Questions about BitDefender Free Edition

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Brandonn2010, Jun 11, 2011.

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  1. Brandonn2010

    Brandonn2010 Registered Member

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    So right now BitDefender's free edition only does on-demand scanning, and I think the engine is outdated compared to their other products. Right now BitDefender is beta testing its Total Security 2012. Will they be releasing a new version of their free edition? I heard it may have real-time protection. I am interested because their product is doing exceptionally well on the AV-Comparatives dynamic test, and their new GUI is jaw-dropping. Can anyone give any details on the beta or future of the free version?
     
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    you're talking about BitDefender 2009 Free Edition.

    in fact, BD did released a 2011 Free Edition last year, which have real-time scanning, but only available in Portuguese. if you want, you can modify the installation of a paid edition to get an English free edition.

    1. download an offline installation package of paid edition (should be around 200MB. do not use online installers). either AV/IS/TS is OK.
    2. extract it to a new folder with winrar/7-zip.
    3. open setup.xml with notepad.
    4. find <check_for_new_package>1</check_for_new_package>. change this value to 0
    5. find <default_feature>XXXXX</default_feature>. change this value to bdfree
    6. find <free_product>0</free_product>. change this value to 1
    7. find <buy_active>1</free_product>. change this value to 0
    8. find <package_type>XXXXX</free_product>. change this value to retail
    9.save setup.xml then run setup.exe. you can get a English free version with real-time scanning.
     
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  3. Brandonn2010

    Brandonn2010 Registered Member

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    Will that work with the 2012 one once they release it, or are they planning on releasing a new free version?
     
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    of course i don't know, because 2012 is not released yet.
     
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    As far as I can remember there will be no English version of BitDefender Free 2012 :doubt:
     
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    PJC Very Frequent Poster

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    Is it a Final Decision?
     
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    Syobon Registered Member

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    yes, what is a shame because the 2012 version is far better than the 2011
     
  8. Brandonn2010

    Brandonn2010 Registered Member

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    Is it? I've been curious about BitDefender since their new GUI is the best I've seen (yes I'm one of those people). They also did very well on last year's AV-Comparatives, all ADV+, except 1 STD, and 1 ADV. They also have a 99% protection rate so far on this year's dynamic test, only behind Symantec.

    If they'd come out with a free English 2012 version, I would want to try it out on another PC.
     
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