Review: BitDefender for UNIX-based operating systems

Bitdefender fills in a large gap left by anti-virus companies that seem to think Linux doesn't need a user-friendly GUI anti-virus application.

Bit Defender Main Window

As you can see, the Linux version of BitDefender is as user-friendly as any other anti-virus tool (regardless of operating system).

Scan results

As you can see, BitDefender makes results as user-friendly as possible. Here is the result of a single folder scan.


Updating the virus definitions in BitDefender for UNICES is as simple as it is in Windows.


This is all you get and all you need for settings. If you want real-time scanning, you have to set it to continue running in the background.

Log view

All BitDefender events are logged here in the convenient log viewer.


For just about any level of user, BitDefender will offer tips at startup. These can range from the newbie-friendly, to the hard core tips.


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I don't dispute anything technical in the review, but unfortunately I am sure Jack is not aware that Bitdefender makes a practice of not cancelling your subscription when you request it. And this wasn't just an isolated incident, it happened to me THREE different times with THREE different licenses at different times last year. They send you an email when it is time to renew/cancel with instructions as to how to cancel and not be rebilled. You follow the instructions to the letter (which I did THREE times) and guess what? You still get rebilled. The only way I was able to resolve the situations was by flooding emails to high-level company execs. EVENTUALLY (after months of high blood pressure) the subscriptions got cancelled. TERRIBLE customer service.


Here we go again. "the time will come when UNIX-based operating systems will be equally as marked." How many *nix systems are internet servers? Is that a large enough target?

D T Schmitz
D T Schmitz

and bootable (Ubuntu variant) CD version.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Anti-virus software is standard for the Windows operating system, but what about Linux systems? Do you use an anti-virus application on your Linux machine?


I've seen anti-virus software for Windows hose server apps and bring desktops to a crawl (McAfee, I'm looking at you). Throw in billing and customer service nightmares and the anti-virus software rivals malware for the headaches it causes. I don't think that I'll be installing a real time virus protection on my Linux or Unix boxes any time soon.

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