USER'S GUIDE
Bitdefender Family Pack 2018
Bitdefender Family Pack 2018
User's Guide
Publication date 02/06/2018
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Bitdefender Family Pack 2018
Table of Contents
About This Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
1. Purpose and Intended Audience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
2. How to Use this Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
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1. Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
1.1. Preparing for installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
1.2. System requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
1.3. Installing your Bitdefender product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
2. Getting started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
2.1. The basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2.2. Bitdefender interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2.3. Bitdefender Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2.4. Keeping Bitdefender up-to-date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3. How to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
3.1. Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.1. How do I install Bitdefender on a second computer? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.2. How can I reinstall Bitdefender? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.3. Where can I download my Bitdefender product from? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.4. How can I change the language of my Bitdefender product? . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.1.5. How do I use my Bitdefender subscription after a Windows upgrade? . . . .
3.1.6. How can I upgrade to the latest Bitdefender version? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.2. Subscriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.2.1. How do I activate Bitdefender subscription using a license key? . . . . . . . . .
3.3. Bitdefender Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.3.1. How do I log in to Bitdefender Central using another online account? . . . .
3.3.2. How do I turn off Bitdefender Central help messages? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.3.3. I forgot the password I set for my Bitdefender account. How do I reset
it? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.3.4. How can I manage the logon sessions associated to my Bitdefender
account? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.4. Scanning with Bitdefender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.4.1. How do I scan a file or a folder? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.4.2. How do I scan my system? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.4.3. How do I schedule a scan? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.4.4. How do I create a custom scan task? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.4.5. How do I exclude a folder from being scanned? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.4.6. What to do when Bitdefender detected a clean file as infected? . . . . . . . . .
3.4.7. How do I check what viruses Bitdefender detected? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.5. Parental Advisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.5.1. How do I protect my children from online threats? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.5.2. How do I block my child's access to a website? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.5.3. How do I prevent my child from playing a game? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.5.4. How do I prevent my child from getting in contact with untrusted
persons? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3.5.5. How can I set a location as safe or restricted for my child? . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.5.6. How do I block my child's access to the assigned devices during school
days? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.5.7. How do I block my child's access to the assigned devices during school
nights? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.5.8. How do I block my child's access to the assigned devices during
weekends? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.5.9. How to remove a child profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.6. Privacy protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.6.1. How do I make sure my online transaction is secure? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.6.2. What can I do if my device has been stolen? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.6.3. How do I use file vaults? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.6.4. How do I remove a file permanently with Bitdefender? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.6.5. How do I protect my webcam from being hacked? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.7. Optimization Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.7.1. How do I improve my system performance? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.7.2. How can I improve my system startup time? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.8. Useful Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.8.1. How do I test my antivirus solution? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.8.2. How do I remove Bitdefender? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.8.3. How do I remove Bitdefender VPN? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.8.4. How do I automatically shut down the computer after the scan is
over? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.8.5. How do I configure Bitdefender to use a proxy Internet connection? . . . . .
3.8.6. Am I using a 32 bit or a 64 bit version of Windows? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.8.7. How do I display hidden objects in Windows? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.8.8. How do I remove other security solutions? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3.8.9. How do I restart in Safe Mode? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4. Managing your security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
4.1. Antivirus protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
4.2. Advanced Threat Defense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
4.3. Web Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
4.4. Antispam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
4.5. Firewall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
4.6. Vulnerability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
4.7. Webcam Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
4.8. Safe Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
4.9. File encryption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
4.10. Password Manager protection for your credentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
4.11. VPN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
4.12. Safepay security for online transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
4.13. Data Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
4.14. Parental Advisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
4.15. Device Anti-Theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
4.16. USB Immunizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
5. System optimization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
5.1. Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
5.2. Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
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6. Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
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7. Installation and Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
7.1. System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.2. Installing Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.2.1. Installation process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7.3. Removing Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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8. Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
8.1. About Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.2. Opening Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.3. Application Main Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8.4. Application Dock Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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9. Protecting against Malicious Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
9.1. Best Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.2. Scanning Your Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.3. Turning on or off Autopilot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.4. Time Machine Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.5. Scan Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.6. Fixing Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.7. Web Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.8. Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.8.1. Requesting an Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.8.2. Getting Updates through a Proxy Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9.8.3. Upgrade to a new version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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10. Configuring Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
10.1. Accessing Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.2. Account Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.3. Protection Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.3.1. Scan Exclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.4. Safe Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.4.1. Managing Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.5. History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10.6. Quarantine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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11. Bitdefender Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
11.1. About Bitdefender Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
11.2. Accessing Bitdefender Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
11.3. My Subscriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
11.3.1. Activate subscription . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
11.3.2. Buy subscription . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
11.4. My Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
11.4.1. Customize your device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
11.4.2. Remote actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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12. Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
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Mobile Security for iOS ............................................ 242
13. What is Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
14. Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
15. Account Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
16. Anti-Theft Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
17. Bitdefender account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252
Mobile Security for Android ..................................... 254
18. Protection Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
19. Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
20. Malware Scanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
21. Account Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
22. Web Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
23. VPN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267
24. Anti-Theft Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270
25. App Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
26. Privacy Advisor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
27. Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
28. WearON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
29. Bitdefender Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
30. Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
Contact us ............................................................. 294
31. Asking for help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 295
32. Online resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
32.1. Bitdefender Support Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
32.2. Bitdefender Support Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297
32.3. HOTforSecurity Portal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 298
33. Contact information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
33.1. Web addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
33.2. Local distributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
33.3. Bitdefender offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302
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About This Guide
1. Purpose and Intended Audience
Your Bitdefender Family Pack 2018 subscription covers an unlimited number
of devices in a household. This means it can be used to protect all the PCs,
Macs, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets that your family owns.
You can manage your protected devices through your Bitdefender account,
which needs to be associated with an active subscription.
This guide provides assistance with the setup and use of the products
included in Bitdefender Family Pack 2018: Bitdefender Total Security 2018,
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS and
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android-based devices.
You can find out how to configure Bitdefender on different devices to keep
them protected from all kinds of threats.
2. How to Use this Guide
This guide is organized around the four products included in Bitdefender
Family Pack 2018:
● “Total Security for PC” (p. 1)
Learn how to use the product on your Windows-based PCs and laptops.
● “Antivirus for Mac” (p. 207)
Learn how to use the product on your Macs.
● “Mobile Security for iOS” (p. 242)
Learn how to use the product on your iOS-based smartphones and tablets.
● “Mobile Security for Android” (p. 254)
Learn how to use the product on your Android-based smartphones and
tablets.
● “Contact us” (p. 294)
Find out where to look for help if something unexpected pops up.
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1. INSTALLATION
1.1. Preparing for installation
Before you install Bitdefender Total Security 2018, complete these
preparations to ensure the installation will go smoothly:
● Make sure that the computer where you plan to install Bitdefender meets
the minimum system requirements. If the computer does not meet all the
minimum system requirements, Bitdefender will not be installed or, if
installed, it will not work properly and it will cause system slowdowns and
instability. For a complete list of system requirements, please refer to
“System requirements” (p. 2).
● Log on to the computer using an Administrator account.
● Remove any other similar software from the computer. If any is detected
during the Bitdefender installation process, you will be notified to uninstall
it. Running two security programs simultaneously may affect their
operation and cause major problems with the system. Windows Defender
will be disabled during the installation.
● Disable or remove any firewall program that may be running on the
computer. Running two firewall programs simultaneously may affect their
operation and cause major problems with the system. Windows Firewall
will be disabled during the installation.
● It is recommended that your computer be connected to the Internet during
the installation, even when installing from a CD/DVD. If newer versions of
the application files included in the installation package are available,
Bitdefender can download and install them.
1.2. System requirements
You may install Bitdefender Total Security 2018 only on computers running
the following operating systems:
● Windows 7 with Service Pack 1
● Windows 8
● Windows 8.1
● Windows 10
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Before installation, make sure that your computer meets the minimum system
requirements.
Note
To find out the Windows operating system your computer is running and
hardware information:
● In Windows 7, right-click My Computer on the desktop, and then select
Properties from the menu.
● In Windows 8, from the Windows Start screen, locate Computer (for example,
you can start typing "Computer" directly in the Start screen), and then
right-click its icon. In Windows 8.1, locate This PC.
Select Properties in the bottom menu. Look in the System area to find
information about your system type.
● In Windows 10, type System in the search box from the taskbar and click
its icon. Look in the System area to find information about your system
type.
Minimum system requirements
● 1.5 GB available free hard disk space
● Dual Core 1.6 GHz processor
● 1 GB of memory (RAM)
Recommended system requirements
● 2 GB available free hard disk space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)
● Intel CORE Duo (2 GHz) or equivalent processor
● 2 GB of memory (RAM)
Software requirements
To be able to use Bitdefender and all its features, your computer needs to
meet the following software requirements:
● Microsoft Edge 40 and higher
● Internet Explorer 10 and higher
● Mozilla Firefox 51 and higher
● Google Chrome 34 and higher
● Skype 6.3 and higher
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● Microsoft Outlook 2007 / 2010 / 2013 / 2016
● Mozilla Thunderbird 14 and higher
1.3. Installing your Bitdefender product
You can install Bitdefender from the installation disc, or using the web
installer downloaded on your computer from Bitdefender Central.
If your purchase covers more than one computer, repeat the installation
process and activate your product with the same account on every computer.
The account you need to use is the one which contains your Bitdefender
active subscription.
Install from Bitdefender Central
From Bitdefender Central you can download the installation kit corresponding
to the purchased subscription. Once the installation process is complete,
Bitdefender Total Security 2018 is activated.
To download Bitdefender Total Security 2018 from Bitdefender Central:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. In the MY DEVICES window, click INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
4. Choose one of the two available options:
● DOWNLOAD
Click the button and save the installation file.
● On another device
Select Windows to download your Bitdefender product, and then click
CONTINUE. Type an email address in the corresponding field, and click
SEND.
5. Wait for the download to complete, then run the installer.
Validating the installation
Bitdefender first checks your system to validate the installation.
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If your system does not meet the minimum requirements for installing
Bitdefender, you will be informed of the areas that need improvement before
you can proceed.
If an incompatible antivirus program or an older version of Bitdefender is
detected, you will be prompted to remove it from your system. Please follow
the directions to remove the software from your system, thus avoiding
problems occurring later on. You may need to reboot your computer to
complete the removal of detected antivirus programs.
The Bitdefender Total Security 2018 installation package is constantly
updated.
Note
Downloading the installation files can take a long time, especially over slower
Internet connections.
Once the installation is validated, the setup wizard appears. Follow the steps
to install Bitdefender Total Security 2018.
Step 1 - Bitdefender installation
In the Bitdefender installation screen, click the INSTALL button to launch
the installation process of your Bitdefender product.
Three additional tasks can be performed at this step:
● Read the Subscription Agreement before proceeding with the installation.
The Subscription Agreement contains the terms and conditions under
which you may use Bitdefender Total Security 2018.
If you do not agree to these terms, close the window. The installation
process will be abandoned and you will exit setup.
● Keep the Send anonymous reports option enabled. By allowing this option,
reports containing information about how you use the product are sent
to the Bitdefender servers. This information is essential for improving the
product and can help us provide a better experience in the future. Please
note that these reports contain no confidential data, such as your name
or IP address, and that they will not be used for commercial purposes.
● Select the language you want to install the product in.
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Step 2 - Installation in progress
Wait for the installation to complete. Detailed information about the progress
is displayed.
Critical areas on your system are scanned for viruses, the latest versions of
the application files are downloaded and installed, and the Bitdefender
services are started. This step can take a couple of minutes. Click SKIP SCAN
if you want to scan your system later on. For more information about running
a system scan, please refer to “Running a System Scan” (p. 87).
Step 3 - Installation completed
Your Bitdefender product is successfully installed.
A summary of the installation is displayed. If any active malware was
detected and removed during the installation, a system reboot may be
required. Click START USING Bitdefender to continue.
Step 4 - Get started
In the Get started window you can see details about your active subscription.
Click FINISH to access the Bitdefender Total Security 2018 interface.
Install from installation disc
To install Bitdefender from the installation disc, insert the disc in the optical
drive.
A installation screen should be displayed in a few moments. Follow the
instructions to start installation.
If the installation screen does not appear, use Windows Explorer to browse
to the disc's root directory and double-click the file autorun.exe.
If your Internet speed is slow, or your system is not connected to the Internet,
click the Install from CD/DVD button. In this case, the Bitdefender product
available on the disc will be installed and a newer version will be downloaded
from the Bitdefender servers via product update.
Validating the installation
Bitdefender first checks your system to validate the installation.
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If your system does not meet the minimum requirements for installing
Bitdefender, you will be informed of the areas that need improvement before
you can proceed.
If an incompatible antivirus program or an older version of Bitdefender is
detected, you will be prompted to remove it from your system. Please follow
the directions to remove the software from your system, thus avoiding
problems occurring later on. You may need to reboot your computer to
complete the removal of detected antivirus programs.
Note
Downloading the installation files can take a long time, especially over slower
Internet connections.
Once the installation is validated, the setup wizard appears. Follow the steps
to install Bitdefender Total Security 2018.
Step 1 - Bitdefender Installation
In the Bitdefender installation screen, click the INSTALL button to launch
the installation process of your Bitdefender product.
Three additional tasks can be performed at this step:
● Read the Subscription Agreement before proceeding with the installation.
The Subscription Agreement contains the terms and conditions under
which you may use Bitdefender Total Security 2018.
If you do not agree to these terms, close the window. The installation
process will be abandoned and you will exit setup.
● Keep the Send anonymous reports option enabled. By allowing this option,
reports containing information about how you use the product are sent
to the Bitdefender servers. This information is essential for improving the
product and can help us provide a better experience in the future. Note
that these reports contain no confidential data, such as your name or IP
address, and that they will not be used for commercial purposes.
● Select the language you want to install the product in.
Step 2 - Installation in progress
Wait for the installation to complete. Detailed information about the progress
is displayed.
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Critical areas on your system are scanned for viruses and the Bitdefender
services are started. This step can take a couple of minutes. Click SKIP SCAN
if you want to scan your system later on. For more information about running
a system scan, please refer to “Running a System Scan” (p. 87).
Step 3 - Installation completed
A summary of the installation is displayed. If any active malware was
detected and removed during the installation, a system reboot may be
required. Click START USING Bitdefender to continue.
Step 4 - Bitdefender account
After you complete the initial setup, the Bitdefender account window appears.
A Bitdefender account is required in order to activate the product and use
its online features. For more information, please refer to “Bitdefender Central”
(p. 34).
Proceed according to your situation.
I want to create a Bitdefender account
Type the required information in the corresponding fields, then click
CREATE ACCOUNT.
The data you provide here will remain confidential.
The password must be at least 8 characters long and include a digit.
Read the Bitdefender Terms of service before proceeding further.
Note
Once the account is created, you can use the provided email address and
password to log in to your account at https://central.bitdefender.com.
I already have a Bitdefender account
Click Sign In, and then type the email address and the password of your
Bitdefender account.
Click SIGN IN to continue.
If you forgot the password for your account or you simply want to reset
the one you already set, click the Forgot my password link. Type your
email address, then click the FORGOT PASSWORD button. Check your
email account and follow the provided instructions to set a new password
for your Bitdefender account.
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Note
If you already have a MyBitdefender account, you can use it to log into
your Bitdefender account. If you forgot your password, you first need to
go to https://my.bitdefender.com to reset it. Then, use the updated
credentials to log into your Bitdefender account.
I want to log in using my Microsoft, Facebook or Google account
To log in with your Microsoft, Facebook or Google account:
1. Select the service you want to use. You will be redirected to the login
page of that service.
2. Follow the instructions provided by the selected service to link your
account to Bitdefender.
Note
Bitdefender does not get access to any confidential information such as
the password of the account you use to log in, or the personal information
of your friends and contacts.
Step 5 - Activate your product
Note
This step appears if you have selected to create a new Bitdefender account
during the previous step, or if you logged in using an account with an expired
subscription.
An active Internet connection is required to complete the activation of your
product.
Proceed according to your situation:
● I have an activation code
In this case, activate the product by following these steps:
1. Type the activation code in the I have an activation code field, and then
click CONTINUE.
Note
You can find your activation code:
● on the CD/DVD label.
● on the product registration card.
● in the online purchase email.
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2. I want to evaluate Bitdefender
In this case, you can use the product for a 30 day period. To begin the
trial period, select I don't have a subscription, I want to try the product
for free, and then click CONTINUE.
Step 6 - Get started
In the Get started window you can see details about your active subscription.
Click FINISH to access the Bitdefender Total Security 2018 interface.
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2. GETTING STARTED
2.1. The basics
Once you have installed Bitdefender Total Security 2018, your computer is
protected against all kinds of malware (such as viruses, spyware,
ransomware, exploits, botnets and trojans) and Internet threats (such as
hackers, phishing and spam).
The application uses the Photon technology to enhance the speed and
performance of the anti-malware scanning process. It works by learning the
usage patterns of your system applications to know what and when to scan,
thus minimizing the impact on system performance.
Connecting to public wireless networks belonging to airports, malls, cafés,
or hotels without protection may be dangerous for your device and data.
Mainly because fraudsters may be watching your activity and find the best
moment to steal personal data, but also because everyone can see your IP
address; thus making your machine a victim for future cyberattacks. To
avoid such unfortunate situations, install and use the “VPN” (p. 141) app.
You can keep track of your passwords and online accounts by storing them
with “Password Manager protection for your credentials” (p. 134) in a wallet.
With a single master password you are able to protect your privacy from
intruders that may try to let you out of money.
“Webcam Protection” (p. 125) keeps away the untrusted apps from accessing
your video camera, thus avoiding any attempt to be hacked. Based on the
Bitdefender users' choice, the access of popular apps to your webcam will
be allowed or blocked.
To safeguard you from potential snoops and spies when your device is
connected to an unsecured wireless network, Bitdefender analyzes its security
level, and when necessary, comes with recommendations to boost the safety
of your online activities. For instructions on how to keep your personal data
secure, please refer to “Wi-Fi Security Advisor” (p. 121).
Your personal files stored locally such as documents, photos or movies and
also those stored in the cloud can stay now far away from the today’s most
dangerous malware, namely ransomware. For information on how to settle
personal files to a shelter, please refer to “Safe Files” (p. 127).
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While you work, play games or watch movies, Bitdefender can offer you a
continuous user experience by postponing maintenance tasks, eliminating
interruptions and adjusting system visual effects. You can benefit from all
these by activating and configuring “Profiles” (p. 168).
Bitdefender will make most security-related decisions for you and will rarely
show pop-up alerts. Details about actions taken and information about
program operation are available in the Notifications window. For more
information, please refer to “Notifications” (p. 15).
From time to time, you should open Bitdefender and fix any existing issues.
You may have to configure specific Bitdefender components or take
preventive actions to protect your computer and your data.
To use the online features of Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and manage
your subscriptions and devices, access your Bitdefender account. For more
information, please refer to “Bitdefender Central” (p. 34).
The “How to” (p. 45) section is where you will find step-by-step instructions
on how to perform common tasks. If you experience issues while using
Bitdefender, check the “Solving common issues” (p. 176) section for possible
solutions to the most common problems.
Opening the Bitdefender window
To access the main interface of Bitdefender Total Security 2018, follow the
steps below:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start and go to All Programs.
2. Click Bitdefender 2018.
3. Click Bitdefender Total Security 2018 or, quicker, double-click the
Bitdefender icon in the system tray.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
Locate Bitdefender from the Windows Start screen (for example, you can
start typing "Bitdefender" directly in the Start screen), and then click its
icon. Alternatively, open the Desktop app, and then double-click the
Bitdefender icon in the system tray.
● In Windows 10:
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Type "Bitdefender" in the search box from the taskbar, and then click its
icon. Alternatively, double-click the Bitdefender icon in the system tray.
For more information about the Bitdefender window and icon in the system
tray, please refer to “Bitdefender interface” (p. 19).
Fixing issues
Bitdefender uses an issue tracking system to detect and inform you about
the issues that may affect the security of your computer and data. By default,
it monitors only a series of issues that are considered to be very important.
However, you can configure it as needed, choosing which specific issues
you want to be notified about.
Detected issues include important protection settings that are turned off
and other conditions that can represent a security risk. They are grouped
into two categories:
● Critical issues - prevent Bitdefender from protecting you against malware
or represent a major security risk.
● Minor (non-critical) issues - can affect your protection in the near future.
The Bitdefender icon in the system tray indicates pending issues by changing
its color as follows:
Critical issues are affecting the security of your system. They require your
immediate attention and must be fixed as soon as possible.
Non-critical issues are affecting the security of your system. You should
check and fix them when you have the time.
Also, if you move the mouse cursor over the icon, a pop-up will confirm the
existence of pending issues.
When you open the Bitdefender interface, the Security status area on the
upper toolbar will indicate nature of issues affecting your system.
Security Issues wizard
To fix detected issues follow the Security Issues wizard.
1. To open the wizard, do any of the following:
● Right-click the Bitdefender icon in the system tray and choose View
security issues.
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● Open the Bitdefender interface and click anywhere inside the Security
status area on the upper toolbar.
2. You can see the issues affecting the security of your computer and data.
All current issues are selected to be fixed.
If you do not want to fix a specific issue right away, clear the corresponding
check box. You will be prompted to specify for how long to postpone fixing
the issue. Choose the desired option from the menu and click OK. To stop
monitoring the respective issue category, choose Permanently.
The issue status will change to Postponed and no action will be taken to
fix the issue.
3. To fix the selected issues, click Fix. Some issues are fixed immediately.
For others, a wizard helps you fix them.
The issues that this wizard helps you fix can be grouped into these main
categories:
● Disabled security settings. Such issues are fixed immediately, by enabling
the respective security settings.
● Preventive security tasks you need to perform. When fixing such issues,
a wizard helps you successfully complete the task.
Configuring status alerts
Bitdefender can inform you when issues are detected in the operation of the
following program components:
● Antivirus
● Firewall
● Update
● Browser Security
You can configure the alert system to best serve your security needs by
choosing which specific issues to be informed about. Follow these steps:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the ADVANCED tab.
3. Click the Configure status alerts link.
4. Click the switches to turn on or off status alerts according to your
preferences.
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Notifications
Bitdefender keeps a detailed log of events concerning its activity on your
computer. Whenever something relevant to the security of your system or
data happens, a new message is added to the Bitdefender Notifications area,
in a similar way to a new email appearing in your Inbox.
Notifications are an important tool in monitoring and managing your
Bitdefender protection. For instance, you can easily check if the update was
successfully performed, if malware or vulnerabilities were found on your
computer, etc. Additionally, you can take further action if needed or change
actions taken by Bitdefender.
To access the Notifications log, click the
icon on the left sidebar of the
Bitdefender interface. Every time a critical event occurs, a counter can be
noticed on the
icon.
Depending on type and severity, notifications are grouped in:
● Critical events indicate critical issues. You should check them immediately.
● Warning events indicate non-critical issues. You should check and fix them
when you have the time.
● Information events indicate successful operations.
Click each tab to find more details about the generated events. Brief details
are displayed at a single-click on each event title, namely: a short description,
the action Bitdefender took on it when it happened, and the date and time
when it occurred. Options may be provided to take further action if needed.
To help you easily manage logged events, the Notifications window provides
options to delete or mark as read all events in that section.
Autopilot
For all the users who want nothing more from their security solution than to
be protected without being bothered, Bitdefender Total Security 2018 has
been designed with a built-in Autopilot mode.
While on Autopilot, Bitdefender applies an optimal security configuration
and takes all security-related decisions for you. This means you will rarely
see pop-ups and you will not have to configure any settings whatsoever.
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In Autopilot mode, Bitdefender automatically fixes critical issues, enables
and quietly manages:
● Antivirus protection, provided by on-access scanning and continuous
scanning.
● Firewall protection.
● Web Protection.
● Automatic updates.
To turn the Autopilot on or off click the AUTOPILOT switch on the upper
toolbar of the Bitdefender interface.
As long as the Autopilot is on, the Bitdefender icon in the system tray changes
to .
Important
While the Autopilot is on, modifying any of the settings it manages will result
in it being turned off.
To see a history of actions performed by Bitdefender while Autopilot was
engaged, open the Notifications window.
Profiles
Some computer activities, such as online games or video presentations,
require increased system responsiveness, high performance and no
interruptions. When your laptop is running on battery power, it is best that
unnecessary operations, which consume additional power, be postponed
until the laptop is connected back to A/C power.
Bitdefender Profiles assigns more system resources to the running
applications by temporarily modifying protection settings and adjusting
system configuration. Consequently, the system impact on your activity is
minimized.
To adapt to different activities, Bitdefender comes with the following profiles:
Work Profile
Optimizes your work efficiency by identifying and adjusting the product
and system settings.
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Movie Profile
Enhances visual effects and eliminates interruptions when watching
movies.
Game Profile
Enhances visual effects and eliminates interruptions when playing
games.
Public Wi-Fi Profile
Applies product settings to benefit from full protection while connected
to an unsecure wireless network.
Battery Mode Profile
Applies product settings and holds down background activity to save
battery life.
Configure automatic activation of profiles
For an easy-to-use experience, you can configure Bitdefender to manage
your working profile. In this case, Bitdefender automatically detects the
activity you perform and applies system and product optimization settings.
To allow Bitdefender to activate profiles:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the PROFILES tab.
3. Use the corresponding switch to turn on Activate profiles automatically.
If you do not wish for the Profiles to be automatically activated, turn off the
switch.
To manually activate a profile, click the corresponding ON/OFF switch. Only
one profile can be manually activated at once.
For more information on Profiles, please refer to “Profiles” (p. 168)
Password-protecting Bitdefender settings
If you are not the only person with administrative rights using this computer,
it is recommended that you protect your Bitdefender settings with a
password.
To configure password protection for the Bitdefender settings:
1. Click the
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2. In the GENERAL window, turn on Password protection by clicking the
corresponding switch.
3. Type the password in the two fields, and then click OK. The password
must be at least 8 characters long.
Once you have set a password, anyone trying to change the Bitdefender
settings will first have to provide the password.
Important
Be sure to remember your password or keep a record of it in a safe place. If
you forget the password, you will have to reinstall the program or to contact
Bitdefender for support.
To remove password protection:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. In the GENERAL window, turn off password protection by clicking the
corresponding switch.
3. Type the password, and then click OK.
Note
To modify the password for your product, click the Change password link.
Type your current password, and then click OK. In the new window which
appears type the new password you want to use from now on to restrict the
access to your Bitdefender settings.
Anonymous usage reports
By default, Bitdefender sends reports containing information about how you
use it to Bitdefender servers. This information is essential for improving the
product and can help us offer you a better experience in the future. Please
note that these reports will contain no confidential data, such as your name
or IP address, and that they will not be used for commercial purposes.
In case you want to stop sending Anonymous usage reports:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the ADVANCED tab.
3. Click the corresponding ON/OFF switch.
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Special offers notifications
When promotional offers are available, the Bitdefender product is set up to
notify you through a pop-up window. This gives you the opportunity to benefit
from advantageous prices and keep your devices protected for a longer
period of time.
To turn on or off special offers notifications:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. In the GENERAL window, click the corresponding ON/OFF switch.
The special offers and product notifications option is enabled by default.
2.2. Bitdefender interface
Bitdefender Total Security 2018 meets the needs of computer beginners and
very technical people alike. Its graphical user interface is designed to suit
each and every category of users.
To go through the Bitdefender interface, an introduction wizard containing
details on how to interact with the product and how to configure it is
displayed on the upper left side. Select NEXT to continue being guided, or
Skip tour to close the wizard.
To see the status of the product and perform essential tasks, the Bitdefender
system tray icon is available at any time.
The main window allows you to manage the product’s behavior using
Autopilot, gives you access to important product information and enables
you to perform common tasks. From the left sidebar you can access your
Bitdefender account and the Bitdefender sections for detailed configuration
and advanced administrative tasks.
If you want to keep a constant eye on essential security information and
have quick access to key settings, add the Security Widget to your desktop.
System tray icon
To manage the entire product more quickly, you can use the Bitdefender
icon in the system tray.
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Note
The Bitdefender icon may not be visible at all times. To make the icon appear
permanently:
● In Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. Click the arrow
in the lower-right corner of the screen.
2. Click Customize... to open the Notification Area Icons window.
3. Select the option Show icons and notifications for the Bitdefender agent
icon.
● In Windows 10:
1. Right-click the taskbar and select Properties.
2. Click Customize in the Taskbar window.
3. Click the Select which icons appear on the taskbar link in the Notifications
& actions window.
4. Enable the switch next to Bitdefender agent.
If you double-click this icon, Bitdefender will open. Also, by right-clicking the
icon, a contextual menu will allow you to quickly manage the Bitdefender
product.
● Show - opens the main window of Bitdefender.
● About - opens a window where you can see
information about Bitdefender and where to look
for help in case something unexpected appears.
● View security issues - helps you remove current
security vulnerabilities. If the option is
unavailable, there are no issues to be fixed. For
detailed information, please refer to “Fixing
issues” (p. 13).
Tray Icon
● Hide / Show Security Widget - enables / disables
Security Widget.
● Update Now - starts an immediate update. You can follow the update
status in the Update panel of the main Bitdefender window.
● Show Security Report - opens a window where you can see a weekly status
and recommendations for your system. You can follow the
recommendations to improve your system security.
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The Bitdefender system tray icon informs you when issues affect your
computer or how the product operates, by displaying a special symbol, as
follows:
Critical issues are affecting the security of your system. They require your
immediate attention and must be fixed as soon as possible.
Non-critical issues are affecting the security of your system. You should
check and fix them when you have the time.
Bitdefender Autopilot is engaged.
If Bitdefender is not working, the system tray icon appears on a gray
background: . This usually happens when the subscription expires. It can
also occur when the Bitdefender services are not responding or when other
errors affect the normal operation of Bitdefender.
Main window
The main Bitdefender window allows you to perform common tasks, quickly
fix security issues, view information about product operation and access
the panels from where you configure the product settings. Everything is just
a few clicks away.
The window is organized in four main areas:
Status area
This is where you can check your computer's security status, launch an
update and configure the Autopilot.
Left sidebar
This menu allows you to access and manage your Bitdefender account
along with the online features of your product, or switch between the
three main product sections. From here, you can also access the
Notifications, the weekly Security Report, the General settings and the
Help & Support areas.
Action buttons and access to features area
This is where you can run different tasks to keep your system protected
and running at optimal speed. Also, you can access the Bitdefender
features to configure the product on your own.
Bottom bar
This is where you can easily install Bitdefender on other devices, provided
that your subscription has enough available slots.
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Status area
The status area contains the following elements:
● Security Status on the left side of the area, informs you if there are any
issues affecting your computer's security and helps you fix them.
The color of the security status area changes depending on the detected
issues and different messages are displayed:
● The area is colored green. There are no issues to fix. Your computer and
data are protected.
● The area is colored yellow. Non-critical issues are affecting the security
of your system. You should check and fix them when you have the time.
● The area is colored red. Critical issues are affecting the security of your
system. You should address these issues immediately.
By clicking anywhere inside the security status area, you can access a
wizard that will help you easily remove any threats from your computer.
For detailed information, please refer to “Fixing issues” (p. 13).
● AUTOPILOT allows you to engage optimal protection and enjoy completely
silent security. For detailed information, please refer to “Autopilot” (p. 15).
● UPDATE NOW allows you to run a product update whenever you want to
make sure that you have the latest malware signatures. For detailed
information, please refer to “Keeping Bitdefender up-to-date” (p. 40).
● Active Profile displays the current profile enabled in your Bitdefender
product. For detailed information, please refer to “Profiles” (p. 168).
Left sidebar
Suggestive icons are available on the left sidebar giving you access to the
Bitdefender account, product sections, activity report, notifications, general
settings and support.
The names of the icons are visible by clicking the
●
icon, as follows:
Protection. The Quick Scan and Vulnerability Scan action buttons
become visible in the lower-left corner of the Bitdefender interface. Also,
information about blocked applications, detected threats and attacks
become visible. Click the VIEW FEATURES link to access the configuration
area.
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Privacy. The Safepay and VPN action buttons become visible in the
lower-left corner of the Bitdefender interface. Also, information about
detected wallets and file vaults is displayed. Click the VIEW FEATURES
link to access the configuration area.
●
Tools. The OneClick Optimizer and Startup Optimizer action buttons
become visible in the lower-left corner of the Bitdefender interface. Also,
information about the optimized space is displayed and the Disk Cleanup
feature can be launched for making room to new data by erasing large
files and folders you do not use anymore. Moreover, the Anti-Theft feature
can be accessed.
●
Activity. From here, you can view the product activity in the last 30
days and access the security report which is generated every seven days.
●
Notifications. From here, you have access to the generated
notifications.
●
Account. Details about the Bitdefender account and in use subscription
are available. Access your Bitdefender account to verify your subscriptions
and perform security tasks on the devices you manage.
●
●
Settings. From here, you have access to general settings.
Support. From here, whenever you need assistance in solving a
situation with your Bitdefender Total Security 2018, you can contact the
Bitdefender Technical Support department.
Action buttons and access to features area
Using action buttons you can quickly launch important tasks. Action buttons
become visible in the lower-left corner of the Bitdefender interface when
selecting one of the three sections: Protection, Privacy or Tools from the left
sidebar.
Depending on the section you choose, the action buttons visible in this area
can be:
● Quick Scan. Run a quick scan to make sure your computer is clean of
malware.
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● Vulnerability Scan. Scan your computer for vulnerabilities to make sure
that all installed applications, along with the Operating System, are updated
and properly functioning.
● Safepay. Open Bitdefender Safepay™ to protect your sensitive data while
performing online transactions.
● VPN. Open Bitdefender VPN to add an extra layer of protection while
connected to the internet.
