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Every once in a while, I’ll run into a program that has so many features that I feel intimidated just looking at it. Programs like this are so powerful and monstrous that I won’t even know where to start and I’ll feel like I’m being pummeled in the face with a massive learning curve.

Fortunately, Bitdefender Total Security 2013 is packed full of features without the impossible learning curve. This thing is a gargantuan software package that has everything you’ll ever need when it comes to computer security. I’ve never seen such a comprehensive protection suite.

Bitdefender Total Security 2013 is available for $79.95 USD on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. For a package as useful as this, the price tag is definitely worth it. However, we’ve got a great offer for you, MakeUseOf readers! This week, we’ll be giving away 25 copies of Bitdefender Total Security 2013 worth a total of $2,000 for FREE!

Do you want a copy? Of course you do. Procuring one of these free copies is extremely easy, too — all you have to do is read through this review. The giveaway details will be at the bottom of this post.

System Specifications

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Bitdefender Total Security 2013 is a big beast of a defender. As such, it will require a good amount of computer firepower. It uses nearly 1 GB of hard drive space and you’ll need a CPU with a decent speed as well as a sizeable portion of RAM.

If you don’t use all of the available features, then it’s possible that you’ll be able to get by with a computer that isn’t as powerful. For best performance, though, you’ll want to stick to the recommended specifications.

Antivirus & Antispyware

Bitdefender Total Security 2013’s antivirus and antispyware scanner is both quick and effective. You’ll have a choice from 5 different modes when running a scan:

  • Quick Scan: A typical scan, usually used for regular maintenance.
  • System Scan: A slower but fuller scan that digs into the recesses of your computer for problems.
  • Custom Scan: Pick and choose where you want to scan.
  • Vulnerability Scan: Search for vulnerabilities in your system (as opposed to infected files).
  • Rescue Mode: Restarts your computer and runs in a safe mode to remove viruses from your system.


Bitdefender Total Security 2013 not only protects your computer from software threats, but it can also help when you’ve physically lost your device. If someone breaks into your car and steals your laptop, the Antitheft feature gives you a few options on how to respond.

Using the MyBitdefender dashboard (which you can find online), you can:

  • Locate your missing device by using Google’s WiFi geolocation and IP localization.
  • Lock access to your device by using the Windows native API. This lock can be lifted by entering a PIN code into the device. This PIN can be set through MyBitdefender.
  • Wipe all of the data from your device in case your device has sensitive information that cannot be shared. This option will use special rewriting techniques to ensure that recovery of data is impossible.


With the Firewall feature, you can enable and disable certain types of traffic, specific programs and applications, and you can even set different trust levels for different network adapters (if your computer has more than one). The Firewall will constantly monitor your network activity and alert you when sketchy things happen.

Performance Optimizer

Bitdefender Total Security 2013 will help clean up your computer and optimize its performance. Using the Tuneup feature, you can run a number of routines.

  • PC Clean-Up: Scans your computer for unnecessary files to free up space.
  • Disk Defragmenter: Defragments your hard drive for faster load times.
  • Duplicate Finder: Finds duplicates to free up space.
  • Registry Cleaner: Organizes and cleans the Windows Registry for performance.
  • Registry Recovery: In case you want to roll back to a previous version of the Windows Registry.

Parental Controls

The Parental Controls feature is a way to monitor and limit the Internet access of one or more persons. Through the MyBitdefender dashboard, you can log and view the Internet activity of someone, including: browsing habits, application usage, instant messaging, SMS texting, and Facebook activity.


Safebox is a feature that allows you to back up and sync your important data on Bitdefender’s secure online servers. Local files and folders on Safebox will be synchronized with other clients registered to the same Bitdefender account. With Safebox, changes made to your files are saved so that you can recover deleted files and restore changes to a previous version.

Bitdefender Total Security 2013 comes with 2GB of free storage and integrates directly into Windows Explorer.


Safepay is a hardened browser that offers protection when using data-sensitive services, such as when you check your bank records or make online transactions. Bitdefender’s Safepay browser automatically detects when you’re using an online banking or online payment website.

Safepay also has Hotspot Protection, which will secure your online transactions when using a public Internet connection by creating an unbreachable connection between you and the online shop or bank. Further protect yourself by using Safepay’s Virtual Keyboard to type in your details and avoid nasty keyloggers from stealing your information.

Download a copy of Bitdefender Total Security 2013 and try it absolutely free. Again, we’re giving away 25 free copies to all of our loyal and beloved MakeUseOf fans and readers. As a reminder, Bitdefender Total Security 2013 only runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

How do I win a copy of Bitdefender Total Security 2013?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions. Please note that we’ve included a new entry method which utilises your MakeUseOf points.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page, our Twitter stream and Google+ page.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Arun Singh
  • Aswin Kumar
  • Bindu.K.M
  • Briareoushex
  • Dani Bashour
  • Dylan
  • Gerald Vavasis
  • Hilary Wade
  • Jasmin
  • Joseph Koval
  • Justin Yang
  • Kelly Buchanan
  • Luciano
  • Marlon So
  • Maurice Barbari
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Pma
  • Ranveer Aubeeluck
  • Ryan Geofe Salapang
  • Samsudeen Hussain
  • Shehan Nirmal
  • Stephen Knooren
  • Uday

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from If you require any assistance, please get in touch with before July 13. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, July 6th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

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    November 15, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Wanted asc with antivirus 2013 desperately in vain. Awaits the pleasure to look
    forward of an antivirus giveaways........regards

  2. Samsudeen Hussain
    July 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you guys. Would love to win the android versio also.

