Bitdefender has undergone something of a metamorphosis this year, both the company and its products. There’s a new, stronger emphasis on the company’s Romania roots, with a new logo based on the Dacian Draco, a wolf-headed dragon that the region’s ancient soldiers used to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. In addition to the expected antivirus features, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012 ($39.95 direct for 3 licenses) includes a number of extras commonly found only in full-scale security suites.
While it attacks malware with wolfish ferocity, Bitdefender wants to keep the user as calm and serene as possible. The company’s watchword for the 2012 products is “silent security.” Users can put the product into autopilot mode and just ignore it, or take it out of autopilot mode to dig deeper into settings. I’m a big fan of security products that function without hassling or confusing the user.