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.
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.
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.
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.
Award-winning, free protection. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition uses the best technologies created in Bitdefender's labs, internationally recognized for their ability to block even the threats that other products miss.
Zero configuration, zero interrupts:
Say goodbye to checkboxes to tick and options to OK . Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition takes care of all the threats without bothering you with useless details.
When we say our product is light, we mean there is practically NO IMPACT on your PC's performance. Not even a trace of sluggishness, regardless of the age of your system.
We know you don't like it when intrusive commercials disrupt your user experience. That's why Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition only displays discreet, rare messages, with stuff you really need to know.
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition uses Cloud scanning to accelerate detection and unravel new or unknown threats that other products miss.
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is the perfect AV solution for gaming. It pauses major system scans until you hit Quit.
For rookies and techies:
Friends or family ask you to install an antivirus on their machine? Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is easy to install and maintenance-free.
Windows 8 certified:
Using the latest Windows? Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is the first free antivirus solution compatible with Windows 8.
What's new in this version:
Version 188.8.131.529 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Paid version of Bitdefender received top scores for the best protection from many test organisations and reviewers.
I've found 40% discount for Pro versions here:
Short review from me. I never managed to install the software. I was strongly recommended to upgrade Internet Explorer to version 10 " for a safer and faster browsing experience". With no option to continue installation without IE10 i had to abort. I strongly disagree with Bitdefender about the safety and speed in IE and have disabled IE in my computer. Since I did that I have experienced a reduction in virus occurences of at least 90%. Come again Bitdefender!
The idea of an AV that I could simply leave to get on with its job appealed to me. However, I didn't keep it long enough to find if it had any Pros.
I was a bit uneasy about the lack of any settings, I prefer to be a bit more in control.
Whereas screenshots online show an interface with three round green buttons, mine contained one only, I can't even remember what it was now, I think it said somethjing like 'Your system is protected', and I could find no button or link for doing an on demand scan. I searched over and over, it was not in the menu, there was nothing anywhere.
After searching fruitlessly online for information, I sent a query to the support centre, for which I was emailed a ticket number. That was four days ago, and to date I've heard no more from them..
So, goodbye BitDefender, Panda is now doing the job for me.
Updated on Nov 3, 2016
Update: Later on the fourth day I received an email from the support centre, saying "we are currently working on resolving your Customer Care request".
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
Do you have the free version or the pro version? The free version doesn't have a lot of support. But who needs it? Probably ppl who don.t know what's going on o begin with. Please READ something before coming here and reporting spurious crap,
-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).
-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.
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.
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.
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
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, 2015Also, please refer to this forum, which basically raises the same questions about BitDefender's ethics:
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.
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
boring...just a shield with a regular quick scan
get Avira Free + Private Firewall + WinPatrol (all free) and you have the most secure PC there is
"It quarantines files forever - there is no UNquarantine"
August 10, 2015
Version: Bitdefender Antivirus Free 184.108.40.2069
Light and easy to install.
It will quarantine all manner of registry tools, file search tools and other system tools. And once quarantined...they are basically gone forever.
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.
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!!!