Bitdefender is a highly respected security company that refreshes its lineup of security solutions each year (just like any other antivirus company out there).
Home users who run Windows have the choice between four different Bitdefender products of which only one, Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition, is free.
Bitdefender launched a free antivirus solution years ago but does not advertise it as much on the company website as the paid products.
It is difficult to find out how Bitdefender products differ from one another. The following overview provides you with the information so that you can better pick the most suitable product.
I focus the comparison on the two antivirus products but will compare those two with Bitdefender Total Security, the company's top of the line product.
The comparison looks at the 2019 lineup right now which Bitdefender released recently. We will update the overview when next year's refreshes are released.
Compatibility and installation
Bitdefender Antivirus products are compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 operating systems. They require systems with at least 1.5 Gigabytes of RAM and 800 Megabytes of hard disk space (recommended 2 Gigabytes), and an Intel Core Duo 2 GHz processor or better. Software-wise, Internet Explorer or higher is required.
The online installer requires an Internet connection. It will download approximately 360 Megabytes of data to the local system if you install Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition or approximately 450 Megabytes if you download Bitdefender Antivirus Plus.
Both installers reveal that anonymous usage reports (free edition) or product reports (plus edition) are sent to Bitdefender. You may uncheck the option in both products to block the sending of the data to Bitdefender.
The installer tries to install a root certificate and requests that all open browsers are closed to do so.
|Feature||Free Antivirus||Antivirus Plus|
|Advanced Threat Defense||yes||yes|
|Web Attack Protection||yes||yes|
|Wi-Fi Security Advisor||no||yes|
|Online Banking Protection||no||yes|
|Free Online Support||no||yes|
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition offers protection against common threats; it features an antivirus module and protects the system against ransomware attacks, phishing, and web attacks.
The paid version supports the following additional features:
Both antivirus products lack features that Bitdefender reserves for its Internet Security and Total Security products. They are:
Whether Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is sufficient for your needs depends on a number of factors. Do you need the extra functionality that Antivirus Plus or the more expensive Bitdefender products offer?
The free version covers the most important bases with the exception of a firewall which it and Antivirus Plus don't offer.
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