Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 50 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.21.1099
  • Total Downloads:
    140,974
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 12, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    158.41KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,548
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Bitdefender Antivirus Free offers strong basic protection from computer viruses, malware, rootkits, and emerging threats. It's lightweight and unobtrusive, partly because it doesn't pack on extras like identity and privacy protection that other tools can provide, and partly because it lacks some of the automated features and support options that come with Bitdefender's premium antivirus solutions.

Pros

Less is more: Bitdefender Antivirus Free is refreshingly free of the "extra" features and tools that make some apps unwieldy and confusing for non-experts.

Easy to use: Bitdefender's compact main interface is a glorified system tray pop-up. We could toggle the Virus Shield and Auto Scan features, access an optional My Bitdefender account, and open the Logs, which also manage Events and Quarantine lists.

Auto Scan: Bitdefender's proprietary Auto Scan feature saves time and resources by focusing attention on high-risk areas. You can disable Auto Scan in the interface's Configuration Area.

Virus Shield: The optional Virus Shield scans files, Web pages, and data in real time to keep malware at bay.

Cons

Incompatible: Bitdefender Antivirus Free doesn't share power with other antivirus freeware like Microsoft Security Essentials.

Installation issues: Bitdefender's installer offers to remove conflicting programs, reboot, and resume setup, but we had to reboot and finish the installation manually.

Bottom Line

Plenty of free antivirus solutions offer nearly as many bells and whistles as premium packages. If you just want reliable antivirus protection that doesn't require a lot of attention, Bitdefender Antivirus Free belongs on your short list.

 
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2 stars

"It's free but not great"

July 08, 2015

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

It's free
It offers basic protection

Cons

Major PC slowdowns after installation
Really weak protection compared to other AVs

Summary

I do not recommend it/.

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1 stars

"I'd rate it a zero if I could"

June 05, 2015  |  By 4dtw

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

None. Someone stated a pro is that it was free. That was over stating it;s attributes

Cons

First mistake was believing all the raving reviews. Must be from their marketing dept.
Second mistake was signing up for their "free in person tutorial". They cruzed through the computer files, and when nothing needed to be done still tried to sell me a service I did not need. Then they installed a program that would reinstall after I uninstalled it several times. Finally got rid of it by quantine with malware bytes.
Third mistake was not getting rid of it sooner.
I bought this product, installed it on a perfectly running computer and the problems soon began. Slowed down the computer so much that I though I would have to buy more RAM memory, then would lock up and sieze to crash, Final straw was when my computer started acting like I was on slow dial up connection, was taking 15 minute to load the email program, another 10-15 to open an email, Donlt even try to have more than one application running at the same time because most often it only results in lights out,

Summary

All those problems disappeared when bit defender was uninstalled. I went back to AVAST.
Do you self a favor don't sign up for the utter frustration of dealing with this program. Skip Bit defender althogether, It is greatly overrated.

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1 stars

"Doesn't detect key loggers"

June 03, 2015  |  By american_citizen27

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

It's Free. Not much else to say.

Cons

There is no evidence that it actually blocked or found any virus. It did find things that were already quarantined by AdwCleaner, but that's about it.

Summary

Downloaded Zemana's Key Logger Simulation Test file, which Zemana says any antivirus program should block. BitDefender let it on through, and yes the program was running in the background because I verified. I uninstalled BD, and installed Avast. Again, I tried to download the Key Logger Simulator, and Avast stopped it cold. I am not sure how BitDefender has gotten such high marks, but I won't use it again.

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2 stars

"Sucks the life outta your computer!"

May 31, 2015  |  By shadow83blk

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

It works and is free.

Cons

It updates and scans when ever it wants and will make your computer virtually useless for 10 to 30 minutes. There is no way to schedule the updates and scans for a more convenient time so it you are working on something and this starts go and do something else while it hijacks your computer.There is no way to stop it either, if you reboot is just starts back up.

Summary

I tried this to compare to Norton and Kaspersky and if this is ANYTHING like the paid version I will trash it.

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1 stars

"HORRIBLE: Use At Your Own Risk"

May 24, 2015  |  By lawguy007

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

There is absolutely nothing positive about this product.

Cons

I downloaded Bitdefender Antivirus free version almost two months ago. Immediately, the antivirus labeled work files and family photos on my flash drive as a virus, replacing the file extension with GZQUAR. I then went into quarantine to remove the files but the quarantine button did not work. The following day, I tried to contact Bitdefender via chat but it did not work. I then called, explained that the files were quarantined and that the quarantine button did not work. Technical support told me to give them 24 hours to fix my issue. The following day, I received an email with a link to a third party website explaining how to use the quarantine button. ***?

