There’s a fairly substantive list of boasts on the box of BitDefender GameSafe Antivirus Defence, and it’s a wonder Focus Multimedia could squeeze them on, given the length of the product’s name. But for £12.99, this product claims to offer anti-virus, anti-rootkit, anti-spyware and anti-phishing protection, along with adding a firewall to your PC’s armoury. That’s the kind of list you’d expect from an application at three times the price.
The installation routine is fairly straightforward and you have 30 days’ grace before you need to tap in the product code that’s found on the inside of the box. Once up and running, it’s wise to make sure that the software is fully updated and then you can start to work with the fairly garish Security Center screen.
This promptly told us that there was a critical warning for our PC, which boiled down to the fact that we didn’t have anti-phishing activated. Granted, that’s an important layer of protection, but perhaps not worthy of the sizeable notification the program threw up.
Nonetheless, the software soon settled into place and a deep scan of our test systems reported one or two problems that we hadn’t been previously aware of. The firewall went through the usual motions early on, as it popped up windows to let us decide what programs we were happy for it to let run. That said, we don’t remember clicking Yes to Adobe Updater, but as we can’t be 100 percent certain, we have to give it the benefit of the doubt there.
The product’s big selling point, however, comes at the point where you want to use your PC to play a game. For BitDefender’s software has a very light system footprint, and whereas some security products are notorious for slowing down anything else that’s running in tandem with them, there are no such problems here. Even taking Far Cry 2 for a test drive yielded not a whimper of noticeable objection. This is, to be fair, some selling point, and one that shouldn’t be overlooked.
We remain to be convinced that the software offers the most watertight all-round protection on the market, but after a prolonged test we do feel that it’s a very good security tool. Some advanced features are missing, but we were content that it was keeping our computer safe and secure. That it also allowed us to play our games with minimal interruption is all the better. For £12.99, it’s a bargain.
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