BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition

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

Download: BitDefender Antivirus Free Edition | 158 KB (Freeware, web installer)
Download: 32bit Offline Installer | 64bit Offline Installer | 8.0 MB
View: Bitdefender Antivirus Free Homepage | BitDefender Uninstall Tool (only for BD FREE)

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No chance of adding a link to the changelog?

I wonder if this fixes the issue that prevents Windows 8 x64 from booting? Their previous answer was "to fix this error, upgrade to our premium suite!"

Booted fine when i was testing it on a clean x64 Windows 8, allthough i must admit customer support is not great!
Personally think Qihoo 360 is a better free option than this, some have a problem with the company or that it`s Chinese but it offers decent protection for free (includes BD engine)...

p.s. Not tried the new version with sandboxing yet

Just had a look on the forums and there are still people complaining about it not lettings Windows start, so I'm going to guess it's not fixed.

Also, their detection rates in the free one are abysmal compared to their paid suite. Awful practice.