Free antivirus software will be permanently discontinued as of December 31, 2021, as the developer says on an information page. Announced. The associated downloads have also been removed from the Bitdefender home page.
At the same time, users who have already installed the software or are still downloading it from an external source can use it until June 30, 2022. The associated download can also be found under CHIP in this section.
Bitdefender Free virus software will be unavailable – here are the reasons
On the information page, Bitdefender also provides information on the motivation for the move. As a result, the free version will be discontinued as part of the “product development approach to cross-platform protection.” Since he “values his customers very much”, he will shortly be in contact with affected users by email and offer them a special offer for the paid version of Bitdefender Total Security.
On the community forum, a Bitdefender employee also points out that the free product no longer meets the high standards of the developers. It constantly tests its own range of products to “protect users in all circumstances”. Since apparently this can no longer be guaranteed with Bitdefender Free, the version will be discontinued on December 31st.
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