  3. Robert F.
    July 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I just want to thank you for reinforcing my decision to purchase BD Total Security 2013 for yet another year. I was a 2012 Total Security user and 'beta tested' the 2013 version; but, I had decided to go another way in terms of PC security. I tried a different Internet Security suite for a couple of months and although I was not infected in any way, I just did not feel as 'protected.' I have reinstalled (and purchased) Total Security 2013 and am pleased that people (you) with more technical savvy than me feel that it is a great product.

    • Joel Lee
      July 11, 2012 at 5:04 am

      Great! Thanks for your feedback. I don't know about the rest of the staff here, but I sure love it when our write-ups are appreciated. I hope Bitdefender's 2013 Total Security serves you well!

  4. Elviro
    July 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    And the winners are ? ...

    • Joel Lee
      July 11, 2012 at 5:05 am

      The list is updated. You can find it under the "Step 1" section in the "How Do I Win?" portion of the post. Thanks.

  5. Muhammad Ahmad
    July 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I downloaded the 90days trial version from bitdefender facebook page. The program is very nice but it always slow down my pc.

  6. Mayank Agarwal
    July 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Please update and list the winners...

    • Joel Lee
      July 11, 2012 at 5:06 am

      The list is updated. You can find it under the "Step 1" section in the "How Do I Win?" portion of the post. Thanks!

  7. naresh
    July 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    one of the best giveaway....i have seen....thanks to "MAKEUSEOF"..

  8. YourCaringPal
    July 6, 2012 at 5:09 am

    This Antivirus is awesome. :)

  9. Liu Chalice
    July 6, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks :D

  10. fibroman
    July 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Does anyone know where there is a list of previous makeuseof giveaway results?

    • Saikat Basu
      July 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      We don't have a consolidated list of past winners as such.

  11. ayman
    July 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you very much for the giveaway

  12. Mrtax2005
    July 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Great giveaway. Thanks!

  13. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 4, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I like this bitdefender, one of the best anti viruses for this moment

  14. Giri Mirso
    July 4, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Thanks for the nice review and contest. Please count me in.
    Best regards

  15. Elviro
    July 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Make use of ...

    Bit Defender!!!

  16. Shehan Nirmal
    July 3, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I see so much functions in this Bitdefender new version, such as Safebox, Safepay, Parental control, that I used with Kaspersky PURE... I think this version will become the best Virus Guard 2013...!

  17. Sushil Kathpalia
    July 3, 2012 at 5:48 am

    The recommended antivirus for PC/Laptop...but it is not for my netbook
    I wish their were a special bit-defender antivirus for my netbook which does not slow down netbook...

  18. Emanuel
    July 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Bit Defender is realy good. I no because I use it.

  19. Emanuel
    July 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    good luck to you Makeuseof. Good initiative.

    • Emanuel
      July 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      wrong e-mail, sorry. Corrected.

  20. Hakim Amamou
    July 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I will Be The Winner :) im sure

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    July 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm

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  22. Ben
    July 1, 2012 at 11:29 am

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  23. Muhammad Ahmad
    July 1, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Used bitdefender 2012 version, it was slowing down my pc performance. But I still want to try 2013 and will use it if it works well. I am currently using Microsoft Security Essentials and it is working very well.

  24. Emma
    July 1, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Great giveaway,please count me in,thanks?

  25. Siewfoong Lee
    July 1, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Used to buy Bitdefender from 2009 onwards, for myself and family. Only person in office NOT tobe hit by the seasonal trojan or virus. Not working now, on sick leave until....? Would love to win this.

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    June 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

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    June 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm


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    June 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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  29. Arshad
    June 30, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Is it good over any other anti theft or anti virus softwares?

  30. Mayur Godhani
    June 29, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I want it !! Thanks makeuseof for this great Bitdefender 2013 giveaway :)

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    June 29, 2012 at 3:39 am

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  32. Jeffrey S
    June 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I'm In !!!!
    Good luck to all!!

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    June 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

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    June 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you, BitDefender one of the best anti-virus programs! I really hope to be among the winners. All the participants good luck!

  35. John Hollingsworth
    June 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I use and like BDTS. I would really like a free copy.

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    June 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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  37. Luciano
    June 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

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  38. Dennis J Woodworth
    June 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

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    June 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

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    June 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

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    June 28, 2012 at 11:27 am

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    June 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

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  46. Muhlis
    June 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

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    June 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

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    June 28, 2012 at 5:49 am

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    June 28, 2012 at 3:45 am

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    June 28, 2012 at 3:24 am

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    June 28, 2012 at 1:31 am

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  54. Kelly Buchanan
    June 28, 2012 at 1:22 am

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  55. Samit Tandukar
    June 28, 2012 at 12:51 am

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  56. Gerwell Taroma
    June 28, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I have been into bitdefender since early 2011 and it's really good and what it does, that's why i would love owning of luck to everyone...

  57. Owen
    June 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Thank's Joel on giveaway.

  58. Dejan
    June 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

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  59. Brian Howard
    June 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Awesome giveaway!

  60. Guy in Vic
    June 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Now this is one great giveaway..... Thanks MakeUseOf & Bitdefender

  61. Manide
    June 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    This giveaway comes right in time. Good luck!

  62. Donna B
    June 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Okay I don't know what's going on this is the third giveaway I've tried to enter, I have the right code from the FB page, and I submit and get an error saying refresh and try again the code I entered was wrong, I try again and it says the email has already been used, so I can re-enter it, what do I do now Thanks Donna B

    • Tina
      July 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm


      If it says the email address was already used, then you probably entered successfully. Which browser are you using? Sounds like an issue with Internet Explorer.

    • Achraf Almouloudi
      July 10, 2012 at 2:46 am

      If the code is wrong you would never see the form unless it is browser issue .

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