Antivirus test: Bitdefender Total Security 2020

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Year after year, Bitdefender is still one of the publishers who offer the new version of their antivirus at the beginning of the school year. Once again, the publisher is punctual since its range of antivirus products has already been available for a few weeks. This year, we decided to test Bitdefender Total Security 2020, the most complete product in the range. What’s new in the program from the antivirus editor side? This is what we will see in our Bitdefender Total Security 2020 test.

Installation of Bitdefender Total Security 2020

If you are familiar with Bitdefender products from recent years, then you probably already know how to install the antivirus. The latter continues to rely on its Bitdefender Central platform, which centralizes all your machines in the same web page. While in the past we have doubted the effectiveness of this solution, it is clear that it seems to be suitable for the publisher and its users.

Once the installer has been recovered, it is sufficient to run it to benefit from the protection of Bitdefender Total Security 2020. On the desktop, the software icon appears with the Bitdefender VPN icon. We will have the opportunity to come back to this product a little later.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020 interface

For this 2020 edition, Bitdefender has chosen to keep the same interface as for the 2019 version. A logical choice since the publisher had introduced the new look of the antivirus last year. If you already have a subscription to Bitdefender Total Security 2019, you will see that there is no aesthetic change.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020

Bitdefender Total Security 2020 therefore keeps its interface composed of several boxes: it is possible to place different tools in different locations and rearrange them according to your needs. The most interesting thing is, of course, to place on the home page features that you often use. There is also the side menu that allows you to switch from one tool to another. These are extremely comprehensive and highlight the complete list of antivirus features.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020

The “protection” menu highlights all the tools that allow you to perform analyses, manage the firewall or anti-spam. The “privacy” menu provides access to the password manager, parental control or the digital safe. Finally, the “utilities” menu allows you to launch everything related to optimizing or cleaning the disk.

In short, it’s a well-known fact, but we appreciate the organization that seems coherent to us and Bitdefender Total Security is still as rich in tools and options as ever.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020 features

The most complete solution in the range, Bitdefender Total Security 2020 is not stingy in terms of functionality and that is precisely what we expect from this type of product. We find everything we need to protect ourselves: protection against all threats, web shield, antispam, anti-theft… but also everything to boost your computer: optimization tools, game mode, autopilot…

This year, the new features are to be found on the privacy side. Indeed, after having introduced protection for the webcam last year, Bitdefender is adding protection for microphones and an anti-tracker this year. The latter improves the confidentiality of your data on the web and allows web pages to load more quickly.

Bitdefender also announces that it has made improvements to parental control, online transaction protection and the Wi-Fi Security Assistant.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020 Performance

As usual, we had planned a file full of viruses to check the effectiveness of Bitdefender Total Security 2020. We have launched a comprehensive analysis that has proven to be successful. The antivirus quickly detected that there were malicious files and proceeded to disinfect them in the process. However, it was also quite long. On the other hand, the disinfection took very little time and made it possible to effectively clean our PC.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020

Last year, we ignored the firewall of the security solution and it seemed interesting to us to focus on it this time. Indeed, the module window is particularly successful since it centralizes all incoming connections. In case of doubt, it is possible to easily access and modify firewall rules to allow or block a specific process.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2020

The vulnerability analysis module is still there and will prove very useful in detecting vulnerabilities in some public Wi-Fi networks. The tool is particularly useful when travelling when it is necessary to connect to the Wi-Fi networks of a shopping centre or airport. The same goes for the tool that protects folders and provides additional protection to prevent unwanted changes from malware.

The Bitdefender password manager has not changed and continues to give us satisfaction. After the step of creating a master password and importing the data from a web browser, the management window appears: identity, web pages, banks, emails… the module is rich in data categories since it is able to manage them very easily. To take full advantage of the features, it is necessary to install the Wallet browser extension, which provides automatic filling of forms and connection identifiers. The whole system is efficient and works well.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020

Let us now turn to parental control, a point that has always bothered us on Bitdefender’s side. The publisher having announced improvements, we were eager to see what it was all about. First observation, Bitdefender persists in trying to get users to go through the Bitdefender Central site. This is a point that continues to surprise us as competitors manage to integrate their parental controls directly into the antivirus interface.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020

The first step is to create a profile for the child. On the first page, most of the text is in English, while we have selected the French language. Once the child’s account is created, you can select the child’s computer from the list (Bitdefender must be installed on it) so that the Bitdefender Parental Control software can be installed on it. Unfortunately, the operation can easily be interrupted by clicking on “cancel”, which delays the installation of the tool.

After testing, Bitdefender’s parental control works quite well but it all depends on the browser. Indeed, everything went as planned with Opera and Google Chrome but it was impossible to make it work with Mozilla Firefox. On the other hand, the different categories of sites are relevant, which ensures that children are protected from content they should not see.

As a new feature, Micro protection seems to be a transposition of the webcam protection presented last year: Bitdefender Total Security 2020 is able to warn you when software wants to access your microphone and gives you the choice to accept or refuse. The management interface is clear and we know, at a glance, which service has access to our device.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020

With regard to the anti-tracker, the browser extension allows you to know the number of trackers blocked on the website you are visiting as well as the loading time of the page. Trackers are classified into different categories and it is possible to refuse blocking on the sites of your choice.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020

Finally, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, Bitdefender brings with it Bitdefender VPN. Already present last year, this tool developed by Hotspot Shield allows a daily traffic limited to 200 MB. In other words, you won’t get very far. To take full advantage of it, it is necessary to subscribe to an additional subscription.


Bitdefender offers us a 2020 version without surprises but which remains a very good security suite. Still as effective as ever, we continue to feel protected with Bitdefender Total Security 2020. The various tools that accompany antivirus software are, for the most part, well thought out and, above all, comprehensive. The password manager seems very good to us, as does the firewall, which pleasantly surprised us.

As every year, we focus on parental control for the same reason: the obligation to go through Bitdefender Central to install and configure it. In addition, some translations have probably been forgotten, but this is only a detail.

Finally, the new features are quite gadgetary: they will not be useful for everyone but they have the merit to exist. Do you have a valid 2019 Bitdefender Total Security license? Please note that you can switch to Bitdefender Total Security 2020 for the end of your subscription from your Bitdefender Central space.

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