Bullguard is a powerful security suite that covers all the needs. It’s not as feature-rich as the competition however it is a solid package for those seeking a bit more out of their antivirus software. It also performs well on resources, avoiding excessive system loads while offering a number of alternatives to help reduce the burden in the event of need.
The program opens to a hub-like application that has a tiled layout for its various modules, including antivirus, firewall and PC tune-up game booster, and home network scanner. The “Vulnerabilities section will alert you to issues like missing Windows updates, autostart service and open ports. The “Game Booster” is a feature that optimizes your system automatically while you play, is a great feature for gamers.
In our tests, bullguard was quite effective in preventing malware infections, and was quite low on system resources compared to most competing products in terms of CPU use. However, we did notice that the antivirus’s background processes took up quite a bit of RAM, especially when the system has limited memory. Additionally, the components of the hub app looked like they were pixelated when displayed on high-resolution screens.
Bullguard’s Premium protection subscription comes with a mobile component that gives antitheft, parental controls, and basic backup capabilities to your tablet or smartphone. However, the application is fairly minimal and doesn’t come with essential features like webcam protection or shredders for your files. Also, support via phone is only available via live chat or email.