Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition – Install and Forget Antivirus

I was looking over the Nov/Dec 2013 antivirus test results, at AV-Test, where they continuously evaluated 25 home user security products using their default settings. The security products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components and protection layers.

One of the top contenders that caught my eye was Bitdefender Internet Security where they nailed perfect scores in protection, performance and usability (click here to see Bitdefender’s Results).

After reading the reviews for Bitdefender I was wondering if they had a FREE offering of their antivirus software???  Sure enough I found that they do in fact offer Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition.

Bitdefender claims that their Free Edition shares some of the revolutionary technologies that allowed their main product line to outpass major competitors such as AVG, Avast or Avira.

Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition

I was currently running AVG FREE and decided to give the Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition a try. Prior to installing Bitdefender, I located an AVG uninstaller that is specifically engineered to remove the AVG Antivirus software.

As word to the wise, if you decide to move from one security software product to another, ALWAYS check the product’s site for an uninstaller.  The uninstaller built into windows is not enough to remove the complexities that are built into today’s antivirus software.

Once I had AVG off the system, I began the installation of the Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition. One pleasant surprise was the install took less than several minutes.  Following the installation, another pleasant surprise!  The FREE edition has the most minimalistic and simplistic interface I have ever seen in any antivirus software. You basically install this thing and forget it (totally maintenance free).

Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition

Bitdefender uses proprietary technology, as well as other technologies integrated to provide maximum strength against e-threats.

Real-time Shield – The real time shield is designed to protect your entire system from infected files coming from the outside, before they have a chance to spread inside your PC.

Active Virus Control – Proactive technology that quickly and accurately detects potential threats, even in cases of new viruses for which there is no default protection released yet.

Intrusion Detection System – Ensures that applications trying to access the Internet or the network are not masked malware. Intrusion Detection is automatically alerted when such apps behave in a suspect manner, and blocks them when they go over the limit.

B-Have – Proactively detects unknown threats that other products miss, by analyzing how apps behave in a safe environment. If no malicious actions are detected, B-Have starts the program normally. Otherwise, it will automatically quarantine or delete it.

HTTP Scanning – Protects you from scams such as credit card phishing attempts, Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition scans all the links you access from your browser and blocks them when they prove to be unsafe.

Anti-rootkit – Rootkits are a type of stealth software, often malicious, that can help hackers get control of your computer. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition uses special technology that detects and blocks such malicious software.

Early Boot Scanning – This technology scans the system at boot time, as soon as all critical services are loaded. Early boot scanning ensures virus detection at system startup, while also improving boot time.

Auto Scan – A huge time and resource saver, Auto Scan is a Bitdefender proprietary technology that focuses virus detection efforts on risky areas.


If you want full protection, you can get the full commercial version of Bitdefender Internet Security [ CLICK HERE ]

Bitdefender Internet Security

Bitdefender Internet Security is the acknowledged Antivirus of the Year. With a non intrusive and extremely fast scanning technology, it offers enhanced silent security against e threats. This 2014 version references a “PCMAG Best Antivirus 2013” Award in the top right corner of the box and “Product of the year” on the lower half with two additional 2013 reference logos. Despite 2013 award references, this is the 2014 version.


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  1. The free Bitdefender Antivirus may be good at protection, but it certainly isn’t ‘You basically install this thing and forget it’. I repeatedly get a pop-up of the “System is Protected” menu. The only way I can minimize it is to open then close the Logs option, then clicking the desktop. I’m guessing this process is minimized with the paid version, or am I missing a setting option?


    1. Papa Lee,

      Thank you for visiting the blog… I have not experienced what you are indicating; however, when I installed BitDefender on my system I set up an account with Bitdefender. For example, if you bring up the “System Is Protected” popup (from the system tray) you will see a section at the bottom labelled “My Bitdefender”. In that section it says “You are logged in”. My guess is that you may not be logged in or have not set up the online account; thus, the prompts or popup you are receiving.

      Thank you,



      1. Rick;

        I did set up an account and am logged in, but the ‘problem’ still exists. I’ll dig into their support page to see if others have reported something similar.


      2. Happens to me too, on multiple computers. I found this blog by searching for others who were experiencing Bit Defenders inability to minimize. There is no controls to minimize whatsoever. Highly annoying. I did find your work around to open the logs, then minimize them to work. Thanks for that Papa Lee!


  2. I recently installed this and was experiencing the same popup issue. I was able to suppress the “popup” (on Windows 8.1) by going to the ‘Notification Area Icons’ section of Control Panel. I scrolled down to the BitDefender icon and chose ‘Hide Icon and Notifications’.


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