BullGuard Antivirus 2013 is an anti-virus software suite designed to protect your PC from a wide list of malware (malicious software) threats. It doesn’t just detect and remove virus threats; it has the ability to defeat other malware attacks such as viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, rootkits, keyloggers, and more. And the antispamware tools help to fight spam attacks and phishing threats in your inbox.
Although BullGuard scores among the very best antivirus for windows programs, there are a few others that perform better.
- BullGuard Antivirus 2013 effectively detects and removes malicious software
- It protects your email with its antispamware tools
- It has been tested and certified by the leading test labs such as ICSA, Virus Bulletin and AV-Test
- The BullGuard interface is easy to understand and easy to use.
- There are a few other antivirus software programs like BitDefender Antivirus 2013 that scored better than BullGuard at independent Windows 7 testing.
Tests carried out by AV-Test, one of the world’s leading test labs were released recently and these were carried out in September and October 2012. The tests were on BullGuard Internet Security 2013 of which the antivirus software is a part.
During Sep and Oct 2012, AV-Test evaluated 24 home security products and BullGuard was one of them. During the tests, they used the most current version of the software, which was the 2013 version, and the product was allowed to update itself during the evaluation.
We’ve compiled the results of the tests below:
The protection test was based on BullGuard’s ability to protect a Microsoft Windows 7 PC against malware infections such as viruses, worms and Trojans. There are three parts to this test.
The first evaluation was on the protection against zero-day threats and 102 samples were used and BullGuard scored 94 and 96% for Sep and Oct respectively. These results were better than the 89% industry average and confirmed that BullGuard is in the list of top antivirus programs for Windows.
The second evaluation was on the detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the previous 2-3 months. The industry average was 97% and BullGuard Antivirus 2013 was slightly higher at 99% for both months for the 272,799 samples provided. It matched Kaspersky Antivirus in this evaluation.
Lastly, it was tested on the detection of widespread and prevalent malware. It scored a perfect 100% and this was not surprising because all other security products had the same result.
Overall it had a 5.0/6.0 Protection Score.
BullGuard was tested on its ability to clean and repair a malware-infected Windows computer. There were three evaluations to this test and 40 samples were used on each of them.
Firstly, it was evaluated on the detection of actively running widespread malware including rootkits and stealth malware. The results for both months were 98% and again BullGuard beat the industry average which was at 95%.
On the removal of all active components of widespread malicious software including rootkits and stealth malware, BullGuard scored 90% for the 40 samples used. It was better than the industry average again, which stood at 85%
The last evaluation was based on the removal of further malicious components and remediation of critical system modifications. BullGuard scored a disappointing 53% and was well below the 60% industry average. It even lost to F-Secure Antivirus 2013 and many other antivirus security products.
Overall, it had a disappointing 3.5/6.0 Repair score and was one of the worst performers among the best antivirus programs for Microsoft Windows.
Lastly, BullGuard was evaluated on its impact on the usability of the whole computer during scans, updates and other tasks. The first part of the test was scored in seconds and the lower the results the better was the software at usability.
On the average slow down of the PC by the software in daily use, BullGuard had a 9 second score that was slightly better than the rest of the industry at 10 seconds. Five tests were carried out in this evaluation and the BullGuard results were positive.
It performed better again at the false detection of legitimate software as malware during a system scan, also known as false positives. It scored 2 for Sep and 3 for Oct and was better than the industry average of 4 for the 657,200 samples used for the test.
Overall, BullGuard had a 4.5/6.0 rating for Usability.