- Get the lightweight antivirus with full protection
- Last updated on 04/03/20
- There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
- The current version has 1 flag on VirusTotal
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.
WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 22.214.171.124
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.