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Update virus definitions on Bitdefender Antivirus Free Editi

by robb7thurston / October 25, 2013 8:09 AM PDT

I installed Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition 1.021.1099. It took a while to load, and now claims it is updated. Good. Now will it automagically remain updated, or is there a catch somewhere? Do I ned to install updates? How is this done? I ask because the GUI is VERY simple, which is good, but I don't want old antivirus definitions. Thanks for your advise. Best!

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I believe.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / October 25, 2013 8:28 AM PDT

It's a manual update, maybe someone knows more.


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Re Bitdefender Free Antivirus
by mchainmchain / October 26, 2013 2:38 PM PDT

Details on the vendor site is a bit sketchy so I'd use this link to get a definitive answer from them via email contact: http://www.bitdefender.com/support/free/

However, it appears from what little I can discern, that the main protection is from cloud-based scanning and thus it is not a resident or definition based program.

Like to hear from you what Bitdefender has to say as to what virus definitions are needed and if they are automatically downloaded on a periodic basis.

If it is a true cloud-based program, then all detection definitions are not on your system but would be found only on the Internet and thus no definitions updates would be ever needed in the traditional manner.

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ReBitdefenderFreeAntivirusNew!by mchainmchain-10/26
by robb7thurston / October 27, 2013 2:32 AM PDT

So far, GOOD! My definitions were updated according to the icon for updates,on 19-27, two days after I installed BDFree. I also use an optional pair of scanners: HitmanPro and MBAM . No viruses and so on detected yet by HP and MBAM themselves or recorded by BDFree. On the other hand, a negative: the entire system freezes at night after I have not used the system for hours. Then I do a hard reboot, and the system works fine. I have Dell Dimension 3000 with WinXP, and I am using Online Armor as well as the BDFree. I saw a test over at Youtube with just these same applications: OA and also BD. The results were very strong protection,so I will be curious to see how things work out.
(1) BD is LIGHT; (2)protection by this OA and BD combination has a good reputation. My suspicion is that the freezes in my system will be tackled and solved by BD in a year or two. Summary: even with freezes,this set up works well.
Please reply on anything you see as interesting here, mchainmchain! Best!

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