Malwarebytes Vs Bitdefender Comparison

Malwarebytes is an antimalware company while Bitdefender offers a full-featured antivirus suite. Bitdefender has many antivirus products for home and corporate users. However, Malwarebytes has only a few. Despite, starting their journey so late, Malwarebytes provides tough competition to Bitdefender.

If you are unsure which company to choose, then we are going to do a Malwarebytes Vs Bitdefender comparison for you. You will see a detailed analysis of the different product’s features in this article. I will also compare their prices. There will also be a report that will suggest which one offers better protection.

Malwarebytes vs Bitdefender Comparison Infographics

Review Summary

If you don’t have time to read this extended comparison, then I have the summary for you. You can read it and get an idea of both companies security suites.

Malwarebytes and Bitdefender both are good antimalware. Bitdefender comes with various features that seem essential to few users, and some users don’t find it useful. Concerning protection, AV-Test Institute suggests that Bitdefender has better protection than Malwarebytes. Also, Bitdefender put less impact on the system performance. Popularity wise, Malwarebytes is more popular than Bitdefender. Users consider it light on system resources and think Bitdefender has lots of bugs.

Malwarebytes is advertised as standalone security program however, it is recommended to use it alongside some reputed antivirus suite. Bitdefender has all the essential components required which offers all-round security.

Company Offerings

Malwarebytes Bitdefender
Malwarebytes Premium (Windows / Mac/ Android) Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (Windows Only)
Malwarebytes Free (Windows / Mac/ Android) Bitdefender Internet Security (Windows Only)
Bitdefender Total Security (Windows & Mac)
Bitdefender Family Pack (Windows & Mac)
Virus Scanner (Mac Only)
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac (Mac Only)
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition (Windows Only)

Features in Malwarebytes Security Suites

When it comes to the features, Malwarebytes have less. However, it cannot be said that its features aren’t enough to protect you. Malwarebytes focus on one thing, catching the malware. And it does that job perfectly. It doesn’t have those fancy features that you often see in other products. It comes with essential features required to do the job. It is probably the reason for not introducing several products.

Let’s check the features of the different product of Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes Free

Malwarebytes Free only works on the Windows PC. However, you can also download the Malwarebytes for Mac free version. Features wise both are same. It is also available for iOS, Android, & Chromebook. When you download it first, it comes as a trial version and works full-featured till 14 days, and then it goes to free version mode.

The free version doesn’t give you protection. It doesn’t block the threats in the real-time. However, if you scan your PC, it will help you to remove the malware. It doesn’t protect your identity from hackers and doesn’t protect the document & files from Ransomware.

Malwarebytes Premium

Malwarebytes Premium comes with all the features that Malwarebytes offers. It protects your different devices. It works on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Chrome OS. The premium version helps you to clean your infected machine. It also provides real-time protection against modern computer threats.

It fewer hackers to steal your identity and privacy. The ransomware shield of Malwarebytes premium protects your document and financial files. It also protects you from malicious and fraudulent websites. Malwarebytes Premium also stops malware that degrades the performance or corrupts your programs.

Below is a table that will help you to understand the features of these products from Malwarebytes.

Features/Products Malwarebytes Free Malwarebytes Premium
Cleans Infected Computer Yes Yes
Protects Identity & Privacy 14 Days Yes
Anti-Ransomware 14 Days Yes
Protects from Fraud Websites 14 Days
Stops Malware that Degrades Performance 14 Days
Stops Malware that Corrupt Programs 14 Days

Features in Bitdefender Security Suites

Bitdefender offers different security suites, and they all are packed with lots of features. The free version has least features. Also, the Antivirus Plus is the premium entry-level suite which has fewer features. Bitdefender suites don’t just protect you from malware; they provide overall protection on various levels. They come with Wi-Fi security analysis, VPN, Parental Controls, and Firewall. They also have a File Encryption feature to secure sensitive files.

Let’s take a look in detail of features in different Bitdefender products.

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

The free version of Bitdefender antivirus has only a few features. It protects your devices from viruses and malware. It also protects you from phishing and fraud websites though it lacks VPN, Parental Controls, Webcam Protection, and Ransomware Protection. It also doesn’t have password protection features. Of course, you will get limited features in the free version. Companies have to earn money to pay salaries.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus works on Windows platform. It is the entry-level product in the premium service. It comes with Password Manager, File Shredder, Wi-Fi Security Advisor, and VPN. Antivirus Plus also scans the vulnerability holes and suggest fixes. There is also a feature that protects your financial transactions from phishing websites.

Despite having these features, it is not the best solution from Bitdefender. Antivirus Plus doesn’t have Firewall, Webcam Protection, Parental Controls, VPN, and File Encryption. It also doesn’t improve the performance of your device.