● OneClick Optimizer. Free disk space, fix registry errors and protect your
privacy by deleting files that may no longer be useful with a single click
of a button.
● Startup Optimizer. Decrease your system boot time by excluding
unnecessary applications from running at startup.
Bottom bar
To start protecting additional devices:
1. Click the INSTALL ON ANOTHER DEVICE link.
You are redirected to the Bitdefender account web page. Make sure that
you are logged in with your credentials.
2. In the window that appears select the wanted operating system, and then
click CONTINUE.
3. Type the email address where we should send the installation download
link of the chosen platform.
Depending on your choice, the following Bitdefender products will be installed:
● Bitdefender Total Security 2018 on Windows-based devices.
● Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac on macOS-based devices.
● Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus on Android-based devices.
● Bitdefender Mobile Security on iOS-based devices.
● Bitdefender Parental Advisor on macOS, iOS and Android-based devices.
The Bitdefender sections
The Bitdefender product comes with three sections divided into useful
features to help you stay protected while you work, surf the web or perform
online payments, improve the speed of your system and many more.
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Whenever you want to access the features for a specific section or to start
configuring your product, access the following icons located on the left
sidebar of the Bitdefender interface:
●
Protection
●
Privacy
●
Tools
Protection
In the Protection section you can configure your advanced security settings,
manage friends and spammers, view and edit the network connection
settings, set up the Safe Files and Web Protection features, check and fix
potential system vulnerabilities and asses the security of the wireless
networks you connect to.
The features you can manage in the Protection section are:
ANTIVIRUS
Antivirus protection is the foundation of your security. Bitdefender
protects you in real-time and on-demand against all sorts of malware,
such as viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, etc.
From the Antivirus feature you can easily access the following scan
tasks:
● Quick Scan
● System Scan
● Manage Scans
● Rescue Mode (Rescue Environment in Windows 10)
For more information about scan tasks and how to configure antivirus
protection, please refer to “Antivirus protection” (p. 80).
WEB PROTECTION
Web Protection helps you to stay protected against phishing attacks,
fraud attempts and private data leaks, while surfing on the Internet.
For more information about how to configure Bitdefender to protect your
web activity, please refer to “Web Protection” (p. 101).
FIREWALL
The firewall protects you while you are connected to networks and the
Internet by filtering all connection attempts.
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For more information about firewall configuration, please refer to
“Firewall” (p. 112).
ADVANCED THREAT DEFENSE
Advanced Threat Defense actively protects your system against malware
such as ransomware, spyware and trojans by analyzing the behavior of
all installed apps. Suspicious processes are identified and, when
necessary, blocked.
For more information about how to keep your system protected from
malware, please refer to “Advanced Threat Defense” (p. 100).
ANTISPAM
The Bitdefender antispam feature ensures your Inbox stays free of
unwanted emails by filtering POP3 mail traffic.
For more information about the antispam protection, please refer to
“Antispam” (p. 104).
VULNERABILTY
The Vulnerability feature helps you keep the operating system and the
applications you regularly use up to date and to identify the insecure
wireless networks you connect to.
Click Vulnerability Scan in the Vulnerability feature to start identifying
critical Windows updates, applications updates, weak passwords
belonging to Windows accounts and wireless networks that are not
secure.
Click Wi-Fi Security Advisor to view the list of the wireless networks you
connect to, along with our reputation assessment for each of them and
the actions you can take to stay safe from potential snoops.
For more information on configuring vulnerability protection, please refer
to “Vulnerability” (p. 118).
SAFE FILES
The Safe Files feature ensures that your personal files stay protected
from ransomware attacks.
For more information about how to configure Safe Files to protect your
personal files from ransomware attacks, please refer to “Safe Files” (p.
127).
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Privacy
The features you can manage in the Privacy section are:
VPN
VPN secures your online activity and hides your IP address each time
you connect to unsecured wireless networks while in airports, malls,
cafés, or hotels. Additional, you can access content that normally is
restricted in certain areas.
For more information about this feature, refer to “VPN” (p. 141).
FILE ENCRYPTION
Create encrypted, password-protected logical drives (or vaults) on your
computer where you can securely store your confidential and sensitive
documents.
For more information about how to create encrypted, password-protected
logical drives (or vaults) on your computer, please refer to “File encryption”
(p. 129).
WEBCAM PROTECTION
Bitdefender Webcam Protection keeps your webcam out of danger by
blocking the access of untrusted apps.
For more information about how to keep your webcam protected from
unwanted access, refer to “Webcam Protection” (p. 125).
PASSWORD MANAGER
Bitdefender Password Manager helps you keep track of your passwords,
protects your privacy and provides a secure browsing experience.
For more information about configuring Password Manager, please refer
to “Password Manager protection for your credentials” (p. 134).
SAFEPAY
The Bitdefender Safepay™ browser helps you to keep your online banking,
e-shopping and any other type of online transaction private and secure.
Click the Safepay action button from the Bitdefender interface to start
making online transactions in a secure environment.
For more information about Bitdefender Safepay™, please refer to
“Safepay security for online transactions” (p. 143).
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PARENTAL ADVISOR
Bitdefender Parental Advisor allows you to monitor what your child is
doing on the computer. In case of inappropriate content you can decide
to restrict his access to the Internet or to specific applications.
Click Configure in the Parental Advisor pane to start configuring your
children's devices and monitor their activity wherever you are.
For more information about configuring Parental Advisor, please refer
to “Parental Advisor” (p. 149).
DATA PROTECTION
The Data Protection feature lets you delete files permanently.
Click File Shredder in the Data Protection pane to start a wizard that will
allow you to completely eliminate files from your system.
For more information on configuring Data Protection, please refer to
“Data Protection” (p. 148).
Tools
In the Tools section you can improve the system's speed and manage your
devices.
Tune-Up
Bitdefender Total Security 2018 offers not just security, it also helps you
keep your computer's performance in shape.
In the Tune-Up feature you can access a number of useful tools:
● OneClick Optimizer
● Startup Optimizer
● Disk Cleanup
For more information about the performance optimization tools, please
refer to “Tools” (p. 165).
Anti-Theft
Bitdefender Anti-Theft protects your computer and data against theft or
loss. In case of such an event, this allows you to remotely locate or lock
your computer. You can also wipe all data present into your system.
Bitdefender Anti-Theft offers the following features:
● Remote Locate
● Remote Lock
● Remote Wipe
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● Remote Alert
For more information about how you can keep your system away from
wrong hands, please refer to “Device Anti-Theft” (p. 161).
Security Widget
Security Widget is the quick and easy way to monitor and control Bitdefender
Total Security 2018. Adding this small and unintrusive widget to your desktop
lets you see critical information and perform key tasks at all times:
● open the main window of Bitdefender.
● monitor scanning activity in real-time.
● monitor the security status of your system and fix any existing issues.
● view when an update is in progress.
● view notifications and get access to the latest events reported by
Bitdefender.
● scan files or folders by dragging and dropping one or multiple items over
the widget.
Security Widget
The overall security status of your computer is displayed at the center of the
widget. The status is indicated by the color and shape of the icon that is
displayed in this area.
Critical issues are affecting the security of your system.
They require your immediate attention and must be fixed as soon as possible.
Click the status icon to begin fixing the reported issues.
Non-critical issues are affecting the security of your system. You should
check and fix them when you have the time. Click the status icon to begin
fixing the reported issues.
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Your system is protected.
When an on-demand scan task is in progress, this animated icon is
displayed.
When issues are reported, click the status icon to launch the Fix Issues
wizard.
The lower side of the widget displays the unread events counter (the number
of outstanding events reported by Bitdefender, if any). Click the event counter,
for example for one unread event, to open the Notifications window. For
more information, please refer to “Notifications” (p. 15).
Scanning files and folders
You can use the Security Widget to quickly scan files and folders. Drag any
file or folder you want to be scanned and drop it over the Security Widget.
The Antivirus Scan wizard will appear and guide you through the scanning
process. The scanning options are pre-configured for the best detection
results and can not be changed. If infected files are detected, Bitdefender
will try to disinfect them (remove the malware code). If disinfection fails, the
Antivirus Scan wizard will allow you to specify other actions to be taken on
infected files.
Hide / show Security Widget
When you no longer want to see the widget, click
.
To restore Security Widget, use one of the following methods:
● From system tray:
1. Right-click the Bitdefender icon in the system tray icon.
2. Click Show Security Widget in the contextual menu that appears.
● From the Bitdefender interface:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the GENERAL tab.
3. Turn on Display Security Widget by clicking the corresponding switch.
The Bitdefender Security Widget is disabled by default.
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Activity
The Activity window displays information about the actions taken by
Bitdefender on your device in the last 30 days. Here you can check what
applications, threats and attacks were blocked during this period, and if any
ransomware attempts were made.
Furthermore, you can access the Bitdefender Central activity dashboard by
clicking the corresponding link.
The Security Report, which provides a weekly status for your product and
various tips to improve the system protection, can be accessed too by clicking
the corresponding link. These tips are important for managing the overall
protection and you can easily see the actions you can take on your system.
The report is generated once a week and it summarizes the relevant
information on your product activity so you can easily understand what
events occurred during this period of time.
The information offered by the Security Report is divided into three categories:
● Protection area - view information related to your system protection.
● Files Scanned
Allows you to see the files scanned by Bitdefender for the week. You
can view details, such as the number of scanned files and the number
of files cleaned by Bitdefender.
For more information on the Antivirus protection, please refer to “Antivirus
protection” (p. 80).
● Webpages Scanned
Allows you to check the number of web pages scanned and blocked by
Bitdefender. To protect you from disclosing personal information while
browsing, Bitdefender secures your web traffic.
For more information on Web Protection, please refer to “Web Protection”
(p. 101).
● Vulnerabilities
Allows you to easily identify and fix system vulnerabilities in order to
make your computer more secure against malware and hackers.
For more information on the Vulnerability scan, please refer to
“Vulnerability” (p. 118).
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● Events Timeline
Allows you to have an overall image of all scanning processes and issues
fixed by Bitdefender throughout the week. The events are separated by
days.
For more information on a detailed log of events concerning the activity
on your computer, see “Notifications” (p. 15).
● Privacy area - view information related to your system privacy.
● Files in Vault
Allows you to view how many files are secured against unwanted access.
To find more information about how to create encrypted,
password-protected logical drives (or vaults) on your computer, please
refer to “File encryption” (p. 129).
● Optimization area - view information related to the space cleared, optimized
applications and how much computer battery you have saved using Battery
Mode Profile.
● Space cleaned
Allows you to view how much space has been cleared during the system
optimization process. Bitdefender uses Tune-Up to help improve your
system speed.
For more information on Tune-Up, please refer to “Tools” (p. 165).
● Battery saved
Allows you to see how much battery you have saved while the system
ran in the Battery Mode profile.
For more information on the Battery Mode profile, please refer to “Battery
Mode Profile” (p. 173).
● Apps optimized
Allows you to see the number of the applications you have used under
the Profiles.
For more information on Profiles, please refer to “Profiles” (p. 168).
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Checking the Security Report
The Security Report uses an issue tracking system to detect and inform you
about the events that may affect the security of your computer and data.
Detected issues include important protection settings that are turned off
and other conditions that can represent a security risk. Using the report, you
can configure specific Bitdefender components or take preventive actions
to protect your computer and your private data.
To check the Security Report:
1. Access the report:
● Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
Click the Security Report link located in bottom right corner of the
Activity Report window.
● Right-click the Bitdefender icon in the system tray and select Show
Security Report.
● Once a report is complete you will receive a pop-up notification. Click
Show to access the activity report.
A web page will open on your web browser where you can view the
generated report.
2. Take a look at the top of the window to see the overall security status.
3. Check our recommendations at the bottom of the page.
The color of the security status area changes depending on the detected
issues and different messages are displayed:
● The area is colored green. There are no issues to fix. Your computer and
data are protected.
● The area is colored orange. Non-critical issues are affecting the security
of your system. You should check and fix them when you have the time.
● The area is colored red. Critical issues are affecting the security of your
system. You should address these issues immediately.
Turning on or off the Security Report notification
To turn on or off the Security Report notification:
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1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. In the GENERAL window, click the corresponding ON/OFF switch.
The Security Report notification is enabled by default.
2.3. Bitdefender Central
Bitdefender Central is the web platform where you have access to the
product's online features and services and can remotely perform important
tasks on devices Bitdefender is installed on. You can log in to your
Bitdefender account from any computer or mobile device connected to the
Internet by going to https://central.bitdefender.com. Once you are logged
in, you can start doing the following:
● Download and install Bitdefender on Windows, macOS, iOS and Android
operating systems. The products available for download are:
● Bitdefender Total Security 2018
● Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
● Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android
● Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS
● Bitdefender Parental Advisor
● Manage and renew your Bitdefender subscriptions.
● Add new devices to your network and manage them wherever you are.
● Protect the network devices and their data against theft or loss with
Anti-Theft.
● Configure Parental Advisor settings for your children's devices and monitor
their activity wherever you are.
● Access the Activity report to view the status of your current subscription
and the devices added to your network, and whenever necessary, improve
remotely the performance of your Windows-based devices.
Accessing Bitdefender Central
There are several ways to access Bitdefender Central. Depending on the task
you want to perform, you can use any of the following possibilities:
● From the Bitdefender main interface:
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1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the Go to Bitdefender Central link.
3. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and
password.
● From your web browser:
1. Open a web browser on any device with Internet access.
2. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
3. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and
password.
My Subscriptions
The Bitdefender Central platform gives you the possibility to easily manage
the subscriptions you have for all your devices.
Check available subscriptions
To check your available subscriptions:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Subscriptions panel.
Here you have information about the availability of the subscriptions you
own and the number of devices using each of them.
You can add a new device to a subscription or renew it by selecting a
subscription card.
Note
You can have one or more subscriptions on your account provided that they
are for different platforms (Windows, macOS, iOS or Android).
Add a new device
If your subscription covers more than one device, you can add a new device
and install your Bitdefender Total Security 2018 on it, as follows:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
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3. In the MY DEVICES window, click INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
4. Choose one of the two available options:
● DOWNLOAD
Click the button and save the installation file.
● On another device
Select Windows to download your Bitdefender product, and then click
CONTINUE. Type an email address in the corresponding field, and click
SEND.
5. Wait for the download to complete, then run the installer.
Renew subscription
If you did not opt out for automatically renewing your Bitdefender
subscription, you can manually renew it by following these steps:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Subscriptions panel.
3. Select the desired subscription card.
4. Click RENEW to continue.
A web page opens in your web browser where you can renew your Bitdefender
subscription.
Activate subscription
A subscription can be activated during the installation process by using your
Bitdefender account. Together with the activation process, its validity starts
to count-down.
If you have purchased an activation code from one of our resellers or you
received it as a present, then you can add its availability to any existing
Bitdefender subscription available on the account, provided that they are for
the same product.
To activate a subscription using an activation code:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Subscriptions panel.
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3. Click the ACTIVATION CODE button, then type the code in the
corresponding field.
4. Click ACTIVATION CODE to continue.
The subscription is now activated. Go to My Devices panel, and select
INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION to install the product on one of your devices.
My Devices
The My Devices area in Bitdefender Central gives you the possibility to install,
manage and take remote actions on your Bitdefender product on any device,
provided that it is turned on and connected to the Internet. The device cards
display the device name, protection status and if there are security risks
affecting the protection of your devices.
To view a list of your devices sorted according to their status or users, click
the drop-down arrow in the upper-right corner of the screen.
To easily identify your devices, you can customize the device name:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. Click the desired device card, and then the
corner of the screen.
icon in the upper-right
4. Select Settings.
5. Type in a new name in the Device name field, then click SAVE.
In case the Autopilot is turned off, you can enable it by clicking the switch.
Click SAVE to apply the settings.
You can create and assign an owner to each of your devices for better
management:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. Click the desired device card, and then the
corner of the screen.
icon in the upper-right
4. Select Profile.
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5. Click Add owner, then fill in the corresponding fields. Customize the profile
by adding a photo and selecting a date of birth.
6. Click ADD to save the profile.
7. Select the desired owner from the Device owner list, then click ASSIGN.
To remotely update Bitdefender on a device:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. Click the desired device card, and then the
corner of the screen.
icon in the upper-right
4. Select Update.
For more remote actions and information regarding your Bitdefender product
on a specific device, click the desired device card.
Once you click on a device card, the following tabs are available:
● Dashboard. In this window you can view details about the selected device,
check its protection status, the status of Bitdefender VPN and how many
threats have been blocked in the last seven days. The protection status
can be green, when there is no issue affecting your device, yellow when
the device needs your attention or red when the device is at risk. When
there are issues affecting your device, click the drop-down arrow in the
upper status area to find out more details. From here you can manually
fix issues that are affecting the security of your devices.
● Protection. From this window you can remotely run a Quick or a System
Scan on your devices. Click the SCAN button to start the process. You can
also check when the last scan was performed on the device and a report
of the latest scan with the most important information is available. For
more information about these two scan processes, please refer to “Running
a System Scan” (p. 87) and to “Running a Quick Scan” (p. 86).
● Vulnerability. To check a device for any vulnerabilities such as missing
Windows updates, outdated applications, or weak passwords click the
SCAN button in the Vulnerability tab. Vulnerabilities cannot be fixed
remotely. In case any vulnerability is found, you need to run a new scan
on the device and then take the recommended actions. Click More details
to access a detailed report about the found issues. For more details about
this feature, please refer to “Vulnerability” (p. 118).
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Activity
The Activity area in Bitdefender Central is available only to the users who
have a Bitdefender Family Pack 2018 or Bitdefender Total Security 2018
subscription associated to their accounts. Its role is to report how Bitdefender
protected the devices it is installed on in the past seven days, and show
information about the included subscription.
Once you access the ACTIVITY window, the following cards are available:
● Protection. Here you can view information about the files, applications,
and URLs that have been blocked due to their suspicious behavior. To
show you when the issues have occurred, graphs displaying the collected
data divided into days and the number of detected threats are available.
Additionally, you can move the mouse over the displayed data to find out
the number of the detected threats.
At the bottom of the card you can notice the name of the device with the
highest number of threats.
● Tune Up. From here you can optimize the performance of the Windows
devices where you have installed the Bitdefender Total Security 2018
product. The information displayed is based on the Bitdefender Startup
Optimizer feature which shows what applications are running during
system startup and lets you manage their behavior at this step. Depending
on the decisions taken by the community by applying the Delay command,
only the top three devices are displayed. Click Apply to make the suggested
changes on the selected device.
Click the link which shows the number of the detected applications and
saved time to see other Bitdefender users' decisions. Details about the
time your system needs to boot, the time the apps need at startup and the
optimized time are shown. Select DELAY ALL if you want to stop them
from running at startup. For more information about the Bitdefender Startup
Optimizer feature, please refer to “Optimizing your PC's boot time” (p. 166).
Note
If no Bitdefender protection is installed on your Windows devices, the Tune
Up card will contain no information.
● Subscription. Here you can see how many devices your subscription covers
and on how many devices you have installed the Bitdefender protection.
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To install Bitdefender on other devices, click the INSTALL button under
the operating system you want and follow the required steps.
The name of the subscription in use is displayed along with a colored dot:
● Purple - your subscription is active.
● Red – your subscription is about to expire. We recommend you to renew
it as soon as possible to continue keeping your devices protected.
Click the More details link to be redirected to the Subscriptions page where
you can view detailed information about your active subscription.
My Account
In the My Account area you have the possibility to personalize your profile,
change the password associated to your account, manage the logon sessions
and the Bitdefender Central help messages.
Once you click the
icon in the upper right side of the screen and choose
My Account, you have the following tabs:
● Profile - here you can add and edit account information.
● Change password - from here you can change the password associated
to your account.
● Session management - here you can view and manage the latest inactive
and active logon sessions running on devices associated to your account.
● Settings - here you can turn on and off the Bitdefender Central help
messages and decide whether to be notified or not when snap photos are
taken on your Android devices.
Notifications
To help you stay informed about what is happening on the devices associated
to your account, the icon is at hand. Once you click it you have an overall
image consisting of information about the activity of the Bitdefender products
installed on your devices.
2.4. Keeping Bitdefender up-to-date
New malware is found and identified every day. This is why it is very important
to keep Bitdefender up to date with the latest malware signatures.
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If you are connected to the Internet through broadband or DSL, Bitdefender
takes care of this itself. By default, it checks for updates when you turn on
your computer and every hour after that. If an update is detected, it is
automatically downloaded and installed on your computer.
The update process is performed on the fly, meaning that the files to be
updated are replaced progressively. This way, the update process will not
affect product operation and, at the same time, any vulnerability will be
excluded.
Important
To be protected against the latest threats keep Automatic Update turned on.
In some particular situations, your intervention is required in order to keep
your Bitdefender protection up-to-date:
● If your computer connects to the Internet through a proxy server, you must
configure the proxy settings as described in “How do I configure Bitdefender
to use a proxy Internet connection?” (p. 75).
● Errors may occur while downloading updates on a slow Internet connection.
To find out how to overcome such errors, please refer to “How to update
Bitdefender on a slow Internet connection” (p. 186).
● If you are connected to the Internet through a dial-up connection, then it
is recommended to regularly update Bitdefender by user request. For more
information, please refer to “Performing an update” (p. 42).
Checking if Bitdefender is up-to-date
To check the time of the last update of your Bitdefender, check the Security
Status, on the left side of the Status area.
For detailed information about the latest updates, check the update events:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. In the All tab, select the notification regarding the latest update.
You can find out when updates were initiated and information about them
(whether they were successful or not, if they require a restart to complete
the installation). If required, restart the system at your earliest convenience.
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Performing an update
In order to perform updates, an Internet connection is required.
To start an update, do any of the following:
● Open the Bitdefender interface and click the UPDATE NOW link located
under the status of your program.
● Right-click the Bitdefender
Now.
icon in the system tray and select Update
The Update feature will connect to the Bitdefender update server and it will
check for updates. If an update is detected, you will be asked to confirm it
or the update will be performed automatically, depending on the update
settings.
Important
It may be necessary to restart the computer when you have completed the
update. We recommend doing it as soon as possible.
You can also perform updates remotely on your devices, provided that they
are turned on and connected to the internet.
To remotely update Bitdefender on a device:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. Click the
icon on the desired device card, then select Update.
Turning on or off automatic update
To turn on or off automatic update:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the UPDATE tab.
3. Click the corresponding ON/OFF switch.
4. A warning window appears. You must confirm your choice by selecting
from the menu how long you want the automatic update to be disabled.
You can disable the automatic update for 5, 15 or 30 minutes, for an hour,
permanently or until a system restart.
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Warning
This is a critical security issue. We recommend you to disable automatic
update for as little time as possible. If Bitdefender is not updated regularly, it
will not be able to protect you against the latest threats.
Adjusting update settings
The updates can be performed from the local network, over the Internet,
directly or through a proxy server. By default, Bitdefender will check for
updates every hour, over the Internet, and install the available updates without
alerting you.
The default update settings are suited for most users and you do not normally
need to change them.
To adjust the update settings:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the UPDATE tab and adjust the settings according to your
preferences.
Update frequency
Bitdefender is configured to check for updates every hour. To change the
update frequency, drag the slider along the scale to set the desired period
of time when the update should occur.
Update location
Bitdefender is configured to update from the Bitdefender update servers on
the Internet. The update location is a generic Internet address that is
automatically redirected to the closest Bitdefender update server in your
region.
Do not change the update location unless advised by a Bitdefender
representative or by your network administrator (if you are connected to an
office network).
You can switch back to the generic Internet update location by clicking
DEFAULT.
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Update processing rules
You can choose between three ways to download and install updates:
● Silent update - Bitdefender automatically downloads and implements the
update.
● Prompt before downloading - every time an update is available, you will
be prompted before downloading it.
● Prompt before installing - every time an update was downloaded, you will
be prompted before installing it.
Some updates require a restart to complete the installation. By default, if an
update requires a restart, Bitdefender will keep working with the old files
until the user voluntarily restarts the computer. This is to prevent the
Bitdefender update process from interfering with the user's work.
If you want to be prompted when an update requires a restart, turn off the
Postpone reboot option by clicking the corresponding switch.
Continuous updates
To make sure that you are using the latest version, your Bitdefender
automatically checks for product updates. These updates may bring new
features and improvements, fix product issues, or automatically upgrade
you to a new version. When the new Bitdefender version comes via update,
customized settings are saved, and the uninstall and reinstall procedure is
skipped.
These updates require a system restart in order to initiate the installation of
new files. When a product update is completed, a pop-up window will inform
you to restart the system. If you miss this notification, you can either click
RESTART NOW in the Notifications window where the most recent update
is mentioned, or manually restart the system.
Note
The updates including new features and improvements will be delivered only
to users who have Bitdefender 2017 installed.
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3. HOW TO
3.1. Installation
3.1.1. How do I install Bitdefender on a second computer?
If the subscription you have purchased covers more than one computer, you
can use your Bitdefender account to activate a second PC.
To install Bitdefender on a second computer:
1. Click the INSTALL ON ANOTHER DEVICE link on the lower-right corner of
the Bitdefender interface.
You are redirected to the Bitdefender account web page. Make sure that
you are logged in with your credentials.
2. In the window that appears select the wanted operating system, and then
click CONTINUE.
3. Type the email address where we should send the installation download
link of the chosen platform.
4. Run the Bitdefender product you have downloaded. Wait until the
installation process is completed and close the window.
The new device on which you have installed the Bitdefender product will
appear in the Bitdefender Central dashboard.
3.1.2. How can I reinstall Bitdefender?
Typical situations when you would need to reinstall Bitdefender include the
following:
● you have reinstalled the operating system.
● you want to fix issues that might have caused slowdowns and crashes.
● your Bitdefender product is not starting or working properly.
In case one of the mentioned situations is your case, follow these steps:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start and go to All Programs.
2. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
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3. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
4. You need to restart the computer to complete the process.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example, you
can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen), and then
click its icon.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
3. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
4. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
5. You need to restart the computer to complete the process.
● In Windows 10:
1. Click Start, then click Settings.
2. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Apps & features.
3. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
4. Click Uninstall again to confirm your choice.
5. Click REINSTALL.
6. You need to restart the computer to complete the process.
Note
By following this reinstall procedure, customized settings are saved and
available in the new installed product. Other settings may be switched back
to their default configuration.
3.1.3. Where can I download my Bitdefender product from?
You can install Bitdefender from the installation disc, or using the web
installer you can download on your computer from the Bitdefender Central
platform.
Note
Before running the kit, it is recommended to remove any antivirus solution
installed on your system. When you use more than one security solution on
the same computer, the system becomes unstable.
To install Bitdefender from Bitdefender Central:
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1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. In the MY DEVICES window, click INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
4. Choose one of the two available options:
● DOWNLOAD
Click the button and save the installation file.
● On another device
Select Windows to download your Bitdefender product, and then click
CONTINUE. Type an email address in the corresponding field, and click
SEND.
5. Run the Bitdefender product you have downloaded.
3.1.4. How can I change the language of my Bitdefender
product?
If you want to use Bitdefender in another language, you will have to reinstall
the product with the proper language.
To use Bitdefender in another language:
1. Remove Bitdefender by following these steps:
● In Windows 7:
a. Click Start, go to Control Panel and double-click Programs and
Features.
b. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
c. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
d. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
a. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example,
you can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen), and
then click its icon.
b. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
c. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
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d. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
e. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
● In Windows 10:
a. Click Start, then click Settings.
b. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Installed apps.
c. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
d. Click Uninstall again to confirm your choice.
e. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
f. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
2. Change the language of Bitdefender Central:
a. Access Bitdefender Central.
b. Click the
icon in the upper right side of the screen.
c. Click My Account in the slide menu.
d. Select the Profile tab.
e. Select a language from the Language drop-down list box, and then click
SAVE.
3. Download the installation file:
a. Select the My Devices panel.
b. In the MY DEVICES window, click INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
c. Choose one of the two available options:
● DOWNLOAD
Click the button and save the installation file.
● On another device
Select Windows to download your Bitdefender product, and then click
CONTINUE. Type an email address in the corresponding field, and
click SEND.
4. Run the Bitdefender product you have downloaded.
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Note
This reinstall procedure will permanently delete the customized settings.
3.1.5. How do I use my Bitdefender subscription after a
Windows upgrade?
This situation appears when you upgrade your operating system and you
want to continue using your Bitdefender subscription.
If you are using a previous Bitdefender version you can upgrade, free of
charge, to the latest Bitdefender, as follows:
● From a previous Bitdefender Antivirus version to the latest Bitdefender
Antivirus available.
● From a previous Bitdefender Internet Security version to the latest
Bitdefender Internet Security available.
● From a previous Bitdefender Total Security version to the latest Bitdefender
Total Security available.
There are two cases which may appear:
● You have upgraded the operating system using Windows Update and you
notice Bitdefender is no longer working.
In this case, you need to reinstall the product by following these steps:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start, go to Control Panel and double-click Programs and
Features.
2. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
3. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
4. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
Open the interface of your new installed Bitdefender product to have
access to its features.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example,
you can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen), and
then click its icon.
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2. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
3. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
4. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
5. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
Open the interface of your new installed Bitdefender product to have
access to its features.
● In Windows 10:
1. Click Start, then click Settings.
2. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Installed apps.
3. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
4. Click Uninstall again to confirm your choice.
5. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
6. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
Open the interface of your new installed Bitdefender product to have
access to its features.
Note
By following this reinstall procedure, customized settings are saved and
available in the new installed product. Other settings may be switched back
to their default configuration.
● You changed your system and you want to continue using the Bitdefender
protection. Therefore, you need to reinstall the product using the latest
version.
To solve this situation:
1. Download the installation file:
a. Access Bitdefender Central.
b. Select the My Devices panel.
c. In the MY DEVICES window, click INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
d. Choose one of the two available options:
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● DOWNLOAD
Click the button and save the installation file.
● On another device
Select Windows to download your Bitdefender product, and then
click CONTINUE. Type an email address in the corresponding field,
and click SEND.
2. Run the Bitdefender product you have downloaded.
For more information about the Bitdefender installation process, please
refer to “Installing your Bitdefender product” (p. 4).
3.1.6. How can I upgrade to the latest Bitdefender version?
Starting with Bitdefender 2018, the upgrade to the newest version is possible
without following the manual uninstall and reinstall procedure. More exactly,
the new product including new features and major product improvements
is delivered via product update and, if you already have an active Bitdefender
subscription, the product gets automatically activated.
If you are using the 2017 version, you can upgrade to the newest version by
following these steps:
1. Click RESTART NOW in the notification you receive with the upgrade
information. If you miss it, access the Notifications window, point to the
most recent update, and then click the RESTART NOW button. Wait for
the computer to restart.
The What's new window with information about the improved and new
features appears.
2. Click the Read more links to be redirected to our dedicated page with more
details and helpful articles.
3. Close the What's new window to access the interface of the new installed
version.
Users that want to upgrade for free from Bitdefender 2016 or a lower version
to the newest Bitdefender version, have to remove their current version from
Control Panel, and then download the latest installation file from the
Bitdefender
website
at
the
following
address:
https://www.bitdefender.com/Downloads/. The activation is possible only
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3.2. Subscriptions
3.2.1. How do I activate Bitdefender subscription using a
license key?
If you have a valid license key and want to use it to activate a subscription
for Bitdefender Total Security 2018, there are two possible cases:
● You have upgraded from a previous Bitdefender version to the new one:
1. Once the upgrade to Bitdefender Total Security 2018 is complete, you
are asked to log in to your Bitdefender account.
2. Click Sign In, and then type the email address and the password of your
Bitdefender account.
3. Click SIGN IN to continue.
4. A notification informing you that a subscription was created appears
on your account screen. The created subscription will be valid for the
remaining days on your license key and for the same number of users.
Devices that are using previous Bitdefender versions and are registered
with the license key you have converted to a subscription need to
activate the product with the same Bitdefender account.
● Bitdefender was not previously installed on the system:
1. As soon as the installation process is complete, you are asked to log
in to your Bitdefender account.
2. Click Sign In, and then type the email address and the password of your
Bitdefender account.
3. Click SIGN IN to continue, and then the FINISH button to access the
Bitdefender Total Security 2018 interface.
4. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
5. Click the Activate Code link.
A new window appears.
6. Click the Get your FREE upgrade now! link.
7. Type in your license key in the corresponding field and click UPGRADE
MY PRODUCT. A subscription with the same availability and number
of users of your license key is associated to your account.
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3.3. Bitdefender Central
3.3.1. How do I log in to Bitdefender Central using another
online account?
You have created a new Bitdefender account and you want to use it from
now on.
To successfully use another account:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the SWITCH ACCOUNT button to change the account linked to the
computer.
3. Type the email address and the password of your account in the
corresponding fields, then click SIGN IN.
Note
The Bitdefender product from your device automatically changes according
to the subscription associated to the new Bitdefender account.
If there is no available subscription associated to the new Bitdefender account,
or you wish to transfer it from the previous account, you can contact
Bitdefender for support as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
3.3.2. How do I turn off Bitdefender Central help messages?
To help you understand what each option in Bitdefender Central is useful
for, help messages are displayed in the dashboard.
If you wish to stop seeing this kind of messages:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Click the
icon in the upper right side of the screen.
3. Click My Account in the slide menu.
4. Select the Settings tab.
5. Disable the Turn on/off help messages option.
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3.3.3. I forgot the password I set for my Bitdefender account.
How do I reset it?
There are two possibilities to set a new password for your Bitdefender
account:
● From the Bitdefender interface:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the SWITCH ACCOUNT button.
A new window appears.
3. Click the Forgot my password link.
4. Type the email address used to create your Bitdefender account, and
then click the FORGOT PASSWORD button.
