(Last updated on July 02nd, 2019)
After successfully conducting an in-depth comparison between Bitdefender and Norton. I completed another thorough comparison between Bitdefender and McAfee . Both are top notch anti-viruses which provide 100% security to your data and your personal computer. The comparison between “Bitdefender and McAfee” are often in news and users want to know which one is utmost. Therefore, keeping this in mind I did an in-depth comparison between McAfee and Bitdefender to keep my readers aware with the best one available in the market.
I split the whole comparison into 5 sections which are:
- Virus Detection
- Software Usability
- Value for Money
- Customer Support
I compared each aspect one by one in this in-depth review “Bitdefender vs. McAfee”.
Short Answer: According to our comparison, the overall winner is Bitdefender as it is able to get the overall score of 3 out of 5. However, McAfee only able to get 2 out 5 in this comparison. Bitdefender lead in terms of virus detection, features and customer support. McAfee software suites are slightly less expensive as compared with the Bitdefender Antivirus suites.
Bitdefender Vs McAfee: Virus Detection
Bitdefender outperformed McAfee in both system cleanup and malware blocking according to the PC World tests. As per the report of PC World, they said that Bitdefender detected and blocked every malware program. It identified all the possible tested malware. It fully cleared up around 99 percent of existing infections. Whereas, McAfee’s anti-virus program blocked 95.1 percent of the real-world malware attacks. It was able to disable and detect each existing infection which was tested against the software. It fully cleaned up around 69 percent of the existing infections.
Bitdefender Vs McAfee: Software Usability
There were the couple of threats which Bitdefender didn’t able to recognize during our malware detection tests. The threats were related to the phishing scheme or a link which would result in a virus if clicked. We tested many antivirus programs and they were not able to detect those particular threats. However, all other blocks tested were successfully detected and blocked by Bitdefender.
I just want to mention that there were the few steps more in the downloading and installation process of Bitdefender which other antivirus software don’t need. These extra steps were like setting up an online account before initializing the downloading process. Few of the settings can only be recognized through the online portal and not easy on the desktop dashboard.
These extra steps are not actually challenging but it could result in more frustration for the users and hence bad user experience.
Bitdefender Vs McAfee: Features
The features which McAfee include:
- Quick Scan
- Full System Scan
- Customize System Scan
- Acceptable Scan Speed
- Total Protection
I summarized the features included in the Bitdefender which are:
- Advanced Threat Defense
- Protection of Webcam
- Safe Files
- Safe Browsing
- Rescue Mode
- Autopilot Bitdefender
- Photon Bitdefender
- Protective Network – Global
- Modes which include Game, Movies and Work
- Battery Mode
- Fast online Shop and Banking
- Parental Advisor
A major facelift has seen in the Bitdefender’s interface with the new modern-styled interface which is highly customizable and intuitive. There are four main modules in the left rail which are: Protection, Dashboard, Utilities, and Privacy.
The default screen is the Dashboard which shows the status of protection along with the different modules access. New tile can be added if you like.
Utility, Privacy and Protection tabs contain appropriate features and their settings.
Bitdefender Vs McAfee: Pricing
|Bitdefender Security Suites||Price (Device(s) covered)|
|Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition||Free (Unlimited Devices)|
|Bitdefender Antivirus Plus||$39.98/year (3 Devices)|
|Bitdefender Internet Security||$49.99/year (3 Devices)|
|Bitdefender Total Security||$49.99/year (5 Devices)|
|Bitdefender Family Pack||$69.98/year (5 devices)|
|Virus Scanner||Free (Unlimited Devices)|
|Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac||$39.99/year (1 Mac)|
|McAfee Antivirus Suites||Price (Device(s) Covered)|
|McAfee Total Protection||$44.99/year (10 Devices)|
|McAfee LiveSafe||$94.99/year (Unlimited Devices)|
Bitdefender Vs McAfee: Customer Support
Both Bitdefender and McAfee have decent customer support which provide 24/7 standby support to all its users. Bitdefender also has an open email ticket feature in which the user can submit his/her query.
I attached the snapshot below which was taken from Bitdefender customer support option. There are options like which product you are using followed by the category and operating system on which their anti-virus is working.
On the other hand, McAfee don’t have 24/7 customer support. They worked on the structure of submitting an online case and their representative will contact you at the earliest convenient time. They have different categories like Tablet, PC, etc. for which the user wants to get help with.
Bitdefender Vs McAfee: Impact on System
Another main aspect for this comparison is the impact on the system performance. .
I checked independent tests to monitor which software exerted less impact on the performance of the system.
The product influence was carried out by AV-Test’s performance lab in which the computer performance was judged by common computer operations, like website browsing, downloading and installing common applications, software launching, files copying, etc. The product impact was measured on the scale of system slowdown performance on standard computer as well as on a high-end system.
Experts gave bitdefender 5/5 star rating in the ‘Performance’ category.
On the other hand, McAfee got 4.5 stars out of 5.00 from the experts regarding the impact on the system performance.
The impact score as per another AV test comparatives and other tests got summarized in the graph below:
You see from the above overall impact result, the Bitdefender and McAfee both obtain almost equal ratings of 6.9. So, it can be concluded that Bitdefender is the winner in the overall impact test.
Bitdefender Vs McAfee: Overall Winner
According to our comparison, the overall winner is Bitdefender as it is able to get 3 out of 5. However, McAfee only able to get 2 out 5 in this comparison. Bitdefender lead in terms of virus detection, features and customer support. McAfee software suites are slightly less expensive as compared with the Bitdefender Antivirus suites.
Have I forgotten to mention any other point? Do let me know in the comments. Thank you.