Say hello to the new Antivirus Free for Windows!

Alexandru_BD admin
edited July 2022 in Antivirus Free

Even though Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition has been withdrawn at the end of December 2021, the concept of providing a free solution and encourage people to protect themselves against the cyber threats out there never ceased to exist.

The previous version of Bitdefender Antivirus Free was running on old system architecture and out of date. It was not the ideal way for users to interact in today’s ecosystem. 

Starting with March 17, a new Antivirus Free for Windows will be available on the official Bitdefender website.

The reason we are offering a new version of AV Free is we feel it is important to give consumers a basic means for protecting devices rather than go unprotected.

The new Antivirus Free product was developed to offer better protection against online threats with more options than the previous version. The look and feel now is now more in line with the paid product line so users who want to try Bitdefender before they buy will have a more realistic experience.

The new version has better malware detection with implemented exploit detection that instantly sends a notification when an attack is attempting to exploit a vulnerable system. It also now incorporates root cause analysis, that delivers deep level analysis to give users a complete overview of an attack including how it was triggered and potential consequences had it not been blocked.

Additionally, we included the option to perform custom scans or to schedule them and the new AV Free has been localized in multiple languages include English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Romanian, Japanese and many others.

This version is available only for Windows, as we already have Antivirus Free products for Android and MacOS.

This is an early announcement and you heard it here first 😉

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  • Scott
    Scott Defender of the month mod

    Updated and feature, option rich, this is going to make a lot of people happy 😊

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  • Bitarslan
    edited March 2022

    Related webpage shows that it provides antivirus feature, "OnAccess scan" and "OnDemand scan", to be exact.

    But, does that "OnAccess scan" mean "real-time protection"?

  • Alexandru_BD

    Hello @Bitarslan,

    Bitdefender protects your device from all kinds of threats (malware, Trojans, spyware, rootkits and so on). The protection Bitdefender offers is divided into two categories:

    On-access scanning - prevents new threats from entering your system. Bitdefender will, for example, scan a word document for known threats when you open it, and an email message when you receive one. On-access scanning ensures real-time protection against threats, being an essential component of any computer security program. Important To prevent threats from infecting your device, keep on-access scanning enabled.

    On-demand scanning - allows detecting and removing the threat that already resides in the system. This is the classic scan initiated by the user - you choose what drive, folder or file Bitdefender should scan, and Bitdefender scans it - on-demand. Bitdefender automatically scans any removable media that is connected to the device to make sure it can be safely accessed.

    Best regards.

    Premium Security & Bitdefender Endpoint Security Tools user

  • Flexx

    Ransomware/ malware test done against the latest version of Bitdefender Antivirus Free



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