Bitdefender has been in the antivirus game for a long time, and they have routinely been the leader in most of the antivirus testing results. Bitdefender has offered a free version of it’s antivirus program for quite some time but many users are unsure what it really offers, and whether or not they should use it over a paid solution or simply stick with Windows Defender.
In this review I will try to address some of the strengths of Bitdefender Free Antivirus 2020 to help you decide whether or not you should use it on your PC.
The first and arguably most important item to address is protection specifically how good is it, and what levels of protection are provided. Bitdefender free offers both web protection and a standard file system protection engine. There is no firewall and its very bare bones. In one of my rounds of testing against 10 malicious websites (3 of which were phishing sites) Bitdefender free successfully blocked all of them.
It was very passive as well I tested the links using Microsoft Edge (Chromium with Smartscreen filter disabled) and it simply gave a popup each time stating that the site was malicious and refused to connect. I was quite impressed it also gave a popup notification in the bottom right hand screen warning me the samething. Personally I wish the notification was a bit less intrusive since I was given the warning in the browser as well but alas it did a very solid job.
Third Party Protection Results
AV-TEST.org in its most recent test scored Bitdefender with a 6/6 as the software blocked 100% of samples they tested.
AV Comparatives though only gave it a 99.5% detection rate in its most recent test. This is still above the industry average and means that the software is no slouch.
Overall the protection scores are right where I expected them, I tested the same samples with Windows Smart screen enabled and 2 of the sites were not detected. So that is something to keep in mind.
Well, its complicated Bitdefender Free Antivirus 2020 is very bare bones, its meant to act as more of an autopilot software that sits in the background. The program has no real features to speak of outside of being able to run a system scan which it does in the background anyway. It’s a good program but its features are quite light and you can get some programs such as 360 Total Security that simply offer a larger feature set.
If you’re looking for something to set and forget this is a good option but if you’re a self described power user I wouldn’t suggest this programs free version.
I used the program for a week in both testing and on my machine and I have had no issues with it. I do wish it offered a little well more because I am someone who likes to tinker with the settings but I have no gripes with this program. It’s basically just like Windows Defender on Windows 10 devices, it will sit in the background and provide protection for your system. I will say that I am glad to see it not spamming me with messages or giving me advertisements but the program feels a bit dated and could stand to have a minor user interface refresh in my opinion.
If you’re simply looking for a program that will run in the background to protect your device with no hassle, or spammy notices to upgrade Bitdefender Free Antivirus 2020 is a solid option. If you’re a self described power user who wants a little bit more though I would suggest going with an alternative such as 360 Total Security, Avast, or Comodo. Let me know in the comments below your experience with the program and if you’re using the Paid versions let me know how they “stack up”.
Bitdefender Free Antivirus 2020
Bitdefender Free Antivirus 2020 is a great free antivirus program that does its job well. It's light on features and on your system and provides you with solid web and filesystem protection. It's very much a set it and forget it type of software.
- Great protection
- Set it and forget it
- Feels a bit dated in the User Interface
- User Experience