Question for the Dev's about this server down issue that other members experienced? 1)Does this mean that during that 4 hour time period I was protected, but with outdated virus definitions? Not a big deal I guess, but I'm just curious. 2)What plugins are affected by the server being down? 3)Is my av still active during a server downtime?
The Antivirus definitions were not affected in any way, so you have been protected without interruption.
The accounts themselves could not be refreshed (if any changes existed), our websites, backup and Safe Browsing (the green checkmars in your searches) were also not available within this time frame. This has been displayed on as many of our sites as possible.
Everything is now back online. We tested the sites and services from a number of locations around the world and were getting correct responses, but if you have any difficulties, as usual, please contact our Support Team, so we can assist.
Any planned maintenance work will come with information on the exact work we are doing, if this work can disrupt yours. Unplanned maintenance in only posted if the issue can not be remedied withing a few hours. Emergencies are handled immediately, without delay. The answer to your third question unfortunately depends on which server is down.
If you can not connect to the server that is serving you antivirus definitions it doesn't mean that you stop being protected with the ones you already have. It just means that your security is not at it's possible best, since the definitions are not the newest possible. If this would happen, you would be prompted by both BullGuard and Windows and you would be asked to contact Support. In case we have any (planned) downtime on the Antivirus definitions (which is highly unlikely to happen any time soon), we would have manual updates available handy.
I have said it before, but I will say it again. At BullGuard, our users are always our first priority. We use our experience and knowledge, gather all user feedback and come back with a product that protects your computer while still being easy to use. Every small detail is taken into consideration and we implement most, if not all, good ideas.
However, BullGuard, just like any other program (or any other technical related operation), may need some maintenance that can not be done without interrupting normal operations. Since it's in our users best interest that we do it, we do it even if some of our users will be inconvenienced.
We will always keep you informed of what is going on though.