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BullGuard vs Kaspersky

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BullGuard and Kaspersky both provide antivirus support and internet security, but which should you entrust with the duty of looking after your devices? We’ll take you through exactly what each one has to offer. For a quick and easy antivirus solution, we’d opt for BullGuard because of their competitive prices and the reliability of their software.

 

Winning numerous awards for their antivirus products, Kaspersky’s Total Security and Internet Security packages are some of the most comprehensive available. BullGuard is a British internet security company with a range of products designed to keep your devices safe.

Each is worthy of your attention, but there can be only one winner. Our experts have looked at both extensively to bring you our verdict.

Protection

Kaspersky offers protection in a number of ways, with a password manager, backup software, file encryption and file shredding available with their most expensive package. Their antivirus software is top of the range, and it comes with a useful vulnerability scan that will trawl through your old files to look for any potential issues.

BullGuard has a ‘Safe Browsing’ feature which works to stop you opening any malicious links. It’s compatible with Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Facebook, and it marks any dangerous websites with a clear warning. Another bonus is that all your files will be scanned before they arrive on your computer, giving you the ability to avoid any unnecessary risks. Their spam filter works with Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, and IncrediMail, adding a toolbar for increased functionality.

Both offer great protection from the usual range of issues, but we’d have to go for Kaspersky between the two.

Features

Here’s a list of key features we’ve considered when looking for the best antivirus software.

Impact: BullGuard didn’t slow down during testing thanks to their lightweight setup. We saw a slight hit in performance while using Kaspersky, but it will depend on whether any additional features are being used.

Updates: Regular software updates will ensure that you can rest easy while the antivirus software does the hard work in the background. BullGuard checks for any updates automatically every two hours, and that can be changed via the settings menu. Kaspersky offers “free automatic updates and upgrades to the latest version” of their antivirus software.

Parental Controls: Parental controls ensure you can keep an eye on what your kids are up to, and we’re happy to report that each allows you to set restrictions as per your needs. You can “restrict or block access to the computer, specific applications, or the Internet for user accounts” with a Kaspersky Internet Security account, and BullGuard has a similar range of options with their Premium Protection and Internet Security software packages.

Identity and Privacy Safeguards: The Total Security package provided by Kaspersky is the one you’ll need if you’re interested in safeguarding your identity and banking information. BullGuard has identity theft protection with “technology that safeguards you 24/7 by continually monitoring the internet for your personal information.” Either one is a great choice, detecting the majority of threats associated with online fraud.

Customization: BullGuard is great in this regard, but Kaspersky is the clear winner if you want a customizable experience. It does come at the expense of performance, so if you have an older machine that already runs hot, it’s probably best to go for the less-intensive option.

Malware Protection: Both offer malware protection, with Kaspersky’s software having a slightly better detection rate.

User Interface

The UI is always important for ease of use, as a clunky setup will get on your nerves after a while. BullGuard has a smooth layout which is easy to navigate, making it a breath of fresh air compared to other, more convoluted apps. Kaspersky’s interface might be exciting for tech buffs, but BullGuard’s UI is easier for novice users.

Customer Service

BullGuard has 24/7 live chat support in English, Spanish and Chinese, and well as French, German, Danish, Dutch and Swedish. However, they don’t have a contact number so you’ll be limited to text chat only.

Kaspersky offer technical support over the phone in a range of locations, making it faster to get to the root of any problems you may be having. You can access their full range of customer support options from within the UI.

It’s an easy win for Kaspersky.

Pricing

Often the most important aspect for any discerning buyer, pricing for antivirus software can be confusing because of the different packages they have on sale.

More expensive products will allow access to extra features, while plain old antivirus software is always the cheapest option.

Kaspersky has three products on offer:

  • Kaspersky 2018 Anti-Virus: $59.99
  • Kaspersky 2018 Internet Security: $79.99
  • Kaspersky 2018 Total Security: $99.99

Starting at $59.99, their antivirus software is limited in comparison to the internet security package, but it does the basics well. We’d pick the latter if you’re struggling to decide between the two thanks to the additional features on offer, such as parental controls. Their US store offers a 30-day money back guarantee for all of their products.

BullGuard also has three packages to choose from:

  • BullGuard Antivirus: $29.95
  • BullGuard Internet Security: $59.95
  • BullGuard Premium Protection: $99.95

They’re cheaper than most of their competition by a large margin when special offers are taken into account, so it’s a great budget option. They also offer a money-back guarantee for the first 30 days, giving you a good window of opportunity to decide for yourself.

Winner – BullGuard

It’s a tough decision, but we’d go for BullGuard if you’re just looking for reliable antivirus cover at a great price. Overall, they get the win in a tight contest thanks to the usability and reliability of their software, which is great for newbies.

However, Kaspersky shines in a number of areas such as customer support and overall protection, so it’s always worth checking out if you’re willing to spend a little more.

James is a writer and blogger from London. He's interested in online privacy and security, offering a perspective from across the pond.

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