BitDefender Antivirus Free 1.0.13.862

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is an antivirus program designed to be fast and to minimize user interaction, while sacrificing nothing of the malware detection and removal capabilities that Bitdefender products are generally known for. By default, Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition scans and cleans your system using only the resources that you, your software or your operating system are not using, thus achieving near-zero impact on your activities. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition periodically scans all of your files and handles all security-related decisions for you. This means you will see no pop-ups, no alerts and you will not have to configure any settings whatsoever.

These are its main features:

  • Close to zero impact on the system
  • Minimum user interaction required
  • Fewer settings to configure
  • Continuous scanning protection for your system
  • Simple program interface

What's new in this version:

  • fix "Updating.." issue after install
  • count the quick scan from the installer (if checked/performed) as "Latest quick sweep"

Download: BitDefender Antivirus Free 1.0.13.862 | 159 KB (Freeware, web installer)
View: Bitdefender Antivirus Free Homepage | User Guide (pdf)

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Installing bitdefender resulted in my google chrome having a light blue page on every tab. Even settings, extensions, etc. Uninstalling, deleting profile, reinstalling....nothing fixed that bug. I needed chrome and no other browser was cutting it. Uninstalled bitdefender and went back to microsoft security essentials prerelease. now chrome works perfectly. odd bug.
also i dislike the interface--there's a general trend towards idiot-proofing and giving the users fewer options when it comes to security software. First with comodo's redesign and now this compact yet optionless interface for bitdefender. What the hell? Some users aren't stupid. We would like some control and some options please.

Installed it on a friends laptop and uninstalled MSE. My only two problems with it is there seems to be no way to view the quarantine (if it even has one) and you have to create a damn account to keep using past 30 days. This makes it a pain because I have to hold someone's hand though creating an account and they never keep up with credentials. Other than these little problems, I'd use it over MSE, Avast, Avira. If you're going to pay for AV, my firs choice is Kaspersky and Norton second.

AR556 said,
... If you're going to pay for AV, my firs choice is Kaspersky and Norton second.

Norton? You have to be kidding (except if you are talking about the Corporate edition thing they have)!!!!!

Kaspersky, Bitdefender, FSecure and Trend Micro are the 4 best paid AV utilities you can get.

Kaspersky used to cause huge slowdowns for me so I dropped it, Trend and FSecure had more false positives than BitDefender so I went with BitDefender.

BitDefender claims 94% success rate for their free version which is lower than any AV comparison institute's report I've seen for the full BitDefender version.

But Norton, seriously that is a mess!!!!

To be fair, Norton has improved in the last 3 versions but I'm a Kaspersky guy so that's what I use. I did put this Bitdefender free on two systems and I like it thus far.

ValeS said,

Norton? You have to be kidding (except if you are talking about the Corporate edition thing they have)!!!!!


Kaspersky, Bitdefender, FSecure and Trend Micro are the 4 best paid AV utilities you can get.

Kaspersky used to cause huge slowdowns for me so I dropped it, Trend and FSecure had more false positives than BitDefender so I went with BitDefender.

BitDefender claims 94% success rate for their free version which is lower than any AV comparison institute's report I've seen for the full BitDefender version.

But Norton, seriously that is a mess!!!!

There's nothing wrong with the current Norton AV. For once, a company listened to customer feedback and made positive changes. I use Kaspersky, but Norton, Bitdefender are both good too.

AR556 said,

There's nothing wrong with the current Norton AV. For once, a company listened to customer feedback and made positive changes. I use Kaspersky, but Norton, Bitdefender are both good too.

There's everything wrong with Norton. It's easily the biggest pig of any AV I've ever used and just their past reputation will keep me from EVER using that crapware thing again!!

Glad to hear most of you seem to think this is a decent program. That means I probably WON'T use it then!

cork1958 said,

There's everything wrong with Norton. It's easily the biggest pig of any AV I've ever used and just their past reputation will keep me from EVER using that crapware thing again!!

Glad to hear most of you seem to think this is a decent program. That means I probably WON'T use it then!


Seems you havent used Norton in years and are stuck with the old bogs of AV's from the 90s period. In a time, all AV's where slowing down the system often untill a complete halt. Norton was by far not alone in that sight.
Norton is now quite lightweight and neatly fits in with the Windows OS hooks for AV's just like any other.
And about detection rates, it all varies from time to time and from test to test.

Wonder when they'll fix the issue with K9 and BitDefender 2013... last I heard, the techs were working on it but nothing since.

If you have K9 installed, and install BitDefender, BD sees K9 as a threat and removes K9 from monitoring the HOSTS file. K9 doesn't like that, so takes control of it again... and queue loop and system slowdown (well, internet slowdown).

Keep a backup of your OS & files if you plan to use this, it'll quarantine or delete (more likely) false positives with no choice to restore whatsoever.

Salty Wagyu said,
Keep a backup of your OS & files if you plan to use this, it'll quarantine or delete (more likely) false positives with no choice to restore whatsoever.

Isn't that a slight risk you take with any AV now a days? I sometimes think it's safer to NOT have an AV just for that reason sometimes because most of the major AV's out there have screwed stuff majorly at least once!

Great recommendation!!
The app is simple ... lite and with good detection ratios. It's my alternative to the much useless and privacy wrecking Windows Defender and the SmartScreen filter. Am using it alongside CIS and seems to be playing nice, though an exception list would been better. The only thing I'd turn off is the AutoScan feature.

The UI is horrible. Do they attract people by changing the UI every year? Lately I see all of them do that. Meanwhile, MSE which has a native Win design, is still the best by far.

torrentthief said,
Didn't realise bitdefender added a free version for windows, i think the only major company not to have a free version is kaspersky.

They do have a free removal tool though and it's basically a full kaspersky install (with all the required drivers for deep scanning) that is locked to manual scans only. Enjoy: http://www.kaspersky.com/antivirus-removal-tool?form=1 . They do also offer free bootable rescue discs to quickly clean infected systems here: https://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/rescuedisk

Sorry for the derping sentence because I just woke up , but I meant as, how long does it take for the developers to push out updates to the free version? Because I know that some anti-virus companies gives their paid customers higher update priority while it could days or even weeks for the free customers to receive the "latest" update.

Any idea how long it takes for the free version to update when compared to the paid version? I know that the updates for the Avira free version is delayed.