Empirican comparison of ESET and BitDefender security solutions

Hi all - I would appreciate if someone could give me good empirical overview of ESET vs BitDefender solutions.

I have been using ESET solutions in business environments for many years now, but as businesses grew, their ways of doing thing became cumbersome. I am looking at BitDefender due to their cloud based management and advertised phenomenal detection rates.

It would be great if you could also point strengths /weaknesses of both solutions regarding server products (Windows).

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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
So far Bitdefender do render better review and in past test, it has good detection. Its most recent build has a new interface design and included related social networking security awareness check (scans your Facebook wall and filters out potentially malicious links) and it adopted a virtual layer when using browser to separate browser from OS to reduce exposure. ESET NOD in a review stated fared lower and not very effective in detecting rootkit and malware (esp when ready signature is not updated or available, some heuristic needs to kick that may be lacking ..)

I also see in third party assessment that did not really deviate from my above feedbacks. For example, Bitdefender is better in detection (99.7%) as compared to ESET (98.6%) though it seems quite a marginal difference only. But for such software, we need to set highest bar as practical and expect no worst than the other AV too - the impact is great when we get badly infected and bypass leaking out personal data.

Also another check is the rate of false positive - ESET may fares better (1 vs 9 for Bitdefender) but maybe I will err on the safe side and create exception if that is the case but true positive rate has to be highest. Therefore, I will also consider an anti-exploit layer (e.g. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit) besides the offered anti-malware capability from either AVs.

Hope the below comparison may help in the consideration too..

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