BullGuard Internet Security is a very comprehensive security suite with a stack of features.

There's a strong antivirus engine, of course. A firewall detects and blocks network attacks. The vulnerability scanner highlights missing updates for your applications. The spam filter keeps your Inbox clean, browsing protection prevents you accessing malicious websites, parental controls keep your kids safe online, a PC optimisation tool improves system performance, there's an online backup tool (with 5GB free online storage space), and the list goes on.

The v16 edition brings improved protection against threats which launch before Windows, helping to keep rootkits and ransomware at bay.

Browsing protection now keeps you safe from more exploits, can quarantine threats without user intervention, and has less impact on your system performance.

The Backup tool offers 5GB of online storage space, as before. But if you don't want to have to manage yet another cloud storage account, then BullGuard Internet Security can also back up any chosen files or folders directly to your Dropbox account (with optional encryption), either on demand or as a scheduled event.

Enhanced Parental Controls do a better job of keeping parents informed, with more detailed reports, and notifications to keep you in touch with what's happening.

The PC Tune Up module has been revamped with better detection and viewing of your system's junk files, a smart new duplicate file detector, and an enhanced boot manager to help see and control exactly what's happening online. (The latter isn't just another startup program viewer, either - it actually monitors your boot processes, then displays a detailed graph showing you the performance impact of each one.)

Verdict

A powerful security suite with plenty of features.