5. Check your email and click the provided button.
The Bitdefender RESET PASSWORD window opens.
6. Type your email address and the new password in the corresponding
field. The password must be at least 8 characters long and include
numbers.
7. Click the RESET PASSWORD button.
● From your web browser:
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Click the Forgot my password link.
3. Type your email address, and then click the FORGOT PASSWORD button.
4. Check your email account and follow the provided instructions to set
a new password for your Bitdefender account.
To access your Bitdefender account from now on, type your email address
and the new password you have just set.
3.3.4. How can I manage the logon sessions associated to
my Bitdefender account?
In your Bitdefender account you have the possibility to view the latest inactive
and active logon sessions running on devices associated to your account.
Moreover, you can sign out remotely by following these steps:
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1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Click the
icon in the upper right side of the screen.
3. Click My Account in the slide menu.
4. Select the Session management tab.
5. In the Active sessions area, select the SIGN OUT option next to the device
you want to finish the logon session.
3.4. Scanning with Bitdefender
3.4.1. How do I scan a file or a folder?
The easiest way to scan a file or folder is to right-click the object you want
to scan, point to Bitdefender and select Scan with Bitdefender from the
menu.
To complete the scan, follow the Antivirus Scan wizard. Bitdefender will
automatically take the recommended actions on detected files.
If there remain unresolved threats, you will be prompted to choose the actions
to be taken on them.
Typical situations when you would use this scanning method include the
following:
● You suspect a specific file or folder to be infected.
● Whenever you download files from the Internet that you think might be
dangerous.
● Scan a network share before copying files to your computer.
3.4.2. How do I scan my system?
To perform a complete scan on the system:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click System Scan.
4. Follow the System Scan wizard to complete the scan. Bitdefender will
automatically take the recommended actions on detected files.
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If there remain unresolved threats, you will be prompted to choose the
actions to be taken on them. For more information, please refer to
“Antivirus Scan Wizard” (p. 90).
3.4.3. How do I schedule a scan?
You can set your Bitdefender product to start scanning important system
locations when you are not in the front of the computer.
To schedule a scan:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click Manage Scans.
4. Choose the scan type that you want to schedule, Full System Scan or
Quick Scan, then click Scan Options.
Alternatively, you can create a scan type to suit your needs by clicking
New custom task.
5. Enable the Schedule switch.
Select one of the corresponding options to set a schedule:
● At system startup
● Once
● Periodically
In the Scan targets window you can select the locations you want to be
scanned.
3.4.4. How do I create a custom scan task?
If you want to scan specific locations on your computer or to configure the
scanning options, configure and run a customized scan task.
To create a customized scan task, proceed as follows:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click Manage Scans.
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4. Click New custom task. In the Basic tab enter a name for the scan and
select the locations to be scanned.
5. If you want to configure the scanning options in detail, select the Advanced
tab.
You can easily configure the scanning options by adjusting the scan level.
Drag the slider along the scale to set the desired scan level.
You can also choose to shutdown the computer when the scan is over if
no threats are found. Remember that this will be the default behavior
every time you run this task.
6. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
7. Use the corresponding switch if you want to set a schedule for your scan
task.
8. Click Start Scan and follow the scan wizard to complete the scan. At the
end of the scan, you will be prompted to choose the actions to be taken
on the detected files, if any.
9. If you want to, you can quickly rerun a previous custom scan by clicking
the corresponding entry in the available list.
3.4.5. How do I exclude a folder from being scanned?
Bitdefender allows excluding specific files, folders or file extensions from
scanning.
Exclusions are to be used by users having advanced computer knowledge
and only in the following situations:
● You have a large folder on your system where you keep movies and music.
● You have a large archive on your system where you keep different data.
● You keep a folder where you install different types of software and
applications for testing purposes. Scanning the folder may result in losing
some of the data.
To add a folder to the Exclusions list:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
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4. Click the EXCLUSIONS tab.
5. Click the List of files and folders excluded from scanning accordion menu,
and then the ADD button.
6. Click Browse, select the folder that you want to be excluded from scanning,
and then choose the type of scanning it should be excluded from.
7. Click Add to save the changes and close the window.
3.4.6. What to do when Bitdefender detected a clean file as
infected?
There may be cases when Bitdefender mistakenly flags a legitimate file as
being a threat (a false positive). To correct this error, add the file to the
Bitdefender Exclusions area:
1. Turn off the Bitdefender real-time antivirus protection:
a. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
b. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
c. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
d. In the SHIELD window, click the ON/OFF switch.
A warning window appears. You must confirm your choice by selecting
from the menu how long you want the real-time protection to be
disabled. You can disable real-time protection for 5, 15 or 30 minutes,
for an hour, permanently or until a system restart.
2. Display hidden objects in Windows. To find out how to do this, please
refer to “How do I display hidden objects in Windows?” (p. 76).
3. Restore the file from the Quarantine area:
a. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
b. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
c. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
d. Select the QUARANTINE tab.
e. Select the file, and then click RESTORE.
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4. Add the file to the Exclusions list. To find out how to do this, please refer
to “How do I exclude a folder from being scanned?” (p. 57).
5. Turn on the Bitdefender real-time antivirus protection.
6. Contact our support representatives so that we may remove the detection
signature. To find out how to do this, please refer to “Asking for help” (p.
295).
3.4.7. How do I check what viruses Bitdefender detected?
Each time a scan is performed, a scan log is created and Bitdefender records
the detected issues.
The scan log contains detailed information about the logged scanning
process, such as scanning options, the scanning target, the threats found
and the actions taken on these threats.
You can open the scan log directly from the scan wizard, once the scan is
completed, by clicking SHOW LOG.
To check a scan log or any detected infection at a later time:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. In the All tab, select the notification regarding the latest scan.
This is where you can find all malware scan events, including threats
detected by on-access scanning, user-initiated scans and status changes
for automatic scans.
3. In the notifications list, you can check what scans have been performed
recently. Click a notification to view details about it.
4. To open a scan log, click VIEW LOG.
3.5. Parental Advisor
3.5.1. How do I protect my children from online threats?
Bitdefender Parental Advisor allows you to restrict access to the Internet
and to specific applications, preventing your children from viewing
inappropriate content whenever you are not around.
To configure the Parental Advisor:
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1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the PARENTAL ADVISOR pane, click Configure.
You are redirected to the Bitdefender account web page. Make sure that
you are logged in with your credentials.
4. The Parental Advisor dashboard opens. This is where you can check and
configure the Parental Advisor settings.
5. Click ADD PROFILE on the right-side of the MY CHILDREN window.
6. Set specific information in the corresponding fields, such as: name and
date of birth. To add a profile photo, click the Choose file link. Click NEXT
STEP to continue.
Based on children development standards, setting the child's date of birth
automatically loads settings for searching the web considered appropriate
for his age category.
7. If your child's device already has Bitdefender Total Security 2018 installed,
select his device from the available list, and then select the account you
want to monitor. Click SAVE.
If your child uses an Android or iOS device and the Bitdefender Parental
Advisor app is not installed, click ADD DEVICE. If your child uses a Mac
device and the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac app is not installed, click the
same button. Select the operating system you want to install the app, and
then click NEXT STEP to continue.
8. Type the email address where we should send the installation download
link of the Bitdefender application, and then click SEND INSTALLATION
LINK.
Check your children's activities and change the Parental Advisor settings
using Bitdefender account from any computer or mobile device connected
to the Internet.
Important
On Windows-based devices, the Bitdefender Total Security 2018 you have
included in your subscription has to be downloaded and installed.
On macOS-based devices, the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac product has to
be downloaded and installed.
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On Android and iOS devices, the Bitdefender Parental Advisor application has
to be downloaded and installed.
3.5.2. How do I block my child's access to a website?
Bitdefender Parental Advisor allows you to control the content accessed by
your child while using his device and enables you to block access to a
website.
To block access to a website, you need to add it to the Exclusions list, as
follows:
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and password.
3. Click Parental Advisor to access the dashboard.
4. Select your child's profile from the MY CHILDREN window.
5. Select the Websites tab.
6. Click the MANAGE button.
7. Type the web page you want to block in the corresponding field.
8. Select Allow or Block.
9. Click FINISH to save the changes.
Note
Restrictions can be set only for Android and Windows-based devices.
3.5.3. How do I prevent my child from playing a game?
Bitdefender Parental Advisor allows you to control the content accessed by
your child while using the computer.
To block the access to a game:
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and password.
3. Click Parental Advisor to access the dashboard.
4. Select your child's profile from the MY CHILDREN window.
5. Select the Applications tab.
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A list with cards is displayed. The cards represent the apps your child
uses.
6. Select the card with the app you want your child to stop using.
The check mark symbol that appears indicates that your child will not be
able to use the app.
3.5.4. How do I prevent my child from getting in contact
with untrusted persons?
Bitdefender Parental Advisor gives you the possibility to block phone calls
from unknown phone numbers or from friends from your child's phone list.
To block a specific contact on an Android device that has the Bitdefender
Parental Advisor app installed:
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and password.
3. Click Parental Advisor to access the dashboard.
4. Select the profile of the child you want to set restrictions to.
5. Select the Phone Contacts tab.
A list with cards is displayed. The cards represent the contacts from your
child's phone.
6. Select the card with the phone number you want block.
The check mark symbol that appears indicates that your child will not be
reached by the selected phone number.
To block a specific contact on an Android device that does not have the
Bitdefender Parental Advisor app installed:
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and password.
3. Click Parental Advisor to access the dashboard.
4. Select the profile of the child you want to set restrictions to.
5. Click the Install Parental Advisor on a device link on the wanted card.
6. Click ADD DEVICE on the window that appears.
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7. The Bitdefender Parental Advisor for Android option is selected by default.
Click NEXT STEP to continue, and then install the app on the wanted
device.
8. Select the Phone Contacts tab.
A list with cards is displayed. The cards represent the contacts from your
child's Android smartphone.
9. Select the card with the phone number you want block.
The check mark symbol that appears indicates that your child will not be
reached by the selected phone number.
To block unknown phone numbers, enable the Block no caller ID interactions
switch.
Note
Phone calls restrictions can be set only for Android devices added at your
child's profile.
3.5.5. How can I set a location as safe or restricted for my
child?
Bitdefender Parental Advisor allows you to set a location as safe or restricted
for your child.
To set a location:
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and password.
3. Click Parental Advisor to access the dashboard.
4. Select your child's profile from the MY CHILDREN window.
5. Select the Child Location tab.
6. Click Devices in the frame you have in the Child Location window.
7. Click CHOOSE DEVICES, and then select the device you want to configure.
8. In the Areas window, click the ADD AREA button.
9. Choose the type of the location, SAFE or RESTRICTED.
10. Type a valid name for the area where your child has permission to go or
not.
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11. Set the range that should be applied for monitoring from the Radius slide
bar.
12. Click ADD AREA to save your settings.
Whenever you want to set a restricted location as safe, or a safe location as
restricted, click it, and then select the EDIT AREA button. Depending on the
change you want to make, select the SAFE or the RESTRICTED option, and
then click UPDATE AREA.
3.5.6. How do I block my child's access to the assigned
devices during school days?
Bitdefender Parental Advisor allows you to limit your child's access to the
assigned devices during school hours and when the homework should be
done.
To set up restrictions:
1. Access the Parental Advisor panel from Bitdefender Central.
2. From the MY CHILDREN window, select the profile of the child you want
to set restrictions to.
3. Select the Time Schedule tab.
4. In the DAYTIME LIMITS area, click SPECIFIC.
5. Select the School Day Time Limits check box.
6. Select from the grid the time intervals during which the access should be
blocked.
Note
Restrictions can be set only for Android and Windows-based devices.
3.5.7. How do I block my child's access to the assigned
devices during school nights?
Bitdefender Parental Advisor allows you to limit your child's access to the
assigned devices during school nights.
To set up restrictions:
1. Access the Parental Advisor panel from Bitdefender Central.
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2. From the MY CHILDREN window, select the profile of the child you want
to set restrictions to.
3. Select the Time Schedule tab.
4. In the Bedtime area, select the School Nights check box.
5. Use the up and down arrow keys from the corresponding spin boxes to
set the time intervals during which the access should be blocked.
Note
Restrictions can be set only for Android and Windows-based devices.
3.5.8. How do I block my child's access to the assigned
devices during weekends?
Bitdefender Parental Advisor allows you to limit your child's access to the
assigned devices during weekend days and nights.
To set up restrictions:
1. Access the Parental Advisor panel from Bitdefender Central.
2. From the MY CHILDREN window, select the profile of the child you want
to set restrictions to.
3. Select the Time Schedule tab.
4. In the BEDTIME area, select the Weekend Nights check box.
5. Use the up and down arrow keys from the corresponding spin boxes to
set the time intervals during which the access should be blocked.
6. In the DAYTIME LIMITS area you have the following options:
● CUMULATIVE
a. Select the Weekend Time Limits check box.
b. Drag the sliders along the scale to set how long the access to devices
is allowed.
● SPECIFIC
a. Select the Weekend Time Limits check box.
b. Select from the grid the time intervals during which the access should
be blocked.
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Note that the CUMULATIVE and SPECIFIC settings are designed to not
work together.
Note
Restrictions can be set only for Android and Windows-based devices.
3.5.9. How to remove a child profile
If you want to remove an existing child profile:
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and password.
3. Click Parental Advisor to access the dashboard.
4. Click the
icon from the child's profile you want to delete, and then
choose Remove.
3.6. Privacy protection
3.6.1. How do I make sure my online transaction is secure?
To make sure your online operations remain private, you can use the browser
provided by Bitdefender to protect your transactions and home banking
applications.
Bitdefender Safepay™ is a secured browser designed to protect your credit
card information, account number or any other sensitive data you may enter
while accessing different online locations.
To keep your online activity secure and private:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the Safepay action button.
3. Click the
button to access the Virtual Keyboard.
Use the Virtual Keyboard when typing sensitive information such as your
passwords.
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3.6.2. What can I do if my device has been stolen?
Mobile device theft, whether it is a smartphone, a tablet or a laptop is one
of the main issues today affecting individuals and organizations throughout
the world.
Bitdefender Anti-Theft allows you to not only locate and lock the stolen
device, but also wipe all data to ensure that it will not be used by the thief.
To access the Anti-Theft features from your account:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. In the MY DEVICES window, select the issue device.
4. Click Anti-Theft.
5. Select the feature you want to use:
● LOCATE - display your device's location on Google Maps.
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Alert - send an alert on the device.
Lock - lock your computer and set a numeric PIN code for unlocking
it. Alternatively, enable the corresponding option to allow Bitdefender
to take snapshots of the person who is trying to access your device.
Wipe - delete all data from your computer.
Important
After you wipe a device, all Anti-Theft features cease to function.
● Show IP - displays the last IP address for the selected device.
3.6.3. How do I use file vaults?
The Bitdefender File Vault enables you to create encrypted,
password-protected logical drives (or vaults) on your computer where you
can securely store your confidential and sensitive documents. Physically,
the vault is a file stored on the local hard drive having the .bvd extension.
When you create a file vault, two aspects are important: the size and the
password. The default 100 MB size should be enough for your private
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documents, Excel files and other similar data. However, for videos or other
large files you may need more space.
To securely store your confidential or sensitive files or folders in Bitdefender
file vaults:
● Create a file vault and set a strong password for it.
To create a vault, right-click an empty area of the desktop or in a folder on
your computer, point to Bitdefender > Bitdefender File Vault and select
Create File Vault.
A new window appears. Proceed as follows:
1. Click Browse, select the location of the vault and save the vault file
under the desired name.
2. Choose a drive letter from the menu. When you open the vault, a virtual
disk drive labeled with the selected letter appears in My Computer.
3. Type the vault password in the Password and Confirm fields.
4. If you want to change the default size (100 MB) of the vault, use the up
and down arrow keys from the Vault size (MB) spin box.
5. Click the Create.
Note
When you open the vault, a virtual disk drive appears in My Computer. The
drive is labeled with the drive letter assigned to the vault.
● Add the files or folders you want to keep safe to the vault.
In order to add a file to a vault, you must first open the vault.
1. Browse to the .bvd vault file.
2. Right-click the vault file, point to Bitdefender File Vault and select Open.
3. In the window that appears enter the password, select a drive letter to
assign to the vault and click OK.
You can now perform operations on the drive that corresponds to the
desired file vault using Windows Explorer, just as you would with a regular
drive. To add a file to an open vault, you can also right-click the file, point
to Bitdefender File Vault and select Add to file vault.
● Keep the vault locked at all times.
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Only open vaults when you need to access them or manage their content.
To lock a vault, right-click the corresponding virtual disk drive from My
Computer, point to Bitdefender File Vault and select Lock.
● Make sure not to delete the .bvd vault file.
Deleting the file also deletes the vault contents.
For more information about operating with file vaults, please refer to “File
encryption” (p. 129).
3.6.4. How do I remove a file permanently with Bitdefender?
If you want to remove a file permanently from your system, you need to
delete the data physically from your hard disk.
The Bitdefender File Shredder will help you to quickly shred files or folders
from your computer using the Windows contextual menu, by following these
steps:
1. Right-click the file or folder you want to permanently delete, point to
Bitdefender and select File Shredder.
2. A confirmation window appears. Click YES, DELETE to start the File
Shredder wizard.
Wait for Bitdefender to finish shredding the files.
3. The results are displayed. Click FINISH to exit the wizard.
3.6.5. How do I protect my webcam from being hacked?
You can set your Bitdefender product to allow or deny the access of installed
apps to your webcam, by following these steps:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WEBCAM PROTECTION pane, click Webcam access.
The list with the apps that have requested access to your camera is
displayed.
4. Point to the application you want to allow or ban the access, and then
click the corresponding switch.
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To view what the other Bitdefender users have chosen to do with the
selected app, click the
icon. You will be notified each time one of the
listed apps is blocked by the Bitdefender users, no matter the status of
Autopilot.
To manually add apps to this list, click the Add a new application to list link.
Note
As Windows Store apps are running in a single process, each time the access
to one of its apps is set on Allow or Block, the rule will be applied to the entire
system. Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are two examples of such apps.
3.7. Optimization Tools
3.7.1. How do I improve my system performance?
The system performance depends not only on the hardware configuration,
such as the CPU load, memory usage and hard disk space. It is also directly
connected to your software configuration and to your data management.
These are the main actions you can take with Bitdefender to improve your
system's speed and performance:
● “Optimize your system performance with a single click” (p. 70)
● “Scan your system periodically” (p. 71)
Optimize your system performance with a single click
The OneClick Optimizer option saves you valuable time when you want a
quick way to improve your system performance by rapidly scanning, detecting
and cleaning useless files.
To start the OneClick Optimizer process:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the OneClick Optimizer action button.
3. Let Bitdefender search for files that can be deleted, then click the
OPTIMIZE button to finish the process.
For more information about how you can improve the speed of your computer
with a single click, please refer to “Optimizing your system speed with a
single click” (p. 165).
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Scan your system periodically
Your system speed and its general behavior can also be affected by malware.
Make sure to scan your system periodically, at least once a week.
It is recommended to use the System Scan because it scans for all types of
malware threatening the security of your system and it also scans inside
archives.
To start the System Scan:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click System Scan.
4. Follow the wizard steps.
3.7.2. How can I improve my system startup time?
Unnecessary applications that are annoyingly slowing down booting time
when you open your PC can be disabled or postponed from opening with the
Startup Optimizer thus saving you valuable time.
To use the Startup Optimizer:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the Startup Optimizer action button.
3. Select the applications that you want to delay at system startup.
For more information on how to optimize your PC's booting time, please refer
to “Optimizing your PC's boot time” (p. 166).
3.8. Useful Information
3.8.1. How do I test my antivirus solution?
To make sure that your Bitdefender product is properly running, we
recommend you using the Eicar test.
The Eicar test allows you to check your antivirus protection using a safe file
developed for this purpose.
To test your antivirus solution:
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1. Download the test from the official webpage of the EICAR organization
http://www.eicar.org/.
2. Click the Anti-Malware Testfile tab.
3. Click Download on the left-side menu.
4. From Download area using the standard protocol http click the eicar.com
test file.
5. You will be informed that the page you are trying to access contains the
EICAR-Test-File (not a virus).
If you click I understand the risks, take me there anyway, the download
of the test will begin and a Bitdefender pop-up will inform you that a virus
was detected.
Click More details to find out more information about this action.
If you do not receive any Bitdefender alert, we recommend you to contact
Bitdefender for support as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
3.8.2. How do I remove Bitdefender?
If you want to remove your Bitdefender Total Security 2018:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start, go to Control Panel and double-click Programs and Features.
2. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
3. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
4. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your system.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example, you
can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen), and then
click its icon.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
3. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
4. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
5. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your system.
● In Windows 10:
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1. Click Start, then click Settings.
2. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Installed apps.
3. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
4. Click Uninstall again to confirm your choice.
5. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
6. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your system.
Note
This reinstall procedure will permanently delete the customized settings.
3.8.3. How do I remove Bitdefender VPN?
The procedure of removing Bitdefender VPN is similar to the one you use to
remove other programs from your computer:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start, go to Control Panel and double-click Programs and Features.
2. Find Bitdefender VPN and select Uninstall.
Wait for the uninstall process to complete.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example, you
can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen), and then
click its icon.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
3. Find Bitdefender VPN and select Uninstall.
Wait for the uninstall process to complete.
● In Windows 10:
1. Click Start, then click Settings.
2. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Installed apps.
3. Find Bitdefender VPN and select Uninstall.
4. Click Uninstall again to confirm your choice.
Wait for the uninstall process to complete.
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3.8.4. How do I automatically shut down the computer after
the scan is over?
Bitdefender offers multiple scan tasks that you can use to make sure your
system is not infected with malware. Scanning the entire computer may take
longer time to complete depending on your system's hardware and software
configuration.
For this reason, Bitdefender allows you to configure Bitdefender to shut
down your system as soon as the scan is over.
Consider this example: you have finished your work at the computer and you
want to go to sleep. You would like to have your entire system checked for
malware by Bitdefender.
This is how you set up Bitdefender to shut down your system at the end of
the scan:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click Manage Scans.
4. In the MANAGE SCAN TASKS window, click New custom task to enter a
name for the scan and select the locations to be scanned.
5. If you want to configure the scanning options in detail, select the Advanced
tab.
6. Choose to shutdown the computer when the scan is over if no threats are
found.
7. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
8. Click the Start Scan button to scan your system.
If no threats are found, the computer will shut down.
If there remain unresolved threats, you will be prompted to choose the actions
to be taken on them. For more information, please refer to “Antivirus Scan
Wizard” (p. 90).
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3.8.5. How do I configure Bitdefender to use a proxy Internet
connection?
If your computer connects to the Internet through a proxy server, you must
configure Bitdefender with the proxy settings. Normally, Bitdefender
automatically detects and imports the proxy settings from your system.
Important
Home Internet connections do not normally use a proxy server. As a rule of
thumb, check and configure the proxy connection settings of your Bitdefender
program when updates are not working. If Bitdefender can update, then it is
properly configured to connect to the Internet.
To manage the proxy settings:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the ADVANCED tab.
3. Turn on Proxy usage by clicking the corresponding switch.
4. Click the Manage proxies link.
5. There are two options to set the proxy settings:
● Import proxy settings from default browser - proxy settings of the current
user, extracted from the default browser. If the proxy server requires a
username and a password, you must specify them in the corresponding
fields.
Note
Bitdefender can import proxy settings from the most popular browsers,
including the latest versions of Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Mozilla
Firefox and Google Chrome.
● Custom proxy settings - proxy settings that you can configure yourself.
The following settings must be specified:
● Address - type in the IP of the proxy server.
● Port - type in the port Bitdefender uses to connect to the proxy server.
● Username - type in a user name recognized by the proxy.
● Password - type in the valid password of the previously specified
user.
6. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
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Bitdefender will use the available proxy settings until it manages to connect
to the Internet.
3.8.6. Am I using a 32 bit or a 64 bit version of Windows?
To find out if you have a 32 bit or a 64 bit operating system:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start.
2. Locate Computer on the Start menu.
3. Right-click Computer and select Properties.
4. Look under System in order to check the information about your system.
● In Windows 8:
1. From the Windows Start screen, locate Computer (for example, you can
start typing "Computer" directly in the Start screen) and then right-click
its icon.
In Windows 8.1, locate This PC.
2. Select Properties in the bottom menu.
3. Look in the System area to see your system type.
● In Windows 10:
1. Type "System" in the search box from the taskbar and click its icon.
2. Look in the System area to find information about your system type.
3.8.7. How do I display hidden objects in Windows?
These steps are useful in those cases where you are dealing with a malware
situation and you need to find and remove the infected files, which could be
hidden.
Follow these steps to display hidden objects in Windows:
1. Click Start, go to Control Panel.
In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1: From the Windows Start screen, locate
Control Panel (for example, you can start typing "Control Panel" directly
in the Start screen), and then click its icon.
2. Select Folder Options.
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3. Go to View tab.
4. Select Show hidden files and folders.
5. Clear Hide extensions for known file types.
6. Clear Hide protected operating system files.
7. Click Apply, then click OK.
In Windows 10:
1. Type "Show hidden files and folders" in the search box from the taskbar
and click its icon.
2. Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
3. Clear Hide extensions for known file types.
4. Clear Hide protected operating system files.
5. Click Apply, then click OK.
3.8.8. How do I remove other security solutions?
The main reason for using a security solution is to provide protection and
safety for your data. But what happens when you have more than one security
product on the same system?
When you use more than one security solution on the same computer, the
system becomes unstable. The Bitdefender Total Security 2018 installer
automatically detects other security programs and offers you the option to
uninstall them.
If you did not remove the other security solutions during the initial installation:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start, go to Control Panel and double-click Programs and Features.
2. Wait a few moments until the installed software list is displayed.
3. Find the name of the program you want to remove and select Uninstall.
4. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your system.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example, you
can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen), and then
click its icon.
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2. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
3. Wait a few moments until the installed software list is displayed.
4. Find the name of the program you want to remove and select Uninstall.
5. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your system.
● In Windows 10:
1. Click Start, then click Settings.
2. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Installed apps.
3. Find the name of the program you want to remove and select Uninstall.
4. Click Uninstall again to confirm your choice.
5. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your system.
If you fail to remove the other security solution from your system, get the
uninstall tool from the vendor website or contact them directly in order to
provide you with the uninstall guidelines.
3.8.9. How do I restart in Safe Mode?
Safe mode is a diagnostic operating mode, used mainly to troubleshoot
problems affecting normal operation of Windows. Such problems range from
conflicting drivers to viruses preventing Windows from starting normally. In
Safe Mode only a few applications work and Windows loads just the basic
drivers and a minimum of operating system components. This is why most
viruses are inactive when using Windows in Safe Mode and they can be
easily removed.
To start Windows in Safe Mode:
● In Windows 7:
1. Restart the computer.
2. Press the F8 key several times before Windows starts in order to access
the boot menu.
3. Select Safe Mode in the boot menu or Safe Mode with Networking if
you want to have Internet access.
4. Press Enter and wait while Windows loads in Safe Mode.
5. This process ends with a confirmation message. Click OK to
acknowledge.
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6. To start Windows normally, simply reboot the system.
● In Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10:
1. Launch System Configuration in Windows by simultaneously pressing
the Windows + R keys on your keyboard.
2. Write msconfig in the Open dialog box, then click OK.
3. Select the Boot tab.
4. In the Boot options area, select the Safe boot check box.
5. Click Network, and then OK.
6. Click OK in the System Configuration window which informs you that
the system needs to be restarted in order to be able to make the changes
you set.
Your system is restarting in Safe Mode with Networking.
To reboot in normal mode, switch back the settings by launching again
the System Operation and clearing the Safe boot check box. Click OK, and
then Restart. Wait for the new settings to be applied.
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4. MANAGING YOUR SECURITY
4.1. Antivirus protection
Bitdefender protects your computer from all kinds of malware (viruses,
Trojans, spyware, rootkits and so on). The protection Bitdefender offers is
divided into two categories:
● On-access scanning - prevents new malware threats from entering your
system. Bitdefender will, for example, scan a word document for known
threats when you open it, and an email message when you receive one.
On-access scanning ensures real-time protection against malware, being
an essential component of any computer security program.
Important
To prevent viruses from infecting your computer keep on-access scanning
enabled.
● On-demand scanning - allows detecting and removing the malware that
already resides in the system. This is the classic scan initiated by the user
- you choose what drive, folder or file Bitdefender should scan, and
Bitdefender scans it - on-demand.
Bitdefender automatically scans any removable media that is connected to
the computer to make sure it can be safely accessed. For more information,
please refer to “Automatic scan of removable media” (p. 94).
Advanced users can configure scan exclusions if they do not want specific
files or file types to be scanned. For more information, please refer to
“Configuring scan exclusions” (p. 96).
When it detects a virus or other malware, Bitdefender will automatically
attempt to remove the malware code from the infected file and reconstruct
the original file. This operation is referred to as disinfection. Files that cannot
be disinfected are moved to quarantine in order to contain the infection. For
more information, please refer to “Managing quarantined files” (p. 99).
If your computer has been infected with malware, please refer to “Removing
malware from your system” (p. 196). To help you clean your computer of
malware that cannot be removed from within the Windows operating system,
Bitdefender provides you with“Bitdefender Rescue Mode (Rescue
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Environment in Windows 10)” (p. 197). This is a trusted environment, especially
designed for malware removal, which enables you to boot your computer
independent of Windows. When the computer runs in Rescue Mode (Rescue
Environment in Windows 10), Windows malware is inactive, making it easy
to remove.
On-access scanning (real-time protection)
Bitdefender provides continuous, real-time protection against a wide range
of malware threats by scanning all accessed files and email messages.
Turning on or off real-time protection
To turn on or off real-time protection against malware:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
4. In the SHIELD window, click the ON/OFF switch.
5. If you want to disable real-time protection, a warning window appears.
You must confirm your choice by selecting from the menu how long you
want the real-time protection to be disabled. You can disable real-time
protection for 5, 15 or 30 minutes, for an hour, permanently or until a
system restart. The real-time protection will automatically turn on when
the selected time will expire.
Warning
This is a critical security issue. We recommend you to disable real-time
protection for as little time as possible. If real-time protection is disabled,
you will not be protected against malware threats.
Configuring the real-time protection advanced
settings
Advanced users might want to take advantage of the scan settings
Bitdefender offers. You can configure the real-time protection settings in
detail by creating a custom protection level.
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To configure the real-time protection advanced settings:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
4. In the SHIELD window, click the SHOW ADVANCED SETTINGS accordion
menu.
A paned window is displayed.
5. Scroll down on the window to configure the scan settings as needed.
Information on the scan options
You may find this information useful:
● If you are not familiar with some of the terms, check them in the glossary.
You can also find useful information by searching the Internet.
● Scan options for accessed files. You can set Bitdefender to scan all
accessed files or applications (program files) only. Scanning all accessed
files provides best protection, while scanning applications only can be
used for better system performance.
By default, both local folders and network shares are subject to on-access
scanning. For better system performance, you can exclude network
locations from on-access scanning.
Applications (or program files) are far more vulnerable to malware attacks
than other types of files. This category includes the following file
extensions:
386; a6p; ac; accda; accdb; accdc; accde; accdp; accdr; accdt; accdu; acl;
acr; action; ade; adp; air; app; as; asd; asp; awk; bas; bat; bin; cgi; chm; cla;
class; cmd; cnv; com; cpl; csc; csh; dat; dek; dld; dll; doc; docm; docx; dot;
dotm; dotx; drv; ds; ebm; esh; exe; ezs; fky; frs; fxp; gadget; grv; hlp; hms;
hta; htm; html; iaf; icd; ini; inx; ipf; isu; jar; js; jse; jsx; kix; laccdb; lnk; maf;
mam; maq; mar; mat; mcr; mda; mdb; mde; mdt; mdw; mem; mhtml; mpp;
mpt; mpx; ms; msg; msi; msp; mst; msu; oab; obi; obs; ocx; oft; ole; one;
onepkg; ost; ovl; pa; paf; pex; pfd; php; pif; pip; pot; potm; potx; ppa; ppam;
pps; ppsm; ppsx; ppt; pptm; pptx; prc; prf; prg; pst; pub; puz; pvd; pwc; py;
pyc; pyo; qpx; rbx; rgs; rox; rpj; rtf; scar; scr; script; sct; shb; shs; sldm; sldx;
smm; snp; spr; svd; sys; thmx; tlb; tms; u3p; udf; url; vb; vbe; vbs; vbscript;
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vxd; wbk; wcm; wdm; wiz; wll; wpk; ws; wsf; xar; xl; xla; xlam; xlb; xlc; xll; xlm;
xls; xlsb; xlsm; xlsx; xlt; xltm; xltx; xlw; xml; xqt; xsf; xsn; xtp
● Scan inside archives.
Scanning inside archives is a slow and
resource-intensive process, which is therefore not recommended for
real-time protection. Archives containing infected files are not an immediate
threat to the security of your system. The malware can affect your system
only if the infected file is extracted from the archive and executed without
having real-time protection enabled.
If you decide on using this option, turn it on, and then drag the slider along
the scale to set a maximum accepted size limit (in MB) of archives to be
scanned on-access.
● Scan emails. To prevent malware from being downloaded to your
computer, Bitdefender automatically scans incoming and outgoing emails.
Though not recommended, you can disable email antivirus scan to increase
system performance. If you disable the corresponding scan options, the
emails and files received will not be scanned, thus allowing infected files
to be saved to your computer. This is not a major threat because real-time
protection will block the malware when the infected files are accessed
(opened, moved, copied or executed).
● Scan boot sectors. You can set Bitdefender to scan the boot sectors of
your hard disk. This sector of the hard disk contains the necessary
computer code to start the boot process. When a virus infects the boot
sector, the drive may become inaccessible and you may not be able to
start your system and access your data.
