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BitDefender Free Edition - antivirus scanner

Notes from ClifNotes, Nov 2007, permalink Anti-Virus Tools


After recently trying out a security suite that I didn't like, I was temporarily out looking for free anti-virus tools to use. I ended up choosing AntiVir, but while I was looking, I found that one of the number one security vendors has a free AV client.


Be aware that this tool does not include active protection. It should only be used as a second layer of anti-virus defense.


Quote from the website

BitDefender Free Edition is your chance to use one of the world's most effective antivirus engines for free!


BitDefender Free Edition uses the same ICSA Labs certified scanning engines found in other BitDefender products, allowing you to enjoy basic virus protection for no cost at all.


BitDefender Free Edition is an on-demand virus scanner, which is best used in a system recovery or forensics role. If you are on an "always-on" Internet connection, we strongly advise you to consider using a more complex antivirus solution.


Virus scanning and removal

On demand scanning - Powerful scan engines ensure detection and removal of all viruses in the wild every time you need it.


Scheduled scanning

The Scheduler lets you plan ahead, and schedule full system/drive scans in the off hours, when you won’t be using your computer.


Immediate scanning

With just a right click you can check your files and folders.


Skinable interface

You can express yourself, designing new interfaces, or you can use those drawn by others.



By isolating the infected files in quarantine, the risk of getting infected diminishes. You also have the possibility to send these files for further analysis to BitDefender Labs.



When launching a scan you may choose to create a report file where you can see statistics about the scan process.