(Last updated on May 12th, 2020)
Are you looking for a better option among the two? Bitdefender Vs ESET is a comparison made on 5 core features of both the Antiviruses which are:
- Virus Detection & Performance
- Software Usability
- Value for Money | Pricing
- Customer Support
I compared each aspect one by one in this in-depth review “Bitdefender Vs ESET”.
Short Answer: Overall, it was a very tough competition but it is very shocking to announce that Bitdefender got 5 out of 5 stars while ESET got none. ESET is also a fantastic antivirus but it got very limited and basic in nature in front of Bitdefender. Bitdefender got successful in all the options like virus detection, software usability, features, pricing and customer support. So, the winner is: Bitdefender.
Bitdefender won Product of the Year award from AV-Comparatives in 2019.
Bitdefender Vs ESET: Virus Detection & Performance
Bitdefender is one of the renowned antiviruses. It has much unbelievable functionality that helps a user limitlessly. As far as virus detection issue is concerned, it was tested by the AV test organization and very impressive results came out. It actually received 6 points out of 6 which is the most tremendous thing.
It proves that it is one of the best antiviruses in terms of virus detection. It was awarded “advanced+” award that is awarded to only some antiviruses. It is just fantastic in terms of detecting the viruses, malware, ransomware, spyware and other dangerous threats. It came back with only 5 false positive that is not a big issue. It even detects the viruses automatically. It has the capability of automatically running on your system without slowing it down. Bitdefender got 99.96% in virus detection test and it proved to be a very good consumer choice.
Bitdefender protection against malicious Android apps secures 6 out of 6 points in the recent Av-Test
As far as ESET is concerned, it is undoubtedly a really interesting antivirus also. It is used by almost 110 million people in the world which is a very big thing. This antivirus has taken its place in many customers’ lives. It has actually set an unbreakable world record of the largest unbroken run of VB100 for detecting the viruses, threats, spyware, malware, and viruses. This is the most suitable antivirus that has been breaking this record for more than 12 years in the world. No antivirus has ever broken this record yet.
ESET NOD32 protects with unbelievable online threats as well. This antivirus has the ability to fight back with spam, Trojans, rootkits, and worms. It even secures your emails as well. All it lacks in the field of virus detection is detecting the viruses through USB transfers. This is the only thing where it lacks. Overall, it takes 9 out of 10 points in the race of various antiviruses.
ESET Protection against malicious Android apps secures 5.5 out of 6 points in the recent Av-Test
Bitdefender Vs ESET: Software Usability
Let’s talk about the software usability criteria of Bitdefender, It takes very limited system resources and works perfectly on your system without slowing it down. It does not harm your computer from any kind of aspect like damaging the files, shutting it down automatically while performing tasks, etc. It helps wonderfully to help you out from viruses, threats, spyware, malware and other kinds of threats. It provides the latest recovery and safety updates as well. It is an all-rounder and works its best to provide all the support to the users. Even, it mentions those viruses that were found and removed by the Bitdefender. It reports very sensitively and perfectly.
It is important to know that it comes with 2 interfaces which are named as premium products interface and one for freeware interface. It has many options available in the antivirus like protection, computer scan, support, tools, notifications, activity, etc.
Impact of the Bitdefender security software on the usability of the device is shown below.
Moving toward the ESET NOD32, it provides phenomenal automatic updates to the users. Users do not need to get manual updates but if they want then they can. Like if you think that your system is under attack then you may go for several updates and processes on it manually. It does not take a lot of system resources and can easily work with minimum system resources. It never slows down a computer or causes any damage to it like shutting it off without informing, deleting the files, damaging the data, etc.
Its interface has a proper navigation system on the very left side of the antivirus. It comes with the general settings option as well. You will find its interface very much clear, simple and unique. Overall, it is quite user-friendly and helps its customers in a unique way.
Impact of the ESET security software on the usability of the device is shown below.
Bitdefender Vs ESET: Features
Bitdefender is a reliable antivirus that comes forward with unlimited features to provide the best of the support to its clients. It has many features like traffic light browser, separate downloads, Wi-Fi network, link scanner, a malware filter, support to different search engines like Safari, Chrome and Firefox, tracker’s identification, etc. Moreover, it has other features as well like multi-layered ransomware protection, security advisor, autopilot feature, home screener, battery saver, search advisor, file shredder, Safe files feature, file encryption utility, parental control, limited VPN, internet security suite, Webcam protection, disk-cleanup, performance optimization tools, one-click optimizer and other important features.
Parental controls have given a lot of comfort zone to the parents and children. It helps to secure children when they are on webcam, working on Facebook walls or approaching the websites. It disconnects the unwanted and unusual websites. Overall, it offers a very beneficial package. Bitdefender’s 3 years performance chart is underneath:
Let’s talk about ESET now and notice its incredible features. It has many features like anti-phishing features, security assets, password manager, hardened/secure browser, firewall, etc. It protects useful and confidential data from viruses, spyware, ransomware, malware, threats, worms, rootkits, Trojans and other attacks. It even comes with parental controls that provide suitable comfort zone to the children and their parents by blocking prohibited websites, taking a strong look at the webcam and activity on Facebook’s wall.
All it does not provide is a USB safe file transfer feature. Like if you transfer any data from your USB, there are certain chances that you may face some drawbacks while shifting the data from USB as it may contain the virus. ESET does not have the feature to destroy these viruses or save the PC from USB file transfer viruses.
We noted that ESET Internet Security is very well designed and easier to use. The safe default settings mainly provided from the non-expert users and a clean, easy-to-navigate interface. All the essential features are very easily accessed. The settings dialog – which has a useful search function – has plenty of advanced options for power users. Real-time file-system protection is very sensitive and reacts very quickly when needed. ESET help features are excellent. The only compliant is related to ESET’s malware encyclopedia which was little sparse.
Bitdefender Vs ESET: Pricing
Bitdefender comes with 3 different packages on different rates. Let’s take a look at them:
- Antivirus Plus for $29.99 with a 1-year subscription and it is applicable to 3 PCs.
- Total Security for $49.99 with a 1-year subscription and it is applicable to 5 devices.
- Internet Security for $39.99 with a 1-year subscription and it is applicable to 3 devices.
ESET also comes with 3 different products and those products are subdivided into home and business sectors. You can select your concerned product according to your requirements.
- ESET NOD32 Antivirus for $38.15
- ESET Internet Security for $50.87
- ESET Smart Security Premium for $63.59
All these 3 products come with proper 30 days trial which is the very positive thing in these products.
Bitdefender Vs ESET: Customer Support
Bitdefender understands its responsibilities in a much better way. It provides support to its outdated products which are really great. It provides phone call support, chat support and email support. It also provides how-to video and welcomes its users in their community forum. Even, its support system is divided for two categories like home and business to render better services to the clients.
ESET provides live chat support and phone call support only. It does have sales support, email support, and other support like community forums, how-to videos, video tutorials, etc.
But somehow, Bitdefender support is better and much responsive than ESET.
Check this video “Bitdefender Vs Eset” to get thorough understanding on the two antiviruses:
Overall, it was a very tough competition but it is very shocking to announce that Bitdefender got 5 out of 5 stars while ESET got none. ESET is also a fantastic antivirus but it got very limited and basic in nature in front of Bitdefender. Bitdefender got successful in all the options like virus detection, software usability, features, pricing and customer support. So, the winner is: Bitdefender.