● Scan only new and changed files. By scanning only new and changed
files, you may greatly improve overall system responsiveness with a
minimum trade-off in security.
● Scan for keyloggers. Select this option to scan your system for keylogger
applications. Keyloggers record what you type on your keyboard and send
reports over the Internet to a malicious person (hacker). The hacker can
find out sensitive information from the stolen data, such as bank account
numbers and passwords, and use it to gain personal benefits.
● Scan at system boot. Select the Early boot scan option to scan your
system at startup as soon as all its critical services are loaded. The mission
of this feature is to improve virus detection at system startup and the boot
time of your system.
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Actions taken on detected malware
You can configure the actions taken by the real-time protection, by following
these steps:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
4. In the SHIELD window, click the SHOW ADVANCED SETTINGS accordion
menu.
A paned window is displayed.
5. Scroll down on the window until you see the Actions after the scan is
completed option.
6. Configure the scan settings as needed.
The following actions can be taken by the real-time protection in Bitdefender:
Take proper actions
Bitdefender will take the recommended actions depending on the type
of detected file:
● Infected files. Files detected as infected match a malware signature
in the Bitdefender Malware Signature Database. Bitdefender will
automatically attempt to remove the malware code from the infected
file and reconstruct the original file. This operation is referred to as
disinfection.
Files that cannot be disinfected are moved to quarantine in order to
contain the infection. Quarantined files cannot be executed or opened;
therefore, the risk of getting infected disappears. For more information,
please refer to “Managing quarantined files” (p. 99).
Important
For particular types of malware, disinfection is not possible because
the detected file is entirely malicious. In such cases, the infected file
is deleted from the disk.
● Suspicious files. Files are detected as suspicious by the heuristic
analysis. Suspicious files cannot be disinfected, because no
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disinfection routine is available. They will be moved to quarantine to
prevent a potential infection.
By default, quarantined files are automatically sent to Bitdefender
Labs in order to be analyzed by the Bitdefender malware researchers.
If malware presence is confirmed, a signature is released to allow
removing the malware.
● Archives containing infected files.
● Archives that contain only infected files are deleted automatically.
● If an archive contains both infected and clean files, Bitdefender will
attempt to delete the infected files provided it can reconstruct the
archive with the clean files. If archive reconstruction is not possible,
you will be informed that no action can be taken so as to avoid losing
clean files.
Move files to quarantine
Moves detected files to quarantine. Quarantined files cannot be executed
or opened; therefore, the risk of getting infected disappears. For more
information, please refer to “Managing quarantined files” (p. 99).
Deny access
In case an infected file is detected, the access to this will be denied.
Restoring the default settings
The default real-time protection settings ensure good protection against
malware, with minor impact on system performance.
To restore the default real-time protection settings:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
4. In the SHIELD window, click the SHOW ADVANCED SETTINGS accordion
menu.
A paned window is displayed.
5. Scroll down on the window until your see the Reset settings option. Select
this option to reset the antivirus settings to default.
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On-demand scanning
The main objective for Bitdefender is to keep your computer clean of viruses.
This is done by keeping new viruses out of your computer and by scanning
your email messages and any new files downloaded or copied to your system.
There is a risk that a virus is already lodged in your system, before you even
install Bitdefender. This is why it's a very good idea to scan your computer
for resident viruses after you've installed Bitdefender. And it's definitely a
good idea to frequently scan your computer for viruses.
On-demand scanning is based on scan tasks. Scan tasks specify the scanning
options and the objects to be scanned. You can scan the computer whenever
you want by running the default tasks or your own scan tasks (user-defined
tasks). If you want to scan specific locations on your computer or to configure
the scan options, configure and run a custom scan.
Scanning a file or folder for malware
You should scan files and folders whenever you suspect they might be
infected. Right-click the file or folder you want to be scanned, point to
Bitdefender and select Scan with Bitdefender. The Antivirus Scan wizard
will appear and guide you through the scanning process. At the end of the
scan, you will be prompted to choose the actions to be taken on the detected
files, if any.
Running a Quick Scan
Quick Scan uses in-the-cloud scanning to detect malware running in your
system. Running a Quick Scan usually takes less than a minute and uses a
fraction of the system resources needed by a regular virus scan.
To run a Quick Scan:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click Quick Scan.
4. Follow the Antivirus Scan wizard to complete the scan. Bitdefender will
automatically take the recommended actions on detected files. If there
remain unresolved threats, you will be prompted to choose the actions to
be taken on them.
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Or quicker, click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface,
and then click the Quick Scan action button.
Running a System Scan
The System Scan task scans the entire computer for all types of malware
threatening its security, such as viruses, spyware, adware, rootkits and others.
Note
Because System Scan performs a thorough scan of the entire system, the
scan may take a while. Therefore, it is recommended to run this task when
you are not using your computer.
Before running a System Scan, the following are recommended:
● Make sure Bitdefender is up-to-date with its malware signatures. Scanning
your computer using an outdated signature database may prevent
Bitdefender from detecting new malware found since the last update. For
more information, please refer to “Keeping Bitdefender up-to-date” (p. 40).
● Shut down all open programs.
If you want to scan specific locations on your computer or to configure the
scanning options, configure and run a custom scan. For more information,
please refer to “Configuring a custom scan” (p. 87).
To run a System Scan:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click System Scan.
4. Follow the Antivirus Scan wizard to complete the scan. Bitdefender will
automatically take the recommended actions on detected files. If there
remain unresolved threats, you will be prompted to choose the actions to
be taken on them.
Configuring a custom scan
To configure a custom scan in detail and then run it:
1. Click the
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2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click Manage Scans.
4. Click the New custom task button. In the Basic tab enter a name for the
scan and select the locations to be scanned.
5. If you want to configure the scanning options in detail, select the Advanced
tab. A new window appears. Follow these steps:
a. You can easily configure the scanning options by adjusting the scan
level. Drag the slider along the scale to set the desired scan level. Use
the description on the right side of the scale to identify the scan level
that better fits your needs.
Advanced users might want to take advantage of the scan settings
Bitdefender offers. To configure the scan options in detail, click Custom.
You can find information about them at the end of this section.
b. You can also configure these general options:
● Run the task with low priority. Decreases the priority of the scan
process. You will allow other programs to run faster and increase
the time needed for the scan process to finish.
● Minimize Scan Wizard to system tray. Minimizes the scan window
to the system tray. Double-click the Bitdefender icon to open it.
● Specify the action to be taken if no threats are found.
c. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
6. If you want to set a schedule for your scan task, use the Schedule switch
in the Basic window. Select one of the corresponding options to set a
schedule:
● At system startup
● Once
● Periodically
7. Click Start Scan and follow the Antivirus Scan wizard to complete the
scan. Depending on the locations to be scanned, the scan may take a
while. At the end of the scan, you will be prompted to choose the actions
to be taken on the detected files, if any.
8. If you want to, you can quickly rerun a previous custom scan by clicking
the corresponding entry in the available list.
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Information on the scan options
You may find this information useful:
● If you are not familiar with some of the terms, check them in the glossary.
You can also find useful information by searching the Internet.
● Scan files. You can set Bitdefender to scan all types of files or applications
(program files) only. Scanning all files provides best protection, while
scanning applications only can be used to perform a quicker scan.
Applications (or program files) are far more vulnerable to malware attacks
than other types of files. This category includes the following file
extensions: 386; a6p; ac; accda; accdb; accdc; accde; accdp; accdr; accdt;
accdu; acl; acr; action; ade; adp; air; app; as; asd; asp; awk; bas; bat; bin; cgi;
chm; cla; class; cmd; cnv; com; cpl; csc; csh; dat; dek; dld; dll; doc; docm;
docx; dot; dotm; dotx; drv; ds; ebm; esh; exe; ezs; fky; frs; fxp; gadget; grv;
hlp; hms; hta; htm; html; iaf; icd; ini; inx; ipf; isu; jar; js; jse; jsx; kix; laccdb;
lnk; maf; mam; maq; mar; mat; mcr; mda; mdb; mde; mdt; mdw; mem; mhtml;
mpp; mpt; mpx; ms; msg; msi; msp; mst; msu; oab; obi; obs; ocx; oft; ole;
one; onepkg; ost; ovl; pa; paf; pex; pfd; php; pif; pip; pot; potm; potx; ppa;
ppam; pps; ppsm; ppsx; ppt; pptm; pptx; prc; prf; prg; pst; pub; puz; pvd; pwc;
py; pyc; pyo; qpx; rbx; rgs; rox; rpj; rtf; scar; scr; script; sct; shb; shs; sldm;
sldx; smm; snp; spr; svd; sys; thmx; tlb; tms; u3p; udf; url; vb; vbe; vbs;
vbscript; vxd; wbk; wcm; wdm; wiz; wll; wpk; ws; wsf; xar; xl; xla; xlam; xlb;
xlc; xll; xlm; xls; xlsb; xlsm; xlsx; xlt; xltm; xltx; xlw; xml; xqt; xsf; xsn; xtp
● Scan options for archives. Archives containing infected files are not an
immediate threat to the security of your system. The malware can affect
your system only if the infected file is extracted from the archive and
executed without having real-time protection enabled. However, it is
recommended to use this option in order to detect and remove any
potential threat, even if it is not an immediate threat.
Note
Scanning archived files increases the overall scanning time and requires
more system resources.
● Scan boot sectors. You can set Bitdefender to scan the boot sectors of
your hard disk. This sector of the hard disk contains the necessary
computer code to start the boot process. When a virus infects the boot
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sector, the drive may become inaccessible and you may not be able to
start your system and access your data.
● Scan memory. Select this option to scan programs running in your
system's memory.
● Scan registry. Select this option to scan registry keys. Windows Registry
is a database that stores configuration settings and options for the
Windows operating system components, as well as for installed
applications.
● Scan cookies. Select this option to scan the cookies stored by browsers
on your computer.
● Scan only new and changed files. By scanning only new and changed
files, you may greatly improve overall system responsiveness with a
minimum trade-off in security.
● Ignore commercial keyloggers. Select this option if you have installed
and use commercial keylogger software on your computer. Commercial
keyloggers are legitimate computer monitoring software whose most basic
function is to record everything that is typed on the keyboard.
● Scan for rootkits. Select this option to scan for rootkits and objects hidden
using such software.
Antivirus Scan Wizard
Whenever you initiate an on-demand scan (for example, right-click a folder,
point to Bitdefender and select Scan with Bitdefender), the Bitdefender
Antivirus Scan wizard will appear. Follow the wizard to complete the scanning
process.
Note
If the scan wizard does not appear, the scan may be configured to run silently,
in the background. Look for the scan progress icon in the system tray. You
can click this icon to open the scan window and to see the scan progress.
Step 1 - Perform scan
Bitdefender will start scanning the selected objects. You can see real-time
information about the scan status and statistics (including the elapsed time,
an estimation of the remaining time and the number of detected threats).
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Wait for Bitdefender to finish scanning. The scanning process may take a
while, depending on the complexity of the scan.
Stopping or pausing the scan. You can stop scanning anytime you want by
clicking STOP. You will go directly to the last step of the wizard. To
temporarily stop the scanning process, just click PAUSE. You will have to
click RESUME to resume scanning.
Password-protected archives. When a password-protected archive is
detected, depending on the scan settings, you may be prompted to provide
the password. Password-protected archives cannot be scanned unless you
provide the password. The following options are available:
● Password. If you want Bitdefender to scan the archive, select this option
and type the password. If you do not know the password, choose one of
the other options.
● Don't ask for a password and skip this object from scan. Select this option
to skip scanning this archive.
● Skip all password-protected items without scanning them. Select this
option if you do not want to be bothered about password-protected
archives. Bitdefender will not be able to scan them, but a record will be
kept in the scan log.
Choose the desired option and click OK to continue scanning.
Step 2 - Choose actions
At the end of the scan, you will be prompted to choose the actions to be
taken on the detected files, if any.
Note
When you run a quick scan or a system scan, Bitdefender will automatically
take the recommended actions on detected files during the scan. If there
remain unresolved threats, you will be prompted to choose the actions to be
taken on them.
The infected objects are displayed in groups, based on the malware they are
infected with. Click the link corresponding to a threat to find out more
information about the infected objects.
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You can choose an overall action to be taken for all issues or you can select
separate actions for each group of issues. One or several of the following
options can appear on the menu:
Take proper actions
Bitdefender will take the recommended actions depending on the type
of detected file:
● Infected files. Files detected as infected match a malware signature
in the Bitdefender Malware Signature Database. Bitdefender will
automatically attempt to remove the malware code from the infected
file and reconstruct the original file. This operation is referred to as
disinfection.
Files that cannot be disinfected are moved to quarantine in order to
contain the infection. Quarantined files cannot be executed or opened;
therefore, the risk of getting infected disappears. For more information,
please refer to “Managing quarantined files” (p. 99).
Important
For particular types of malware, disinfection is not possible because
the detected file is entirely malicious. In such cases, the infected file
is deleted from the disk.
● Suspicious files. Files are detected as suspicious by the heuristic
analysis. Suspicious files cannot be disinfected, because no
disinfection routine is available. They will be moved to quarantine to
prevent a potential infection.
By default, quarantined files are automatically sent to Bitdefender
Labs in order to be analyzed by the Bitdefender malware researchers.
If malware presence is confirmed, a signature is released to allow
removing the malware.
● Archives containing infected files.
● Archives that contain only infected files are deleted automatically.
● If an archive contains both infected and clean files, Bitdefender will
attempt to delete the infected files provided it can reconstruct the
archive with the clean files. If archive reconstruction is not possible,
you will be informed that no action can be taken so as to avoid losing
clean files.
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Delete
Removes detected files from the disk.
If infected files are stored in an archive together with clean files,
Bitdefender will attempt to delete the infected files and reconstruct the
archive with the clean files. If archive reconstruction is not possible, you
will be informed that no action can be taken so as to avoid losing clean
files.
Take no action
No action will be taken on the detected files. After the scan is completed,
you can open the scan log to view information on these files.
Click Continue to apply the specified actions.
Step 3 - Summary
When Bitdefender finishes fixing the issues, the scan results will appear in
a new window. If you want comprehensive information on the scanning
process, click SHOW LOG to view the scan log. The log is provided in .xml
format and can be locally saved by clicking the Save Log button, and then
choosing a location.
Important
In most cases Bitdefender successfully disinfects the infected files it detects
or it isolates the infection. However, there are issues that cannot be solved
automatically. If required, please restart your system in order to complete the
cleaning process. For more information and instructions on how to remove
malware manually, please refer to “Removing malware from your system” (p.
196).
Checking scan logs
Each time a scan is performed, a scan log is created and Bitdefender records
the detected issues in the Antivirus window. The scan log contains detailed
information about the logged scanning process, such as scanning options,
the scanning target, the threats found and the actions taken on these threats.
You can open the scan log directly from the scan wizard, once the scan is
completed, by clicking SHOW LOG.
To check a scan log or any detected infection at a later time:
1. Click the
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2. In the All tab, select the notification regarding the latest scan.
This is where you can find all malware scan events, including threats
detected by on-access scanning, user-initiated scans and status changes
for automatic scans.
3. In the notifications list, you can check what scans have been performed
recently. Click a notification to view details about it.
4. To open the scan log, click VIEW LOG.
Automatic scan of removable media
Bitdefender automatically detects when you connect a removable storage
device to your computer and scans it in the background when the Autoscan
option is enabled. This is recommended in order to prevent viruses and other
malware from infecting your computer.
Detected devices fall into one of these categories:
● CDs/DVDs
● USB storage devices, such as flash pens and external hard-drives
● mapped (remote) network drives
You can configure automatic scan separately for each category of storage
devices. Automatic scan of mapped network drives is off by default.
How does it work?
When it detects a removable storage device, Bitdefender starts scanning it
for malware in the background (provided automatic scan is enabled for that
type of device). A Bitdefender scan
icon will appear in the system tray.
You can click this icon to open the scan window and to see the scan progress.
If Autopilot is on, you will not be bothered about the scan. The scan will only
be logged and information about it will be available in the Notifications
window.
If Autopilot is off:
1. You will be notified through a pop-up window that a new device has been
detected and it is being scanned.
2. In most cases, Bitdefender automatically removes detected malware or
isolates infected files into quarantine. If there are unresolved threats after
the scan, you will be prompted to choose the actions to be taken on them.
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Note
Take into account that no action can be taken on infected or suspicious
files detected on CDs/DVDs. Similarly, no action can be taken on infected
or suspicious files detected on mapped network drives if you do not have
the appropriate privileges.
3. When the scan is completed, the scan results window is displayed to
inform you if you can safely access files on the removable media.
This information may be useful to you:
● Please be careful when using a malware-infected CD/DVD, because the
malware cannot be removed from the disc (the media is read-only). Make
sure real-time protection is turned on to prevent malware from spreading
to your system. It is best practice to copy any valuable data from the disc
to your system, and then dispose of the disc.
● In some cases, Bitdefender may not be able to remove malware from
specific files due to legal or technical constraints. Such an example are
files archived using a proprietary technology (this is because the archive
cannot be recreated correctly).
To find out how to deal with malware, please refer to “Removing malware
from your system” (p. 196).
Managing removable media scan
To manage automatic scan of removable media:
For best protection, it is recommended to let selected the Autoscan option
for all types of removable storage devices.
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
4. Select the DRIVES AND DEVICES tab.
The scanning options are pre-configured for the best detection results. If
infected files are detected, Bitdefender will try to disinfect them (remove the
malware code) or to move them to quarantine. If both actions fail, the
Antivirus Scan wizard will allow you to specify other actions to be taken on
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infected files. The scanning options are standard and you cannot change
them.
Scan hosts file
The hosts file comes by default with your operating system installation and
is used to map hostnames to IP addresses each time you access a new web
page, connect to a FTP or to other Internet servers. It is a plain text file and
malicious programs may modify it. Advanced users know how to use it to
block annoying ads, banners, third-party cookies, or hijackers.
To configure scan hosts file:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the ADVANCED tab.
3. Click the corresponding ON/OFF switch.
Configuring scan exclusions
Bitdefender allows excluding specific files, folders or file extensions from
scanning. This feature is intended to avoid interference with your work and
it can also help improve system performance. Exclusions are to be used by
users having advanced computer knowledge or, otherwise, following the
recommendations of a Bitdefender representative.
You can configure exclusions to apply to on-access or on-demand scanning
only, or to both. The objects excluded from on-access scanning will not be
scanned, no matter if they are accessed by you or by an application.
Note
Exclusions will NOT apply for system and contextual scanning. System
scanning is an on-demand scanner which gives you the possibility to analyze
the entire system for malicious threats that may endanger the security of your
data. Contextual scanning is a type of on-demand scanning: you right-click
the file or folder you want to scan and select Scan with Bitdefender.
Excluding files and folders from scanning
To exclude specific files and folders from scanning:
1. Click the
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2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
4. Select the EXCLUSIONS tab.
5. Click the List of files and folders excluded from scanning accordion menu.
In the window that appears, you can manage the files and folders excluded
from scanning.
6. Add exclusions by following these steps:
a. Click the ADD button.
b. Click Browse, select the file or folder that you want to be excluded from
scanning, and then click OK. Alternatively, you can type (or copy and
paste) the path to the file or folder in the edit field.
c. By default, the selected file or folder is excluded from both on-access
and on-demand scanning. To change when to apply the exclusion,
select one of the other options.
d. Click Add.
Excluding file extensions from scanning
When you exclude a file extension from scanning, Bitdefender will no longer
scan files with that extension, regardless of their location on your computer.
The exclusion also applies to files on removable media, such as CDs, DVDs,
USB storage devices or network drives.
Important
Use caution when excluding extensions from scanning because such
exclusions can make your computer vulnerable to malware.
To exclude file extensions from scanning:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
4. Select the EXCLUSIONS tab.
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5. Click the List of extensions excluded from scanning accordion menu. In
the window that appears, you can manage the file extensions excluded
from scanning.
6. Add exclusions by following these steps:
a. Click the ADD button.
b. Type the extensions that you want to be excluded from scanning,
separating them with semicolons (;). Here is an example:
txt;avi;jpg
c. By default, all files with the specified extensions are excluded from
both on-access and on-demand scanning. To change when to apply
the exclusion, select one of the other options.
d. Click Add.
Managing scan exclusions
If the configured scan exclusions are no longer needed, it is recommended
that you delete them or disable scan exclusions.
To manage scan exclusions:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
4. Select the EXCLUSIONS tab.
5. Use the options in the List of files and folders excluded from scanning
accordion menu to manage scan exclusions.
6. To remove or edit scan exclusions, click one of the available links. Proceed
as follows:
● To remove an entry from the list, select it and click the REMOVE button.
● To edit an entry from the table, double-click it (or select it and click the
EDIT button). A new window appears where you can change the
extension or the path to be excluded and the type of scanning you want
them to be excluded from, as needed. Make the necessary changes,
then click Modify.
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Managing quarantined files
Bitdefender isolates the malware-infected files it cannot disinfect and the
suspicious files in a secure area named quarantine. When a virus is in
quarantine it cannot do any harm because it cannot be executed or read.
By default, quarantined files are automatically sent to Bitdefender Labs in
order to be analyzed by the Bitdefender malware researchers. If malware
presence is confirmed, a signature is released to allow removing the malware.
In addition, Bitdefender scans the quarantined files after each malware
signature update. Cleaned files are automatically moved back to their original
location.
To check and manage quarantined files:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
4. Select the QUARANTINE tab.
5. Quarantined files are managed automatically by Bitdefender according
to the default quarantine settings. Though not recommended, you can
adjust the quarantine settings according to your preferences.
Rescan quarantine after virus definitions update
Keep this option turned on to automatically scan quarantined files
after each virus definitions update. Cleaned files are automatically
moved back to their original location.
Submit suspicious quarantined files for further analysis
Keep this option turned on to automatically send quarantined files to
Bitdefender Labs. The sample files will be analyzed by the Bitdefender
malware researchers. If malware presence is confirmed, a signature
is released to allow removing the malware.
Delete content older than {30} days
By default, quarantined files older than 30 days are automatically
deleted. If you want to change this interval, type a new value in the
corresponding field. To disable automatic deletion of old quarantined
files, type 0.
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6. To delete a quarantined file, select it and click the DELETE button. If you
want to restore a quarantined file to its original location, select it and click
RESTORE.
4.2. Advanced Threat Defense
Bitdefender Advanced Threat Defense is an innovative proactive detection
technology which uses advanced heuristic methods to detect ransomware
and other new potential threats in real time.
Advanced Threat Defense continuously monitors the applications running
on the computer, looking for malware-like actions. Each of these actions is
scored and an overall score is computed for each process.
As a safety measure you will be notified each time a ransomware attack is
detected and blocked, even if the Autopilot feature is engaged.
Turning on or off Advanced Threat Defense
To turn on or off Advanced Threat Defense:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ADVANCED THREAT DEFENSE pane, click the ON/OFF switch.
Note
To keep your system protected from ransomware and other malware attacks,
we recommend you to disable Advanced Threat Defense for as little time as
possible.
Checking detected ransomware attacks
To check the ransomware attacks detected by Advanced Threat Defense:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ADVANCED THREAT DEFENSE pane, click Ransomware Protection.
4. In the window with the description of the Advanced Threat Defense feature,
click OK, GOT IT.
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The attacks detected in the latest 90 days are displayed. To find details
about the type of a detected ransomware, the path of the malicious
process, or if the disinfection has been successful, simply click it.
Checking detected suspicious apps
To check the suspicious apps detected by Advanced Threat Defense:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ADVANCED THREAT DEFENSE pane, click Threat Defense.
4. In the window with the description of the Advanced Threat Defense feature,
click OK, GOT IT.
The apps that have been detected as threats and blocked in the latest 90
days are displayed. To find details about an app, the path of the malicious
process, or if the disinfection has been successful, simply click it.
Adding processes to exclusions
You can configure exclusion rules for trusted applications so that Advanced
Threat Defense does not block them if they perform malware-like actions.
Advanced Threat Defense will continue to monitor excluded applications.
To start adding processes to the Advanced Threat Defense exclusions list:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ADVANCED THREAT
DEFENSE pane.
4. In the WHITELIST window, click Add applications to the whitelist.
5. Find and select the application you want to be excluded, and then click
OK.
To remove an entry from the list, click the Remove button next to it.
4.3. Web Protection
Bitdefender Web Protection ensures a safe browsing experience by alerting
you about potential malicious web pages.
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Bitdefender provides real-time web protection for:
● Internet Explorer
● Microsoft Edge
● Mozilla Firefox
● Google Chrome
● Safari
● Bitdefender Safepay™
● Opera
To configure Web Protection settings:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the WEB PROTECTION pane.
Click the switches to turn on or off:
● Scan HTTP traffic blocks malware coming from the Internet, including
drive-by downloads.
● Search Advisor, a component that rates the results of your search engine
queries and the links posted on social networking websites by placing an
icon next to every result:
You should not visit this web page.
This web page may contain dangerous content. Exercise caution if you
decide to visit it.
This is a safe page to visit.
Search Advisor rates the search results from the following web search
engines:
● Google
● Yahoo!
● Bing
● Baidu
Search Advisor rates the links posted on the following online social
networking services:
● Facebook
● Twitter
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● Scanning SSL.
More sophisticated attacks might use secure web traffic to mislead their
victims. It is therefore recommended to enable SSL scanning.
● Protection against fraud.
● Protection against phishing.
You can create a list of web sites that will not be scanned by the Bitdefender
antimalware, antiphishing and antifraud engines. The list should contain
only web sites you fully trust. For example, add the web sites where you shop
online.
To configure and manage web sites using the web protection provided by
Bitdefender:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WEB PROTECTION pane, click Whitelist.
4. In the Add URL text box, type the name of the website you want to add to
the whitelist, and then click Add.
To remove a web site from the list, select it in the list, and then click the
corresponding Remove link.
Click Save to save the changes and close the window.
Bitdefender alerts in the browser
Whenever you try to visit a website classified as unsafe, the website is
blocked and a warning page is displayed in your browser.
The page contains information such as the website URL and the detected
threat.
You have to decide what to do next. The following options are available:
● Navigate away from the web page by clicking Take me back to safety.
● Proceed to the web page, despite the warning, by clicking I understand
the risks, take me there anyway.
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4.4. Antispam
Spam is a term used to describe unsolicited email. Spam is a growing
problem, both for individuals and for organizations. It's not pretty, you
wouldn't want your kids to see it, it can get you fired (for wasting too much
time or from receiving porn in your office mail) and you can't stop people
from sending it. The next best thing to that is, obviously, to stop receiving
it. Unfortunately, Spam comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and
there's a lot of it.
Bitdefender Antispam employs remarkable technological innovations and
industry standard antispam filters to weed out spam before it reaches the
user's Inbox. For more information, please refer to “Antispam insights” (p.
105).
The Bitdefender Antispam protection is available only for email clients
configured to receive email messages via the POP3 protocol. POP3 is one
of the most widely used protocols for downloading email messages from a
mail server.
Note
Bitdefender does not provide antispam protection for email accounts that you
access through a web-based email service.
The spam messages detected by Bitdefender are marked with the [spam]
prefix in the subject line. Bitdefender automatically moves spam messages
to a specific folder, as follows:
● In Microsoft Outlook, spam messages are moved to a Spam folder, located
in the Deleted Items folder. The Spam folder is created when an email is
labeled as spam.
● In Mozilla Thunderbird, spam messages are moved to a Spam folder,
located in the Trash folder. The Spam folder is created when an email is
labeled as spam.
If you use other mail clients, you must create a rule to move the email
messages marked as [spam] by Bitdefender to a custom quarantine folder.
If the Detete items or Trash folders are deleted, the Spam folder will be deleted
too. However, a new Spam folder will be created as soon as an email is
labeled as spam.
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Antispam insights
Antispam filters
The Bitdefender Antispam Engine incorporates cloud protection and other
several different filters that ensure your Inbox to be SPAM-free, like Friends
list, Spammers list and Charset filter.
Friends list / Spammers list
Most people communicate regularly to a group of people or even receive
messages from companies or organizations in the same domain. By using
friends or spammers list, you can easily classify which people you want to
receive email from (friends) no matter what the message contains, or which
people you never want to hear from again (spammers).
Note
We recommend that you add your friends' names and email addresses to the
Friends list. Bitdefender does not block messages from those on the list;
therefore, adding friends helps ensure that legitimate messages get through.
Charset filter
Many spam messages are written in Cyrillic and / or Asian charsets. The
Charset Filter detects this kind of messages and tags them as SPAM.
Antispam operation
The Bitdefender Antispam Engine uses all antispam filters combined to
determine whether a certain email message should get into your Inbox or
not.
Every email that comes from the Internet is first checked with the Friends
list/Spammers list filter. If the sender's address is found in the Friends list
the email is moved directly to your Inbox.
Otherwise, the Spammers list filter will take over the email to verify if the
sender's address is on its list. If a match is made, the email will be tagged
as SPAM and moved in the Spam folder.
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Else, the Charset filter will check if the email is written in Cyrillic or Asian
characters. If so the email will be tagged as SPAM and moved in the Spam
folder.
Note
If the email is tagged as SEXUALLY EXPLICIT in the subject line, Bitdefender
will consider it SPAM.
Supported email clients and protocols
Antispam protection is provided for all POP3/SMTP email clients. The
Bitdefender Antispam toolbar however is integrated only into:
● Microsoft Outlook 2007 / 2010 / 2013 / 2016
● Mozilla Thunderbird 14 and higher
Turning on or off antispam protection
Antispam protection is enabled by default.
To turn on or off the Antispam feature:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTISPAM pane, click the ON/OFF switch.
Using the antispam toolbar in your mail client window
In the upper area of your mail client window you can see the Antispam
toolbar. The Antispam toolbar helps you manage antispam protection directly
from your mail client. You can easily correct Bitdefender if it marked a
legitimate message as SPAM.
Important
Bitdefender integrates into the most commonly used mail clients through an
easy-to-use antispam toolbar. For a complete list of supported mail clients,
please refer to “Supported email clients and protocols” (p. 106).
Each button from the Bitdefender toolbar will be explained below:
Settings - opens a window where you can configure the antispam filters
and the toolbar settings.
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Is Spam - indicates that the selected email is spam. The email will be
moved immediately to the Spam folder. If the antispam cloud services are
activated, the message is sent to Bitdefender Cloud for further analysis.
Not Spam - indicates that the selected email is not spam and Bitdefender
should not have tagged it. The email will be moved from the Spam folder to
the Inbox directory. If the antispam cloud services are activated, the message
is sent to Bitdefender Cloud for further analysis.
Important
The Not Spam button becomes active when you select a message marked
as SPAM by Bitdefender (normally these messages are located in the Spam
folder).
Add Spammer - adds the sender of the selected email to the Spammers
list. You may need to click OK to acknowledge. The email messages received
from addresses in the Spammers list are automatically marked as [spam].
Add Friend - adds the sender of the selected email to the Friends list. You
may need to click OK to acknowledge. You will always receive email
messages from this address no matter what they contain.
Spammers - opens the Spammers list that contains all the email addresses
from which you don't want to receive messages, regardless of their content.
For more information, please refer to “Configuring the Spammers List” (p.
110).
Friends - opens the Friends list that contains all the email addresses from
which you always want to receive email messages, regardless of their
content. For more information, please refer to “Configuring the Friends List”
(p. 108).
Indicating detection errors
If you are using a supported mail client, you can easily correct the antispam
filter (by indicating which email messages should not have been marked as
[spam]). Doing so helps improve the efficiency of the antispam filter. Follow
these steps:
1. Open your mail client.
2. Go to the junk mail folder where spam messages are moved.
3. Select the legitimate message incorrectly marked as [spam] by Bitdefender.
4. Click the Add Friend button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar to add
the sender to the Friends list. You may need to click OK to acknowledge.
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You will always receive email messages from this address no matter what
they contain.
5. Click the Not Spam button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar (normally
located in the upper part of the mail client window). The email message
will be moved to the Inbox folder.
Indicating undetected spam messages
If you are using a supported mail client, you can easily indicate which email
messages should have been detected as spam. Doing so helps improve the
efficiency of the antispam filter. Follow these steps:
1. Open your mail client.
2. Go to the Inbox folder.
3. Select the undetected spam messages.
4. Click the Is Spam button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar (normally
located in the upper part of the mail client window). They are immediately
marked as [spam] and moved to the junk mail folder.
Configuring toolbar settings
To configure the antispam toolbar settings for your email client, click
Settings button on the toolbar, and then the Toolbar Settings tab.
Here you have the following options:
● Mark spam email messages as 'Read' - marks the spam messages as read
automatically, so as not to be disturbing when they arrive.
● You can choose whether or not to display confirmation windows when
you click the Add Spammer and Add Friend buttons on the antispam
toolbar.
Confirmation windows can prevent accidentally adding email senders to
Friends / Spammers list.
Configuring the Friends List
The Friends list is a list of all the email addresses from which you always
want to receive messages, regardless of their content. Messages from your
friends are not labeled as spam, even if the content resembles spam.
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Note
Any mail coming from an address contained in the Friends list, will
automatically be delivered to your Inbox without further processing.
To configure and manage the Friends list:
● If you are using Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird, click the
button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar.
Friends
● Alternatively:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTISPAM pane, click Manage Friends.
To add an email address, select the Email address option, enter the address,
and then click Add. Syntax: name@domain.com.
To add all the email addresses from a specific domain, select the Domain
name option, enter the domain name, and then click Add. Syntax:
● @domain.com and domain.com - all the received email messages from
domain.com will reach your Inbox regardless of their content;
● domain - all the received email messages from domain (no matter the
domain suffixes) will be tagged as SPAM;
● com - all the received email messages having the domain suffix com will
be tagged as SPAM;
It is recommended to avoid adding entire domains, but this may be useful
in some situations. For example, you can add the email domain of the
company you work for, or those of your trusted partners.
