Bitdefender and Avira provide top-of-the-line malware security that includes real-time protection and ransomware security. Both are simple to use and even those who are new to cybersecurity can get started in no time. Additionally, both offer numerous additional features, including a VPN and file shredder, additional privacy protections, and one-click optimization.

Avira and Bitdefender both have outstanding overall scores in independent testing labs. However, in this particular round, I’d have to give the advantage to Bitdefender because of its superior performance in the AV-Comparatives Performance Test, which measures the impact security software has on a computer’s performance. Its low impact score indicates that it runs in the background, without slowing down your computer -unlike its rivals.

AV-Comparatives evaluates the impact of each product’s performance on the system in the course of regular computer tasks like browsing websites, downloading and copying files. Bitdefender was the only contender to pass this test with a perfect score. Avira was a close second.

Both offer a superior level of customer service. Avira offers a useful knowledge base and YouTube channel, whereas Bitdefender offers a complete support hub with a phone number as well as live chat, email support, and videos of tutorials. The support hub is well-organized by product, so you can quickly find the assistance you require.