UPDATE #2: I found that re-installing BD is only a temporary fix. After removing all traces of BD from my PC and deleting that device from BD Central, I reinstalled BD 2020. which updated to 2021 automatically. Removing BD immediately fixed the permission issue I was having, but it only held for two days when the same…
UPDATE: Other users are also reporting the same Bitdefender 2021 created permission issue. See these posts on Reddit.com: https://www.reddit.com/r/BitDefender/comments/ivpwez/beware_btidefender_2021_might_cause_you_a/
Deinitely need the widget to become aware of alerts.