To delete an item from the list, click the corresponding Remove link. To delete
all entries from the list, click the Clear List button.
You can save the Friends list to a file so that you can use it on another
computer or after reinstalling the product. To save the Friends list, click the
Save button and save it to the desired location. The file will have a .bwl
extension.
To load a previously saved Friends list, click the Load button and open the
corresponding .bwl file. To reset the content of the existing list when loading
a previously saved list, select Overwrite current list.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
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Configuring the Spammers List
The Spammers list is a list of all the email addresses from which you don't
want to receive messages, regardless of their content. Any email message
received from an address contained in the Spammers list will be automatically
marked as SPAM, without further processing.
To configure and manage the Spammers list:
● If you are using Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird, click
Spammers
button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar integrated into your mail client.
● Alternatively:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTISPAM pane, click Manage Spammers.
To add an email address, select the Email address option, enter the address,
and then click Add. Syntax: name@domain.com.
To add all the email addresses from a specific domain, select the Domain
name option, enter the domain name, and then click Add. Syntax:
● @domain.comand domain.com - all the received email messages from
domain.com will reach your Inbox regardless of their content;
● domain - all the received email messages from domain (no matter the
domain suffixes) will be tagged as SPAM;
● com - all the received email messages having the domain suffix com will
be tagged as SPAM.
It is recommended to avoid adding entire domains, but this may be useful
in some situations.
Warning
Do not add domains of legitimate web-based email services (such as Yahoo,
Gmail, Hotmail or other) to the Spammers list. Otherwise, the email messages
received from any registered user of such a service will be detected as spam.
If, for example, you add yahoo.com to the Spammers list, all email messages
coming from yahoo.com addresses will be marked as [spam].
To delete an item from the list, click the corresponding Remove link. To delete
all entries from the list, click the Clear List button.
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You can save the Spammers list to a file so that you can use it on another
computer or after reinstalling the product. To save the Spammers list, click
the Save button and save it to the desired location. The file will have a .bwl
extension.
To load a previously saved Spammers list, click the Load button and open
the corresponding .bwl file. To reset the content of the existing list when
loading a previously saved list, select Overwrite current list.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
Configuring the local antispam filters
As described in “Antispam insights” (p. 105), Bitdefender uses a combination
of different antispam filters to identify spam. The antispam filters are
pre-configured for efficient protection.
Important
Depending on whether or not you receive legitimate emails written in Asian
or Cyrillic characters, disable or enable the setting that automatically blocks
such emails. The corresponding setting is disabled in the localized versions
of the program that use such charsets (for example, in the Russian or Chinese
version).
To configure the local antispam filters:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTISPAM pane.
4. Click the corresponding ON/OFF switches.
If you are using Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird, you can configure the
local antispam filters directly from your mail client. Click the
Settings
button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar (normally located in the upper
part of the mail client window), and then the Antispam Filters tab.
Configuring the cloud settings
The cloud detection makes use of the Bitdefender Cloud services to provide
you with efficient and always up-to-date antispam protection.
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The cloud protection functions as long as you keep Bitdefender Antispam
enabled.
Samples of legitimate or spam emails can be submitted to Bitdefender Cloud
when you indicate detection errors or undetected spam emails. This helps
improve the Bitdefender antispam detection.
Configure the email sample submission to Bitdefender Cloud by selecting
the desired options, by following these steps:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTISPAM pane.
4. In the SETTINGS window, select the desired options.
If you are using Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird, you can configure the
cloud detection directly from your mail client. Click the Settings button
on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar (normally located in the upper part of
the mail client window), and then the Cloud Settings tab.
4.5. Firewall
The Firewall protects your computer from inbound and outbound
unauthorized connection attempts, both on local networks and on the
Internet. It is quite similar to a guard at your gate - it keeps track of connection
attempts and decides which to allow and which to block.
The Bitdefender firewall uses a set of rules to filter data transmitted to and
from your system.
Under normal conditions, Bitdefender automatically creates a rule whenever
an application tries to access the Internet. You can also manually add or
edit rules for applications.
As a safety measure you will be notified each time a potentially malicious
application is blocked from accessing the internet, even if the Autopilot
feature is engaged.
Bitdefender automatically assigns a network type to every network
connection it detects. Depending on the network type, the firewall protection
is set to the appropriate level for each connection.
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To find out more about the firewall settings for each network type and how
you can edit the network settings, please refer to “Managing connection
settings” (p. 116).
Turning on or off firewall protection
To turn firewall protection on or off:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the FIREWALL pane, click the ON/OFF switch.
Warning
Because it exposes your computer to unauthorized connections, turning off
the firewall should only be a temporary measure. Turn the firewall back on as
soon as possible.
Managing applications rules
To view and manage the firewall rules controlling applications' access to
network resources and the Internet:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the FIREWALL pane, click Application access.
4. In the window with the description of the Firewall feature, click OK, GOT
IT.
You can see the latest 15 programs (processes) that have passed through
Bitdefender Firewall and the internet network you are connected to. To see
the rules created for a specific application, simply click it, and then click the
View application rules link. The RULES window opens.
For each rule the following information is displayed:
● NETWORK - the process and the network adapter types (Home / Office,
Public or All) to which the rule applies to. Rules are automatically created
to filter network or Internet access through any adapter. By default, the
rules apply to any network. You can manually create rules or edit existing
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rules to filter an application's network or Internet access through a specific
adapter (for example, a wireless network adapter).
● PROTOCOL - the IP protocol the rule applies to. By default, the rules apply
to any protocol.
● TRAFFIC - the rule applies in both directions, inbound and outbound.
● PORTS - the PORT protocol the rule applies to. By default, the rules apply
to all ports.
● IP - the internet protocol (IP) the rule applies to. By default, the rules apply
to any IP address.
● ACCESS - whether the application is allowed or denied access to the
network or internet under the specified circumstances.
To edit or delete the rules for the selected app, click the
icon.
● Edit rule - opens a window where you can edit the current rule.
● Delete rule - you can choose to remove the current set of rules for the
selected app.
Adding application rules
To add an application rule:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the FIREWALL pane.
4. Click the Add rule link at the top of the RULES window.
In the SETTINGS window you can apply the following changes:
● Apply this rule to all applications. Enable this switch to apply the created
rule to all applications.
● Program Path. Click Browse and select the application the rule applies
to.
● Permission. Select one of the available permissions:
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Permission Description
Allow
The specified application will be allowed network / Internet
access under the specified circumstances.
Deny
The specified application will be denied network / Internet
access under the specified circumstances.
● Network Type. Select the type of network the rule applies to. You can
change the type by opening the Network Type drop-down menu and
selecting one of the available types from the list.
Network Type
Description
Any Network
Allow all traffic between your computer and other
computers no matter the network type.
Home/Office
Allow all traffic between your computer and computers
in the local network.
Public
All traffic is filtered.
● Protocol. Select from the menu the IP protocol the rule applies to.
● If you want the rule to apply to all protocols, select Any.
● If you want the rule to apply to TCP, select TCP.
● If you want the rule to apply to UDP, select UDP.
● If you want the rule to apply to ICMP, select ICMP.
● If you want the rule to apply to IGMP, select IGMP.
● If you want the rule to apply to a specific protocol, type the number
assigned to the protocol you want to filter in the blank edit field.
Note
IP protocol numbers are assigned by the Internet Assigned Numbers
Authority (IANA). You can find the complete list of assigned IP protocol
numbers at http://www.iana.org/assignments/protocol-numbers.
● Direction. Select from the menu the traffic direction the rule applies to.
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Direction
Description
Outbound
The rule applies only for the outgoing traffic.
Inbound
The rule applies only for the incoming traffic.
Both
The rule applies in both directions.
In the ADVANCED window you can customize the following settings:
● Custom Local Address. Specify the local IP address and port the rule
applies to.
● Custom Remote Address. Specify the remote IP address and port the rule
applies to.
To remove the current set of rules and restore the default ones, click the
Reset rules link at the top of the RULES window.
Managing connection settings
Whether you connect to the internet using a Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter, you
can configure what settings should be applied for a safe navigation. The
options you can choose from, are:
● Dynamic – the network type will be automatically set based on the profile
of the connected network, Home/Office or Public. When this happens, only
Firewall rules for the specific network type or those defined to apply to all
network types will apply.
● Home / Office – the network type will always be Home / Office, disregarding
the profile of the connected network. When this happens, only Firewall
rules for Home/Office or those defined to apply to all network types will
apply.
● Public - the network type will always be Public, disregarding the profile of
the connected network. When this happens, only Firewall rules for Public
or those defined to apply to all network types will apply.
To configure your network adapters:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
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4. Select the NETWORK TYPE tab.
5. Select the settings you want to apply when connecting to the following
adapters:
● Wi-Fi
● Ethernet
Configuring advanced settings
To configure advanced firewall settings:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the FIREWALL pane.
4. Select the SETTINGS tab.
The following features can be configured:
● Port scan detection - detects and blocks attempts to find out which ports
are open.
Port scans are frequently used by hackers to find out which ports are open
on your computer. They might then break into your computer if they find
a less secure or vulnerable port.
● Paranoid mode - alerts are shown each time an application tries to connect
to the internet. Select Allow or Block. When Paranoid mode is turned on,
the Autopilot and Profiles features are automatically switched off. Paranoid
mode can be used simultaneously with Battery Mode.
● Stealth mode - whether you can be detected by other computers. Click the
Edit stealth connections to choose when your device should or should not
be visible to other computers.
● Default application behavior - allow Bitdefender apply automatic settings
to applications with no defined rules. Click Configure applications to
choose whether automatic settings should be applied or not.
● Automatic - applications access will be allowed or denied based on the
automatic Firewall and user rules.
● Allow - applications that don't have any Firewall rule defined will be
automatically allowed.
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● Block - applications that don't have any Firewall rule defined will be
automatically blocked.
4.6. Vulnerability
An important step in protecting your computer against malicious actions
and applications is to keep the operating system and the applications you
regularly use up to date. Moreover, to prevent unauthorized physical access
to your computer, strong passwords (passwords that cannot be easily
guessed) must be configured for each Windows user account and for the
Wi-Fi networks you connect to as well.
Bitdefender automatically checks your system for vulnerabilities and alerts
you about them. It scans for the following:
● outdated applications on your computer.
● missing Windows updates.
● weak passwords to Windows user accounts.
● not secured wireless networks and routers.
Bitdefender provides two easy ways to fix the vulnerabilities of your system:
● You can scan your system for vulnerabilities and fix them step by step
using the Vulnerability Scan option.
● Using automatic vulnerability monitoring, you can check and fix detected
vulnerabilities in the Notifications window.
You should check and fix system vulnerabilities every one or two weeks.
Scanning your system for vulnerabilities
To fix system vulnerabilities using the Vulnerability Scan option:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the Vulnerability Scan action button.
3. Wait for Bitdefender to check your system for vulnerabilities. To stop the
scanning process, click the Skip button at the top of the window.
● Critical Windows updates
Click View details to see the list of critical Windows updates that are
not installed on your computer.
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To initiate the installation of selected updates, click Install updates.
Please note that it may take a while to install the updates and some of
them may require a system restart to complete the installation. If
required, restart the system at your earliest convenience.
● Application updates
If an application is not up to date, click the Download new version link
to download the latest version.
Click View details to see information about the application that needs
to be updated.
● Weak Windows account passwords
You can see the list of the Windows user accounts configured on your
computer and the level of protection their password provides.
Click Change password at login to set a new password for your system.
Click View details to modify the weak passwords. You can choose
between asking the user to change the password at the next login or
changing the password yourself immediately. For a strong password,
use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and
special characters (such as #, $ or @).
● Weak Wi-Fi networks
Click View details to find out more about the wireless network you are
connected to. If it is recommended to set a stronger password for your
home network, click the corresponding link.
When other recommendations are available, follow the provided
instructions to make sure your home network stays safe from the
hackers' prying eyes.
In the upper-right corner of the window you can filter the results according
to your preferences.
Using automatic vulnerability monitoring
Bitdefender scans your system for vulnerabilities regularly, in the background,
and keeps records of detected issues in the Notifications window.
To check and fix the detected issues:
1. Click the
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2. In the All tab, select the notification regarding the Vulnerability scan.
3. You can see detailed information regarding the detected system
vulnerabilities. Depending on the issue, to fix a specific vulnerability
proceed as follows:
● If Windows updates are available, click INSTALL.
● If automatic Windows update is disabled, click ENABLE.
● If an application is outdated, click UPDATE NOW to find a link to the
vendor web page from where you can install the latest version of that
application.
● If a Windows user account has a weak password, click CHANGE
PASSWORD to force the user to change the password at the next logon
or change the password yourself. For a strong password, use a
combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special
characters (such as #, $ or @).
● If the Windows Autorun feature is enabled, click FIX to disable it.
● If the router you have configured has set a weak password, click
CHANGE PASSWORD to access its interface from where you can set a
strong one.
● If the network you are connected to has vulnerabilities which may
expose your system at risk, click CHANGE WIFI SETTINGS.
To configure the vulnerability monitoring settings:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the VULNERABILITY pane, click the ON/OFF switch.
Important
To be automatically notified about system or application vulnerabilities,
keep the Vulnerability option enabled.
4. Choose the system vulnerabilities you want to be regularly checked by
using the corresponding switches.
Critical Windows updates
Check if your Windows operating system has the latest critical security
updates from Microsoft.
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Application updates
Check if applications installed on your system are up-to-date. Outdated
applications can be exploited by malicious software, making your PC
vulnerable to outside attacks.
Weak passwords
Check whether the passwords of the Windows accounts and routers
configured on the system are easy to guess or not. Setting passwords
that are hard to guess (strong passwords) makes it very difficult for
hackers to break into your system. A strong password includes
uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters
(such as #, $ or @).
Media autorun
Check the status of the Windows Autorun feature. This feature enables
applications to be automatically started from CDs, DVDs, USB drives
or other external devices.
Some types of malware use Autorun to spread automatically from
removable media to the PC. This is why it is recommended to disable
this Windows feature.
Wi-Fi Security Advisor notifications
Check if the wireless home network you are connected to is secure
or not, and if it has vulnerabilities. Also, check if the password of your
home router is strong enough, and how you can make it safer.
Most unprotected wireless networks are not secure, thus allowing the
hackers' prying eyes have access to your private activities.
Note
If you turn off monitoring of a specific vulnerability, related issues will no
longer be recorded in the Notifications window.
Wi-Fi Security Advisor
While on the go, working in a coffee shop, or waiting at the airport, connecting
to a public wireless network for making payments, checking emails or social
network accounts can be the fastest solution. But prying eyes trying to hijack
your personal data can be there, watching how the information leaks through
the network.
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Personal data means the passwords and usernames you use to get access
to your online accounts, such as emails, bank accounts, social media
accounts, but also the messages you send.
Usually, public wireless networks are more likely to be unsafe since they do
not require password at login, and if they do, the password could be made
available to anybody who wants to connect. Moreover, they may be malicious
or honeypot networks, representing a target for cyber criminals.
To safeguard you against the perils of unsecured or unencrypted public
wireless hotspots, Bitdefender Wi-Fi Security Advisor analyzes how secure
a wireless network is, and when necessary, it recommends you to use
Bitdefender VPN.
The Bitdefender Wi-Fi Security Advisor gives information about:
● Home Wi-Fi networks
● Public Wi-Fi networks
Turning on or off Wi-Fi Security Advisor notifications
To turn on or off the Wi-Fi Security Advisor notifications:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the VULNERABILITY pane.
4. In the SETTINGS window, click the corresponding ON/OFF switch.
Configuring Home Wi-Fi network
To start configuring your home network:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the VULNERABILITY pane, click Wi-Fi Security Advisor.
4. In the HOME WI-FI tab, click the SELECT HOME WI-FI button.
A list with the wireless networks you connected to until now is displayed.
5. Point to your home network, and then click SELECT.
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If a home network is considered unsecured or unsafe, configuration
recommendations to improve its security are displayed.
To remove the wireless network you have set as a home network, click the
REMOVE button.
Public Wi-Fi
While connected to an unsecured or unsafe wireless network, the Public
Wi-Fi profile is activated. While running in this profile, Bitdefender Total
Security 2018 is set to automatically accomplish the following program
settings:
● Advanced Threat Defense is turned on
● The Bitdefender Firewall is turned on and the following settings are applied
to your wireless adapter:
● Stealth mode - ON
● Network type- Public
● The following settings from Web Protection are turned on:
● Scan SSL
● Protection against fraud
● Protection against phishing
● A button that opens Bitdefender Safepay™ is available. In this case, the
Hotspot protection for unsecured networks is enabled by default.
Checking information about Wi-Fi networks
To check information about the wireless networks you usually connect to:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the VULNERABILITY pane, click Wi-Fi Security Advisor.
4. Depending on the information you need, select one of the two tabs, HOME
WI-FI or PUBLIC WI-FI.
5. Click View details next to the network you want to find more info about.
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There are three types of wireless networks filtered by their importance, each
type indicated by a specific icon:
Wi-Fi is unsafe - indicates that the security level of the network is low.
This means that there is a high risk to use it, and it is not recommended to
make payments or check bank accounts without an extra protection. In such
situations, we recommend you to use Bitdefender Safepay™ with Hotspot
protection for unsecured networks enabled.
Wi-Fi is unsafe - indicates that the security level of the network is
moderate. This means that it can have vulnerabilities and it is not
recommended to make payments or check bank accounts without an extra
protection. In such situations, we recommend you to use Bitdefender
Safepay™ with Hotspot protection for unsecured networks enabled.
Wi-Fi is secure - indicates that the network you use is secure. In this
case, you can use sensitive data for making online operations.
By clicking the View details link in the area of each network, the following
details are displayed:
● Secured - here you can view if the selected network is secured or not.
Unencrypted networks can leave the data you use exposed.
● Encryption type - here you can view the encryption type used by the
selected network. Some encryption types may not be secure. Therefore,
we strongly recommend you to check information about the displayed
encryption type to be sure that you are protected while surfing the web.
● Channel/Frequency - here you can view the channel frequency used by
the selected network.
● Password strength - here you can view how strong the password is. Note
that the networks that have set weak passwords represent a target to
cyber criminals.
● Type of sign in - here you can view if the selected network is protected
using a password or not. It is highly recommended to connect only to
networks that have set strong passwords.
● Authentication type - here you can view the authentication type used by
the selected network.
Keep the Notify option enabled to receive notifications every time your system
connects to this network.
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4.7. Webcam Protection
That hackers may take over your webcam to spy on you is not a novelty
anymore, and solutions to protect it, such as revoking application’s privileges,
disable the device’s built-in camera, or to cover it up are not very practical.
To prevent further attempts to gain access to your privacy, Bitdefender
Webcam Protection permanently monitors the apps that try to get access
to your camera and blocks those that are not listed as trusted.
As a safety measure you will be notified each time an untrusted app will
attempt to gain access to your camera, even if the Autopilot feature is
engaged.
Turning on or off Webcam Protection
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WEBCAM PROTECTION pane, click the ON/OFF switch.
Configuring Webcam Protection
You can configure which rules should be applied when an app will try to gain
access to your camera by following these steps:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
pane.
icon in the lower-right corner of the WEBCAM PROTECTION
Application block rules
● Block all access to the webcam - no application will be allowed to gain
access to your webcam.
● Block browsers' access to the webcam - no web browser except Internet
Explorer and Microsoft Edge will be allowed to gain access to your webcam.
Due to the Windows Store apps procedure to run in a single process,
Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge cannot be detected by Bitdefender
as web browsers, and therefore are excluded from this setting.
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● Set application webcam access based on Bitdefender users' choice - if the
majority of Bitdefender users consider a popular app as being harmless,
then its access to the webcam will be automatically set on Allow. If a
popular app is considered as dangerous by the many, then its access will
be automatically set on Blocked.
You will be informed each time one of your installed apps will be listed as
blocked by the majority of Bitdefender users, even if the Autopilot feature
is engaged.
Notifications
● Notify when allowed applications connect to the webcam - you will be
notified each time an allowed app will access your webcam, even if the
Autopilot feature engaged.
Adding apps to the Webcam Protection list
Apps that try to connect to your webcam are automatically detected and
depending on their behavior and the community's choice, their access is
allowed or denied. However, you can manually start configuring on your own
what action should be taken by following these steps:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WEBCAM PROTECTION pane, click Webcam access.
4. In the window with the description of the Webcam Protection feature,
click the Start adding applications to the webcam access list link.
5. Go to the .exe file you want to add to the list, and then click OK.
6. Click the Access allowed/Access blocked switch.
To view what the Bitdefender users have chosen to do with the selected
app, click the
icon.
To add additional apps, click the Add a new application to the list link.
The apps that will request access to your camera together with the time of
last activity will appear in this window.
You will be notified each time one of the allowed apps is blocked by the
Bitdefender users, no matter the status of Autopilot.
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Note
As Windows Store apps are running in a single process, each time the access
to one of its apps is set on Allow or Block, the rule will be applied to the entire
system. Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are two examples of such apps.
4.8. Safe Files
Ransomware is a malicious software that attacks vulnerable systems by
locking them, and asks for money to let the user take back the control of his
system. This malicious software acts intelligent by displaying false messages
to panic the user, urging him to proceed with the asked payment.
The infection can be spread via spam emails, by downloading attachments,
or by visiting infected websites and installing malicious applications without
letting the user know what is happening on his system.
Ransomware can have one of the following behaviors preventing the user
from accessing his system:
● Encrypts sensitive and personal files without giving the possibility of
decryption until a ransom is paid by the victim.
● Locks the computer’s screen and displays a message asking for money.
In this case, no file is encrypted, only the user is forced to proceed with
the payment.
● Blocks applications from running.
With Bitdefender Safe Files you can keep protected from ransomware attacks
personal files, such as documents, photos or movies.
Note
Advanced Threat Defense and Safe Files are two layers of protection against
ransomware. Advanced Threat Defense is the feature that stops ransomware
attacks in their tracks to your system's critical areas, while Safe Files makes
sure no important file on your computer gets encrypted.
Turning on or off Safe Files
To turn on or off the Safe Files feature:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the SAFE FILES pane, click the ON/OFF switch.
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Each time an application will try to access one of the protected file, a
Bitdefender pop-up is displayed. You can allow or block the access.
Note
The Safe Files feature is enabled by default.
Protect personal files from ransomware attacks
If you want to settle personal files to a shelter:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the SAFE FILES pane, click Protected Folders.
4. In the window with the description of the Safe Files feature, click the
PROTECT MORE FOLDERS button.
5. Select the folder you want to protect, and then click OK.
To add additional folders, click the Protect more folders link. Alternatively,
drag folders to this window.
By default, the folders Pictures, Videos, Music, Desktop, and Downloads are
protected against threat attacks. Personal data stored in online file hosting
services such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive are also included
to the protection environment, provided that their applications are installed
on the system.
To avoid system slow down, we recommend you to add utmost 30 folders,
or save multiple files in a single folder.
Note
Custom folders can be protected only for current users. System and application
files cannot be added to exceptions.
Configuring applications access
Those applications that try to change or delete protected files may be flagged
as potentially unsafe and added to the Blocked applications' list. If such an
application is blocked and you are sure that its behavior is normal, you can
allow it by following these steps:
1. Click the
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2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the SAFE FILES pane, click Application access.
4. The apps that have requested to change files in your protected folders
are listed. Click the Allow switch next to the application you are sure is
safe.
In the same window you can disable ransomware protection for specific
applications by clicking the Block switch.
If you want to add new applications to the list, click the Add a new application
to the list link.
Protection at boot
It is known that many malware applications are set to run at system startup,
a fact which can seriously damage a machine. Bitdefender Boot time
protection scans all critical system areas before all files are being loaded,
with zero impact on the system.
To disable Protection at boot:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the SAFE FILES pane.
4. Click the ON/OFF switch.
Note
Applications added to exclusions will be scanned as well and treated
accordingly.
4.9. File encryption
Bitdefender File Encryption enables you to create encrypted,
password-protected logical drives (or vaults) on your computer where you
can securely store your confidential and sensitive documents. The data
stored on the vaults can only be accessed by users who know the password.
The password allows you to open, store data on and close a vault while
maintaining its security. While a vault is open, you can add new files, access
current files or change them.
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Physically, the vault is a file stored on the local hard drive having the .bvd
extension. Although the physical files representing the vaulted drives can
be accessed from a different operating system (such as Linux), the
information stored on them cannot be read because it is encrypted.
File vaults can be managed from the Bitdefender window or by using the
Windows contextual menu and logical drive associated with the vault.
Managing file vaults
To manage your file vaults from Bitdefender, click the
sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
icon on the left
The existing file vaults appear in the File Vaults pane.
Creating file vaults
To create a new vault:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the FILE ENCRYPTION pane, click Create File Vault.
4. Specify the name and the location of the vault file.
● Type the name of the vault file in the corresponding field.
● Click Browse, select the location of the vault and save the vault file
under the desired name.
5. Choose a drive letter from the corresponding menu. When you open the
vault, a virtual disk drive labeled with the selected letter appears in My
Computer.
6. If you want to change the default size (100 MB) of the vault, use the up
and down arrow keys from the Vault size (MB) spin box.
7. Type the desired password to the vault in the Password and Confirm
password fields. The password must have at least 8 characters. Anyone
trying to open the vault and access its files must provide the password.
8. Click Create.
Bitdefender will immediately inform you about the result of the operation. If
an error has occurred, use the error message to troubleshoot the issue.
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To create a new vault faster, right-click on your desktop or in a folder on your
computer, point to Bitdefender > Bitdefender File Vault and select Create
File Vault.
Note
It may be convenient to save all file vaults to the same location. This way, you
can find them quicker.
Importing a file vault
To import a file vault stored locally:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the FILE ENCRYPTION pane, click Import vault.
4. Search the location of your vault and select it (the .bvd file).
5. Click Open.
Opening file vaults
In order to access and work with the files stored in a vault, you must open
the vault. When you open the vault, a virtual disk drive appears in My
Computer. The drive is labeled with the drive letter assigned to the vault.
To open a vault:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
The existing file vaults appear in the File Vaults pane.
2. Click the View Vaults link, and then select the vault you want to open.
3. Click the Unlock button, and then type the required password.
4. Click OK, and then the Open button to open your vault.
Bitdefender will immediately inform you about the result of the operation. If
an error has occurred, use the error message to troubleshoot the error.
To open a vault faster, locate on your computer the .bvd file representing the
vault you want to open. Right-click the file, point to Bitdefender File Vault
and select Open. Type the required password, and then click OK.
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Adding files to vaults
Before you can add files or folders to a vault, you must open the vault.
To add new files to your vault:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the FILE ENCRYPTION pane.
4. In the MY VAULTS window, select the vault you want to open.
5. Click the Unlock button, and then type the required password.
6. Click the Open button to open your vault.
7. Add files or folders as you normally do in Windows (for example, you can
use the copy-paste method).
To add files to your vault faster, right-click the file or folder you want to copy
to a vault, point to Bitdefender File Vault and click Add to File Vault.
● If only one vault is open, the file or folder is copied directly to that vault.
● If several vaults are open, you will be prompted to choose the vault to copy
the item to. Select from the menu the drive letter corresponding to the
desired vault and click OK to copy the item.
Locking vaults
When you are done with your work in a file vault, you must lock it in order to
protect your data. By locking the vault, the corresponding virtual disk drive
disappears from My Computer. Consequently, access to the data stored in
the vault is completely blocked.
To lock a vault:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. In the File Vaults pane, click View vaults.
3. In the MY VAULTS window, select the vault you want to lock.
4. Click the Lock button.
Bitdefender will immediately inform you about the result of the operation. If
an error has occurred, use the error message to troubleshoot the issue.
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To lock a vault faster, right-click the .bvd file representing the vault, point to
Bitdefender File Vault and click Lock.
Removing files from vaults
In order to remove files or folders from a vault, the vault must be open. To
remove files or folders from a vault:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the FILE ENCRYPTION pane.
4. In the MY VAULTS window, select the vault from which you want to remove
files.
5. Click the Unlock button, in case it is locked.
6. Click the Open button.
Remove files or folders as you normally do in Windows (for example,
right-click a file you want to delete and select Delete).
Changing vault password
The password protects the content of a vault from unauthorized access.
Only users who know the password can open the vault and access the
documents and data stored inside it.
The vault must be locked before you can change its password. To change
the password of a vault:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the FILE ENCRYPTION pane.
4. In the MY VAULTS window, select the vault for which you want to change
the password.
5. Click the Settings button.
6. Type the current password of the vault in the Old Password field.
7. Type the new password of the vault in the New Password and Confirm
New Password fields.
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Note
The password must have at least 8 characters. For a strong password, use
a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special
characters (such as #, $ or @).
Bitdefender will immediately inform you about the result of the operation. If
an error has occurred, use the error message to troubleshoot the issue.
To change the password of a vault faster, locate on your computer the .bvd
file representing the vault. Right-click the file, point to Bitdefender File Vault
and select Change Vault Password.
4.10. Password Manager protection for your
credentials
We use our computers to shop online or pay our bills, to connect to social
media platforms or log in with instant messaging applications.
But as everybody knows, it’s not always easy to remember the password!
And if we are not careful while browsing online, our private information, such
as our email address, our instant messaging ID or our credit card data can
be compromised.
To keep your passwords or your personal data on a sheet of paper or in the
computer can be dangerous because they can be accessed and used by
people who want to steal and use that information. And to remember each
password you have set for your online accounts or for your favorite websites
is not an easy task.
Therefore, is there a way to make sure that we find our passwords when we
need them? And can we rest assured that our secret passwords are always
safe?
Password Manager helps you keep track of your passwords, protects your
privacy and provides a secure browsing experience.
Using a single master password to access your credentials, Password
Manager makes it easy for you to keep your passwords safe in a Wallet.
To offer the best protection for your online activities, Password Manager is
integrated with Bitdefender Safepay™ and provides a unified solution for the
various ways in which your private data can be compromised.
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Password Manager protects the following private information:
● Personal information, such as the email address or the phone number
● Login credentials for the websites
● Bank account information or the credit card number
● Access data to the email accounts
● Passwords for the applications
● Passwords for the Wi-Fi networks
Create a new Wallet database
Bitdefender Wallet is the place where you can store your personal data. For
an easier browser experience, you need to create a Wallet database as
follows:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WALLET pane, click Create new Wallet.
4. Click the Create new button.
5. Type the required information in the corresponding fields.
● Wallet label - type a unique name for your Wallet database.
● Master Password - type a password for your Wallet.
● Retype Password - retype the password you set.
● Hint - type a hint to remember the password.
6. Click Continue.
7. At this step you can choose to store your information in the cloud. If you
select Yes, banking information will remain stored locally on your device.
Choose the desired option, then click Continue.
8. Select the web browser you want to import credentials from.
9. Click Finish.
Import an existing database
To import a wallet database stored locally:
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1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WALLET pane, click Create new Wallet.
4. Click the From target button.
5. Browse to the location on your device where you want to save the wallet
database, and then choose a name for it.
6. Click Open.
7. Give a name to your Wallet and type in the password assigned when it
was created in the first place.
8. Click Import.
9. Select the programs you want the Wallet to import credentials from, and
then the Finish button.
Export the Wallet database
To export your Wallet database:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WALLET pane, click My Wallets.
4. Click the
icon on the desired wallet, and then select Export.
5. Search the location of your wallet database and select it (the .db file).
6. Click Save.
Note
The Wallet needs to be opened in order for the Export option to be available.
If the wallet you need to export is locked, click the ACTIVATE WALLET button,
and then type in the password assigned when it was created in the first place.
Synchronize your wallets in the cloud
To turn the wallets synchronization in the cloud on or off:
1. Click the
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2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WALLET pane, click My Wallets.
4. Click the
icon on the desired wallet, and then select Settings.
5. Choose the desired option in the window that appears, then click Save.
Note
The Wallet needs to be opened in order for the Export option to be available.
If the wallet you need to synchronize is locked, click the ACTIVATE WALLET
button, and then type in the password assigned when it was created in the
first place.
Manage your Wallet credentials
To manage your passwords:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WALLET pane, click My Wallets.
4. Select the desired Wallet database from the MY WALLETS window, then
click the ACTIVATE WALLET button.
5. Type the Master password, and then click OK.
A new window appears. Select the desired category from the upper part of
the window:
● Identity
● Websites
● Online banking
● Emails
● Applications
● Wi-Fi Networks
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Adding/ editing the credentials
● To add a new password, choose the desired category from the top, click
+ Add item, insert the information in the corresponding fields and click the
Save button.
● To edit an entry from the table, select it and click the Edit button.
● To remove an entry, select it, click the Delete button.
Turning on or off the Password Manager protection
To turn the Password Manager protection on or off:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WALLET pane, click the ON/OFF switch.
Managing the Password Manager settings
To configure the master password in detail:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the WALLET pane.
4. Select the SECURITY SETTINGS tab.
The following options are available:
● Ask for my master password when I login to my PC - you will be prompted
to insert your master password when you access the computer.
● Ask for my master password when I open my browsers and apps - you will
be prompted to insert your master password when you access a browser
or an application.
● Automatically lock Wallet when I leave my PC unattended - you will be
prompted to insert your master password when you return to your computer
after 15 minutes.
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Important
Be sure to remember your master password or keep a record of it in a safe
place. If you forget the password, you will have to reinstall the program or
contact Bitdefender for support.
Improve your experience
To select the browsers or the applications where you want to integrate
Password Manager:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the WALLET pane.
