Bitdefender Antivirus FREE EDITION for Windows computers will be withdrawn as of December 2021. After this month, Bitdefender Antivirus FREE EDITION will officially be discontinued and will no longer be available for download.
Bitdefender is committed to delivering innovative, effective security solutions to its customers. As platforms evolve, so do our products and technologies. As a result, Bitdefender continuously develops and shapes its solution set.
The End of Life (EOL) process is an essential part of the lifecycle for security products.
As such, Bitdefender Antivirus FREE EDITION for Windows will reach its End of Life in December 2021. This free antivirus will no longer be available on the Bitdefender website after this month. It will keep its antivirus features but will stop receiving updates including security fixes after the official End of Support date.
End of Life for Bitdefender Antivirus FREE EDITION (Windows)
The Bitdefender EOL process begins with the End of Life announcement and involves the following major milestones:
- End of Life: December 2021. The last month when Bitdefender Antivirus FREE EDITION is available for download. After this date, we will no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test new versions of this software.
- End of Support: June 30, 2022. The last date customers can receive support for Bitdefender Antivirus FREE EDITION. After this date, the product will also reach its End of Support Life.
What this means for existing customers
- We are retiring the ability to download and install Bitdefender Antivirus FREE EDITION for Windows as of December 2021.
- Bitdefender Antivirus Free for Android is unaffected and will continue. Only the free Windows desktop version is being phased out.
- Existing Bitdefender Antivirus FREE EDITION for Windows installations will continue to work and detect malware until June 30, 2022 when all updates will cease, and you will need to find an alternative. We hope this gives you time to choose and install another solution that will keep your Windows computers protected. As cybersecurity experts, we strongly advise you not to simply leave your PC unprotected going forward. Malware attacks are more sophisticated than ever, so it is critical to have robust protection that keeps you and your devices safe at all times.
- All Bitdefender Antivirus FREE EDITION customers will receive in-product notifications and emails from [email protected] advising that their antivirus edition is to be withdrawn. The email also includes a special discounted offer for Bitdefender Total Security.
- At any point, to avoid any disruption in their security protection, users may choose to migrate to the new and improved Bitdefender Antivirus Free for Windows. Check out the video below to learn more about the new free version.