BitDefender Premium Security Stopping All Downloads and Slowing Internet Speeds To A Crawl
Let me start by saying that I have had no issues with BitDefender up until this point and have enjoyed how useful BD PS has been on all of the systems it is installed on.
A couple of days ago I was trying to download some updates to my games on Steam and they were just crawling along at 25-100KB/s and bursting up as high as 20MB/s (168Mbps) with update times of anywhere around a few minutes to a couple of months. Typically, I see speeds around 70-85MB (587-671Mbps) and a few minutes to update. Most videos will not exceed 360p or 480p without buffering every few seconds and forget about trying to download any files or drivers, I get a network failure every time I try. For the record, I have an 800Mbps with Comcast/Xfinity and "normal" speeds are around 500Mbps given how remote my community is.
I have also been unable to transfer any files from my own NAS while other computers and devices on my network have not had this issue and they are either Windows 10 Home 21H2 or Android and running BitDefender as well. I spent Thursday and Friday evening as well as this afternoon resetting or reinstalling my OS (Windows 10 Pro 21H2) three times thinking that Windows, some obscure driver, or some program was causing the problem.
I have tried to disable the firewall and online threat prevention but still have the same problems, very slow internet speeds and I am unable to download anything from anywhere. At this point, I've uninstalled BitDefender from the computer and have resolved all these issues, but that is less than ideal since Windows Defender is all I've got right now.
In short, BitDefender is blocking anything that is a video or file from being downloaded to the computer, the latter of which compromises the long-term security of my computer and home network. Add to all that, my subscription is up in less than a week, so I am a bit anxious to fix this as soon as possible.