Once BullGuard is installed and running on your computer, you can open it and use its various features to scan your computer, backup files to a safe location, setup your Parental Control profiles or configure the Firewall to match your network security needs.
The BullGuard main screen provides quick access to both application plug-ins and the Settings where you choose how the various modules behave and function on your computer. On the main BullGuard window you will also find recommendations for actions you can perform to improve your computer’s security.
The BullGuard toolbar includes:
- the Run section from where you can quickly reach basic actions to perform (such as running Antivirus scans, Backup profiles for safeguarding information or Tune Up sweeps to optimize computer performance)
- the Support & Help section with direct access to BullGuard’s Support Team (via Live Chat or e-mail)
- the Control Panel from where you can reach each BullGuard module
In the lower left corner of the main application screen, you can find the Settings menu, where you can alter options for all BullGuard plug-ins, and the update button. While BullGuard is set by default to look for updates every 2 hours, you can also manually update the application by clicking on the Last update button.
From the Run tab, you can run Antivirus scans, start backup tasks or check the computer for wasted space or Windows Registry optimization with the Tune Up module.
Scan: the Run button will start a full system Antivirus scan for malware on your computer.
Full System Scan: by clicking the Run button, you start a complex scan that will use the Antivirus to check your computer for malware, the Vulnerability scanners to look for possible issues with installed software and the PC Tune Up to check if your computer’s performance can be optimized.
Backup: clicking on the Run button allows you to start Backup tasks based on previously created profiles. You will be asked to choose what Backup profile you would like to run. If you haven’t managed to create a profile yet, just click on the New Backup to do so.
Choose Backup profile: click on the drop-down menu to choose what Backup profile to run.
Start Backup: once a profile has been selected, click this button to run the profile.
New Backup: if you haven’t defined a profile yet, click on New Backup to open the new Backup profile guide.
PC Tune Up: click on the Run button to start a sweep of your computer with the PC Tune Up module to check for ways to optimize your computer’s performance.
Help and Support
This section provides instant access to our Support Team for any questions you may have regarding viruses, the BullGuard features, your subscription or anything else connected to BullGuard and our products. The BullGuard Support service is free of charge for all BullGuard users, paid or trial accounts alike.
Live chat: click on the Chat with us button to access the Live Chat feature. This allows you to speak directly with one of our Support Technicians.
Send e-mail: click on this button to send an e-mail to the Support Team. You can use this option if your question does not require an urgent reply or if you have been asked to provide our Support Team with various details, such as log files or screenshots. Note that if you have an e-mail client already set up on your computer, BullGuard will use it to create a new e-mail to send to our supporters.
Browse help topics: will open a web page in your default browser where you can read the BullGuard Internet Security guides posted on our website.
Account: will open a web page in your default browser to your online BullGuard account login page.
This section lists all BullGuard Internet Security modules. They are split into categories to make it easier for you to identify their purpose and use.
This section houses the security-related modules such as the Antivirus, Firewall, Spamfilter and Vulnerability scanner that keep your computer safe from malware and other security threats.
Antivirus: takes you to the Antivirus plug-in where you can create custom scan profiles, scan your computer using one of the pre-defined profiles or review and manage Quarantined files.
Firewall: click on this button to go to the Firewall module where you can edit rules, review network events or check your Firewall logs in case you need to further fine-tune the module to match your network settings.
Spamfilter: allows quick access to the Spamfilter module where you can manage both your whitelist and blacklist or start configuring the Spamfilter to suit your email client.
Vulnerabilities: this plug-in allows you to review the list with outdated software that represents a potential danger to your computer’s security.
In this section you will find the Backup module through which you can create profiles to backup important information remotely, to our secured servers, or locally, on an external drive or on CDs/DVDs.
This section houses the Parental Control module that helps you manage your children’s online behaviour. It allows you to set up profiles through which you can define what programs they can use on the computer, what websites they can access or whether they can use the computer or the Internet connection.
PC Tune Up
In this area you will find the PC Tune Up plug-in used for optimizing your computer’s performance and the Game Mode feature that allows you to define BullGuard’s behavior when running games.