most other top antivirus companies.
The website contains a very comprehensive knowledge-base where you can get answers to various queries. There are video tutorials and product guides that are also well laid out to assist you with most technicalities. More information ca be accessed through the community forum and the blog section.
The Final Word
BullGuard Internet Security is an efficient product that provides protection on all channels while still being very easy to use and understand, making it particularly appealing to users without any technical knowledge or background.
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