4. Select the PLUGINS tab.
Check an application to use Password Manager and improve your
experience:
● Internet Explorer
● Mozilla Firefox
● Google Chrome
● Safepay
Configuring the Autofill
The Autofill feature makes it easy for you to connect with your favorite
websites or to log in with your online accounts. The first time you enter your
login credentials and personal information into your web browser, they are
automatically secured into the Wallet.
To configure the Autofill settings:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the WALLET pane.
4. Select the AUTOFILL SETTINGS tab.
5. Configure the following options:
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● Configure how Wallet secures your credentials:
● Save credentials automatically in Wallet - the login credentials and
other identifiable information such as your personal and credit card
details are automatically saved and updated into the Wallet.
● Ask me every time - you will be asked every time if you want to add
your credentials to the Wallet.
● Do not save, I will update the information manually - the credentials
can be added only manually into the Wallet.
● Autofill login credentials:
● Autofill login credentials every time - the credentials are inserted
automatically into the browser.
● Autofill forms:
● Prompt my fill options when I visit a page with forms - a popup with
the fill options will appear every time Bitdefender detects that you
want to perform an online payment or to sign up.
Manage the Password Manager information from your
browser
You can easily manage the Password Manager details directly from your
browser, to have all the important data at hand. The Bitdefender Wallet add-on
is supported by the following browsers: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer
and Mozilla Firefox, and is also also integrated with Safepay.
To access the Bitdefender Wallet extension, open your web browser, allow
the add-on to be installed and click the
icon on the toolbar.
The Bitdefender Wallet extension contains the following options:
● Open Wallet - opens the Wallet.
● Lock Wallet - locks the Wallet.
● Websites - opens a submenu with all the websites logins stored in the
Wallet. Click Add website to add new websites into the list.
● Fill forms - opens a submenu containing the information you added for a
specific category. From here you can add new data to your Wallet.
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● Password Generator - enables you to generate random passwords you
can use for new or existing accounts. Click Show advanced settings to
customize the complexity of the password.
● Settings - opens the Password Manager settings window.
● Report issue - report any issue you encounter with the Bitdefender
Password Manager.
4.11. VPN
The VPN app may be installed from your Bitdefender product and used every
time you want to add an extra layer of protection to your connection. The
VPN serves as a tunnel between your device and the network you connect
to securing your connection, encrypting the data using bank-grade encryption,
and hiding your IP address wherever you are. Your traffic is redirected through
a separate server; thus making your device almost impossible to be identified
through the myriad of other devices that are using our services. Moreover,
while connected to the internet via Bitdefender VPN, you are able to access
content that is normally restricted in specific areas.
Note
Some countries practice internet censorship and therefore the usage of VPNs
on their territory has been banned by law. To avoid legal consequences, a
warning message can appear when you try to use the Bitdefender VPN app
for the first time. By continuing using the app, you confirm that you are aware
of the applicable country regulations and the risks to which you might be
exposed.
Installing VPN
The VPN app can be installed from your Bitdefender interface, as follows:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the VPN pane, click Enable VPN.
4. In the window with the description of the VPN app, read the Subscription
agreement, and then click ENABLE Bitdefender VPN.
Wait several moments until the files are downloaded and installed.
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Note
Bitdefender VPN requires .Net Framework 4.5.2 or higher to be installed. In
case you do not have this package installed, a notification window appears.
Click install .Net Framework to be redirected to a page from where you can
download the newest version of this software.
Opening VPN
To access the main interface of Bitdefender VPN, use one of the following
methods:
● From system tray
1. Right-click the
icon in system tray, and then click Show.
● From the Bitdefender interface:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VPN action button.
VPN interface
The VPN interface displays the status of the app, connected or disconnected.
The server location for users with the free version is automatically set by
Bitdefender to the most appropriate server, while premium users have the
possibility to change the server location they want to connect to. For more
information about VPN subscriptions, refer to “Subscriptions” (p. 143).
To connect or disconnect, simply click on the status displayed at the top of
the screen, or right-click the system tray icon. The system tray icon displays
a green check mark when the VPN is connected, and a red check mark when
the VPN is disconnected.
While connected, the elapsed time and the IP address automatically assigned
to your device are displayed on the lower part of the interface.
To get access to more options, access the Menu area by clicking the
in the upper-left side. Here you have the following options:
icon
● My Account – details about your Bitdefender account and VPN subscription
are displayed. Click Switch Account if you want to sign in with another
account.
● Settings – depending on your needs, you can customize the behavior of
your product:
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● receive notifications when the VPN automatically connects or
disconnects
● automatically run the VPN app at Windows startup
● automatically launch the VPN app when your device connects to
unsecured wireless networks
● Upgrade to Premium - if you are using the free version, you can upgrade
to the premium plan from here.
● Support - contact our Customer Care department in case you need help
in setting up your product.
● About - information about the installed version is displayed.
Subscriptions
Bitdefender VPN offers for free a daily 200 MB traffic quota per device to
secure your connection every time you need, and connects you automatically
to the optimal server location.
To get unlimited traffic and unrestricted access to content worldwide by
choosing a server location at your will, upgrade to the premium version.
You can upgrade to the Bitdefender Premium VPN version anytime by clicking
the GET UNLIMITED TRAFFIC button available in the product interface.
The Bitdefender Premium VPN subscription is independent from the
Bitdefender Family Pack 2018 subscription, meaning you will be able to use
it for its entire availability, regardless of the state of the antivirus subscription.
In case the Bitdefender Premium VPN subscription expires, but the one for
Bitdefender Family Pack 2018 is still active, you will be reverted to the free
plan.
4.12. Safepay security for online transactions
The computer is quickly becoming the main tool for shopping and banking.
Paying bills, transferring money, buying pretty much anything you can imagine
has never been quicker or easier.
This involves sending personal information, account and credit card data,
passwords and other types of private information over the Internet, in other
words exactly the type of information flow that cyber-criminals are very
interested to tap into. Hackers are relentless in their efforts to steal this
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information, so you can never be too careful about securing online
transactions.
Bitdefender Safepay™ is first of all a protected browser, a sealed environment
that is designed to keep your online banking, e-shopping and any other type
of online transaction private and secure.
For the best privacy protection, Bitdefender Password Manager has been
integrated into Bitdefender Safepay™ to secure your credentials whenever
you want to access private online locations. For more information, please
refer to “Password Manager protection for your credentials” (p. 134).
Bitdefender Safepay™ offers the following features:
● It blocks access to your desktop and any attempt to take snapshots of
your screen.
● It protects your secret passwords while browsing online with Password
Manager.
● It comes with a virtual keyboard which, when used, makes it impossible
for hackers to read your keystrokes.
● It is completely independent from your other browsers.
● It comes with built-in hotspot protection to be used when your computer
is connected to unsecured Wi-fi networks.
● It supports bookmarks and allows you to navigate between your favorite
banking/shopping sites.
● It is not limited to banking and e-shopping. Any website can be opened in
Bitdefender Safepay™.
Using Bitdefender Safepay™
By default, Bitdefender detects when you navigate to an online banking site
or online shop in any browser on your computer and prompts you to launch
it in Bitdefender Safepay™.
To access the main interface of Bitdefender Safepay™, use one of the
following methods:
● From the Bitdefender interface:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the Safepay action button.
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● From Windows:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start and go to All Programs.
2. Click Bitdefender.
3. Click Bitdefender Safepay™.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
Locate Bitdefender Safepay™ from the Windows Start screen (for
example, you can start typing "Bitdefender Safepay™" directly in the
Start screen) and then click the icon.
● In Windows 10:
Type "Bitdefender Safepay™" in the search box from the taskbar and
click its icon.
Note
If the Adobe Flash Player plugin is not installed or is outdated, a Bitdefender
message will be displayed. Click the corresponding button to continue.
After the installation process is completed, you will have to manually reopen
the Bitdefender Safepay™ browser to continue your work.
If you are used to web browsers, you will have no trouble using Bitdefender
Safepay™ - it looks and behaves like a regular browser:
● enter URLs you want to go to in the address bar.
● add tabs to visit multiple websites in the Bitdefender Safepay™ window
by clicking .
● navigate back and forward and refresh pages using
● access Bitdefender Safepay™ settings by clicking
respectively.
and choosing Settings.
● protect your passwords with Password Manager by clicking
● manage your bookmarks by clicking
next to the address bar.
● open the virtual keyboard by clicking
.
.
● increase or decrease the browser size by pressing simultaneously Ctrl and
the +/- keys in the numeric keypad.
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● view information about your Bitdefender product by clicking
choosing About.
● print important information by clicking
and
.
Note
To switch between Bitdefender Safepay™ and Windows desktop, press the
Alt+Tab keys, or click the Minimize button.
Configuring settings
Click
and choose Settings to configure Bitdefender Safepay™:
● In the General Settings you can set up the following:
Bitdefender Safepay™ behavior
Choose what will happen when you access an online shop or Internet
banking site in your regular web browser:
● Automatically open websites in Safepay.
● Recommend me to use Safepay.
● Do not recommend me to use Safepay.
Domains list
Choose how Bitdefender Safepay™ will behave when you visit websites
from specific domains in your regular web browser by adding them to
the domains list and selecting the behavior for each one:
● Automatically open in Bitdefender Safepay™.
● Have Bitdefender prompt you for action each time.
● Never use Bitdefender Safepay™ when visiting a page from the
domain in a regular browser.
Blocking pop-ups
You can choose to block pop-ups by clicking the corresponding switch.
You can also create a list of web sites to allow pop-ups from. The list
should contain only web sites you fully trust.
To add a site to the list, provide its address in the corresponding field
and click Add domain.
To remove a web site from the list, select the X corresponding to the
desired entry.
● In the Advanced Settings area, the following options are available:
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Manage Plugins
You can choose whether you wish to enable or disable specific plugins
in Bitdefender Safepay™.
Manage certificates
You can import certificates from your system to a certificate store.
Select Import certificates and follow the wizard to use the certificates
in Bitdefender Safepay™.
Automatically launch Virtual Keyboard at password fields
The Virtual Keyboard will automatically appear when a password field
is selected.
Use the corresponding switch to enable or disable the feature.
Ask for confirmation before printing
Enable this option if you want to give your confirmation before the
printing process starts.
Managing bookmarks
If you disabled the automatic detection of some or all websites, or Bitdefender
simply doesn't detect certain websites, you can add bookmarks to Bitdefender
Safepay™ so that you can easily launch favorite websites in the future.
Follow these steps to add a URL to Bitdefender Safepay™ bookmarks:
1. Click the
icon next to the address bar to open the Bookmarks page.
Note
The Bookmarks page is opened by default when you start Bitdefender
Safepay™.
2. Click the + button to add a new bookmark.
3. Type the URL and the title of the bookmark and click Create. Check the
Automatically open in Safepay option if you want the bookmarked page
to open with Bitdefender Safepay™ each time you access it. The URL is
also added to the Domains list on the settings page.
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4.13. Data Protection
Deleting files permanently
When you delete a file, it can no longer be accessed through normal means.
However, the file continues to be stored on the hard disk until it is overwritten
when copying new files.
The Bitdefender File Shredder helps you permanently delete data by physically
removing it from your hard disk.
You can quickly shred files or folders from your computer using the Windows
contextual menu, by following these steps:
1. Right-click the file or folder you want to permanently delete.
2. Select Bitdefender > File Shredder in the context menu that appears.
3. A confirmation window appears. Click YES, DELETE to start the File
Shredder wizard. Wait for Bitdefender to finish shredding the files.
4. The results are displayed. Click FINISH to exit the wizard.
Alternatively, you can shred files from the Bitdefender interface, as follows:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the DATA PROTECTION pane, click File Shredder.
4. Follow the File Shredder wizard:
a. Click the ADD FOLDERS button to add the files or folders you want to
be permanently removed.
Alternatively, drag these files or folders to this window.
b. Click DELETE PERMANENTLY, and then confirm that you wish to
continue with the process.
Wait for Bitdefender to finish shredding the files.
c. Results Summary
The results are displayed. Click FINISH to exit the wizard.
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4.14. Parental Advisor
The Parental Advisor feature allows you to control the access to the Internet
and to specific applications for each device the feature is installed on. Once
you have configured Parental Advisor, you can easily find out what your child
is doing on the devices he uses and where he has been in the last 24 hours.
Moreover, to help you know better what your child is doing, the app gives
you statistics about his activities and interests.
All you need is a computer with Internet access and a web browser.
You can configure Parental Advisor to block:
● inappropriate web pages.
● applications like games, chat, filesharing programs or others.
● specific contacts that are not allowed to come in contact by phone with
your child.
Check your children's activities and change the Parental Advisor settings
using Bitdefender account from any computer or mobile device connected
to the Internet.
Accessing Parental Advisor - MY CHILDREN
Once you access the Parental Advisor section, the MY CHILDREN window
is available. Here you can view and edit all the profiles you have created for
your children. The profiles are displayed as profile cards, allowing you to
quickly manage them and check their statuses at a glance.
As soon as you create a profile, you can start customizing more detailed
settings to monitor and control the access to the Internet and to specific
applications for your children.
You can access Parental Advisor settings from Bitdefender Central on any
computer or mobile device connected to the Internet.
Access your Bitdefender account:
● On any device with Internet access:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and
password.
3. Select the Parental Advisor feature.
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4. In the MY CHILDREN window that appears, you can manage and
configure the Parental Advisor profiles for each device.
● From your Bitdefender interface:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the PARENTAL ADVISOR pane, click Configure.
You are redirected to the Bitdefender account web page. Make sure
that you are logged in with your credentials.
4. Select the Parental Advisor feature.
5. In the MY CHILDREN window that appears, you can manage and
configure the Parental Advisor profiles for each device.
Note
Make sure you are logged on to the computer with an administrator account.
Only users with administrative rights on the system (system administrators)
can access and configure Parental Advisor.
Adding your child's profile
To start monitoring your child's activities, you need to configure a profile
and install the Bitdefender Parental Advisor application on devices he uses.
To add your child's profile to Parental Advisor:
1. Access the Parental Advisor panel from Bitdefender Central.
2. Click ADD PROFILE on the right-side of the MY CHILDREN window.
3. Set specific information in the corresponding fields, such as: name and
date of birth. To add a profile photo, click the Choose file link. Click NEXT
STEP to continue.
Based on children development standards, setting the child's date of birth
automatically loads settings for searching the web considered appropriate
for his age category.
4. If your child's device already has Bitdefender Total Security 2018 installed,
select his device from the available list, and then select the account you
want to monitor. Click SAVE.
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If your child uses an Android or iOS device and the Bitdefender Parental
Advisor app is not installed, click ADD DEVICE. If your child uses a Mac
device and the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac app is not installed, click the
same button. Select the operating system you want to install the app, and
then click NEXT STEP to continue.
5. Type the email address where we should send the installation download
link of the Bitdefender application, and then click SEND INSTALLATION
LINK.
Important
On Windows-based devices, the Bitdefender Total Security 2018 you have
included in your subscription has to be downloaded and installed.
On macOS-based devices, the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac product has to
be downloaded and installed.
On Android and iOS devices, the Bitdefender Parental Advisor application has
to be downloaded and installed.
Assigning multiple devices to the same profile
You can assign multiple devices to the same profile, so that the same
restrictions are applied, as follows:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the Parental Advisor feature.
3. Click the
icon on the desired profile card, and then select Devices.
4. Select from the list the available devices you wish to assign the profile
to.
If your child uses an Android or iOS device and the Bitdefender Parental
Advisor app is not installed, click ADD DEVICE. If your child uses a Mac
device and the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac app is not installed, click the
same button. Select the operating system you want to install the app, and
then click NEXT STEP to continue.
Type the email address where we should send the installation download
link of the Bitdefender application, and then click SEND INSTALLATION
LINK.
5. After completing the installation process on the new device, select it from
the list to apply the profile.
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6. Select SAVE.
Linking Parental Advisor to Bitdefender Central
To monitor your child's online activity on Android and iOS, you must link his
device to your Bitdefender account by logging in to the account from the
app.
To link a device to your Bitdefender account:
● On Android:
1. Select the button that appears in the email sent by our server. You are
redirected to Google Play Store.
If you did not choose from your Bitdefender account to send a download
link to your child's email address, go to Google Play and search the
Bitdefender Parental Advisor app.
2. Tap INSTALL within the Bitdefender Parental Advisor window, and then
tap ACCEPT if you are asked to allow permissions. Bitdefender needs
permissions to keep you informed about your child's activity, and if they
are not accepted, the app will not be installed.
3. Open the Parental Advisor app.
4. Read the Subscription Agreement, and then tap CONTINUE.
5. Log in to your existing Bitdefender account or sign in with a Google
account.
If you do not have a Bitdefender account, you can choose to create a
one by using the corresponding option.
6. Tap GO TO SETTINGS to be redirected to the screen from where you
can turn on the Accessibility option for the app. Follow the onscreen
instructions to properly set up the app.
7. Tap GO TO SETTINGS to be redirected to the screen from where you
can turn on the Enable Usage Access option for the app. Follow the
onscreen instructions to properly set up the app.
8. Tap GO TO SETTINGS to be redirected to the screen from where you
can activate the Activate device administrator rights option for the app.
Follow the onscreen instructions to properly set up the app.
This will prevent your child from uninstalling the Parental Advisor
application.
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9. Tap DONE to finish the installation process.
Note
On Android 4.4 and newer versions, to be able to track your child’s SMS
messages, Bitdefender needs the built-in Android Messages app settings
to be changed. We recommend you to choose Yes in the pop-up dialog
that appears after you tap DONE in the app.
● On iOS:
1. Select the button that appears in the email sent by our server, and then
install the app.
2. Open the Parental Advisor app.
3. An introduction wizard containing details about the product features
is displayed. Tap Next to continue.
4. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and
password.
5. Allow the access to the device's location so that Bitdefender can locate
it.
6. Allow the app to send notifications.
7. Assign the device to your child profile.
Monitoring the child's activity
Bitdefender helps you keep track of what your children are doing online.
This way, you can always find out exactly what websites they have visited,
what applications they have used or what activities have been blocked by
the Parental Advisor.
Depending on the settings you make, the reports may contain detailed
information for each event, such as:
● The status of the event.
● The notification severity.
● The device name.
● The date and time when the event occurred.
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To monitor the Internet traffic, the accessed applications or the Facebook
activity for your child:
1. Access the Parental Advisor panel from Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the desired device card.
In the Activity window you can view the information you are interested
in. Alternatively, select the View today's activity link on the monitored
device card to be redirected to the Activity window.
Configuring the General Settings
By default, when Parental Advisor is enabled, your children's activities are
logged.
To receive email notifications:
1. Access the Parental Advisor panel from Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the Settings tab on the upper-right corner.
3. Enable the corresponding option to receive activity reports.
4. Type the email address where the email notifications are to be sent.
5. Receive email notifications for the following:
● Blocked websites
● Blocked apps
● Restricted areas
● Call or SMS received from a blocked phone number
● Removal of Parental Advisor Facebook app
6. Click SAVE.
Editing a profile
To edit an existing profile:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the Parental Advisor panel.
3. Click the
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4. After customizing the wanted settings, select SAVE.
Removing a profile
To remove an existing profile:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the Parental Advisor panel.
3. Click the
icon on the desired profile card, and then select Remove.
4. Confirm your choice.
Configuring Parental Advisor profiles
To start monitoring your child, a profile needs to be assigned to the device
that has installed the Bitdefender Parental Advisor application.
After adding a profile for your child, you can customize more detailed settings
to monitor and control the access to the Internet and to specific applications.
To start configuring a profile, select the desired profile card from the MY
CHILDREN window.
Click a tab to configure the corresponding Parental Advisor feature for the
device:
● Activity - displays all the activities, interests, locations, and interactions
with friends, from the current day.
● Applications - allows you to block the access to certain applications, such
as games, messaging software, movies, etc.
● Websites - allows you to filter web navigation.
● Phone Contacts - here you can specify which contacts from your child's
list are allowed to come in contact with him by phone.
● Child Location - here you can set locations that are safe or not for your
child.
● Social - allows you to block the access to social networks.
● Time Schedule - allows you to block the access to the devices you specified
at your child's profile.
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Activity
The Activity window gives you detailed information about your children's
activities from the last 24 hours, inside and outside the home. To view
activities from previous days click the calendar icon from the top left-corner
of the window.
Depending on the activity, this window may include information about:
● Locations - here you can view the locations where your child was during
the day.
● Interests - here you can view info about the categories of websites that
your child visited. Click the Review inappropriate content link to allow or
deny access to specific interests.
● Social Interactions - here you can view the contacts that your child
communicated with. Click the Manage Contacts link to select the contacts
that your child should stay in touch with or not.
● Applications - here you can see the applications your child used. Click the
Review app restrictions link to block or allow the access to specific
applications.
● All day activity - here you can see the time spent online on all devices
assigned to your child, and the location where he was active. The gathered
information is from the current day.
Applications
The Applications window helps you block applications from running. Games,
media and messaging software, as well as other categories of software can
be blocked this way.
The feature can be enabled or disabled by using the corresponding switch.
To configure Application control for a specific user account:
1. A list with cards is displayed. The cards represent the apps your child
uses.
2. Select the card with the app you want your child to stop using.
The check mark symbol that appears indicates that your child will not be
able to use the app.
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Websites
The Websites window helps you block websites with inappropriate content.
Websites that host videos, games, media and messaging software, as well
as other categories of negative content can be blocked this way.
The feature can be enabled or disabled by using the corresponding switch.
Depending on the age you set for your child, the Interests list comes by
default with a selection of categories enabled. To allow or deny the access
to a specific category, click it.
The check mark symbol that appears indicates that your child will not be
able to access content related to a specific category.
Allowing or blocking a website
To allow or restrict the access to certain web pages, you have to add them
to the Exclusions list, as follows:
1. Click the MANAGE button.
2. Type the web page you want to allow or block in the corresponding field.
3. Select Allow or Block.
4. Click FINISH to save the changes.
Note
Access restrictions to websites can be set only for Windows, Android and
macOS devices added at your child's profile.
Phone Contacts
The Phone Contacts window gives you the possibility to specify which friends
from your child's list are allowed or not to come in contact with him by phone.
To restrict a specific phone number of a contact, first you need to add to
your child's profile the Android device he is using by following these steps:
1. Select the Parental Advisor tab in Bitdefender Central.
2. Click the Install Parental Advisor on a device link on the wanted card.
3. Click ADD DEVICE on the window that appears.
4. The Bitdefender Parental Advisor for Android option is selected by default.
Click NEXT STEP to continue.
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5. Select the profile of the child you want to set restrictions to.
6. Select the Phone Contacts tab.
A list with cards is displayed. The cards represent the contacts from your
child's Android smartphone.
7. Select the card with the phone number you want block.
The check mark symbol that appears indicates that your child will not be
reached by the selected phone number.
To block unknown phone numbers, enable the Block no caller ID interactions
switch.
Note
Phone calls restrictions can be set only for Android devices added at your
child's profile.
Child Location
View the device's current location on Google Maps. The location is refreshed
every 5 seconds, so you can track it if it is on the move.
The accuracy of the location depends on how Bitdefender is able to determine
it:
● If the GPS is enabled on the device, its location can be pinpointed to within
a couple of meters as long it is in the range of GPS satellites (i.e. not inside
a building).
● If the device is indoors, its location can be determined to within tens of
meters if Wi-Fi is enabled and there are wireless networks available in its
range.
● Otherwise, the location will be determined using only information from the
mobile network, which can offer an accuracy no better than several hundred
meters.
Configuring location & Safe Check-in
To be sure that your child goes to certain locations, you can make a list of
safe and unsafe places. Each time he is entering alone in a predefined area,
a notification will appear in the Parental Advisor app asking to confirm that
he is safe. By tapping I'VE ARRIVED SAFELY you are informed through a
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notification in your Bitdefender account that the final destination has been
reached.
In case no confirmation is given by your child, you are still able to see the
history of his location throughout the day by checking his profile in your
Bitdefender account.
To configure a location:
1. Click Devices in the frame you have in the Child Location window.
2. Click CHOOSE DEVICES, and then select the device you want to configure.
3. In the Areas window, click the ADD AREA button.
4. Choose the type of the location, SAFE or RESTRICTED.
5. Type a valid name for the area where your children have permission to go
or not.
6. Set the range that should be applied for monitoring from the Radius slide
bar.
7. Click ADD AREA to save your settings. You are asked if your children are
going to travel alone or not. Confirm with Yes or No.
Note
The location tracker can be used for monitoring Android and iOS devices that
have installed the Bitdefender Parental Advisor app.
Social
Parental Advisor monitors your child's Facebook account and reports the
main activities taking place.
These online activities are verified and you are warned if they prove to be a
threat for your child's privacy.
The monitored elements of the online account include:
● account information
● Like pages
● uploaded photos
To configure Facebook protection for a specific user account, type the email
of your monitored child account, and then click SEND.
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Inform your child about your intentions, and ask him to click the PROTECT
ACCOUNT button he received from us in his email.
To access the monitored Facebook account, click the View on Facebook
link.
To stop monitoring the account, use the UNLINK ACCOUNT button from the
top.
To be announced via email when your child removes the Parental Advisor
app from his device, select the corresponding check box.
Time Schedule
The Time Schedule window allows you to restrict the access to the devices
you specified at your child's profile. Restrictions can be set up at any hour
during schooltime and on weekends only for Android and Windows-based
devices.
To start configuring time restrictions during the night:
1. In the BEDTIME area, select the School Nights and Weekend Nights check
boxes.
2. Click the
icon from the corresponding spin boxes, and then use the up
and down arrow keys to set the time intervals during which the access
should be blocked.
To start configuring time restrictions during the day:
1. In the DAYTIME LIMITS area you have the following options:
● CUMULATIVE
a. Select the School Day Time Limits and Weekend Time Limits check
boxes.
b. Drag the sliders along the scale to set how long the access to devices
is allowed.
● SPECIFIC
a. Select the School Day Time Limits and Weekend Time Limits check
boxes.
b. Select from the grid the time intervals during which the access should
be blocked.
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Note
The CUMULATIVE and SPECIFIC settings are designed to work independently
from each other.
4.15. Device Anti-Theft
Laptop theft is a major issue that affects individuals and organizations alike.
Even more than losing the hardware itself, the data lost with it can cause
significant damage, both financially and emotionally.
Yet few people take the proper steps to secure their important personal,
business and financial data in the case of theft or loss.
Bitdefender Anti-Theft helps you be better prepared for such an event by
allowing you to remotely locate or lock your laptop and even wipe all data
from it, should you ever part with your laptop against your will.
To use the Anti-Theft features, the following prerequisites must be met:
● The commands can only be sent from the Bitdefender account.
● The laptop must be connected to the Internet to receive the commands.
Anti-Theft features work in the following way:
Locate
View your device's location on Google Maps.
The accuracy of the location depends on how Bitdefender is able to
determine it. The location is determined to within tens of meters if Wi-fi
is enabled on your laptop and there are wireless networks in its range.
If the laptop is connected to a wired LAN with no Wi-fi based location
available, the location will be determined based on the IP address, which
is considerably less accurate.
Alert
Send a remote alert on the device.
The feature is only available on mobile devices.
Lock
Lock your laptop and set a 4 digit PIN for unlocking it. When you send
the Lock command, the system reboots and logging back into Windows
is only possible after entering the PIN you have set.
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If you want Bitdefender to take photos of the one who tries to get access
to your laptop, check the corresponding check box. The snapped photos
are taken using the front camera and displayed together with the
time-stamp in the Anti-Theft dashboard. Only the two most recent photos
will be saved.
This action is available only for laptops that have front camera.
Wipe
Remove all data from your system. When you send the Wipe command,
the laptop reboots and the data on all hard drive partitions is erased.
Show IP
Displays the last IP address for the selected device. Click SHOW IP to
make it visible.
Anti-Theft is activated after the installation and can be accessed exclusively
through your Bitdefender account from any device connected to the Internet,
anywhere.
Using Anti-Theft features
To access the Anti-Theft features, use one of the following possibilities:
● From the Bitdefender main interface:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the Anti-Theft action button.
3. In the Bitdefender Central window that opens, click the desired device
card, then select Anti-Theft.
● On any device with Internet access:
1. Open a web browser and go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and
password.
3. Select the My Devices panel.
4. Click the desired device card, then select Anti-Theft.
5. Select the feature you want to use:
Show IP - display the last IP address of your device.
Locate - display your device's location on Google Maps.
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Alert - send an alert on the device.
Lock - lock your laptop and set a PIN code for unlocking it.
Wipe - delete all data from your laptop.
Important
After you wipe a device, all Anti-Theft features cease to function.
4.16. USB Immunizer
The Autorun feature built into Windows operating systems is a very useful
tool that allows computers to automatically execute a file from media
connected to it. For example, software installations can start automatically
when a CD is inserted into the optical drive.
Unfortunately, this feature can also be used by malware to automatically
launch and infiltrate your computer from rewritable media such as USB flash
drives and memory cards connected through card readers. Numerous Autorun
based attacks have been created in recent years.
With USB Immunizer you can prevent any NTFS, FAT32 or FAT formatted
flash drive from automatically executing malware ever again. Once an USB
device is immunized, malware can no longer configure it to run a certain
application when the device is connected to a computer running Windows.
To immunize an USB device:
1. Connect the flash drive to your computer.
2. Browse your computer to locate the removable storage device and
right-click its icon.
3. In the contextual menu, point to Bitdefender and select Immunize this
drive.
Note
If the drive has already been immunized, the message The USB device is
protected against autorun-based malware will appear instead of the
Immunize option.
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To prevent your computer from launching malware from unimmunized USB
devices, disable the media autorun feature. For more information, please
refer to “Using automatic vulnerability monitoring” (p. 119).
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5. SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION
5.1. Tools
Bitdefender comes with a Tools section that helps you maintain the integrity
of your system. The maintenance tools offered are critical for the
improvement of your system's responsiveness and the efficient management
of the hard drive space.
Bitdefender provides the following PC tune-up tools:
● OneClick Optimizer analyzes and improves your system speed by running
multiple tasks with a single click of a button.
● Startup Optimizer reduces your system startup time by stopping
unnecessary applications from loading when the PC boots.
● Disk Cleanup identifies the largest files and folders that have not been
used for a long time.
Optimizing your system speed with a single click
Issues such as hard disk failures, leftover registry files and browser history,
may slow down your computer work, which may become nagging for you.
All these can now be fixed with one single click of a button.
OneClick Optimizer allows you to identify and remove useless files by running
multiple cleaning tasks at the same time.
To start the OneClick Optimizer process:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the OneClick Optimizer action button.
a. Analyzing
Wait for Bitdefender to finish searching for system issues.
● Disk Cleanup - identifies large files and folders you do not use
anymore.
● Registry Cleanup - identifies invalid or outdated references in the
Windows Registry.
● Privacy Cleanup - identifies temporary Internet files and cookies,
browser cache and history.
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The number of found issues is displayed. Click the View details link to
review them before proceeding with the cleaning process. Click
OPTIMIZE to continue.
b. Optimizing
Wait for Bitdefender to finish optimizing your system.
c. Issues
This is where you can view the operation result.
If you want comprehensive information on the optimization process,
click the VIEW DETAILED REPORT button.
Optimizing your PC's boot time
Extended system startup is a real problem due to applications that are set
to run without being necessary. Waiting several minutes for a system to boot
can cost you valuable time and productivity.
The Startup Optimizer window displays what applications are running during
system startup and lets you manage their behavior at this step.
To start the Startup Optimizer process:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the Startup Optimizer action button.
a. Select applications
You can see a list of the applications that are running at system startup.
Select the ones you want to disable or delay at startup.
b. Community choice
See what other Bitdefender users have decided to do with the app you
have selected.
c. System boot time
Check the slider at the top of the window to see the time required by
both your system and the selected applications to run at startup.
A system restart is required to be able to retrieve information about
system and applications startup time.
d. Startup status
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● Enable. Select this option when you want an application to start
running at system startup. This option is enabled by default.
● Delay. Select this option to postpone a program from running at
system startup. This means that the selected applications will start
with a five-minute delay after user logins on system. The Delay
functionality is predefined and cannot be configured by user.
● Disable. Select this option to disable a program from running at
system startup.
e. Results
Information such as the estimated system boot time after delaying or
disabling programs is displayed.
A system restart may be required in order to see all this info.
Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
Note
In case your subscription expires or you decide to uninstall Bitdefender, the
programs that you scheduled to stop running from startup will be restored to
their default startup settings.
Optimizing your disk
Unnecessary files and folders that use up space on your disk may cause
system slowdown. Therefore, it is recommended to improve your system
speed by cleaning it out at regular intervals.
Bitdefender Disk Cleanup helps you free up drive space by identifying large
files and folders you do not use anymore.
To start cleaning out your system:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the Disk Cleanup action button.
3. A window displaying information about what Disk Cleanup can do for your
system to make room to new data becomes visible. Click OK, GOT IT.
a. Drives and devices
You can see a list of the available disks. Beside Windows disks, external
hard drives and USB devices are scanned and displayed in the list. Click
ANALYZE DRIVE from the disk area you want to clean up.
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b. Analyzing drive
The selected drive is analyzed. Wait for Bitdefender to finish searching
for large files and folders.
c. Issues
This is where you can view the operation results. In the left side of the
window, use the SORT BY drop-down arrow to select in which order
should the results be displayed, by size or by type.
Select the files you want to delete, and then click CONFIRM SELECTION
to start the erasing process.
Confirm your choice by clicking DELETE.
5.2. Profiles
Daily job activities, watching movies or playing games may cause system
slow down, especially if they are running simultaneously with Windows
update processes and maintenance tasks. With Bitdefender, you can now
choose and apply your preferred profile, which makes system adjustments
suited to increase the performance of specific installed applications.
