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Editors' Review

by   / December 15, 2014

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.14.74

Version 1.0.14.74 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

General

Publisher Bitdefender
Publisher web site http://www.bitdefender.com
Release Date December 03, 2018
Date Added December 03, 2018
Version 1.0.14.74

Category

Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/7/8
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 10.46MB
File Name bitdefender_online.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 375,456
Downloads Last Week 277

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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