Free antivirus tools are always a gamble for users who want top-class antivirus protection on their computers, but are unwilling to pay for that comfort. It's not that there are few free antivirus tools to choose from, but rather too many to take the time to analyze them all.
Bitdefender Antivirus Free is a great choice for users who are all about security. What sets Bitdefender apart from its competition is its great malware protection which has outdone pretty much any other free antivirus tool.
Another great thing about Bitdefender Antivirus Free is the fact that you get the same antivirus protection as the paid version. The downside is the fact that you pretty much don't get much else other than its main feature. Extra features which can be found in other free antivirus tools are omitted in this version of Bitdefender.
The tool checks files for possible infection by using known malware signatures and analyzes software behavior in real-time. New threats are uploaded to companies servers for further analysis. It also gathers data about your computer, but you can opt out easily.
System scan can be run from the main screen, but there is no quick-scan option or even a scan scheduling setting to tweak. Its protection has been tested by plenty of independent labs and it has scored nearly perfect results in all tests.
Its user interface is clean and simple, and there are also some free Bitdefender tools you can download separately, if you feel the need for additional features.
• Top-class protection from a free antivirus tool • Simple and organized interface • Its system performance impact is almost unnoticeable
• No extra features besides antivirus protection • It could use a quick-scan feature as well as the option to schedule scans
• Operating System: Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 •
CPU: Intel CORE 2 Duo (2 GHz) or equivalent processor •
Memory (RAM): 2 GB •
Available free hard disk space: 2.5 GB free space •
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