Defencebyte Antivirus Review: Tools for Protection
Antivirus companies often try selling a complete bundle of tools that are supposed to bring users ultimate security. However, sometimes users seek much simpler tools, with no need for intricate bundles.
Defencebyte brings users four different packages with no overlapping features, so users can choose a more personalized product to serve whatever purpose they need.
But are these products worth it? And do they do their job well enough?
How does Defencebyte antivirus fare against its competition, and is it worth it? This article contains the necessary details about the plans, features, prices, pros, and cons of Defencebyte AV to help you decide.
The major point when buying an antivirus is how secure the product is, so we ask the question, can Defencebyte antivirus protect our devices from viruses, malware, and other causes of harm?
To answer that, we check the following regarding security and protection:
1. Third-party lab test results
When checked, Defencebyte antivirus lacked data from third-party testing labs, including AV-Test, AV-Comparatives, and SE Labs. This makes it hard to assess, as third-party labs test many harmful files that can be found across the internet, making them an excellent source to assess an antivirus's security.
2. Firewall and IDS protection
Defencebyte antivirus lacks a firewall which means your device will have to use the Windows Defender Firewall. A firewall monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic providing users with an intruder detection system (IDS) to protect users from possible threats that might harm their devices.
3. USB Rescue ToolKit
Defencebyte antivirus doesn't provide a USB rescue toolkit. A USB rescue toolkit is the last line of defense backup mechanism, which can be used by pre-installing the rescue toolkit on a USB or disk, which is then used when your device won't start up due to harmful software, or when a malware that is dependent on your device booting has infected your device.
Defencebyte has three products that provide different features based on user needs: Privacy Shield, Anti-Ransomware, and Computer Optimization products.
It's important to note that Defencebyte antivirus is compatible only with Windows.
Details on the products are as follows:
1. Defencebyte Privacy Shield
The Privacy Shield product is a browser history cleaner software that includes the following features:
- Removes all chat records: Protecting your private conversation has never been easier; with Privacy Shield, you don't need to worry about people sneaking glances at your convos.
- Erases browsing history: Because your browser history can be used to track you and is considered a privacy breach in a way, Privacy Shield protects you from prying eyes.
- Automatic scheduled scan: Privacy Shield's management software regularly runs to ensure that your device is safe and clean.
- Protects user's credentials: Privacy Shield promises its users to protect their login credentials and other important information.
- Effective File Shredder: This feature helps you get rid of unwanted files forever by shredding them and erasing all traces of these files, so you never have to see them again.
2. Defencebyte Anti-Ransomware
Defencebyte Anti-Ransomware is, as the name suggests, a specialist against ransomware. However, it doesn't provide extra features, as that is left for the other products. So what does Defencebyte Anti-Ransomware exactly do?
- Scheduled scanning: In the modern world, time is of the essence; delays, even when unintentional, can cause significant losses. This rule isn't different when considering ransomware scanning, but everything has its proper timing.
The scheduled scanning feature makes sure you can plan ahead of time when you want your system scanned so you can be sure that you're investing your time correctly and efficiently while keeping your device safe.
- Remediation and rollback: Rollback is a mechanism that restores files to their state before encryption by ransomware software.
- Assured Automatic and Live Updates: Recent statistics suggest that over 500,000 new malware are created and detected daily. If we've learned anything throughout the years, it's that their creators become more creative by the day.
To keep up with every new ransomware out there, an automatic update is provided so you can be sure that your protection is up to date.
3. Defencebyte Computer Optimizer
The computer optimizer acts as a cleanup tool to remove any files that may slow down and take space from your device's resources. In addition, it provides users with the following:
- Block Unwanted URL: The Computer Optimizer makes sure you can block pesky URLs that pop up all the time, which can be annoying at times. In addition, it doubles as a partial parental control, blocking websites that might be inappropriate for your child, making sure you remain safe.
- PC Performance Improvement: Your device can get clogged up with time, as more and more unless files pile up.
PC performance optimizers are cleanup tools that can remove useless files, including empty registry keys, erase uninstalled entries, erase invalid paths and programs, eradicate non-existent shared DLLs, and delete useless file extensions.
Among the significant extra features provided by antiviruses, Defencebyte antivirus stands as follows:
Defencebyte provides a password protector as part of its Security and Privacy product.
Repetitive use of the same password, over and over, could get you hacked across all your accounts when hacked on one. On the other hand, using many passwords puts you at risk of forgetting them. Password managers are the perfect solution.
Defencebyte antivirus doesn't provide a parental control feature. However, with the computer optimizer, a URL blacklist function is available.
Parental control allows worried parents to take care of their children and make sure they are surfing safe parts of the internet and when they are allowed to do so.
Although Defencebyte doesn't have parental control per se, however, with the computer optimizer product, a blacklist function that can block certain URLs is available, which functions as a primitive parental control tool.
If you think a complete version of parental control is essential for you, including which and when websites are blocked, I recommend using Norton 360 or Bitdefender instead.
Defencebyte antivirus doesn't have a premium VPN service.
VPN is a tool that is meant to provide protection and security and even view geo-restricted content (i.e., content that isn't available in your country). In addition, using a VPN will encrypt your data with 256-bit encryption and makes it impossible to decipher without the decypher key, keeping online information secure from hackers.
Defencebyte antivirus doesn't provide online backup.
The presence of encrypted online backup can give peace of mind, especially when one has sensitive documents relating to work, personal, and sensitive files. Moreover, with the online backup, a user can find his files saved if the main files are lost, which can prove helpful.
Defencebyte antivirus provides a great user experience for users, be it in the form of the scan, which can be optimized to either quick scan, custom scan, or deep scan to suit your needs. It also provides a simple-to-use user interface regardless of the product. On the other hand, the customer support seemed a bit lacking, as we had a bit of trouble navigating the website for information.
1. Ease of use
The user interface is easy to use with a left-hand side menu to navigate sections. First, the overview section will show you the general situation. Last, scan a large scan button to start scanning with the option to change the type of scanning from below.
Accessing the utility tools is possible from the tabs above; changing settings can be done by the settings icon from the bottom right or the manage tab from above. Thus, it is relatively easy to navigate through the application easily.
2. Customer support
In terms of customer support, the following methods of contact are available for users when they need help:
- Knowledge base
- Email and ticketing
Defencebyte antivirus prices per plan are summarized in a table:
|Plan||Anti-Ransomware||Privacy Shield||Computer Optimizer|
Payment methods include:
- Major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard).
Defencebyte antivirus provides users with a 30-day trial period to try their premium product to make sure they are satisfied with the product.
In addition to the 30-days trial, a 30-day money-back guarantee is also available, adding up to 60 days of risk-free use of Defencebyte antivirus until you make up your mind.
Is Defencebytes worth it? Defencebyes offers users a large number of services without forcing them to adhere to all of them. You can choose a specific service and exclude the other, which sounds nice.
In terms of security, we can't be 100% sure. It passed our tests against malware. However, a small sample is hardly enough to judge an antivirus as absolutely safe. The lack of third-party testing is our biggest issue, as third-party testing labs would expose antiviruses to a more than adequate sample.
Still, it definitely provides some excellent properties that make any antivirus secure, such as the sandboxing environment to test a program without risking infection or the rollback on ransomware that ensures your files won't be encrypted.