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Bitdefender Antivirus Free

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  • All versions:

    3.0 stars

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 8
  • Current version:

    2.4 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do Not Use! Dangerous."

    April 15, 2014  |   By rpcohen

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

    Pros

    You don't have to download and install it and there are good alternatives available.

    Cons

    The free version has a number of problems but the most serious is that it will not let you restore an item placed in quarantine back to working order. It has a restore button next to each quarantined item but the button doesn't do anything in the free version. Instead, you will be forced to purchase the paid-for version in order to restore the files. If the quarantined item happens to be important to your system then you're basically screwed. There are ways to manually restore the quarantined files via Safe Mode but that's not a solution at all for most users.

    Summary

    Avoid this software. It can critically damage your system and force you to purchase the full version in order to fix the damage it causes.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Just not good enough in its current state"

    March 30, 2014  |   By Scree

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

    Pros

    - Famous Bitdefender top protection for free
    - Supposedly "lightest" AV ever made
    - Uses 64-bit processes unlike most other AVs
    - Truly set and forget (to a fault)

    Cons

    - Small but ugly UI window
    - Cannot add exclusions until "too late"
    - No tweak settings whatsoever
    - Tends to freeze/crash too often

    Summary

    This AV sounded great at first, but it has too many strikes against it in its current state. And maybe this AV is the "lightest" one around in terms of system performance, but that seems to come at the expense of it using over 200MB of non-paged kernel ram (other AVs never go that high that I've seen).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good Free Product"

    March 20, 2014  |   By TimidCat

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

    Pros

    Lightweight - Does not affect the system speed in anyway.
    Detection Rate - Found a few Malware that my old AV(Avast) did not.
    Simple Clean Interface - Simple design. No unnecessary button.
    Silent - Protects you silently in the background with no interruption.

    Cons

    Not many customization.
    Very little feature.
    Cannot Schedule scans.

    Summary

    This AV silently and unobtrusively protect you from virus while you enjoy your PC without worrying about any kind of virus. On the other hand, the simple and easy to use interface comes with the cost of functions and settings. This software is good for users who just want a nice, safe protection for their system without having to fuss over the settings, although, this AV is not recommended for sophisticated users who likes adjustable and customizable software.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stay Away if Running Windows XP"

    March 15, 2014  |   By Pronounce

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

    Pros

    Supposedly good virus detection.

    Cons

    Requires .NET, which must be removed from Windows XP due to many exploits and MS not supporting Windows XP.

    Summary

    Windows XP will not be updated past April 8, 2014. Since BitDefender Free installs .NET you're just asking for viruses after 4-8-14. Note: MS patches .NET all the time, due to it's large virus attack surface.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dont even try. Horrible!"

    March 13, 2014  |   By duayres

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

    Pros

    Free, maybe?

    Cons

    Low detection rate, ALWAYS ask for reboot even if the object isn't on memory, and FREEZES A LOT. Crash. CRASH CRASH!! I can terminate all te related processess with the taskmanager. The interface is very UNINTUITIVE, and have nothing compared with the other AVs rivals.

    Summary

    Use HATASHAWINWATHEVER antivirus alike and you will do a better choice than this #$%&.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the world's number 1 antivirus has a free edition!!!"

    March 3, 2014  |   By compmaintenance

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

    Pros

    -Uses bitdefender engine ranked as #1 (see as proof: http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/windows-7/)
    -Unbreachable
    -Light to your system
    -Veeeeeery intelligent: it automatically postpone auto scans when your on battery and when on gaming
    -Has a real-time protection which is very strict
    -Scans quietly and immediately at start-up before any other start-up programs
    -Eased on-demand scanner,say, you just right-click the B in the system icon tray then click "Full System Scan", or just right click the object you want to scan then click "Scan with Bitdefender"
    -You can control the actions on objects quarentined
    -Has an online chat support instantly (http://www.bitdefender.com/support/consumer.html)
    -No nonsense buttons, very simple interface, not bloated one

    Cons

    -tough installation if your system is already infected

    Summary

    So far I installed this product to 9 computers and they are very clean and full-functioning to their maximum capabilities. I can confidently put it to the test on my own risk visiting virus website, which eventually blocked by this product. So light that you will forget it. You just have to log-in using your facebook account(not hard to do) to make the product free forever. The support system is very straightforward and makes you feel they really care. Hey, it's number 1!!!!

