In the crowded antivirus software field, it is difficult to find positive ways to stand out. BullGuard Antivirus software does it with antispamware tools, some impressive early-detection features, an attractive interface and excellent customer service. BullGuard antivirus software is designed to identify and remove a wide range of viruses, spyware, worms, rootkits and Trojans. It will continuously scan your computer’s disk and memory looking for virus signatures. It also is designed to protect you online and filter for spam, keeping your inbox clean.

BullGuard antivirus software earned certification from ICSA labs, which tests and retest products at least on a quarterly basis in order to ensure that they are able to defend your computer against emerging threats. This product can also claim VB 100 certification, which means Virus Bulletin has tested it for its ability to detect in-the-wild viruses and its ability to generate no false positives. BullGuard antivirus software also has AV-Test Labs certification.

The basic interface is easy to understand and user-friendly. Throughout the interface of this antivirus software product designers use wording that is understandable for any user. The mostly red-and-white graphics really pop out and help you find your way. The basic menu options are Antivirus, Spamfilter and Support. In our initial scan, BullGuard antivirus software found a few minor problems with our test computer. The problem areas are listed in a simple chart. You can ultimately decide what to have BullGuard fix and what to leave alone. With a couple of clicks our suspicious files were eliminated.

This product takes early detection seriously. BullGuard antivirus software will help you eliminate existing threats and prevent future threats. BullGuard has what it calls a Behavioral Detection feature, which helps identify viruses before they become part of the virus signature database. This technology helps identify viruses based on abnormal registry, file process and network events. Behavioral detection helps find problems early and thwarts zero-day attacks.

Another early detection tool BullGuard offers is the Safe Browsing feature, part of its antiphishing module. Safe browsing means you can surf the web with an extra safety net. BullGuard will flag any sites that may have malware so you won’t be tricked into downloading infected programs or giving your personal information out to the wrong people. Safe Browsing works in Google, Bing and Yahoo.

BullGuard antivirus software automatically checks for updates against new threats about every two hours. You can manually tell it to check at any time by pushing the Check for Updates button on the interface.

The customer support options are impressive. Emailed questions have a response in an hour, and that is the non-emergency option. For even more urgent matters, users can start a live chat with BullGuard associates. Each account comes with a message center so you receive important updates and information directly from BullGuard. You can personalize your support settings. The chat assistance is a wonderful way to receive support.

BullGuard Antivirus Summary:
8.9/10

BullGuard antivirus software is effective antimalware that tested among the top 10 out of 25 competitors that participated in testing at AV Test. It does not slow down your system unduly and it includes antispyware and antispam capabilities. This is not just antimalware. BullGuard Antivirus also has antiphishing capabilities.

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BullGuard Antivirus 2014

Pros
BullGuard Antivirus is effective at detecting and removing malware.

Cons
This product scores well in independent tests although there are a very few that do slightly better.

The Verdict
: 8.92/10

BullGuard is among the very best antivirus software products.