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Bitdefender Total Security 2019 review: This AV suite builds a better autopilot

Bitdefender recently rolled out its consumer antivirus suites for 2019, including an upgrade to its top-level offering, Bitdefender Total Security. At first glance, Total Security 2019 looks quite different from its 2018 predecessor.  The dark theme is gone, and there’s a new centralized Dashboard. Still, there are quite a lot of similarities here, with enough changes to satisfy users looking for improvements.

The most noticeable difference is in the left rail with the new Dashboard menu option (pictured above). It gives users a central and customizable hub to interact with the antivirus suite.

By default, it houses some key options in a tiled interface, including a quick scan, a VPN (another new feature), Safepay, and the option to install Total Security on another device. If you’d like to remove any of these from your dashboard, hover over the tile, click the “edit” pencil icon, and change it in the options window that pops up.

If you want to add more tiles to the interface there’s also an Add a Quick Action tile. The Dashboard takes a maximum of five tiles, so you can only add one extra tile, and then you’ll have to modify the others.

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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Bitdefender’s Autopilot suggests actions to keep your PC safe.

The very top of the Dashboard is dedicated solely to Bitdefender’s Autopilot. I wasn’t a big fan of this feature in the 2018 version, because it seemed to me it was just doing what every antivirus suite does, such as carrying out real-time antivirus and firewall protection.

In 2019, Autopilot makes a little more sense. Instead of handling everything for you, it’s acting more like an automated assistant—Bitdefender calls it your “personal security advisor”—suggesting actions you should take to protect and maintain your computer, such as running the one-click optimizer or updating Windows.

That’s much better than before. It’s still something that other suites also do, but the nice thing here is that your recommendations are centralized in one place. If you’re wondering whether you should take any actions to protect your PC, just head over to the Dashboard.







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