The internet isn’t as safe as it used to be. It’s a bustling sea swarming all kinds of online malware that wants to steal your personal information, financial data, etc. In the past year alone, there were over 7 million new JavaScript malware viruses found. Which is why it’s essential to keep your antivirus software current. Both Avast and Bitdefender offer a variety of tools that can help you do just that and include a vulnerability scan that will help you determine the programs that are out of date and a software updater that will automatically keep all your applications up-to-date to provide the best protection.

Bitdefender is the clear winner if you are looking for an anti-virus solution that offers high rate of detection of malware and has minimal impact on system performance as well as reasonable cost. It also comes with distinct features like microphone and webcam protection that block suspicious requests to your camera or microphone.

Another important aspect is how simple it is to use your antivirus. Avast and Bitdefender both have a relatively simple interface, however Bitdefender is a little more cumbersome when it is running scans. It took us longer to find the settings we required for an entire scan or a boot-time scanning was a bit complicated.

Bitdefender’s support is superior to Avast. Its knowledge base and phone support are extensive. Avast however, is able to limit its contact options to paid customers and heavily rely on its knowledge base and forums.