Bitdefender provides the following profiles:
● Work Profile
● Movie Profile
● Game Profile
● Public Wi-Fi Profile
● Battery Mode Profile
If you decide to not use Profiles, a default profile called Standard is enabled
and it brings no optimization to your system.
According to your activity, the following product settings are applied when
Work, Movie or Game profiles are activated:
● All Bitdefender alerts and pop-ups are disabled.
● Automatic Update is postponed.
● Scheduled scans are postponed.
● The Antispam feature is enabled.
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● Search Advisor is disabled.
● Special offers notifications are disabled.
According to your activity, the following system settings are applied when
Work, Movie or Game profiles are activated:
● Windows Automatic Updates are postponed.
● Windows alerts and pop-ups are disabled.
● Unnecessary background programs are suspended.
● Visual effects are adjusted for best performance.
● Maintenance tasks are postponed.
● Power plan settings are adjusted.
While running in the Public Wi-Fi profile, Bitdefender Total Security 2018 is
set to automatically accomplish the following program settings:
● Advanced Threat Defense is turned on
● The Bitdefender Firewall is turned on and the following settings are applied
to your wireless adapter:
● Stealth mode - ON
● Network type- Public
● The following settings from Web Protection are turned on:
● Scan SSL
● Protection against fraud
● Protection against phishing
Work Profile
Running multiple tasks at work, such as sending emails, having a video
communication with your distant colleagues or working with design
applications may affect your system performance. Work Profile has been
designed to help you improve your work efficiency, by turning off some of
your background services and maintenance tasks.
Configuring Work Profile
To configure the actions to be taken while in Work Profile:
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1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the PROFILES tab.
3. Click the CONFIGURE button from the Work Profile area.
4. Choose the system adjustments you would like to be applied by checking
the following options:
● Boost performance on work apps
● Optimize product settings for Work profile
● Postpone background programs and maintenance tasks
● Postpone Windows Automatic Updates
5. Click Save to save the changes and close the window.
Manually adding applications to the Work Profile list
If Bitdefender does not automatically enter Work Profile when you launch a
certain work application, you can manually add the application to the
Applications list.
To manually add applications to the Applications list in Work Profile:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the PROFILES tab.
3. Click the CONFIGURE button from the Work Profile area.
4. In the WORK PROFILE window, click the Applications list link.
5. Click Add to add a new application to the Applications list.
A new window appears. Browse to the application's executable file, select
it and click OK to add it to the list.
Movie Profile
Displaying high quality video content, such as high definition movies, requires
significant system resources. Movie Profile adjusts system and product
settings so you can enjoy an uninterrupted and seamless movie experience.
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Configuring Movie Profile
To configure the actions to be taken while in Movie Profile:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the PROFILES tab.
3. Click the CONFIGURE button from the Movie Profile area.
4. Choose the system adjustments you would like to be applied by checking
the following options:
● Boost performance on video players
● Optimize product settings for Movie profile
● Postpone background programs and maintenance tasks
● Postpone Windows Automatic Updates
● Adjust power plan settings for movies
5. Click Save to save the changes and close the window.
Manually adding video players to the Movie Profile
list
If Bitdefender does not automatically enter Movie Profile when you launch
a certain video player application, you can manually add the application to
the Players list.
To manually add video players to the Players list in Movie Profile:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the PROFILES tab.
3. Click the CONFIGURE button from the Movie Profile area.
4. In the MOVIE PROFILE window, click the Players list link.
5. Click Add to add a new application to the Players list.
A new window appears. Browse to the application's executable file, select
it and click OK to add it to the list.
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Game Profile
Enjoying an uninterrupted gaming experience is all about reducing system
load and diminishing slowdowns. By using behavioral heuristics along with
a list of known games, Bitdefender can automatically detect running games
and optimize your system resources so that you can enjoy your gaming
break.
Configuring Game Profile
To configure the actions to be taken while in Game Profile:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the PROFILES tab.
3. Click the CONFIGURE button from the Game Profile area.
4. Choose the system adjustments you would like to be applied by checking
the following options:
● Boost performance on games
● Optimize product settings for Game profile
● Postpone background programs and maintenance tasks
● Postpone Windows Automatic Updates
● Adjust power plan settings for games
5. Click Save to save the changes and close the window.
Manually adding games to the Game list
If Bitdefender does not automatically enter Game Profile when you launch
a certain game or application, you can manually add the application to the
Games list.
To manually add games to the Games list in Game Profile:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the PROFILES tab.
3. Click the CONFIGURE button from the Game Profile area.
4. In the GAME PROFILE window, click the Games list link.
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5. Click Add to add a new game to the Games list.
A new window appears. Browse to the game's executable file, select it
and click OK to add it to the list.
Public Wi-Fi Profile
Sending emails, typing sensitive credentials or shopping online while
connected to unsafe wireless networks can expose your personal data to
risk. Public Wi-Fi Profile adjusts product settings to give you the possibility
to make payments online and use sensitive information in a protected
environment.
Configuring Public Wi-Fi profile
To configure Bitdefender to apply product settings while connected to an
unsafe wireless network:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the PROFILES tab.
3. Click the CONFIGURE button from the Public Wi-Fi Profile area.
4. Let the Adjusts product settings to boost protection when connected to
an unsafe public Wi-Fi network check box enabled.
5. Click Save.
Battery Mode Profile
Battery Mode profile is specially designed for laptop and tablet users. Its
purpose is to minimize both system and Bitdefender impact on power
consumption when the battery charge level is lower than the default one or
the one you select.
Configuring Battery Mode Profile
To configure the Battery Mode profile:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the PROFILES tab.
3. Click the CONFIGURE button from the Battery Mode Profile area.
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4. Choose the system adjustments to be applied by checking the following
options:
● Optimize product settings for Battery mode.
● Postpone background programs and maintenance tasks.
● Postpone Windows Automatic Updates.
● Adjust power plan settings for Battery mode.
● Disable external devices and network ports.
5. Click Save to save the changes and close the window.
Type a valid value in the spin box or select one using the up and down arrow
keys to specify when the system should start operating in Battery Mode. By
default, the mode is activated when the battery charge level drops below
30%.
The following product settings are applied when Bitdefender operates in
Battery Mode profile:
● Bitdefender Automatic Update is postponed.
● Scheduled scans are postponed.
● Security Widget is turned off.
Bitdefender detects when your laptop has switched to battery power and
based on the battery charge level it automatically enters Battery Mode.
Likewise, Bitdefender automatically exits Battery Mode when it detects the
laptop is no longer running on battery.
Real-time optimization
Bitdefender Real-time optimization is a plugin that improves your system
performance silently, in the background, making sure that you are not
interrupted while you are in a profile mode. Depending on the CPU load, the
plugin monitors all processes, focusing on those that take up a higher load,
to adjust them to your needs.
To turn on or off Real-time optimization:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the PROFILES tab.
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3. Scroll down until you see the Real-time optimization option, and then use
the corresponding switch to turn it on or off.
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6. TROUBLESHOOTING
Solving common issues
This chapter presents some problems you may encounter when using
Bitdefender and provides you with possible solutions to these problems.
Most of these problems can be solved through the appropriate configuration
of the product settings.
● “My system appears to be slow” (p. 176)
● “Scan doesn't start” (p. 177)
● “I can no longer use an application” (p. 180)
● “What to do when Bitdefender blocks a safe website or online application” (p.
181)
● “What to do if Bitdefender detects a safe application as ransomware” (p. 181)
● “How to update Bitdefender on a slow Internet connection” (p. 186)
● “Bitdefender services are not responding” (p. 186)
● “Antispam filter does not work properly” (p. 187)
● “The Autofill feature in my Wallet doesn't work” (p. 191)
● “Bitdefender removal failed” (p. 193)
● “My system doesn't boot up after installing Bitdefender” (p. 194)
If you cannot find your problem here, or if the presented solutions do not
solve it, you can contact the Bitdefender technical support representatives
as presented in chapter “Asking for help” (p. 295).
1. My system appears to be slow
Usually, after installing a security software, there may appear a slight
slowdown of the system, which to a certain degree is normal.
If you notice a significant slowdown, this issue can appear for the following
reasons:
● Bitdefender is not the only security program installed on the system.
Though Bitdefender searches and removes the security programs found
during the installation, it is recommended to remove any other antivirus
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program you may use before installing Bitdefender. For more information,
please refer to “How do I remove other security solutions?” (p. 77).
● The Minimum System Requirements for running Bitdefender are not met.
If your machine does not meet the Minimum System Requirements, the
computer will become sluggish, especially when multiple applications are
running at the same time. For more information, please refer to “Minimum
system requirements” (p. 3).
● You have installed applications that you do not use.
Any computer has programs or applications that you do not use. And many
unwanted programs run in the background taking up disk space and
memory. If you do not use a program, uninstall it. This is also valid for any
other pre-installed software or trial application you forgot to remove.
Important
If you suspect a program or an application to be an essential part of your
operating system, do not remove it and contact Bitdefender Customer Care
for assistance.
● Your system may be infected.
Your system speed and its general behavior can also be affected by
malware. Spyware, viruses, Trojans and adware all take a toll on your
computer’s performance. Make sure to scan your system periodically, at
least once a week. It is recommended to use the Bitdefender System Scan
because it scans for all types of malware threatening the security of your
system.
To start the System Scan:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click System Scan.
4. Follow the wizard steps.
2. Scan doesn't start
This type of issue can have two main causes:
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● A previous Bitdefender installation which was not completely removed or
a faulty Bitdefender installation.
In this case reinstall Bitdefender:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start, go to Control Panel and double-click Programs and
Features.
2. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
3. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
4. Wait for the reinstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example,
you can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen), and
then click its icon.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
3. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
4. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
5. Wait for the reinstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
● In Windows 10:
1. Click Start, then click Settings.
2. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Installed apps.
3. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
4. Click Uninstall again to confirm your choice.
5. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
6. Wait for the reinstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
Note
By following this reinstall procedure, customized settings are saved and
available in the new installed product. Other settings may be switched back
to their default configuration.
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● Bitdefender is not the only security solution installed on your system.
In this case:
1. Remove the other security solution. For more information, please refer
to “How do I remove other security solutions?” (p. 77).
2. Reinstall Bitdefender:
● In Windows 7:
a. Click Start, go to Control Panel and double-click Programs and
Features.
b. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
c. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
d. Wait for the reinstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
a. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example,
you can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen),
and then click its icon.
b. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
c. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
d. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
e. Wait for the reinstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
● In Windows 10:
a. Click Start, then click Settings.
b. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Installed
apps.
c. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
d. Click Uninstall again to confirm your choice.
e. Click REINSTALL in the window that appears.
f. Wait for the reinstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
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Note
By following this reinstall procedure, customized settings are saved and
available in the new installed product. Other settings may be switched
back to their default configuration.
If this information was not helpful, you can contact Bitdefender for support
as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
3. I can no longer use an application
This issue occurs when you are trying to use a program which was working
normally before installing Bitdefender.
After installing Bitdefender you may encounter one of these situations:
● You could receive a message from Bitdefender that the program is trying
to make a modification to the system.
● You could receive an error message from the program you're trying to use.
This type of situation occurs when Advanced Threat Defense mistakenly
detects some applications as malicious.
Advanced Threat Defense is a Bitdefender feature which constantly monitors
the applications running on your system and reports those with potentially
malicious behavior. Since this feature is based on a heuristic system, there
may be cases when legitimate applications are reported by Advanced Threat
Defense.
When this situation occurs, you can exclude the respective application from
being monitored by Advanced Threat Defense.
To add the program to the exclusions list:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ADVANCED THREAT
DEFENSE pane.
4. In the WHITELIST window, click Add applications to the whitelist.
5. Find and select the application you want to be excluded, and then click
OK.
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If this information was not helpful, you can contact Bitdefender for support
as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
4. What to do when Bitdefender blocks a safe website
or online application
Bitdefender offers a secure web browsing experience by filtering all web
traffic and blocking any malicious content. However, it is possible that
Bitdefender considers a safe website or online application as unsafe, which
will cause Bitdefender HTTP traffic scanning to block them incorrectly.
Should the same page or application be blocked repeatedly, they can be
added to a whitelist so that they will not be scanned by the Bitdefender
engines, thus ensuring a smooth web browsing experience.
To add a website to the Whitelist:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the WEB PROTECTION pane, click Whitelist.
4. Provide the address of the blocked website or online application in the
corresponding field and click Add.
5. Click Save to save the changes and close the window.
Only websites and applications that you fully trust should be added to this
list. These will be excluded from scanning by the following engines: malware,
phishing and fraud.
If this information was not helpful, you can contact Bitdefender for support
as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
5. What to do if Bitdefender detects a safe application
as ransomware
Ransomware is a malicious program that tries to make money from users
by locking their vulnerable systems. To keep your system safe from
unfortunate situations, Bitdefender gives you the possibility to indemnify
personal files.
When an application tries to change or delete one of your protected files, it
will be considered as unsafe and Bitdefender will block its functionality.
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In case such an application is added to the untrusted applications' list and
you are sure that it is safe to use it, follow these steps:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the SAFE FILES pane, click Application access.
4. The apps that have requested to change files in your protected folders
are listed. Click the Allow switch next to the application you are sure is
safe.
6. I cannot connect to the internet
You may notice that a program or a web browser can no longer connect to
the Internet or access network services after installing Bitdefender.
In this case, the best solution is to configure Bitdefender to automatically
allow connections to and from the respective software application:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the FIREWALL pane.
4. Select the RULES tab.
5. To add an application rule, click the Add rule link.
6. A new window appears where you can add the details. Make sure to select
all the network types available and in the Permission section select Allow.
Close Bitdefender, open the software application and try again to connect
to the Internet.
If this information was not helpful, you can contact Bitdefender for support
as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
7. I cannot access a device on my network
Depending on the network you are connected to, the Bitdefender firewall
may block the connection between your system and another device (such
as another computer or a printer). As a result, you may no longer share or
print files.
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In this case, the best solution is to configure Bitdefender to automatically
allow connections to and from the respective device, as follows:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the FIREWALL pane.
4. Click the Add rule link at the top of the RULES window.
5. In the SETTINGS window, turn on the Apply this rule to all applications
option.
6. Click the ADVANCED tab.
7. In the Custom Remote Address box, type the IP address of the computer
or printer you want to have unrestricted access to.
If you still cannot connect to the device, the issue may not be caused by
Bitdefender.
Check for other potential causes, such as the following:
● The firewall on the other computer may block file and printer sharing with
your computer.
● If the Windows Firewall is used, it can be configured to allow file and
printer sharing as follows:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start, go to Control Panel and select System and Security.
2. Go to Windows Firewall, and then click Allow a program through
Windows Firewall.
3. Select the File and Printer Sharing check box.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example,
you can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen),
and then click its icon.
2. Click System and Security, go to Windows Firewall and select Allow
an app through Windows Firewall.
3. Select the File and Printer Sharing check box, and then click OK.
● In Windows 10:
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1. Type "Allow an app through Windows Firewall" in the search box
from the taskbar and click its icon.
2. Click Change settings.
3. In the Allowed apps and features list select the File and Printer
Sharing check box, and then click OK.
● If another firewall program is used, please refer to its documentation or
help file.
● General conditions that may prevent using or connecting to the shared
printer:
● You may need to log on to a Windows administrator account to access
the shared printer.
● Permissions are set for the shared printer to allow access to specific
computer and users only. If you are sharing your printer, check the
permissions set for the printer to see if the user on the other computer
is allowed access to the printer. If you are trying to connect to a shared
printer, check with the user on the other computer if you have permission
to connect to the printer.
● The printer connected to your computer or to the other computer is not
shared.
● The shared printer is not added on the computer.
Note
To learn how to manage printer sharing (share a printer, set or remove
permissions for a printer, connect to a network printer or to a shared printer),
go to the Windows Help and Support Center (in the Start menu, click Help
and Support).
● Access to a network printer may be restricted to specific computers or
users only. You should check with the network administrator if you have
permission to connect to that printer.
If this information was not helpful, you can contact Bitdefender for support
as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
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8. My Internet is slow
This situation may appear after you install Bitdefender. The issue could be
caused by errors in the Bitdefender firewall configuration.
To troubleshoot this situation:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the FIREWALL pane, click the ON/OFF switch to disable the feature.
4. Check if your Internet connection improved with the Bitdefender firewall
disabled.
● If you still have a slow Internet connection, the issue may not be caused
by Bitdefender. You should contact your Internet Service Provider to
verify if the connection is operational on their side.
If you receive confirmation from your Internet Service Provider that the
connection is operational on their side and the issue still persists,
contact Bitdefender as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
● If the Internet connection improved after disabling the Bitdefender
firewall:
a. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
b. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
c. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the FIREWALL pane.
d. Go to the NETWORK ADAPTERS tab and set your internet connection
on Home/Office.
e. In the ADVANCED SETTINGS tab, click the switch to turn off Block
port scans in the network.
In the Stealth Mode area, click Edit stealth connections. Turn on
Stealth Mode for the network adapter you are connected to.
f. Close Bitdefender, reboot the system and check the Internet
connection speed.
If this information was not helpful, you can contact Bitdefender for support
as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
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9. How to update Bitdefender on a slow Internet
connection
If you have a slow Internet connection (such as dial-up), errors may occur
during the update process.
To keep your system up to date with the latest Bitdefender malware
signatures:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Select the UPDATE tab.
3. Next to Update processing rules, select Prompt before downloading from
the drop-down menu.
4. Go back to the main window and click the Update action button from the
Bitdefender interface.
5. Select only Signatures updates, and then click OK.
6. Bitdefender will download and install only the malware signature updates.
10. Bitdefender services are not responding
This article helps you troubleshoot the Bitdefender Services are not
responding error. You may encounter this error as follows:
● The Bitdefender icon in the system tray is grayed out and you are informed
that the Bitdefender services are not responding.
● The Bitdefender window indicates that the Bitdefender services are not
responding.
The error may be caused by one of the following conditions:
● temporary communication errors between the Bitdefender services.
● some of the Bitdefender services are stopped.
● other security solutions running on your computer at the same time with
Bitdefender.
To troubleshoot this error, try these solutions:
1. Wait a few moments and see if anything changes. The error may be
temporary.
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2. Restart the computer and wait a few moments until Bitdefender is loaded.
Open Bitdefender to see if the error persists. Restarting the computer
usually solves the problem.
3. Check if you have any other security solution installed as they may disrupt
the normal operation of Bitdefender. If this is the case, we recommend
you to remove all of the other security solutions and then reinstall
Bitdefender.
For more information, please refer to “How do I remove other security
solutions?” (p. 77).
If the error persists, please contact our support representatives for help as
described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
11. Antispam filter does not work properly
This article helps you troubleshoot the following problems concerning the
Bitdefender Antispam filtering operation:
● A number of legitimate email messages are marked as [spam].
● Many spam messages are not marked accordingly by the antispam filter.
● The antispam filter does not detect any spam message.
11.1. Legitimate messages are marked as [spam]
Legitimate messages are marked as [spam] simply because they look like
spam to the Bitdefender antispam filter. You can normally solve this problem
by adequately configuring the Antispam filter.
Bitdefender automatically adds the receivers of your email messages to a
Friends List. The email messages received from the contacts in the Friends
list are considered to be legitimate. They are not verified by the antispam
filter and, thus, they are never marked as [spam].
The automatic configuration of the Friends list does not prevent the detection
errors that may occur in these situations:
● You receive a lot of solicited commercial mail as a result of subscribing
on various websites. In this case, the solution is to add the email addresses
from which you receive such email messages to the Friends list.
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● A significant part of your legitimate mail is from people to whom you never
e-mailed before, such as customers, potential business partners and others.
Other solutions are required in this case.
If you are using one of the mail clients Bitdefender integrates into, indicate
detection errors.
Note
Bitdefender integrates into the most commonly used mail clients through
an easy-to-use antispam toolbar. For a complete list of supported mail
clients, please refer to “Supported email clients and protocols” (p. 106).
Add contacts to Friends List
If you are using a supported mail client, you can easily add the senders of
legitimate messages to the Friends list. Follow these steps:
1. In your mail client, select an email message from the sender that you want
to add to the Friends list.
2. Click the
Add Friend button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar.
3. You may be asked to acknowledge the addresses added to the Friends
list. Select Don't show this message again and click OK.
You will always receive email messages from this address no matter what
they contain.
If you are using a different mail client, you can add contacts to the Friends
list from the Bitdefender interface. Follow these steps:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTISPAM pane, click Manage Friends.
A configuration window appears.
4. Type the email address you always want to receive email messages from
and then click Add. You can add as many email addresses as you want.
5. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
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Indicate detection errors
If you are using a supported mail client, you can easily correct the antispam
filter (by indicating which email messages should not have been marked as
[spam]). Doing so helps improve the efficiency of the antispam filter. Follow
these steps:
1. Open your mail client.
2. Go to the junk mail folder where spam messages are moved.
3. Select the legitimate message incorrectly marked as [spam] by Bitdefender.
4. Click the Add Friend button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar to add
the sender to the Friends list. You may need to click OK to acknowledge.
You will always receive email messages from this address no matter what
they contain.
5. Click the Not Spam button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar (normally
located in the upper part of the mail client window). The email message
will be moved to the Inbox folder.
11.2. Many spam messages are not detected
If you are receiving many spam messages that are not marked as [spam],
you must configure the Bitdefender antispam filter so as to improve its
efficiency.
Try the following solutions:
1. If you are using one of the mail clients Bitdefender integrates into, indicate
undetected spam messages.
Note
Bitdefender integrates into the most commonly used mail clients through
an easy-to-use antispam toolbar. For a complete list of supported mail
clients, please refer to “Supported email clients and protocols” (p. 106).
2. Add spammers to the Spammers list. The email messages received from
addresses in the Spammers list are automatically marked as [spam].
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Indicate undetected spam messages
If you are using a supported mail client, you can easily indicate which email
messages should have been detected as spam. Doing so helps improve the
efficiency of the antispam filter. Follow these steps:
1. Open your mail client.
2. Go to the Inbox folder.
3. Select the undetected spam messages.
4. Click the Is Spam button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar (normally
located in the upper part of the mail client window). They are immediately
marked as [spam] and moved to the junk mail folder.
Add spammers to Spammers List
If you are using a supported mail client, you can easily add the senders of
the spam messages to the Spammers list. Follow these steps:
1. Open your mail client.
2. Go to the junk mail folder where spam messages are moved.
3. Select the messages marked as [spam] by Bitdefender.
4. Click the
Add Spammer button on the Bitdefender antispam toolbar.
5. You may be asked to acknowledge the addresses added to the Spammers
list. Select Don't show this message again and click OK.
If you are using a different mail client, you can manually add spammers to
the Spammers list from the Bitdefender interface. It is convenient to do this
only when you have received several spam messages from the same email
address. Follow these steps:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTISPAM pane, click Manage Spammers.
A configuration window appears.
4. Type the spammer's email address and then click the Add. You can add
as many email addresses as you want.
5. Click OK to save the changes and close the window.
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11.3. Antispam filter does not detect any spam message
If no spam message is marked as [spam], there may be a problem with the
Bitdefender Antispam filter. Before troubleshooting this problem, make sure
it is not caused by one of the following conditions:
● Antispam protection might be turned off. To verify the antispam protection
status, click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface,
and then select the VIEW FEATURES link. Click the cogwheel from the
ANTISPAM panel, then look in the upper side of the window to check if
the feature is enabled.
If Antispam is turned off, this is what is causing your problem. Click the
corresponding switch to turn on your antispam protection.
● The Bitdefender Antispam protection is available only for email clients
configured to receive email messages via the POP3 protocol. This means
the following:
● Email messages received via web-based email services (such as Yahoo,
Gmail, Hotmail or other) are not filtered for spam by Bitdefender.
● If your email client is configured to receive email messages using other
protocol than POP3 (for example, IMAP4), the Bitdefender Antispam
filter does not check them for spam.
Note
POP3 is one of the most widely used protocols for downloading email
messages from a mail server. If you do not know the protocol that your
email client uses to download email messages, ask the person who
configured your email client.
● Bitdefender Total Security 2018 doesn't scan Lotus Notes POP3 traffic.
A possible solution is to repair or reinstall the product. However, you may
want to contact Bitdefender for support instead, as described in section
“Asking for help” (p. 295).
12. The Autofill feature in my Wallet doesn't work
You have saved your online credentials in your Bitdefender Password
Manager and you noticed that the autofill is not working. Usually, this issue
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appears when the Bitdefender Wallet extension is not installed in your
browser.
To fix this situation, follow these steps:
● In Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Click Tools.
3. Click Manage add-ons.
4. Click Toolbars and Extensions.
5. Point to Bitdefender Wallet and click Enable.
● In Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
2. Click Tools.
3. Click Add-ons.
4. Click Extensions.
5. Point to Bitdefender Wallet and click Enable.
● In Google Chrome:
1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Go to the Menu icon.
3. Click More Tools.
4. Click Extensions.
5. Point to Bitdefender Wallet and click Enable.
Note
The add-on will be enabled after you restart your web browser.
Now check if the autofill feature in Wallet works for your online accounts.
If this information was not helpful, you can contact Bitdefender for support
as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
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13. Bitdefender removal failed
If you want to remove your Bitdefender product and you notice that the
process hangs out or the system freezes, click Cancel to abort the action. If
this does not work, restart the system.
When removal fails, some Bitdefender registry keys and files may remain in
your system. Such remainders may prevent a new installation of Bitdefender.
They may also affect system performance and stability.
In order to completely remove Bitdefender from your system:
● In Windows 7:
1. Click Start, go to Control Panel and double-click Programs and Features.
2. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
3. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
4. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your system.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example, you
can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen), and then
click its icon.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
3. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
4. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
5. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your system.
● In Windows 10:
1. Click Start, then click Settings.
2. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Installed apps.
3. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
4. Click Uninstall again to confirm your choice.
5. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
6. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your system.
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14. My system doesn't boot up after installing
Bitdefender
If you just installed Bitdefender and cannot reboot your system in normal
mode anymore there may be various reasons for this issue.
Most probably this is caused by a previous Bitdefender installation which
was not removed properly or by another security solution still present on the
system.
This is how you may address each situation:
● You had Bitdefender before and you did not remove it properly.
To solve this:
1. Reboot your system and enter in Safe Mode. To find out how to do this,
please refer to “How do I restart in Safe Mode?” (p. 78).
2. Remove Bitdefender from your system:
● In Windows 7:
a. Click Start, go to Control Panel and double-click Programs and
Features.
b. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
c. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
d. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
e. Reboot your system in normal mode.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
a. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example,
you can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen),
and then click its icon.
b. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
c. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
d. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
e. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
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f. Reboot your system in normal mode.
● In Windows 10:
a. Click Start, then click Settings.
b. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Installed
apps.
c. Find Bitdefender Total Security 2018 and select Uninstall.
d. Click Uninstall again to confirm your choice.
e. Click REMOVE in the window that appears.
f. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
g. Reboot your system in normal mode.
3. Reinstall your Bitdefender product.
● You had a different security solution before and you did not remove it
properly.
To solve this:
1. Reboot your system and enter in Safe Mode. To find out how to do this,
please refer to “How do I restart in Safe Mode?” (p. 78).
2. Remove the other security solution from your system:
● In Windows 7:
a. Click Start, go to Control Panel and double-click Programs and
Features.
b. Find the name of the program you want to remove and select
Remove.
c. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
a. From the Windows Start screen, locate Control Panel (for example,
you can start typing "Control Panel" directly in the Start screen),
and then click its icon.
b. Click Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
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c. Find the name of the program you want to remove and select
Remove.
d. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
● In Windows 10:
a. Click Start, then click Settings.
b. Click the System icon in the Settings area, then select Installed
apps.
c. Find the name of the program you want to remove and select
Uninstall.
d. Wait for the uninstall process to complete, and then reboot your
system.
In order to correctly uninstall the other software, go to their website
and run their uninstall tool or contact them directly in order to provide
you with the uninstall guidelines.
3. Reboot your system in normal mode and reinstall Bitdefender.
You have already followed the steps above and the situation is not solved.
To solve this:
1. Reboot your system and enter in Safe Mode. To find out how to do this,
please refer to “How do I restart in Safe Mode?” (p. 78).
2. Use the System Restore option from Windows to restore the computer
to an earlier date before installing the Bitdefender product.
3. Reboot the system in normal mode and contact our support
representatives for help as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
Removing malware from your system
Malware can affect your system in many different ways and the Bitdefender
approach depends on the type of malware attack. Because viruses change
their behavior frequently, it is difficult to establish a pattern for their behavior
and their actions.
There are situations when Bitdefender cannot automatically remove the
malware infection from your system. In such cases, your intervention is
required.
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● “Bitdefender Rescue Mode (Rescue Environment in Windows 10)” (p. 197)
● “What to do when Bitdefender finds viruses on your computer?” (p. 201)
● “How do I clean a virus in an archive?” (p. 202)
● “How do I clean a virus in an email archive? ” (p. 203)
● “What to do if I suspect a file as being dangerous?” (p. 204)
● “What are the password-protected files in the scan log?” (p. 204)
● “What are the skipped items in the scan log?” (p. 205)
● “What are the over-compressed files in the scan log?” (p. 205)
● “Why did Bitdefender automatically delete an infected file?” (p. 205)
If you cannot find your problem here, or if the presented solutions do not
solve it, you can contact the Bitdefender technical support representatives
as presented in chapter “Asking for help” (p. 295).
Bitdefender Rescue Mode (Rescue Environment in
Windows 10)
Rescue Mode is a Bitdefender feature that allows you to scan and disinfect
all existing hard drive partitions inside and outside of your operating system.
Once Bitdefender Total Security 2018 is installed on Windows 7, Windows
8 and Windows 8.1 and the Bitdefender Rescue Mode Image file downloaded,
Rescue Mode can be used even if you are no longer able to boot into
Windows.
In Windows 10, Bitdefender Rescue Environment is integrated with Windows
RE, meaning there is no need to download any Rescue Mode Image on this
operating system, and the feature cannot be used if there are startup
problems. To clean the system before Windows services are loaded, we
recommend using Bitdefender Rescue CD.
Bitdefender Rescue CD is a free tool that scans and cleans your computer
whenever you suspect a malware threat is affecting its operation. Useful
articles containing details on how to create and use it are available on the
Bitdefender
Support
Center
platform
at
https://www.bitdefender.com/support/consumer.html.
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Downloading the Bitdefender Rescue Mode Image
To be able to use Rescue Mode in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1,
first you have to download its image file as follows:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click Rescue Mode.
4. Click YES in the confirmation window that appears to reboot your
computer.
Wait for the Bitdefender Rescue Mode Image file to be downloaded from
the Bitdefender servers. As soon as the downloading process is finished,
the computer will restart.
A menu appears prompting you to select an operating system. At this
step you can choose to start your system in Rescue Mode or in normal
mode.
Note
Due to the integration with Windows Recovery Environment in Windows 10,
there is no need to download any Rescue Mode Image on this operating
system.
Starting your system in Rescue Mode in Windows 7,
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
You can enter Rescue Mode in one of two ways:
From the Bitdefender interface
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click Rescue Mode.
4. Click YES in the confirmation window that appears to reboot your
computer.
5. After the computer restarts, a menu appears prompting you to select
an operating system. Choose Bitdefender Rescue Mode to boot into
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a Bitdefender environment from where you can clean up your Windows
partition.
6. If prompted, press Enter and select the screen resolution closest to
the one you normally use. Then press Enter again.
Bitdefender Rescue Mode loads in a few moments.
Boot your computer directly into Rescue Mode
If Windows no longer starts, you can boot your computer directly into
Bitdefender Rescue Mode by following the steps below:
● In Windows 7:
1. Press the F8 key until the Advanced Boot Options screen appears.
2. Use the arrow keys to select Bitdefender Rescue Mode, and then
press Enter.
Bitdefender Rescue Mode will load in a few moments.
● In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. Press the Shift key until the Advanced Startup Options screen
appears.
2. Select the Use another operating system option, and then
Bitdefender Rescue Mode.
Bitdefender Rescue Mode will load in a few moments.
Note
It is possible to load your computer in Rescue Mode only if the Rescue
Mode Image file has been previous downloaded as described in
“Downloading the Bitdefender Rescue Mode Image” (p. 198).
Starting your system in Rescue Environment in
Windows 10
You can enter Rescue Environment only from your Bitdefender product, as
follows:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
3. In the ANTIVIRUS pane, click Rescue Environment.
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4. Click Reboot in the window that appears.
Bitdefender Rescue Environment loads in a few moments.
Scanning your system in Rescue Mode (Rescue
Environment in Windows 10)
To scan your system in Rescue Mode (Rescue Environment):
● In Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
1. Enter Rescue Mode, as described in “Starting your system in Rescue
Mode in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1” (p. 198).
2. The Bitdefender logo will appear and the antivirus engines will start to
be copied.
3. A welcome window will then appear. Click Continue.
4. An update of the antivirus signatures is started.
5. After the update is completed, the Bitdefender On-demand Antivirus
Scanner window appears.
6. Click Scan Now, select the scan target in the window that appears, and
then click Open to start scanning.
It is recommended to scan your entire Windows partition.
Note
When working in Rescue Mode, you are dealing with Linux-type partition
names. Disk partitions will appear as sda1 probably corresponding to
the (C:) Windows-type partition, sda2 corresponding to (D:) and so on.
7. Wait for the scan to complete. If any malware is detected, follow the
instructions to remove the threat.
8. To exit Rescue Mode, right-click in an empty area of the desktop, select
Exit in the menu that appears, and then choose whether to reboot or
shut down the computer.
