Bitdefender Rereleases Its Free Antivirus

I’m sorry to say that Bitdefender has pulled a fast one on some of us.

Last year, they announced that they were discontinuing their free antivirus for Windows. And users of the free software received emails from Bitdefender, urging them to take advantage of a low price of their paid software. For my part, I recommended people not buy their antivirus, and switch to any other free protection software. But many users upgraded and paid for their security suites, to continue with uninterrupted Bitdefender protection.

This past week, Bitdefender announced their release of Bitdefender Free Antivirus for Windows. It’s available now for download on their website. I’ve tested it out, and it installs and works as well as any of their past software. I’m guessing it wasn’t announced before now, in order to convert more people to paid accounts….

But I’m still not keen on pushing my clients to use this product. The built-in protection on Windows machines is just as highly rated as Bitdefender products. But I can say that Bitdefender is a quality product, should you prefer to use it. And if you want help converting back to a free account, or addressing any other payment issues, make sure to reach out to BD support.

4 Comments

  1. Steve LARRABEE

    Hi Jesse: I remembered you told us that info about Windows Defender was just as effective as BD, so when I saw the BD “free” reissue, I rejected it. You give great advice and we listen.
    best, steve + linda larrabee

  2. Shirley L Birkhimer

    Hi Jesse ~ Am I still protected on my computer? Not sure what you have me on at this time.
    Thanks.

    • Jesse Mueller

      You’re on the free Microsoft Defender Antivirus, and have nothing to worry about!

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