The internet isn’t the same as it was. It’s a sea of teeming spores filled with all sorts of online malware that wants to steal your personal information, financial information, etc. Last year alone there were more than 7 million new JavaScript malware viruses identified. This is why it’s vital to keep your antivirus software up-to date. Both Avast and Bitdefender offer a range of features to assist you in doing just that with a vulnerability scanner which can let you know which programs are outdated and a software updater which automatically keeps all your apps up-to-date for the most effective protection.

If, however, you’re looking for the most effective antivirus solution with excellent malware detection rates, minimal impact on system performance, and a reasonable price then Bitdefender is the clear winner. It also has some distinct features like a file shredder and microphone and camera protection, that block suspicious requests to your camera or microphone.

Another key aspect is how simple it is to use your antivirus. Both Avast and Bitdefender are fairly easy to use, however we found that Bitdefender was a bit more difficult when it came to running scans. It took us longer to find the settings we needed and setting up the full scan or boot-time scan was somewhat difficult.

As for support, Bitdefender’s customer support is far superior to Avast’s. Its knowledge base and phone support are both extensive. Avast however, restricts its contact options to customers with paid accounts and rely heavily on its forums and knowledge base.