PROS / BullGuard has a simple interface that makes it easy for beginners to figure out.
CONS / It doesn't detect ransomware threats.
VERDICT / BullGuard is easy to figure out, making it a good program for users without a lot of experience with software, but it doesn't protect equally on all Windows operating solutions.
Editor’s Note: Top Ten Reviews uses test results from the independent laboratory AV-Test as part of our review process for the best antivirus software. AV-Test looks specifically at protection, performance and usability on multiple versions of Windows operating systems, and it performs these evaluations several times throughout the year. We use the most current AV-Test scores available at the time of our review. It is possible that new AV-Test scores will be released after our review goes live on the site. We will consider these scores during our next review of the best antivirus software.
In the crowded antivirus field, it is difficult to find positive ways to stand out. BullGuard Antivirus does this with antispam tools, impressive early-detection features, an attractive interface and excellent customer service. This antivirus software identifies and removes a wide variety of viruses, spyware, worms, rootkits and Trojans from not only Windows 10 computers, but other, older versions of Windows as well.
BullGuard continuously scans your computer's disk and memory for virus signatures. It also protects you online and filters for spam, keeping your inbox clean. The interface is easy to understand and frequently shows explanations that are helpful for beginners.
The antivirus software has AV-Test certification from evaluations the lab conducted in March and April of 2016, but it didn't do as well as the best antivirus software, nor was it as efficient on Windows 10 as it was with older Windows operating systems. For example, the virus protection software found four false positives when scanning legitimate software, which is higher than the industry average of three.
This product takes early detection seriously by helping you eliminate existing threats and prevent future ones. BullGuard uses a tool known as behavioral detection, which helps identify viruses before they become part of the virus signature database. This uses abnormal registry, file process and network events to identify viruses. BullGuard automatically checks for updates against new threats, but you can also manually run a check any time. However, it isn't among the software that has evolved to protect your computer against ransomware, which locks your computer until you pay a fee to the ransomware creator.
Overall, BullGuard is a decent product for protecting against malware, but it doesn't have as many features as high-ranked computer protection software. For example, it doesn't have a gaming mode that suspends some functions while you are playing online games to reduce the lag those functions tend to cause. It doesn't provide a rescue CD option either. This is important to have in the event your computer is attacked. The rescue CD restores your computer files as though the attack never happened.
BullGuard Antivirus for Windows 8
During AV-Test's June 2016 evaluation of Windows 8 antivirus software, BullGuard received slightly lower marks than it did on Windows 10 tests. While it still achieved above-average scores for protection and performance, it dropped to about average in usability. This means it showed some difficulty in differentiating between good and bad files and sometimes blocked legitimate websites and content. This slight dip caused BullGuard Antivirus to fall below our top-ranking products and not make our final antivirus software for Windows 8 review.
BullGuard is good at intercepting both known and unknown malware threats, and it includes antispam tools and early-detection features. It is capable of finding and removing spyware, worms, Trojans and rootkits, both those attempting to infiltrate your computer from online sources and from outside media sources such as USB drives and incoming email.
It does slow your system performance slightly, but not enough that you would notice and not as much as the industry standard. It has antispyware and antispam capabilities in addition to antimalware and antiphishing.
BullGuard Antivirus for Windows 7
BullGuard is quick to install and has an elegant user interface. In order to detect malware, it uses a database of known threats. It can also detect new threats that are not in the known-threat database yet. A spam filter protects you from annoying spam at least and phishing scams at best. BullGuard warns you if any of the websites in search results host malware or attempt phishing, making it a good product to consider for Windows 7 antivirus protection.
AV-Test, a German independent test lab, included BullGuard as one of 22 products it tested on Windows 7 computers during February of 2015. BullGuard got a perfect score in a test suite that checked its ability to protect your computer from malware. It was adequate in tests of its ability to decipher between good and bad files and websites, earning an above-average score for its rate of false positives than most other computer virus protection software.
BullGuard for Windows Vista & XP
BullGuard didn't rank in our best antivirus software for Windows XP review, though it still received a perfect score in protection the last time AV-Test evaluated it on a Windows XP test computer in June 2014.
BullGuard Antivirus did make a showing in our Windows Vista antivirus software lineup. Though it isn't as comprehensive as other products, BullGuard is a low-profile measure to keep your Windows Vista system safe from new viruses and other malware threats. It didn't do too well in differentiating between good and infected files, earning a 3.5 out of 6 during the last evaluation AV-Test conducted in 2010. However, this is also a much earlier version of BullGuard than what is available now.
Help & Support
Customer support options for BullGuard Antivirus are among the best. Email queries get quick responses. We received ours within one hour. You have the option to start a live chat on any day and at any time with technical support personnel. Telephone support is also available 24/7.
BullGuard hosts an online forum where you can tap into the community of users. There are also FAQs, product guides and technical guides online.
BullGuard Antivirus is effective antivirus software and had satisfactory scores in the latest results from AV-Test for all versions of Windows operating systems. This software is a good option for those who are not as tech savvy and need some direction when installing antivirus software, but it doesn't meet the standards of the best PC protection solutions.