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Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 56 votes out of 25 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.21.1099
  • Total Downloads:
    229,395
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 12, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    158.41KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    750
  • 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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1 stars

"Get ya money gone"

July 10, 2016  |  By Thom Peco

2016-07-10 13:13:49  |  By Thom Peco

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

Seems to work

Cons

Clunky , does what IT Wants , and there is NO SUPPORT !! , very hard to Contact support For Two Months I cannot get " security report " keeps saying "gathering information" , support NEVER RESPONDS , Find another Product This is a waste

Summary

Get something else

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5 stars

"Lightest free antivirus I used (no firewall included)"

May 21, 2016  |  By Noruc222222

2016-05-21 07:40:45  |  By Noruc222222

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

-Lightest free antivirus I have ever used.
-Extremely simple installation - needs just to provide an email address
-Several updates a day that I do not feel (no extra resources used).

Cons

-Minimal UI (this could be a Pro!).
-Just antivirus, no firewall (but I think most free antivirus do not have firewall).
-No link/button to the other excellent free protection solutions that Bitdefender has for browsing, payments a.s.o.

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1 stars

"Computer hog is slumdog ISIS criminal"

December 10, 2015  |  By space_engineer

2015-12-10 06:55:50  |  By space_engineer

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

The only pro I can think of is Dragos Barbu, Bitdefender's Retention and Loyalty Specialist. He's a pro... at retaining customers like me who ask for refunds and are denied on the account that we should have spent more time reading the boring legal jargon when we signed up for the service. That's right. Bitdefender will default your account to autorenew. I fought this in 2014, thought it was resolved, and only realized this year that they never refunded me as they'd claimed. This year rolls around and they charged me again! When I requested a refund, the Romanian dragon Mr. Barbu said, "You had the option to disable this feature." He went on to try to sell me a 40% discount. Not only did BitDefender's retention and (self)loyalty specialist completely disregard my request, he tried to sell me something! Total pro.

Cons

BitDefender is a computer resource hog. I'm an electrical engineer who specializes in digital design. I get paid to design digital circuits that operate in nanoseconds. I believe they could work a little better at operating behind the scenes. I switched to Norton and I've been very pleased with their service.
The thing that urks me most is this: I paid BitDefender to protect me from cyber criminals who go behind my back and steal my stuff. In the end, I discovered it was them all along.

Summary

BitDefender claims to be #1 in security technology. If you don't believe them, ask them - they'll tell you. Dragos Barbu told me. Now I don't really have the knowledge to argue who's best in pc security, but I pose a few questions. If BitDefender is #1, why have a retention and loyalty specialist? Why deny refunds? Why brag about being number one if the truth is self-evident? I'll leave the conclusion to you readers who are, I'm sure, more clever than me. I should have read the legal jargon.

Updated on Dec 21, 2015

UPDATE (12/21/15):
I called BitDefender for a third time, and spoke with a man by the name of "Julian." I asked what the status was with my refund.

I've received an email saying that they've disabled the license key, but I've not received anything to confirm a refund. Avangate (a third-party billing agency) has closed out my ticket for a refund. I'd opened a dispute with my credit card company. They closed out my ticket for a refund. Still, no one has confirmed that I'll receive a refund for this unauthorized purchase.

So I called BitDefender and spoke with Julian. He told me the same thing everyone else at his company has been telling me. "Our team is working on this and we'll get back to you shortly."
"No," I replied. "That's unacceptable. I need a date as to when this gets resolved."
"Please hold" was his reply.
When Julian came back on the line, he said I'd hear back within the next 24 hours.
I will be sure to update this review when/if I hear back from BitDefender. I am not holding my breath. They've made this excruciatingly difficult on me. Nevertheless, I still want to be fair and keep this review up to date if this ever gets resolved.

Updated on Dec 21, 2015

Also, please refer to this forum, which basically raises the same questions about BitDefender's ethics:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/warning-bitdefender-avangate-ethics-auto-renewal.337297/page-2

Updated on Jan 24, 2016

UPDATE: 01-24-16

Bitdefender still hasn't issued a refund. They've revoked the license key for the product. They requested that I close out my ticket with my credit card company. I complied. Still no refund. I've called Bitdefender over six times these past two months with no solutions.

I reopened a ticket with my credit card company, and their fraud team is now looking into this.

Got a second email from Bitdefender telling me to close out my ticket with my credit card company; however, I was advised by my fraud team not to do that. So I'm leaving this in the hands of my credit card lawyers.

Got an email from Bitdefender tonight telling me they are going to close out my support ticket because they've not heard from me in 5 days.

Like I said. They are criminals.

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2 stars

"Basic, Light, Good Detection Rates"

October 22, 2015  |  By snadge

2015-10-22 20:57:11  |  By snadge

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

This version is mostly light on your system
has excellent detection rates...forget VB100 and AV-TEST when "ISO certified" AV-Comparatives do a more in depth test and will show how BitDef, Kaspersky and Avira (even the free one yes) are the best in the business...me personally would choose Avira due to better protection, detection, slightly lighter, web protection and more options

Cons

boring...just a shield with a regular quick scan

Summary

get Avira Free + Private Firewall + WinPatrol (all free) and you have the most secure PC there is

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1 stars

"It quarantines files forever - there is no UNquarantine"

August 10, 2015

2015-08-10 06:23:57

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

Light and easy to install.

Cons

It will quarantine all manner of registry tools, file search tools and other system tools. And once quarantined...they are basically gone forever.

Summary

This is an Alpha release at best. It simply was never tested in the wild. It's a rough draft of what an antivirus program would be assuming the dev team had never used an actual antivirus program themselves.

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1 stars

"AVOID BITDEFENDER AT ALL COSTS! BITDEFENDER IS A VIRUS!"

August 02, 2015  |  By NightOwl2112

2015-08-02 21:38:50  |  By NightOwl2112

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

It does work the first few weeks.

Cons

A nag screen started popping-up more and more often as I got towards the end of the 30 day trial period. Today the screen is popping-up every 5 minutes, I tried to uninstall BITDEFENDER, no dice. I am still getting the p[op-up nag screen to "upgrade". I went on BITDEFENDER's official webpage and there is no way to contact the company without a VALID registration key which you can't get without signing-up for the very thing I an trying to get rid of!!!
AVOID BITDEFENDER AT ALL COSTS! BITDEFENDER IS A VIRUS ITSELF!!!

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2 stars

"It's free but not great"

July 08, 2015

2015-07-08 01:21:21

 |  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

2015-06-05 16:48:10  |  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

2015-06-03 18:56:07  |  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

2015-05-31 11:46:46  |  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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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 229,395
Downloads Last Week 750
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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