Bitdefender Internet Security

Bitdefender Internet Security is for people who want protection from several online dangers. It has all the features of Antivirus Plus. Plus it comes with Firewall, File Encryption, and Parental Controls. It also protects your webcam and files. Internet Security lacks Performance Booster and Anti-Theft feature.

Bitdefender Total Security

The Total Security is the full-featured suite from Bitdefender. Also, it comes with multi-device support. With its subscription, you can shield 5 of your devices. It works on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. However, Windows version has all the features while other versions have according to their OS feature limitations.

Bitdefender Family Pack

Bitdefender Family Pack is not another suite. It is the Total Security which comes for your whole family. It has all the features of Total Security. Family Pack is idle for people who want to install Bitdefender in every device in their family. Like Total Security, it also works on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. You can use it on a maximum 15 number of devices.

Virus Scanner for Mac

Bitdefender Virus Scanner is like the Antivirus Free Edition, but it is for Mac. This tool doesn’t offer protection, but it can remove the virus infection. Virus Scanner doesn’t have other important features that Bitdefender offers in the paid version.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is full-featured antivirus. It protects your Mac from malware and also removes them. It comes with VPN and Ransomware Shield. Antivirus for Mac boosts the performance of your device. It also protects your credentials from the Phishing websites.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is the same version that you get with Total Security. So, if you are purchasing the Total Security or Family Pack, there is no need to buy Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac separately.

To get a clear idea of which product has which feature, I have created a table for you.

Features/Products Antivirus Free Antivirus Plus Internet Security Total Security Family Pack
Intelligent Antivirus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Threat Defense Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ransomware Protection No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Online Support No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web Attack Prevention Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Security Advisor No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Online Banking Protection No Yes Yes Yes Yes
VPN No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Password Manager No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Search Advisor No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Phishing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vulnerability Scan No Yes Yes Yes Yes
File Shredder No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Webcam Protection No No Yes Yes Yes
Firewall No No Yes Yes Yes
Safe Files No No Yes Yes Yes
Parental Control No No Yes Yes Yes
File Encryption No No Yes Yes Yes
Anti-Theft No No No Yes Yes
Speed-up Devices No No No Yes Yes
Multi-Device Support No No No Yes Yes
Family Device Protection No No No No Yes

After looking at the features of both companies suites, it is crystal clear that Bitdefender offers more features than Malwarebytes. So, Bitdefender is the Winner here.

Malwarebytes Vs Bitdefender – Which has better Protection?

We cannot decide which one is better without comparing the protection capabilities of both security suites. To know which security suite has better protection I will take reference from two Antivirus Test Institutes. AV-Test and AV-Comparatives test the protection capabilities of popular anti-viruses and give them scores.

Older anti-viruses use signature-based detection method. In this method, antivirus matches the file signature in their database. When its signature matches it blocks that file. The updation of signature in the database takes lots of time. Nowadays thousands of malware are emerging in every single day. So, this method is ineffective.

Now a new method is used to detect new malware also known as zero-day malware. This method analyzes the behavior of the programs, and when its actions matched the malware description, antivirus blocks it. So, antivirus uses the signature-based approach to detect known threats, and for unknown risks, they use behavior-based detection.

Malwarebytes and Bitdefender both security suites works on these two methods. They use the signature method to catch known malware and also analyzes behavior to detect the zero-day malware. Now, let’s consider the AV test institutes scores.

AV-Test Results of Malwarebytes and Bitdefender

According to AV-Test protection test in October 2018, Bitdefender’s performance was outstanding. Bitdefender got the score of 6/6, while Malwarebytes only got 4/6 score.

In the real-world test of zero-day malware, AV-Test used 311 samples of unknown threats. Malwarebytes blocks 97.2% malware in October month test. While in September month test, it prevents only 94.1% malware. This score is less than the industry average of 99.4%.

AV-Test Result of Protection for Malwarebytes
AV-Test Result of Protection for Malwarebytes

Not only this but Malwarebytes also not performs well in the signature-based detection. AV-Test used 21257 samples of widespread malware. In October and September month test, Malwarebytes blocked 99.6% threats while the industry average in this test is 100%.

In the same test, Bitdefender’s performance was up to the mark. In the real-world analysis of zero-day malware, Bitdefender blocked all the 311 samples in October and September month test.

AV-Test for Protection of Bitdefender
AV-Test for Protection of Bitdefender

It got similar scores in the signature-based test. Bitdefender blocks all the 21257 samples of widespread malware.

It is clear that regarding protection Bitdefender is a winner here.

AV-Comparatives Results of Malwarebytes and Bitdefender

AV-Comparatives conducted the most recent test in June 2018. Bitdefender’s performance was outstanding, while Malwarebytes was not part of the test. So we cannot compare their performance here.

In the Real-World Protection Test, AV-Comparatives used 1078 samples of zero-day malware. Bitdefender blocked 99.8% and compromised only 2 of them. Bitdefender blocks two legitimate files/websites in the false positive test. With this performance, Bitdefender got Advanced+ award.