    Updated on Mar 3, 2014

    As not to confuse the average users, every computer has already a firewall. You just need a best antivirus tested worldwide. If you are confused how best it is, just try it for free and if you don't like it then you can instantly change to other av's. That's how simple bitdefender is. Be safe, people.

    Updated on Mar 3, 2014

    As not to confuse the average users, every computer has already a firewall. You just need a best antivirus tested worldwide. It is the idea of a real antivirus because it is strict that is why it deletes files that are infected so as to protect your system not to be infected, that is why it is called antivirus. If you are confused how best it is, just try it for free and if you don't like it then you can instantly change to other av's. That's how simple bitdefender is. Be safe, people.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "So far, so good"

    January 22, 2014  |   By texasguy1964

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

    Pros

    Seems very light. Do not notice much lag at all. You don't even know it's there.

    Cons

    Very basic. Not full of features.

    Summary

    I have been a big fan of Avast for years, but after the upgrade to Windows 8.1, it slowed my Dell laptop quite a bit. This is a big improvement!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't try it"

    January 16, 2014  |   By toyotakoala

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

    Pros

    It's free software

    Cons

    Very poor detenction rate

    Summary

    I used it for 1 month and i have take 1 virus.No i use Avira and work much better

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Unintuitive, resource hog...stay away..."

    October 20, 2013  |   By PrashantGogoi

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

    Pros

    - Famed engine

    Cons

    - Unintuitive
    - Resource hog
    - Cannot define white listed files
    - Insufficient options

    Summary

    Installed BitDefender recently as I had heard so much about it. Smooth installation and a very good looking UI. I had a keylogger installed for monitoring purposes and as suspected, it was caught and quarantined by BitDefender. So, I went to exclude it from the quarantine as I do with any other security program on my system so that the keylogger can run. But it was not removed from the quarantine though it was marked as excluded. Tried restarting, updating definations but I was still unable to run the keylogger. Thought of adding it to the White List but surprisingly there was no option to define 'safe' files. Ultimately, I had to uninstall it as I needed the keylogger more.
    There were 2 other reasons for doing so. Firstly, it is a serious resource hog. Even if you are not running a scan, it slows everything else down. And if you run a scan, don't even think of even moving the mouse. Secondly, it is almost like there is an utter disdain in providing information to the user. The UI looks great but it is totally unintuitive. BitDefender informed me that it has quarantined certain suspicious files and needed a restart to clean them. And it did clean the files after restart. But it NEVER informed me which files were deleted; neither during detection nor after deletion. I frantically searched BitDefender for logs/messages telling me which files were deleted but found nothing. And this lack of information is all over the program as if to say that I did not deserve this information.
    BitDefender might be an 'Award winning', 'Top performing' anti virus program but is definitely at the bottom of my list. I would advise users to stay away from this one unless you don't care what is deleted from your systems...

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Crashes randomly.."

    October 18, 2013  |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

    Pros

    Company reputation.

    Cons

    Program crashes randomly.
    Too minimalistic UI.

    Summary

    At first I was exited over that a good company released a free version of their av but I am so dissappointed after trying it. Hassle free? Sure but it is like you dont have a say in having this av with its minimalistic approach. For example, I tryed starting a game called apache air assault from activision but I couldn't start it, then after some time trying to find out what the heck happened, I found out it was Bitdefender that removed it without any alerts. Its annoying.
    For some odd reason it crashes randomly with my machine, never found out why.
    Maybe it's suitable for grandma's and grandpa's but not for me.
    I went back to Avast.

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