Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition Reviews

It won't install if you don't have Internet Explorer installed.... WTF....

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I can safely say that Internet Explorer is the worst browser in the long sad history of bad browsers.
The 1st thing I do after a fresh Windows installation, is downloading Chrome trought Internet Explorer and immediately remove Internet Explorer.
I really don't remember the last time I used that bad excuse of a browser.

The old Bitdefender Free (2013 version, I think) Installs fine, no issues.
The latest version with new "improved" user interface, won't install because I don't have Internet Explorer. WTF...

Big no no for me.
I would immediately ask for a refund if I bought any Bitdefender product, and they don't install because I don't meet the "Minimum software requirement".


One Glaring Problem

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I want to like this antivirus, because it does everything else right, but gods help you if you get a false positive. Rather than ignore the file, you have to report and attach the file causing errors and wait for the update to get pushed out. In the meantime, your file won't be allowed to run.

It's a deal breaker for me, because it's blocking Steam right now!


really good software

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It's fast and does not pop up with ads or other annoying notifications.

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Dissapointing !

After 5 years of Bitdefender Internet Security and Kaspersky before that, I am trialing anti-exe protection VooDoo Shield PRO in conjuction with Free BD.
VDS and FBD play happily together ... VDS does not capture phishing, but BD does.

Recently I stupidly ran a high risk download containing ransom ware

  • VDS stopped the ransom attempt dead ... screen activity was frantic as ransom tried to take hold
  • after a long delay, BD finally announced a risk and alleged quarantine.
  • VDS had already handled the ransom attempt, malware was quarantined by VDS, not BD

Biggest annoyance is Free-BD appears to allow signed apps but unsigned apps are alerted as threats.

  • in some instances my v.trusted un-signed apps EXE have been deleted by Free-BD
  • Free BD assumes the role of what apps are white-listed, but user cannot add trusted apps to FBD white-list
  • we have to go through a threat alert by FBD ... dig into events ... nominate the trusted app as safe.
  • then try to restart the trusted app, if all components are present, and have not been deleted.
    The ONLY user control with Free BD is ... ON or OFF.

I have very little faith (if any) in heuristics, preferring the more exact science of VDS white-listed Executables.

I came to AlternativesTo to find a more user accessible free AV