The user interface is organized in a clean, easy to understand fashion and is broken down by tabs. Each tab covers one major area for the application – Antivirus, Antiphishing, Vulnerabilities and Network. The most common actions you’d take for each category are displayed under a tasks heading under each tab – making it easy to do what you want without needing to perform too many clicks.
In today’s market, Antivirus solutions aren’t necessarily all about the Antvirus abilities the tool has. Vendors need to add on extras to differentiate their product from that of the next guy. BitDefender has a few extras mentioned above.
First off is the Vulnerability module. The vulnerability scanner will determine if there are Microsoft updates available and will also look at 3rd party applications installed on your system for out of date versions. In theory, the vulnerability module is a pretty useful tool, but it’s a shame that it feels half-baked. Adobe Reader and Firefox were the only 3rd party applications BitDefender detected and were able to monitor on my system. The Vulnerability Wizard could be a huge selling point if it expanded on what it already has by adding the ability to recommend shutting down unnecessary services and perform other types of system configuration checks to better secure your system.
The Antiphishing module uses a browser plug-in to monitor sites you go to for potential malicious activity. It seems to work well giving you a pop-up asking if you really want to go to the potential phishing site. There are also options for determining how to handle cookies and web scripts.
Overall, the extra features are nice to have and certainly do add some value to the overall product.