Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition review

Protect your computer with this good-looking and unobtrusive free antivirus tool

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Our Verdict

The perfect way to keep your PC, Mac or Android device protected if you don’t want to have to think about ongoing maintenance.


  • A very hands-off approach to protection
  • No impact on system performance
  • Excellent protection levels in tests


  • Advanced users may want more control
  • Scans cannot be scheduled
  • No quick scan option

Windows 10 comes with a built-in antivirus tool – Windows Defender – so you might wonder why it’s worth installing a third-party security program like Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition.

The answer is superior protection from viruses and other threats, and a far more convenient approach to scans. Bitdefender makes very light work of keeping your computer secured against viruses, as well as offering protection against phishing attacks, fraud and signs of suspicious activity.

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition

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Type: Antivirus

Developer: Bitdefender

Operating system: Windows, Mac, Android

Version: 2017

The great thing about Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is that it’s been designed for anyone who just wants to keep their computer secure without having to worry about the details. Once the program is installed, you'll probably never have to look at it again – everything is taken care of for you in the background, and there's no complex configuration to worry about.

BtiDefender Antivirus Free Edition uses a multi-pronged approach to detection, meaning it has an excellent track record of picking up both known and unknown threats, and quarantining accordingly.

User experience

For the most part, Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is very much a case of set-it-and-forget-it. The beauty of the program is that it will happily whirr away in the background, ensuring that your computer is free from nasties, but you may decide that you want to perform a full system scan or check individual files manually.

Checking files is a simple matter of dropping them onto the program window, and a full scan is an equally simple – if lengthier – process.

Security suites can appear intimidating to the average user, but Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition manages to avoid this pitfall thanks to its clear and simple interface.

Latest updates

The latest version of Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition includes a cleaner, more accessible interface, a new streamlined dashboard, and specific protection against ransomware. For full details, take a look at the official changelog.

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