Bitdefender Free Antivirus Released

by Venkat eswarlu on December 23, 2012

in Freeware,News,security

Bitdefender has released Bitdefender antivirus free edition for Windows and is available for download from their website. Surprisingly all of sudden security vendor Bitdefender has quietly released its free antivirus product and game on! as it wants to compete with free antiviruses like Avast, AVG and Avira in the market.

Bitdefender claims their free AV doesn’t annoys users with pop ups, doesn’t slows down system performance and takes security decisions it self, offers real-time protection, no user interference is required and zero- configuration for the product is needed, interesting!.

During the installation before installing its components BitDefender installer scans for active viruses on system so that they won’t stop the install process. And components downloading and quick virus scanning will be done simultaneously during the setup.

Bitdefender free av installation progress thumb Bitdefender Free Antivirus Released

User interface is simple, with “virus protection” and “auto scan” functions where former scans for threats in real-time and latter is on-demand scanner silently scans for critical areas of system by using system resources that are free.

Bitdefender free antivirus user interface thumb Bitdefender Free Antivirus Released


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


We found Bitdefender free av not compatible with Malwarebytes, that’s strange! we’ve to uninstall that program to install this one, so you’ve remove both antivirus and other anti-malware installed on your Computer to install this.

Unlike any other antivirus allows to stop the program from running, use Exit button for that from its tray icon.

Final verdict: to early to say.

Bitdefender antivirus free edition works on Windows XP/Vista/7/8, you can download it from below links.

32-bit [8.3  MB]

64-bit  [8.7 MB]

If you’ve a chance to test free av of Bitdefender tell us your opinion on it here through comments.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruno Casarini December 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Are those download links to the offline setups? They seem too small for a offline setup, but too big for a web installer.


Venkat December 24, 2012 at 5:55 am

They are for offline setup, but as mentioned in the post required components will be downloaded and installed during the setup also.


Guitar December 24, 2012 at 4:09 am

I am in a position to compare AVs because I am a sigmaker with one of the AV companies. It appears to me that Bitdefender (BD) lately has not been quite as good at detecting new malware samples as it has been in the past. F-Secure uses the BD scan engine along with its own engine, and sometimes I see a F-Secure detection without any corresponding BD detection.

Many knowledeable users stick to free AVs, and some AVs, like Panda and Avast, now realize that they can use their free AV to help with development of their scan engines–it’s not just a money-losing proposition. There is also a certain amount of “upselling” of their full version to some free AV users. Also, Microsoft raised the bar a bit for free AVs when they came out with Microsoft Security Essentials. Consequently, the AVs are now willing to use soem good technology in their free versions. It is getting competitive out there in the free AV sector.



Rat Kutti December 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

I’ve tried avast lately, was disappointed by its detection, switched to Avira, good detection but i got a tod of hit with the system resources, after much resistance i went on and switched to Microsoft Security Essentials and voila its so lite on resources! Now i don’t see a need at all for trying any other av’s.


Shourav March 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I’m using it for nearly 3 months, It seems ok, unless you’re working some highly infectious job. Though it’s extremely noise free, it sometimes slow down my whole windows 8 pc while schedule scan such an extreme that I’ve to restart my pc to work normally.


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