Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Bitdefender Antivirus Free

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 42 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.21.1099
  • Total Downloads:
    118,293
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 12, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    158.41KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,903
  • 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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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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5 stars

"The Best Free Antivirus..."

March 30, 2015  |  By Jefferson L. de Avilar

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

Fast...
Simple...

Cons

Nothing...

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1 stars

"Worst virus protection ever!"

March 26, 2015  |  By Nerdwithglasses

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

I cant think of any....

Cons

Slows computer
clunky interface
poor performance
expensive

Summary

This is the worst virus protection out there!

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1 stars

"Doesn't do ANYTHING"

March 17, 2015  |  By anonanimal

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

Uh, doesn't strain the system since it's not actually doing anything?

Cons

Does not appear to do ANYTHING except pop up it's logo annoyingly

Summary

Installed it, it ran an initial quick scan, and never did a thing since. Has not scanned anything, has not blocked anything, there is nothing in it's logs or "vaults", and absolutely NO WAY to MAKE it scan, or do anything. Waste of time.

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5 stars

"Excellent, Problem Free Antivirus"

March 11, 2015  |  By keithcornfield

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

After discontinuing Avast Free (false positives) and Panda Free (blue screens), I decided to try Bitdefender Free antivirus. It is easy to install, runs in the background, has excellent detection, and has the least impact upon computer speed of any antivirus that I have ever used. No false positives thus far in first week (about 70 hours of computer use).

Cons

The only negative is that it is not easy to schedule an in depth scan, and no running count of files checked. However, this is a minor inconvenience with an otherwise outstanding free antivirus.

Summary

Excellent, free, unobtrusive antivirus with very good detection rates and minimal impact on computer speed. Highly recommended.

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1 stars

"Cannot install on Windows 8.1"

March 03, 2015  |  By Batchoy2

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

Very nice reviews

Cons

Cannot install on Windows 8.1

Summary

I do hope I can try this someday.

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5 stars

"No competion...literally"

February 03, 2015  |  By RugbyPete81

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

Light weight
POWERFUL - literally up there with Kaspersky on all tests
Minimalistic (yes you can scan on demand, right click the tray icon)
A real set it and forget it App, ideal for those asking for help (friends/family)

Cons

Sometimes hard to get to geeky info.. if you really need to.

Summary

It doesnt get more simple- the best scan engine, but without the weight of other apps- meaning there is no competition - no bloat and unecessary add ons.
Look, if you have kids, get norton family safety to control the sites they can visit - then have this for anything they DO download that pretends to be a game or app thats actually malicious.
The amount of people who come to me saying they always get viruses, has normally got a lot to do with their online habits and ignorance, however this app protects even those guys - months later, no viruses, no infections, even from the most dangerous users. Previously they had ESET NOD32, norton, AVG, and now Avast (sorry to say as it used to be my top pick)
Those who say it lacks features need to ask if theyre faffing too much with thier PC and want to see 'reports' and scan logs etc. Get a life. Let it just do it for you and if you need to know about something, it will tell you - so forget about what your AV is doing with nice pie charts and just install a scan engine that will keep you safe. If you want to run a full scan, knock yourself out, right click the tray icon. what more do you want.
Ive tried ALL other free versions of all the software houses, on really crummy hardware to test their 'load' - this is the best. I also beta test for big corps with fulll featured apps, nice on fast machines, horrible on duel core machines.
Even then, ask yourself, what else do I need in an AV app? The world spoke when Security essentials came out.. free. They now look elsewhere as Microsoft no longer see benefit in being front line...so, here is your alternative. Hassle free, ideal for relatives and those you dont want to manage everytime you pop in for a coffee!!

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4 stars

"Really Good For Laptops"

January 10, 2015  |  By Bighugs1965

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

Light and fast.
Auto scans and updates.
Has some HIPS features.
Effective and free.
A true set and forget antivirus.

Cons

Minimalist to the max.

Summary

A lot of laptops are not on at any particular time or schedule. This makes it hard to schedule scans and make sure an antivirus is updated. That's where this little gem comes in handy. It is smart enough to scan automatically when it knows you are on. This is done in the background and is almost unnoticeable. It will also auto update it's virus database. It does more than just protect against viruses and spyware. It will protect against bad websites and much more due to it's HIPS. I never notice any system slowdown or anything. I am more than satisfied.

Updated on Jan 16, 2015

Just need to add this. I've been using this for almost a year and no problems. It has phishing and mall ware detection for web sites. If you use any software that also does the same (some browsers, Adblockers etc..), then they may cause some slowdowns in browsing. Easy remedy...disable those features and let Bitdefender do it. that way there are no conflicts of two or more softwares doing the same redundant task.

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3 stars

"Fair enough as a temporary solution"

December 27, 2014  |  By harl

 |  Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 1.0.21.1099

Pros

It's free and it seems to work and recognize a lot of potential threats, it scans relatively fast, stays in the background and is barely noticeable, and it's easy to use since it basically doesn't have any settings (which, with many background scanners, may often seem redundant or presumptuous and lead people to choose unnecessarily strict and extensive settings).

Cons

The same aspect is deprecative though, because it's too simple and too obscure when I'd actually *want* it to have at least a few options, as well as show me the files it scans when it does a full system scan (as all it does is stating that a scan is scheduled and that's it, when it's actually already scanning).
Another draw-off is that its Virus Shield module interferes with any direct downloads - those that are downloaded and immediately saved sequentially without preallocation. As soon as such a download is initiated (e.g. by Firefox or the .net API), Bitdefender tries to access and read the same files, making it a lot more complicated for programs to keep authority over those files.

Summary

I only just realised this after having annoying issues with downloading files for a few weeks - sometimes a download would work, which was because the file as a whole got downloaded into memory first, then allocated and saved in one piece, but whenever I just clicked a link that would usually start an immediate download and sequentially save the data to disk, it would just idle for a few seconds and then fail. As soon as I disabled Bitdefender's "Virus Shield", that whole issue went away.

I've been using Bitdefender for years and I still keep the free Bitdefender around as a handy alternative, mainly because it's free and relatively up-to-date (though its on-demand scanner tends to mistakenly find threats in certain files that aren't harmful at all).

Altogether though, I wouldn't recommend this program. Firstly, its interferences with procedures that shouldn't be of any concern to it, which makes it obscure to people *what* it actually does - nowhere does it ever say that it scans files *as* they are downloaded. Secondly, the lack of settings, information and an intuitive interface is contrary to the extensiveness of its background activities - it actually safeguards certain files, it doesn't safeguard others, the user doesn't know about the differences and there's no way to choose anything, like a heuristics level or how actual threats are being handled. Instead it just does what it does per default, and in case of a supposedly harmful file, it automatically quarantines the file, but doesn't actively tell the user about it and it's rather unintuitive to access the few functions or choices it offers - certain buttons only showing when moused over, and the interface isn't very informative overall.

Performance, memory and raw usability: 5 stars
Frequent updates: 5 stars
Threat recognition: 4 stars
Overall efficiency: 4 stars
Clean uninstallation: 4 stars
System integration & interference: 3 stars
Interface, comfort and interactiveness: 2 stars

- It needs a better GUI (more options, more info and dialogues, less blackboxing)
- It shouldn't ever try to cut off other programs from accessing any files, unless it actually finds a threat, and if those files are locked it shouldn't try to force access
- False positives shouldn't happen, unless the heuristics level can be chosen

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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 2003, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 158.41KB
File Name Antivirus_Free_Edition.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 118,293
Downloads Last Week 1,903
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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