Bullguard Antivirus Review 2020December 2019 Bullguard Review & Deals
Bullguard Antivirus Review – The Pros & Cons
Bullguard antivirus is a London-based antivirus provider that has been in the game since 2002. Although it has garnered relatively little recognition compared to major brands, it is nonetheless a very worthwhile tool for those with modest PC security needs. This Bullguard antivirus review will test how well the solution will perform for the average user.
Should You Choose Bullguard Antivirus Software?
Bullguard is a respectable choice for antivirus protection. It’s program is easy to use and very well designed, and offers full scans of your computer. While it does not offer the same level of protection as other antivirus software options, it does offer all the basic services you need, including email scans and firewall protection, which we’ve tested and found to be top-notch, for your personal computer.
Basic antivirus program cheaper than competition
Quick performance on quick and full scans
Better detection available elsewhere
Free version only supports Android
Installation is a little slow
Internet Security and Premium Protection customers can avail of 24/7 support, firewall, parental control, and PC tune up – none of which are available in the basic premium package (Antivirus). Only Premium Protection features identity protection and a home network scanner.
Our thoughts: for basic protection, the solution is cheaper than many alternatives on the market, although the fact that the license only covers one computer makes it less enticing for those with multiple computers in the home. The two multi-device products – Internet Security and Premium Protection – are less competitive offerings.
The malware protection that the company offers is generally regarded as robust and that opinion was borne out during our test run: attempts to force the engine to stop running were unsuccessful (this is, of course, a good thing). The malware detection engine uses BitDefender signature matching and heuristic monitoring to detect malicious programs running on machines. The verdict of this Bullguard review: good, although certainly not outstanding, protection.
Bullguard Antivirus Detection and Removal Tools
As for the scanning and removal tools: these also performed satisfactorily during our test of the program. Although the installation time (we timed setup at 7 minutes and 30 seconds) was a little on the slow side compared to the competition, once the program was up and running it proved quick and capable at running system scans.
Users have the option to launch quick, full, and custom scans. The performance for all the available options is consistently good. The quick scans runs in under two minutes while the full scan, on the test machine, completed in just under 5 minutes. We were also impressed by the fact that the quick scan did not seem to miss any test antiviruses (although those wanting thorough protection would naturally be advised to run the full version). ‘Custom’ scans are limited in their customization to simply selecting a directory to be scanned while offending files are quarantined into a well-designed quarantine table from which users can chose to restore or delete them.
For those concerned with detecting viruses received by emails, the product contains a very capable spam filter that automatically integrates with Mozillla Thunderbird, Outlook, Windows Mail, and Windows Live Mail. Although the number of home users accessing their inboxes through desktop clients has certainly plummeted in recent years, those that still check mail this way will be pleased to have such a reliable solution on their side and integration with the open-source Thunderbird is an added plus. During our test, no genuine emails were blocked while several junk messages were successfully intercepted.
Neither the notification popups nor the main programs menus felt cluttered or overly intrusive during both normal use and active testing. Thought has clearly gone into ensuring that users can benefit from the system’s relatively straightforward functionalities which provide a perfect visual complement to the program’s philosophy of providing simple but effective antivirus tools.
In addition, the same user interface is used for all three of the company’s products (if functionalities aren’t available in a certain version, they are simply grayed out). Delivering a consistent user experience across product levels is a marketing and UI tool that competitor solutions should take note of.