BitDefender Total Security 2011 is a powerful collection of tools that provides everything you need to keep your PC safe from the latest threats.

A new cloud-based QuickScan will check running processes and critical system files at very high speed, little more than 30 seconds on our test PC. Full system scans can be run on demand, on a schedule, or when your PC is idle. And of course strong real-time protection tools are always monitoring your downloads, email attachments, instant messaging traffic and more, detecting and blocking threats before they can cause any harm.

A spam filter integrates with Windows Mail, Outlook, Outlook Express and Thunderbird (but also works with other email clients), and helps to keep most junk out of your inbox.

But if something gets through, and you click a known dangerous link, the antiphishing module steps in and prevents you accessing the same site. This works in the browser, too, and IE and Firefox also display icons next to your Yahoo!, Google and Bing search results, so you can spot the phishing and malware-ridden sites immediately.

There's plenty on offer already, then - but we've barely started. BitDefender Total Security 2011 also includes above-average parental controls that you can monitor from anywhere (check what your kids are doing from the office); powerful identity theft protection; a vulnerability scan to look for and fix security holes on your PC; encryption for files and instant messaging conversations; game, network and silent modes; remote network management; a handy performance monitoring tool; and 2GB of free online backup space, with perhaps the best security suite backup tool that we've ever seen.


BitDefender Total Security 2011 is a very powerful suite - if your current security software is short on the features you need, then this is definitely worth a very close look