Bitdefender Free, Bitdefender’s free security solution, will be retired on December 31, 2021. According to the company, this affects the Windows version. Users now get an upgrade offer and support until the middle of next year.
The end comes suddenly: Bitdefender Free will be discontinued on December 31, 2021. The downloads for the free antivirus solution have already been removed from the Bitdefender website. Instead, the company’s commercial products are now being advertised there, GHacks reports.
Little is known about the number of users, but one thing is clear: As a free solution, Bitdefender Free is one of the more popular Windows tools, even if Windows itself already has its own free virus monitoring on board with the Defender. What exactly moved Bitdefender to discontinue the free antivirus solution? The company now informs on the website as follows:
No More Bitdefender Antivirus Free Version?
As part of our product development focus on cross-platform protection, Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition for Windows will be retired in December.
Bitdefender values its customers and users, so we will be emailing all Bitdefender Antivirus Free users with a special offer on Bitdefender Total Security. “
Bitdefender Free is also available for Android devices. The Android version does not seem to be retired like the Windows version. The Bitdefender Community Forum has more explanations about the setting.
It says that the free antivirus product no longer meets the company’s high standards. “We are constantly reviewing our product portfolio to ensure that the technologies that we bundle in these products are sufficient to protect the user under all circumstances. We will no longer offer our Bitdefender Free Edition users until June 30, 2022. “
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