BitDefender Free Edition 1.0
BitDefender uses the same ICSA Labs certified scanning engines found in other BitDefender products, allowing you to enjoy basic virus protection for no cost at all.
BitDefender Free Edition is an on-demand virus scanner, which is best used in a system recovery or forensics role.
Requires: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0.
"Tricky but good"
Reviewer: -Canvassi Review Date: 2014-01-28
Average Rating (45 Votes )
Pros: PC much faster with the free edition of BD than with any other AV programs I have tried. (Switched off the auto scan and using only the virus shield. System scans done manually and double checked with MBAM when convenient.) It's a pleasure to have the BD AV shield running without suffering from the sluggishness experienced with other AV apps.
Cons: BD is too overly concerned about making their program simple to use. There are some things everybody needs to be notified about. Installation left me scratching my head at times. After installation, it also quarantined and removed various perfectly safe program files that I had been using for years - without notifying me. Wasted days trying to find out why these progs were not working. Eventually found out it was BD silently killing them. Then battled to figure out how to use the obscure settings to keep BD from killing them, though some of them are again quarantined, even after I had marked them as excluded in BD. RAM usage is OK while online, but increases massively as soon as you go offline. Updater is also hopelessly overeager and keeps popping up at extremely frequent, disruptive and annoying times while you are online - No settings found to change this behaviour in the latest version.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I am still fairly happy with BD Free and have decided to keep it, in the hope that the annoying cons will be fixed sometime. If they do fix them, I'll change my rating to a 4.