Real World Protection Test

The Malware Protection Test is for known malware which uses the signature-based detection method. In this Bitdefender again got the Advanced+ award. AV-Comparatives uses 11890 samples of widespread malware, Bitdefender blocked 99.99% threats and compromised only 1. In the false positive test, Bitdefender blocks nine legitimate websites/files.

Malware Protection Test 1

Bitdefender Vs Malwarebytes – Impact on Performance

Any computer program that runs on your system consumes some of the resources. They need RAM, CPU, and Hard Disk to work. What if you install a program and it starts consuming all your available system resources? Your PC will not perform correctly and could also crash.

So we need to know which of these security suites takes fewer system resources. To understand this, I have to take the reference from these two AV test institutes again.

AV-Test for Performance of Malwarebytes and Bitdefender

AV-Test conducts the performance test on various levels. It checks the performance by installing apps, copying files, opening popular websites, downloading apps, and launching apps. It also compares the impact on the performance of other security suites.

In the AV-Test, Malwarebytes got 5/6 score, while Bitdefender got 6/6 score. Below is the result of Malwarebytes.

AV-Test Result of Performance for Malwarebytes
AV-Test Result of Performance for Malwarebytes

If we take the average of the total score, then Malwarebytes puts 21.2% impact on the performance of a standard PC. While the industry average in this category is 10.8%. Similarly, on the high-end PCs, its average effect is 14.8%, while the industry average is 11.8%. Below is the test result of Bitdefender.

AV-Test for Performance of Bitdefender
AV-Test for Performance of Bitdefender

Bitdefender gains 6/6 score in the performance test. Its average impact on the standard PC is 8.2% while the industry average is 10.8%. On the High-End PCs, its average effect is 8.4% while the industry average is 11.8%.

Malwarebytes average impact on the performance of PCs is 18% while Bitdefender’s is 8.3%. It is clear that Bitdefender puts less impact on the performance of your PCs than Malwarebytes. So, Bitdefender is a winner here.

AV-Comparatives Performance Test of Malwarebytes and Bitdefender

The AV-Comparatives did the performance test in October 2018. Bitdefender’s performance score was outstanding while Malwarebytes was not part of the test. So, we could not conclude here.

AV-Comparatives Test for Performance Award
AV-Comparatives Test for Performance Award

Bitdefender put 8.7 impact on the system performance and got the Advanced+ award.

Malwarebytes Vs Bitdefender – Impact on your Pocket

Malwarebytes Products Price for 1 Year / Devices
Malwarebytes Premium $70.79 / 3 Devices
Malwarebytes Free Free
Bitdefender Products Price for 1 Year / Devices
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus $59.99 / 3 Devices
Bitdefender Internet Security $79.99 / 3 Devices
Bitdefender Total Security $89.99 / 5 Devices
Bitdefender Family Pack $119.99 / 15 Devices
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac $59.99 / 3 Devices
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition Free
Virus Scanner for Mac Free

Malwarebytes’s cost for one device for one year is $47.19. I included the three device cost in the table to give you the clear comparison from Bitdefender’s cost. Regarding price, Malwarebytes is the winner here. However, if you compare the features, you get more in Bitdefender by paying more.

Malwarebytes Vs Bitdefender – User Opinions

According to the users on forums, Malwarebytes is better than Bitdefender. Most user reports that Bitdefender is buggy and slows down the system a lot.

Below is a user that suggest to not go for Bitdefender.

Malwarebytes Vs Bitdefender - User Opinion 1

Another user thinks that Bitdefender offers more than Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes Vs Bitdefender - User Opinion 2

Here another user tells that Bitdefender is heavier on our system resources than Malwarebytes, that’s opposite the test scores.

Malwarebytes Vs Bitdefender - User Opinion 3

To know which Antimalware is popular, I will take the reference from OPSWAT report. It does the research and publishes the market share reports of top anti-malware.

OPSWAT Report - Bitdefender Vs Avast
OPSWAT October 2018 Antimalware Market Share Report

According to its October 2018 Report, Malwarebytes has more significant market share than Bitdefender. Malwarebytes is on the second number in the top 10 list with 12.49% market share. While Bitdefender is at the fourth position with a 10.65% share.

So, according to user opinions and this market share report, Malwarebytes is a winner here.

The Conclusion

Malwarebytes and Bitdefender both antiviruses are good. Bitdefender is a full-featured antivirus suite while Malwarebytes is a simple antimalware. Bitdefender has an extended range of different products with various features. While Malwarebytes have only a Free and a Premium version, to conclude the comparison if you want a simple antimalware that occupies fewer system resources, then Malwarebytes is a good choice. However, you have to consider its low protection capabilities compared to Bitdefender.

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