Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 32 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.20.1083
  • Total Downloads:
    84,127
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 15, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    158.41KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,900
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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2 stars

""Zero configuration" has a massive downside"

November 08, 2014  |  By ramr37

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

Pros

No nagging

Good AV results until recently (see below)

Zero config/unobtrusive

Low resource impact

Cons

"Zero configuration" in this case means that the user can't always control what automatically happens to certain suspected files. As has happened to other users (google it!), it isolated/unsuccessfully tried to clean/then deleted a file I needed and caused me some serious annoyance. In my case, this caused instability across several of my apps, and loss of network connectivity until I figured out what was happening.

Related to the problem above, it took longer to figure out the problem than necessary because I received no pop-up or notification about the actions Bitdefender had taken on the suspected file. I had to open Bitdefender and dig down to see what had happened.

Has slipped quite a bit recently in detection ratings according to (http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/software/internet-security/1401920/kaspersky-top-as-bitdefender-fails-in-latest-security-tests), but I haven't researched the claims of this article any further

Summary

Good luck finding another free antivirus with all of the "pros" I've listed above, but it has one fatal flaw that has cost me and others a lot of time and stress. Can't take the risk it would happen again. I would happily come back once they add configuration options that let the user remain in control.

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1 stars

"Avoid if you can"

September 25, 2014  |  By adam2211

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

Pros

Looks ok and easy install

Cons

Causes many issues
Terrible Support/Customer Service
Removed Windows program files from my laptop.
Made browsers unstable

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5 stars

"Best AV For this Year"

September 06, 2014  |  By benyamin90

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

Pros

1. Minimal Interface
2. Lightweight
3. Low Ram use
4. No Pop up
5. Simple

Cons

1. Sometimes false positive

Summary

This's my replacement Av for my Avast free, this BDAV free run on low ram use, and help me allot with such manny things and support gaming mode..
Sometimes i dont want take care my computer and BD Av help allot with it :)

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1 stars

"Pop-ups galore"

August 14, 2014  |  By mauisbigtuna

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

Pros

1. Free
2. See #1

Cons

1. 1/4 screen pop=ups all the time requesting register, log in etc.
2. It buries itself in deep, no uninstaller, REVO and CC-cleaner can't dig it out

Summary

Pain in ass

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5 stars

"contender for the best."

August 02, 2014  |  By ChoiceVoice

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

Pros

-bitdefender always ranks in top 2 in independent laboratory tests (for the past decade).
-fairly light on sytem
-it is non intrusive (like mse) and does not bog you down with tons of settings. install it and forget it is running. nice.
-scans web sites and alerts you of malicious pages.

Cons

none. very good antivirus.

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1 stars

"Only Romaina version downloadable!"

July 24, 2014  |  By tinus

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.20.1083

Pros

Good reviews of the paid version

Cons

On my machine (Nethrelands) it wants to install the Romaniabn version!
Which I didn't....

Summary

Unusable

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1 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 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 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 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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General
Publisher Bitdefender
Publisher web site http://www.bitdefender.com
Release Date May 17, 2013
Date Added September 15, 2013
Version 1.0.20.1083
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 158.41KB
File Name Antivirus_Free_Edition.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 84,127
Downloads Last Week 1,900
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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