After using BullGuard for a month I have to admit that Bullguard 10 is a good Internet Security Suite for the average user. It’s one of those software to “install-and-forget” in addition to being easy to use.
The reason BullGuard popped up on my radar is the tremendous value it offered as it is available through AppUp! On top of only being $24.95 you can download it on up to 5 machines since that’s how many place you can install AppUp! & have access to all of your Apps! That’s basically $5 a computer for a first rate anti-virus and security program.
BullGuard Internet Security includes multiple layers of protection, including antivirus, antispyware, antiphishing, antispam and antimalware. The internet security software is capable of protecting from all sorts of malware, including traditional viruses, Trojans, worms, and rootkits.
The internet security software also includes a firewall, realtime heuristic detection, a vulnerability scan, and 5GB of online backup. Other than parental controls, BullGuard Internet Security is pretty much an all-in-one suite.
The main screen is easy to navigate and has well-labeled options so that you don’t have to search for what you are looking for. Scanning options for BullGuard are easy to understand and the organization of the software makes sense.
Setup for BullGuard is easy and straightforward, although it required a single reboot. The software is configured by default for maximum protection, but you can also adjust settings too accommodate your individual security needs. For example, you can adjust the alerts notifications to display often to keep you informed, or only when necessary.
BullGuard the internet security suite caught all of the spyware and tool bars we had installed on my system as well as removing any cookies left by Internet Explorer.
BullGuard’s antivirus scanner is one of the best on the market. It has a fast on-demand scanner and an on-access scanner that doesn’t noticeably slow down your system. The protection has been certified by ICSA Labs, and has passed recent VB100% tests.
BullGuard Internet Security’s included firewall is effective and easy to use for the most part. The rules-based firewall has several options and is quite flexible to accommodate your desired level of protection. You can set specific application rules, monitor network activity, and adjust advanced, low-level and ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) rules.
BullGuard comes with a spread of extra features including a great backup utility and a spam filter that integrates with all the mail clients we used. Everything from Outlook Express/Microsoft Mail to Thunderbird are supported and detected.
The backup utility has several features associated with it that make it extremely useful. As well as including local backup functionality, BullGuard provides the option to store information on their servers, with 5GB of online backup. They also allow you to view your remote backups using Windows Explorer in order to make viewing, moving, and deleting files easier. Secure transfer and worldwide access makes this utility even more useful.
Missing parental control functionality is one of the few complaints that we have against BullGuard when compared to the best internet security suites software that we ranked higher. This relatively minor addition would make the product more competitive. On the other hand, we were particularly pleased with the program’s game mode which allows for uninterrupted computer games in fullscreen while remaining fully protected.
When BullGuard’s Safe Browsing feature blocks a web site it displays this impressive warning but allows you to continue to the website if desired, or even report that the site was blocked “unjustly”. Safe Browsing also marks up search results in popular search engines. Mousing over the red warning icon brings up a floating window that explains why the site is considered dangerous. This is a particularly important feature as most people don’t think before they click.
BullGuard Internet Security also includes a vulnerability scan, called Inspector. The Inspector tool searches your installed programs and applications to make sure they’re up to date with the most recent security patches. Keeping your software up to date will prevent hackers from taking advantage of security vulnerabilities and compromising your system.
Another great feature for proactive internet security is the link scanner. BullGuard’s Safe Browsing tool adds unobtrusive color-coded security icons to search results. Socially engineered malicious sites continue to pop up on the top pages of Google (even on seemingly safe search terms), so it’s important to “know before you click” and avoid dangerous websites.
- OS : Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP (SP2 minimum)
- RAM : 512 Mb RAM
- HDD : 200 Mb free
- Internet Connection
Ease of Use:
BullGuard Internet Security is a powerful internet security suite, but it’s also very easy to use. The main screen is easy to navigate and has well-labeled options so that you don’t have to search for what you are looking for. Scanning options for BullGuard are easy to understand and the organization of the software makes sense. Logging options are available for each scan type as well so that you can see what was caught and what was done for each problem.
BullGuard is tough on the bad guys but works hard to make things easy for you. In its “as quiet as possible” mode, the app limits popup warnings to those that require action on your part, suppressing any that are just informational. It is light and doesn’t hog as many resources as Norton Antivirus which comes preloaded on many netbooks. It grabbed all the malware and viruses I had planted on my computer and isn’t invasive in my daily activities, you can really set it and forget it. The only feature that is notably missing is parent controls and the spam filter is a nice bonus. For its price you can’t go wrong, 5 licences for $24.99! However with any online activity think before you click is your best defence against accumulating any unwanted programs on your computer check out AppUp.