Summary

CONT'D:

I called Bitdefender again, explained that I knew how to use the quarantine button but again, it did not work. I was told to rename the files to their original extension. Easier said than done, since the GAQUAR replaced the orig. file extension. Fortunately, some of those files were backed up on my C drive and I knew which were doc.x and which were pdf. I renamed the files and received a notification that the files were corrupted and / or damaged. I then contacted Bitdefender again, who then told me they needed 8 hours to look into my issue. I never heard back from them. I tried contacting again, and was told they would need another 4 hours, again, I never heard back from them. I contacted again, and was told that they did not know how to solve my issue and that my case was being elevated to the "senior" technicians.

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5 stars

"Strong Protection"

May 24, 2015  |  By Patje.D

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

Free antivirus Edition
Very strong defense, protection and proactive
Minimalistic and no nags

Cons

Small UI compared to others

Summary

Very high protection and the best among the freebies

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5 stars

"The perfect AV"

May 19, 2015  |  By reddog40

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

I left Avast for Bitdefender, man what a smart move, sorry Avast. Low resources to run, great prevention.

Cons

Not that many options too manage, that's it.

Summary

Can't see why it hasn't beat Avast for #1.

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5 stars

"Excellent and does what it is suppose to do"

May 17, 2015  |  By DakotaSpirit

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

It is lightweight and does a good job. You have to learn how to use it and it is not all that difficult at all. I use it on windows 8.1 X64 and have had no problems with it at all. Bitdefender has a high rating at http://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/ and it is not likely the free software is much different. If you want all the bells and whistles and a little more lag like the other junk that pretends to be good and does not have the rating this does, then go for the paid version, it is not that costly and also does a excellent job. Do your research..

Cons

None at all

Summary

All in all for a FREE antivirus this is most excellent and I would recommend it to anyone. It takes a little bit to learn how to use it, but anyone with brains can figure it out rather quickly. This software has always got a bad rap all because it is light weight and not all the bells and whistles, well let me tell you, often, all those bells and whistles mean more problems also. Keep it simple! Use common sense on the internet and you should be ok,, It also plays well with Malwarebytes, no conflicts there at all nor with SuperAntiSpyware, have these along with Bitdefender and your all set, that is if you use common sense at what you look at on the internet. Nothing and I mean nothing is 100% accurate and this is about as close as you will get. Being a computer tech, this one is a keeper.......

Updated on Jun 27, 2015

Many of the reviews here are nonsense or they have no idea what they are doing. I have been using this for some time now and have had no trouble at all with it, does what it says it will do, has stopped some bad things from happening on web sites and download and it works well, no popups nags or anything else and it is free. This antivirus software has been under rated for a long time by those who have no concept in what they are doing. Forget about online ratings and people opinions which are mostly their idea of what is good or bad and a lot of nonsense with it. As to this slowing down a computer, I have had absolutely no problem in that area at all so that is not true, most people who have problems had them before they installed this software and do not admit to that. Try it, just because it finds nothing be glad of that, if it found something you might be in trouble...it does a great job and I like it, no problem here with this....

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5 stars

"Great simple yet very effective protection."

April 14, 2015  |  By JoshD15

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

Paid version of Bitdefender internet security received top scores for the best protection from many test organisations and reviewers, Bitdefender's free antivirus would no doubt have similar protection. I have been using this simple ultra light antivirus running for a while now and already it blocked many bad webpages and kept my netbook clean from viruses!

Cons

Not much at all.

Summary

Very light on machines, with great virus protection!. You may have more functions to play around with on other antiviruses, but that only gives you more false positives and of cause memory usage!

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4 stars

"Finally an Antivirus Program That Works!"

March 31, 2015  |  By galet09

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

Easy install.

Cons

Popup interface gets annoying.

Summary

I tried so many program such as AdAware, Avira, and a host of others which would either not even install or took too long to download the definitions. This program installed in a decent amount of time. No big issues with it but it's not as unobtrusive as they state above. It was interfering with my pc game I was trying to play by minimizing it and then it's interface would pop up again. I turned off the Auto Scan setting and it stopped then. Otherwise it seems to be doing it's job.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.0.21.1099
Version 1.0.21.1099 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Bitdefender
Publisher web site http://www.bitdefender.com
Release Date November 12, 2014
Date Added November 12, 2014
Version 1.0.21.1099
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 158.41KB
File Name Antivirus_Free_Edition.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 140,974
Downloads Last Week 1,548
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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