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Bullguard Antivirus 2016 Review: Great Real-Time Protection

By: Dennis Z

Bullguard's real-time protection software may be low on exessive features but what it does, it does well:

High quality malware protection across your devices.

With great results in file detection tests and a low false alarm rates, Bullguard antivirus 2016 is a candidate you can definitely consider for your main malware protection layer.

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In this Bullguard review I will cover all the most important aspects of every one of Bullguard's security products, with my own research into the test results by independent sources.

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Bullguard Premium Protection Management Panel

Pros and Cons

  • Effective malware protection detection and removal
  • Great scores on file detection tests and false alarm tests
  • Mobile protection includes customizable SMS spam and unwanted call blocking
  • Effective gaming mode
  • 24/7 live chat and email support
  • No phone support
  • No version for iOS devices
  • No antivirus for Mac
  • Not the best results in independent tests
  • No business solutions

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Background of Bullguard

With the HQ based in the UK and with regional offices branched out across Europe, North America and Australia, Bullguard is rapidly rising in the world of virus protection.

Since the company was opened in 2001, it focused on developing advanced security bundles but its greater success came about in 2008 when their new antivirus product began to include an appealing gaming mode which didn't interrupt the gaming experience as much as other antivirus programs.

Today, Bullguard prides itself for protecting over 50 million devices!

Bullguard Products

Bullguard basically offers 5 different products, some of which are included in the others.

All the products come in multiple languages, including English, German, French, Danish and Dutch.

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Bullguard Product Comparison
Comparison of Bullguard Products

Bullguard Antivirus

The Bullguard Antivirus software is easy to install and simple to use.

With this product you enjoy a great malware and spyware protection engine, advanced behavioral detection to protect you from new malware, a one-of-a-kind customizable spam filter and it barely affects computer performance despite its real-time protection features.

In addition to all this, you can customize your virus scans.

As I mentioned before, Bullguard antivirus is great for gamers, and this fact is its leading selling point.

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Bullguard Internet Security (Bundle)

Includes all the Antivirus features but also:

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Bullguard Identity Protection

By creating one online account, you can significantly improve your and your family's online safety.

This product protects you from identity theft, keeps your personal information private, secures your financial data, and assists you in monitoring your children's activity on Facebook (up to 3 accounts).

Unlike other Bullguard products, because you only need an account online and there's no software installation involved, you can use it on any device and any operating system as long as you have an internet connection.

Furthermore, when something goes awry, you receive instant notifications via email and SMS.

Important: Only available in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark and the Netherlands.

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Bullguard Mobile Security

Bullguard's free basic protection for Android mobile devices barely affects your battery.

Bullguard Mobile Security and Anti-Theft Features

Screenshots of Bullguard Mobile Security Management Panel and Anti-Theft Features

It will provide you these features:

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Simplicity: Easy Protection of Your Data, Devices and Children

Bullguard has a very simple interface (as you can see in the beginning of this Bullguard review) and allows you to perform any action with a click of a mouse.

There's not much to add on top of that.

Independent Test Scores Over Time

Bullguard is not a new player in the antivirus world, and was tested thoroughly by multiple independent organizations for years.

Devices and System Requirements

Bullguard will work on any PC with 1GB RAM and 800 MB free disk space, and of course an internet connection.

Your operating system can be Windows XP (SP2) or any Windows version released after that.

Mobile security will work on Android 2.3, and on Android 4.0 and higher. (Why the gap? I don't know)

Additional Features & Tools

Like many other antivirus software companies, Bullguard offers additional paid services for those who need them.

My opinion?

There's no reason for you to ever pay for the first two options if you purchased Premium Protection. Installation is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy and the PC Tune Up tool is included and does all the work for you.

Customer Support

Bullguard offers 24/7 international live chat support for all of its products, and local support during standard business hours.

Also, if you email support they promise to get back to you within 24 hours.

With so many resources at this company's disposal, I truly can't understand why they don't offer 24/7 phone support for emergencies.

In addition to contacting the company, Bullguard's site offers a support center with product guides and answers to popular questions.

But for my money, why search when there's 24/7 live chat!

Certifications and Awards

Bullguard is certified by leading independent security institutes:

Furthermore, since 2013 Bullguard products won awards every year.

Valued international opinion makers in the online security world consistently recommend Bullguard as a top choice in malware protection and security software.

Value for Money

While Bullguard isn't the cheapest antivirus software on the market, you get a pretty good deal compared to other antivirus companies.

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My Conclusion

Bullguard offers a strong yet light protection software for your PC and Android devices.

The insignificant effect on system performance and battery drain is a huge plus, and in case of emergency you can always reach out to customer support via live chat.

It would be great to see phone support added in the future, but it's not a deal breaker as far as I'm concerned.

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Bullguard provides excellent real-time protection and an extremely light-weight gaming mode, making it one of the best virus protection tools for gamers. With near-flawless results in independent testing, Bullguard claimed its place as one of the best virus protection providers in 2016. Although they don't offer phone support, a solution for businesses, or a version for iOS, they still provide a 24/7 live chat and a superb antivirus for Windows PCs.

Date published:March 23, 2018
8.4 / 10 stars


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