The internet isn’t the same as it used to be. It’s a teeming sea swarming all kinds of online threats that are trying to take your personal information, your financial data, etc. In the past year alone, there were over 7 million new JavaScript malware viruses identified. Which is why it’s essential to keep your antivirus software up-to-date. Avast and Bitdefender both have features that will help you do this, including vulnerability scans that aid you in determining what applications are incompatible and an automatic software updater.

Bitdefender is the most reliable choice if are looking for an antivirus solution that offers high rate of detection of malware and has minimal impact on system performance in addition to affordable cost. It also comes with distinct features like microphone and webcam protection, which denies any suspicious requests to your camera or microphone.

An easy-to-use antivirus program is another important factor. Both Avast and Bitdefender are easy to navigate, but we discovered that Bitdefender was a little more difficult to navigate when it comes to running scans. It took us a while to find the settings and it was difficult to set up a full or boot-time scan.

Bitdefender’s support is vastly superior to Avast. Its knowledge base and phone support is extensive. Avast, however, limits its contact options to customers with paid accounts and rely heavily on its knowledge base and forums.