● In Windows 10:
1. Enter Rescue Environment, as described in “Starting your system in
Rescue Environment in Windows 10” (p. 199)
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2. The Bitdefender scanning process starts automatically as soon as the
system is loaded in Rescue Environment.
3. Wait for the scan to complete. If any malware is detected, follow the
instructions to remove the threat.
4. To exit Rescue Environment, click the CLOSE button in the window with
the scan results.
What to do when Bitdefender finds viruses on your
computer?
You may find out there is a virus on your computer in one of these ways:
● You scanned your computer and Bitdefender found infected items on it.
● A virus alert informs you that Bitdefender blocked one or multiple viruses
on your computer.
In such situations, update Bitdefender to make sure you have the latest
malware signatures and run a System Scan to analyze the system.
As soon as the system scan is over, select the desired action for the infected
items (Disinfect, Delete, Move to quarantine).
Warning
If you suspect the file is part of the Windows operating system or that it is
not an infected file, do not follow these steps and contact Bitdefender
Customer Care as soon as possible.
If the selected action could not be taken and the scan log reveals an infection
which could not be deleted, you have to remove the file(s) manually:
The first method can be used in normal mode:
1. Turn off the Bitdefender real-time antivirus protection:
a. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
b. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
c. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
d. In the SHIELD window, click the ON/OFF switch.
2. Display hidden objects in Windows. To find out how to do this, please
refer to “How do I display hidden objects in Windows?” (p. 76).
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3. Browse to the location of the infected file (check the scan log) and delete
it.
4. Turn on the Bitdefender real-time antivirus protection.
In case the first method failed to remove the infection:
1. Reboot your system and enter in Safe Mode. To find out how to do this,
please refer to “How do I restart in Safe Mode?” (p. 78).
2. Display hidden objects in Windows. To find out how to do this, please
refer to “How do I display hidden objects in Windows?” (p. 76).
3. Browse to the location of the infected file (check the scan log) and delete
it.
4. Reboot your system and enter in normal mode.
If this information was not helpful, you can contact Bitdefender for support
as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
How do I clean a virus in an archive?
An archive is a file or a collection of files compressed under a special format
to reduce the space on disk necessary for storing the files.
Some of these formats are open formats, thus providing Bitdefender the
option to scan inside them and then take appropriate actions to remove
them.
Other archive formats are partially or fully closed, and Bitdefender can only
detect the presence of viruses inside them, but is not able to take any other
actions.
If Bitdefender notifies you that a virus has been detected inside an archive
and no action is available, it means that removing the virus is not possible
due to restrictions on the archive’s permission settings.
Here is how you can clean a virus stored in an archive:
1. Identify the archive that includes the virus by performing a System Scan
of the system.
2. Turn off the Bitdefender real-time antivirus protection:
a. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
b. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
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c. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
d. In the SHIELD window, click the ON/OFF switch.
3. Go to the location of the archive and decompress it using an archiving
application, like WinZip.
4. Identify the infected file and delete it.
5. Delete the original archive in order to make sure the infection is totally
removed.
6. Recompress the files in a new archive using an archiving application, like
WinZip.
7. Turn on the Bitdefender real-time antivirus protection and run a System
scan in order to make sure there is no other infection on the system.
Note
It's important to note that a virus stored in an archive is not an immediate
threat to your system, since the virus has to be decompressed and executed
in order to infect your system.
If this information was not helpful, you can contact Bitdefender for support
as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
How do I clean a virus in an email archive?
Bitdefender can also identify viruses in email databases and email archives
stored on disk.
Sometimes it is necessary to identify the infected message using the
information provided in the scan report, and delete it manually.
Here is how you can clean a virus stored in an email archive:
1. Scan the email database with Bitdefender.
2. Turn off the Bitdefender real-time antivirus protection:
a. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
b. Click the VIEW FEATURES link.
c. Click the
icon in the lower-right corner of the ANTIVIRUS pane.
d. In the SHIELD window, click the ON/OFF switch.
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3. Open the scan report and use the identification information (Subject, From,
To) of the infected messages to locate them in the email client.
4. Delete the infected messages. Most email clients also move the deleted
message to a recovery folder, from which it can be recovered. You should
make sure the message is deleted also from this recovery folder.
5. Compact the folder storing the infected message.
● In Microsoft Outlook 2007: On the File menu, click Data File
Management. Select the personal folders (.pst) files you intend to
compact, and click Settings. Click Compact Now.
● In Microsoft Outlook 2010 / 2013/ 2016: On the File menu, click Info,
and then Account settings (Add and remove accounts or change existing
connection settings). Then click Data File, select the personal folders
(.pst) files you intend to compact, and click Settings. Click Compact
Now.
6. Turn on the Bitdefender real-time antivirus protection.
If this information was not helpful, you can contact Bitdefender for support
as described in section “Asking for help” (p. 295).
What to do if I suspect a file as being dangerous?
You may suspect a file from your system as being dangerous, even though
your Bitdefender product did not detect it.
To make sure your system is protected:
1. Run a System Scan with Bitdefender. To find out how to do this, please
refer to “How do I scan my system?” (p. 55).
2. If the scan result appears to be clean, but you still have doubts and want
to make sure about the file, contact our support representatives so that
we may help you.
To find out how to do this, please refer to “Asking for help” (p. 295).
What are the password-protected files in the scan log?
This is only a notification which indicates that Bitdefender has detected
these files are either protected with a password or by some form of
encryption.
Most commonly, the password-protected items are:
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● Files that belong to another security solution.
● Files that belong to the operating system.
In order to actually scan the contents, these files would need to either be
extracted or otherwise decrypted.
Should those contents be extracted, Bitdefender's real-time scanner would
automatically scan them to keep your computer protected. If you want to
scan those files with Bitdefender, you have to contact the product
manufacturer in order to provide you with more details on those files.
Our recommendation to you is to ignore those files because they are not a
threat for your system.
What are the skipped items in the scan log?
All files that appear as Skipped in the scan report are clean.
For increased performance, Bitdefender does not scan files that have not
changed since the last scan.
What are the over-compressed files in the scan log?
The over-compressed items are elements which could not be extracted by
the scanning engine or elements for which the decryption time would have
taken too long making the system unstable.
Overcompressed means that Bitdefender skipped scanning within that
archive because unpacking it proved to take up too many system resources.
The content will be scanned on real time access if needed.
Why did Bitdefender automatically delete an infected
file?
If an infected file is detected, Bitdefender will automatically attempt to
disinfect it. If disinfection fails, the file is moved to quarantine in order to
contain the infection.
For particular types of malware, disinfection is not possible because the
detected file is entirely malicious. In such cases, the infected file is deleted
from the disk.
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This is usually the case with installation files that are downloaded from
untrustworthy websites. If you find yourself in such a situation, download
the installation file from the manufacturer's website or other trusted website.
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7. INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL
This chapter includes the following topics:
● “System Requirements” (p. 208)
● “Installing Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac” (p. 208)
● “Removing Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac” (p. 213)
7.1. System Requirements
You may install Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac only on Intel-based Macintosh
computers with OS X Mavericks (10.9.5), OS X Yosemite (10.10.5), OS X El
Capitan (10.11.6), macOS Sierra (10.12.5 or later), macOS High Sierra 10.13
installed.
Your Mac must also meet all of these additional requirements:
● Minimum 1 GB of RAM Memory
● Minimum 600 MB available hard disk space
An Internet connection is required to register and update Bitdefender Antivirus
for Mac.
How to find out your macOS version and hardware
information about your Mac
Click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of the screen and choose About
This Mac. In the window that appears you can see the version of your operating
system and other useful information. Click More Info for detailed hardware
information.
7.2. Installing Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
The Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac app can be installed from your Bitdefender
account as follows:
1. Log in as an administrator.
2. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
3. Log in to your Bitdefender account using your email address and password.
4. In the MY DEVICES window, click INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
5. Choose one of the two available options:
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● DOWNLOAD
Click the button and save the installation file.
● On another device
Select macOS to download your Bitdefender product, and then click
CONTINUE. Type an email address in the corresponding field, and click
then SEND.
6. Run the Bitdefender product you have downloaded.
7. Complete the installation steps.
7.2.1. Installation process
To install Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac:
1. Click the downloaded file. This will launch the installer, which will guide
you through the installation process.
2. Follow the installation wizard.
Step 1 - Welcome Window
Welcome Window
Click Continue.
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Step 2 - Read the Subscription Agreement
Read the Subscription Agreement
The Subscription Agreement is a legal agreement between you and
Bitdefender for the use of Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac. You can print or
save the Subscription Agreement so that you can review it at a later time.
Please read the Subscription Agreement carefully. To continue installing the
software you must agree to the terms of the software subscription agreement.
Click Continue, and then click Agree.
Important
If you do not agree to these terms, click Continue, and then click Disagree to
cancel the installation and quit the installer.
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Step 3 - Start Installation
Start Installation
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac will be installed in Macintosh
HD/Library/Bitdefender. The installation path cannot be changed.
Click Install to start the installation.
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Step 4 - Installing Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
Installing Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
Wait until the installation is completed, and then click Continue.
Step 5 - Finish
Finish
Click Close to close the installer window.
The installation process is now complete.
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Important
If you are installing Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac on macOS High Sierra 10.13
or a newer version, the System Extension Blocked notification appears. This
notification informs you that the extensions signed by Bitdefender have been
blocked and must be manually enabled. Click OK to continue. In the Bitdefender
Antivirus for Mac window that appears, click the Security & Privacy link. Select
the Bitdefender check box from the list, and then click OK. Restart your Mac
to apply the changes and finish the installation process.
At the first installation of Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, the Safe Files and
Time Machine Protection wizards appear. For more information, refer to
“Safe Files” (p. 229) and to “Time Machine Protection” (p. 219).
7.3. Removing Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
Being a complex application, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac cannot be
removed in the normal way, by dragging the application icon from the
Applications folder to the Trash.
To remove Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, follow these steps:
1. Open a Finder window, go to the Applications folder and choose Utilities.
2. Double-click the Bitdefender for Mac Uninstaller application to open it.
3. Click the Uninstall button and wait for the process to complete.
4. Click Close to finish.
Important
If there is an error, you can contact Bitdefender Customer Care as described
in “Asking for help” (p. 295).
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8. GETTING STARTED
This chapter includes the following topics:
● “About Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac” (p. 214)
● “Opening Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac” (p. 214)
● “Application Main Window” (p. 214)
● “Application Dock Icon” (p. 216)
8.1. About Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is a powerful antivirus scanner, which can
detect and remove all kinds of malicious software ("malware"), including:
● ransomware
● adware
● viruses
● spyware
● Trojans
● keyloggers
● worms
This app detects and removes not only Mac malware, but also Windows
malware, thus preventing you from accidentally sending infected files to
your family, friends and colleagues using PCs.
8.2. Opening Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
You have several ways to open Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.
● Click the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac icon in the Launchpad.
● Click the icon
in the menu bar and choose Open Main Window.
● Open a Finder window, go to Applications and double-click the icon
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.
8.3. Application Main Window
In the application's main window you can check your computer's security
status, run system scans, secure your web browsing experience, or log into
your Bitdefender account.
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Application Main Window
The Autopilot option located in the upper-right part of the main window,
continuously monitors the applications running on the computer, looking
for malware-like actions and prevents new malware threats from entering
your system.
For security reasons, it is recommended to keep Autopilot enabled. If
Autopilot is disabled, you will not be protected automatically against malware
threats.
The status bar at the top of the window informs you about the system's
security status using explicit messages and suggestive colors. If Bitdefender
Antivirus for Mac has no warnings, the status bar is green. When a security
issue has been detected, the status bar changes its color to yellow. Click
the View Issues button to view the issues that affect the security of your
system. For detailed information on issues and how to fix them, refer to
“Fixing Issues” (p. 221).
Under the status bar, three scan buttons are available to help you scan your
Mac:
● Quick Scan - checks for malware the most vulnerable locations on your
system (for example, the folders that contain the documents, downloads,
mail downloads and temporary files of each user).
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● Full Scan - performs a comprehensive check for malware of the entire
system. All connected mounts will be scanned too.
● Custom Scan - helps you check specific files, folders or volumes for
malware.
For more information, refer to “Scanning Your Mac” (p. 218).
Besides the scan buttons, additional options are available:
● Web Protection - filters all web traffic and blocks any malicious content
to secure your web browsing experience. For more information, refer to
“Web Protection” (p. 222).
● Go to Bitdefender account - click the Go to your account link at the
lower-right part of the main interface to access your Bitdefender account.
For more information, refer to “Bitdefender Central” (p. 234).
● Number of days left - displays the time remaining before your subscription
expires. When the expiration date is reached, click the link to access a web
page from where you can renew your subscription.
● Buy - redirects you to the Bitdefender web page where you can check
available offers or buy a subscription.
● Feedback - opens a new window in your default email client from where
you can contact us.
8.4. Application Dock Icon
The Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac icon can be noticed in the Dock as soon
as you open the application. The icon in the Dock provides you with an easy
way to scan files and folders for malware. Just drag and drop the file or
folder over the Dock icon and the scan will start immediately.
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9. PROTECTING AGAINST MALICIOUS SOFTWARE
This chapter includes the following topics:
● “Best Practices” (p. 217)
● “Scanning Your Mac” (p. 218)
● “Turning on or off Autopilot” (p. 219)
● “Time Machine Protection” (p. 219)
● “Scan Wizard” (p. 220)
● “Fixing Issues” (p. 221)
● “Web Protection” (p. 222)
● “Updates” (p. 224)
9.1. Best Practices
To keep your system malware-free and to prevent accidental infection of
other systems, follow these best practices:
● Keep Autopilot enabled, as to allow system files to be scanned by
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.
● Maintain your Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac product up to date with the
latest malware signatures and product updates, while having Autopilot
activated.
● Check and fix the issues reported by Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
regularly. For detailed information, refer to “Fixing Issues” (p. 221).
● Check the detailed log of events concerning the Bitdefender Antivirus for
Mac activity on your computer. Whenever something relevant to the
security of your system or data happens, a new message is added to the
Bitdefender history. For more details, access “History” (p. 231).
● You should also adhere to these best practices:
● Make a habit of scanning files that you download from an external
storage memory (such as an USB stick or a CD), especially when you
do not know the source.
● If you have a DMG file, mount it and then scan its contents (the files
within the mounted volume/image).
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The easiest way to scan a file, a folder or a volume is to drag&drop it over
the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac window or Dock icon.
No other configuration or action is required. However, if you want to, you
can adjust the application settings and preferences to better suit your needs.
For more information, refer to “Configuring Preferences” (p. 226).
9.2. Scanning Your Mac
Beside the Autopilot feature, which continuously monitors the applications
running on the computer, looking for malware-like actions and prevents new
malware threats from entering your system, you can scan your Mac or
specific files anytime you want.
The easiest way to scan a file, a folder or a volume is to drag&drop it over
the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac window or Dock icon. The scan wizard will
appear and guide you through the scanning process.
You can also start a scan as follows:
1. Open Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.
2. Click one of the three scan buttons to start the desired scan.
● Quick Scan - checks for malware the most vulnerable locations on your
system (for example, the folders that contain the documents, downloads,
mail downloads and temporary files of each user).
● Full Scan - performs a comprehensive check for malware of the entire
system. All connected mounts will be scanned too.
Note
Depending on the size of your hard disk, scanning the entire system may
take a while (up to an hour or even more). For improved performance, it
is recommended not to run this task while performing other
resource-intensive tasks (such as video editing).
If you prefer, you can choose not to scan specific mounted volumes by
adding them to the Exclusions list from the Preferences window.
● Custom Scan - helps you check specific files, folders or volumes for
malware.
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9.3. Turning on or off Autopilot
To turn on or off Autopilot, do any of the following:
● Open Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac and click the switch to turn on or off
Autopilot.
● Click the icon
in the menu bar and choose Turn OFF Autopilot.
Warning
We recommend you to disable Autopilot for as little time as possible. If
Autopilot is disabled, you will not be protected automatically against malware
threats.
9.4. Time Machine Protection
Bitdefender Time Machine Protection serves as an additional layer of security
for your backup drive, including all the files you have decided to store in it,
by blocking the access of any external source. In case files from your Time
Machine drive will be encrypted by ransomware, you will be able to recover
them without paying for the asked ransom.
Time Machine Protection wizard
The Bitdefender Time Machine Protection wizard appears as soon as you
install Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac for the first time on your Macintosh.
Time Machine Protection wizard
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You have to set up the Time Machine backup system application before
enabling the Bitdefender protection.
If the Time Machine feature is not enabled on your machine:
1. Click the Go to Time Machine option.
The Time Machine window from System Preferences appears.
2. Activate the feature, and then select where to keep the backup files.
If you need additional instructions on how to activate the Time Machine
application on your system, click the Find out how to configure Time Machine
link from the wizard.
To enable Bitdefender Time Machine Protection for your backups:
1. Click the Enable Protection option.
A confirmation window appears.
2. Click Close.
Turning on or off Time Machine Protection
To turn on or off Time Machine Protection:
1. Open Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.
2. Click Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac in the menu bar and choose
Preferences.
3. Select the Protection tab.
4. Select or clear the Time Machine Protection check box.
9.5. Scan Wizard
Whenever you initiate a scan, the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac scan wizard
will appear.
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Scanning in Progress
Real-time information about detected and resolved threats is displayed
during each Scan.
Wait for Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac to finish scanning.
Note
The scanning process may take a while, depending on the complexity of the
scan.
9.6. Fixing Issues
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac automatically detects and informs you about
a series of issues that can affect the security of your system and data. In
this way, you can fix security risks easily and in a timely manner.
Fixing the issues indicated by Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is a quick and
easy way to ensure optimal protection of your system and data.
Detected issues include:
● The new malware signatures and product updates have not been
downloaded from our servers, because Autopilot is disabled.
● Unresolved threats have been detected on your system.
● Autopilot is turned off.
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To check and fix detected issues:
1. Open Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.
2. If Bitdefender has no warnings, the status bar is green. When a security
issue has been detected, the status bar changes its color to yellow.
3. Check the description for more information.
4. When a issue is detected, click the View Issues button to view information
about what is is affecting the security of your system. You can take actions
in the window that appears.
Unresolved Threats Window
The list of unresolved threats is updated after each system scan.
You can choose to take the following actions on unresolved threats:
● Reveal in Finder. Take this action to remove the infections manually.
● Add to Exclusions. This action is not available for malware found inside
archives.
9.7. Web Protection
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac uses the TrafficLight extensions to completely
secure your web browsing experience. The TrafficLight extensions intercept,
process and filter all web traffic, blocking any malicious content.
The extensions work and integrate with the following web browsers: Mozilla
Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.
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An array of features is available to protect you from all kinds of threats you
may encounter while web browsing:
● Advanced Threat Filter - prevents you from accessing websites used for
malware, phishing and fraud attacks.
● Search Results Analyzer - provides advance warning of risky websites
within your search results.
● Tracker Notification - detects trackers on the visited web pages and keeps
you informed about their presence.
Enabling TrafficLight extensions
To enable the TrafficLight extensions, follow these steps:
1. Open Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.
2. Click Fix Now to activate the Web Protection.
3. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac will detect what web browser you have
installed on your system. To install the TrafficLight extension on your
browser, click Get Extension.
4. You will be redirected to this online location:
https://bitdefender.com/solutions/trafficlight.html
5. Select Free Download.
6. Follow the steps to install the TrafficLight extension corresponding to
your web browser.
Page rating and alerts
Depending on how TrafficLight classifies the web page you are currently
viewing, one of the following icons is displayed in its area:
This is a safe page to visit. You can continue your work.
This web page may contain dangerous content. Exercise caution if you
decide to visit it.
You should leave the web page immediately. Alternatively, you can
choose one of the available options:
● Navigate away from the website by clicking Take me back to safety.
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● Proceed to the website, despite the warning, by clicking I understand the
risks, take me there anyway.
9.8. Updates
New malware is found and identified every day. This is why it is very important
to keep Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac up to date with the latest malware
signatures.
Keep the Autopilot turned on to allow the malware signatures and product
updates to be automatically downloaded on your system. If an update is
detected, it is automatically downloaded and installed on your computer.
The malware signatures update is performed on the fly, meaning that the
files to be updated are replaced progressively. In this way, the update will
not affect the product operation and, at the same time, any vulnerability will
be excluded.
● If Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is up-to-date, it can detect the latest threats
discovered and clean the infected files.
● If Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is not up-to-date, it will not be able to
detect and remove the latest malware discovered by Bitdefender Labs.
9.8.1. Requesting an Update
You can request an update manually anytime you want.
An active Internet connection is required in order to check for available
updates and download them.
To request an update manually:
1. Open Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.
2. Click the Actions button in the menu bar.
3. Choose Update Virus Database.
Alternatively, you can request an update manually by pressing CMD + U.
You can see the update progress and downloaded files.
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9.8.2. Getting Updates through a Proxy Server
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac can update only through proxy servers that
do not require authentication. You do not have to configure any program
settings.
If you connect to the Internet through a proxy server that requires
authentication, you must switch to a direct Internet connection regularly in
order to obtain malware signature updates.
9.8.3. Upgrade to a new version
Occasionally, we launch product updates to add new features and
improvements or fix product issues. These updates may require a system
restart in order to initiate the installation of new files. By default, if an update
requires a computer restart, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac will keep working
with the previous files until you reboot the system. In this case, the update
process will not interfere with the user's work.
When a product update is completed, a pop-up window will inform you to
restart the system. If you miss this notification, you can either click Restart
to upgrade from the menu bar or manually restart the system.
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10. CONFIGURING PREFERENCES
This chapter includes the following topics:
● “Accessing Preferences” (p. 226)
● “Account Info” (p. 226)
● “Protection Preferences” (p. 226)
● “Scan Exclusions” (p. 228)
● “Safe Files” (p. 229)
● “History” (p. 231)
● “Quarantine” (p. 232)
10.1. Accessing Preferences
To open the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac Preferences window:
1. Open Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.
2. Do any of the following:
● Click Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac in the menu bar and choose
Preferences.
● Click the icon in the menu bar and choose Preferences..
● Press Command-Comma(,).
10.2. Account Info
The account info window gives your information about your subscription
and your Bitdefender account.
Whenever you want to log in with another Bitdefender account, click the
Switch account button, type your new email address and password in the
Bitdefender account application window, then click SIGN IN.
10.3. Protection Preferences
The protection preferences window allows you to configure the overall
scanning approach. You can configure the actions taken on the infected and
suspicious files detected and other general settings.
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Protection Preferences
● Action for infected items. When it detects a virus or other malware,
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac will automatically attempt to remove the
malware code from the infected file and reconstruct the original file. This
operation is referred to as disinfection. Files that cannot be disinfected
are moved to quarantine in order to contain the infection.
Though not recommended, you can set the application to take no action
on infected files. Detected files are only logged.
Autopilot ensures good protection against malware, with minor impact on
system performance. If there are unresolved threats, you can view them
and decide what to do with them.
● Action for suspect items. Files are detected as suspicious by the heuristic
analysis. Suspicious files cannot be disinfected, because no disinfection
routine is available.
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By default, suspicious files are moved to quarantine. When a virus is in
quarantine it cannot do any harm because it cannot be executed or read.
If you prefer, you can choose to ignore suspicious files. Detected files are
only logged.
● Scan only new and changed files. Select this check box to set Bitdefender
Antivirus for Mac to scan only files that have not been scanned before or
that have been modified since their last scan.
You can choose not to apply this setting for drag&drop scanning by
selecting the corresponding check box.
● Don't scan content in backups. Select this check box to exclude backup
files from scanning. If the infected files are restored at a later time,
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac will automatically detect them and take the
proper action.
● Time Machine Protection. Select this check box to protect the files stored
in Time Machine. In case files from your Time Machine drive will be
encrypted by ransomware, you will be able to recover them without paying
for the asked ransom.
10.3.1. Scan Exclusions
If you want to, you can set Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac not to scan specific
files, folders, or even an entire volume. For example, you might want to
exclude from scanning:
● Files that are mistakenly identified as infected (known as false positives)
● Files that cause scanning errors
● Backup volumes
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Scan Exclusions
The exclusions list contains the paths that have been excluded from
scanning.
There are two ways to set a scan exclusion:
● Drag&drop a file, folder or volume over the exclusions list.
● Click the button labeled with the plus sign (+), located under the exclusions
list. Then, choose the file, folder or volume to be excluded from scanning.
To remove a scan exclusion, select it from the list and click the button labeled
with the minus sign (-), located under the exclusions list.
10.4. Safe Files
Ransomware is a malicious software that attacks vulnerable systems by
locking them, and asks for money to let the user take back the control of his
system. This malicious software acts intelligent by displaying false messages
to panic the user, urging him to proceed with the asked payment.
Using the latest technology, Bitdefender ensures system integrity by
protecting critical system areas against ransomware attacks without
impacting the system. However, you may also want to protect your personal
files such as documents, photos, or movies from being accessed by untrusted
apps. With Bitdefender Safe Files you can settle personal files to a shelter
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and configure on your own which apps should be allowed to make changes
in the protected files and which should not.
Safe Files wizard
The Bitdefender Safe Files wizard appears as soon as you install Bitdefender
Antivirus for Mac on your Macintosh. Select or add new locations you want
to protect, and then click Enable Safe Files.
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There are two ways to add afterwards files to the protected environment:
● Drag&drop a file, folder or volume over the Safe Files window.
● Click the button labeled with the plus sign (+), located under the protected
files list. Then, choose the file, folder or volume to be protected in case
ransomware attacks will try access them.
You will be informed each time an unknown app with an unusual behavior
will try to modify the files you added. Click Allow or Block to add it to the
Managing Applications list.
10.4.1. Managing Applications
Those applications that try to change or delete protected files may be flagged
as potentially unsafe and added to the Blocked applications' list. If such an
application is blocked and you are sure that its behavior is normal, you can
allow it by clicking the Manage Applications button, and then changing its
status to Allow.
Apps that are set on Allow can be set on Blocked as well.
Use the drag&drop method or click the plus sign (+) to add more apps to the
list.
10.5. History
Bitdefender keeps a detailed log of events concerning its activity on your
computer. Whenever something relevant to the security of your system or
data happens, a new message is added to the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
History, in a similar way to a new email appearing in your Inbox.
Events are a very important tool in monitoring and managing your Bitdefender
protection. For instance, you can easily check if the update was successfully
performed, if malware was found on your computer, if an unauthorized
application tried to access your Time Machine drive, etc.
Details about the product activity are displayed.
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History
Whenever you want to delete the history log, click the Clear History button.
The Copy button gives you the possibility to copy this information on
clipboard.
10.6. Quarantine
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac allows isolating the infected or suspicious
files in a secure area, named quarantine. When a virus is in quarantine it
cannot do any harm because it cannot be executed or read.
Quarantined Files
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The Quarantine section displays all the files currently isolated in the
Quarantine folder.
To delete a file from quarantine, select it and click Delete. If you want to
restore a quarantined file to its original location, select it and click Restore.
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11. BITDEFENDER CENTRAL
This chapter includes the following topics:
● “About Bitdefender Central” (p. 234)
● “My Subscriptions” (p. 235)
● “My Devices” (p. 236)
11.1. About Bitdefender Central
Bitdefender Central is the web platform where you have access to the
product's online features and services and can remotely perform important
tasks on devices Bitdefender is installed on. You can log in to your
Bitdefender account from any computer or mobile device connected to the
Internet by going to https://central.bitdefender.com. Once you have access
to it, you can start doing the following:
● Download and install Bitdefender on Windows, macOS, iOS and Android
operating systems. The products available for download are:
● Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
● The Bitdefender Windows product line
● Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus for Android
● Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS
● Bitdefender Parental Advisor
● Manage and renew your Bitdefender subscriptions.
● Add new devices to your network and manage them wherever you are.
11.2. Accessing Bitdefender Central
There are several ways to access Bitdefender Central. Depending on the task
you want to perform, you can use any of the following possibilities:
● From the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac main interface:
1. Click the Go to your account link at the lower right part of the screen.
● From your web browser:
1. Open a web browser on any device with Internet access.
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2. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
3. Log in to your account using your email address and password.
11.3. My Subscriptions
The Bitdefender Central platform gives you the possibility to easily manage
the subscriptions you have for all your devices.
11.3.1. Activate subscription
A subscription can be activated during the installation process by using your
Bitdefender account. Together with the activation process, the subscription's
validity starts to count down.
If you have purchased an activation code from one of our resellers or you
received it as a present, then you can add its availability to your Bitdefender
subscription.
To activate a subscription using an activation code, follow these steps:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Click the
icon located in the upper-left corner of the window, and then
select the My Subscriptions panel.
3. Click the ACTIVATION CODE button, then type the code in the
corresponding field.
4. Click ACTIVATION CODE to continue.
The subscription is now activated.
To start installing the product on your devices, refer to “Installing Bitdefender
Antivirus for Mac” (p. 208).
11.3.2. Buy subscription
You can purchase a subscription directly from your Bitdefender account by
following these steps:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Click the
icon located in the upper-left corner of the window, and then
select the My Subscriptions panel.
3. Click the Buy Now link. You are redirected to a web page from where you
can make your purchase.
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As soon as you finish the process, the availability of the subscription will be
visible in the lower-right corner of the product's main interface.
11.4. My Devices
The My Devices area in your Bitdefender account gives you the possibility
to install, manage and take remote actions on your Bitdefender product on
any device, provided that it is turned on and connected to the Internet. The
device cards display the device name, protection status and if there are
security risks affecting the protection of your devices.
11.4.1. Customize your device
To easily identify your devices, you can customize the device name:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. Click the desired device card, and then the
corner of the screen.
icon in the upper-right
4. Select Settings.
5. Type in a new name in the Device name field, then click SAVE.
You can create and assign an owner to each of your devices for better
management:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. Click the desired device card, and then the
corner of the screen.
icon in the upper-right
4. Select Profile.
5. Click Add owner, then fill in the corresponding fields. Customize the profile
by adding a photo, selecting a date of birth, and adding an email address
and a phone number.
6. Click ADD to save the profile.
7. Select the desired owner from the Device owner list, then click ASSIGN.
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11.4.2. Remote actions
To remotely update Bitdefender on a device:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. Click the desired device card, and then the
corner of the screen.
icon in the upper-right
4. Select Update.
To remotely enable the Autopilot feature:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Select the My Devices panel.
3. Click the desired device card, and then the
corner of the screen.
icon in the upper-right
4. Select Settings. Click the corresponding switch to enable Autopilot.
Once you click on a device card, the following tabs are available:
● Dashboard. In this window you can view details about the selected device,
check its protection status and how many threats have been blocked in
the last seven days. The protection status can be green, when there is no
issue affecting your device, yellow when the device needs your attention
or red when the device is at risk. When there are issues affecting your
device, click the drop-down arrow in the upper status area to find out more
details. From here you can manually fix issues that are affecting the
security of your devices.
● Protection. From this window you can remotely run a Quick or a Full Scan
on your devices. Click the SCAN button to start the process. You can also
check when the last scan was performed on the device and a report of the
latest scan with the most important information is available. For more
information about these two scan processes, please refer to “Scanning
Your Mac” (p. 218).
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12. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I try Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac before applying for a
subscription?
You are a new Bitdefender customer and would like to try our product
before buying it. The trial period is 30 days and you can continue using
the installed product only if you buy a Bitdefender subscription. To try
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, you have to:
1. Create a Bitdefender account by following these steps:
● Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
● Type the required information in the corresponding fields, and then
click the CREATE ACCOUNT button.
The data you provide here will remain confidential.
2. Download Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac as follows:
● In the MY DEVICES window, click INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
● Choose one of the two available options:
● DOWNLOAD
Click the button and save the installation file.
● On another device
Select macOS to download your Bitdefender product, and then
click CONTINUE. Type an email address in the corresponding
field, and then click SEND.
● Run the Bitdefender product you have downloaded.
I have an activation code. How do I add its validity to my subscription?
If you have purchased an activation code from one of our resellers or
you received it as a present, then you can add its availability to your
Bitdefender subscription.
To activate a subscription using an activation code, follow these steps:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Click the
icon located in the upper-left corner of the window, and
then select the My Subscriptions panel.
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3. Click the ACTIVATION CODE button, then type the code in the
corresponding field.
4. Click again the ACTIVATION CODE button.
The extension is now visible in your Bitdefender account, and in your
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac installed product, in the lower-right part
of the screen.
The scan log indicates there are still unresolved items. How do I remove
them?
The unresolved items in the scan log may be:
● restricted access archives (xar, rar, etc.)
Solution: Use the Reveal in Finder option to find the file and delete it
manually. Make sure to empty the Trash.
● restricted access mailboxes (Thunderbird, etc.)
Solution: Use the application to remove the entry containing the
infected file.
● Content in backups
Solution: Enable the Don't scan content in backups option in Protection
Preferences or Add to Exclusions the detected files.
If the infected files are restored at a later time, Bitdefender Antivirus
for Mac will automatically detect them and take the proper action.
Note
Restricted access files means files Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac can
only open, but it cannot modify them.
Where can I see details about the product activity?
Bitdefender keeps a log of all important actions, status changes and
other critical messages related to its activity. To access this information,
open the Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac Preferences window:
1. Open Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac.
2. Do any of the following:
● Click Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac in the menu bar and choose
Preferences.
● Click the icon in the menu bar and choose Preferences..
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● Press Command-Comma(,).
3. Choose the History tab.
Details about the product activity are displayed.
Can I update Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac through a Proxy Server?
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac can update only through proxy servers
that do not require authentication. You do not have to configure any
program settings.
If you connect to the Internet through a proxy server that requires
authentication, you must switch to a direct Internet connection regularly
in order to obtain malware signature updates.
How do I remove Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac?
To remove Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, follow these steps:
1. Open a Finder window, go to the Applications folder and choose
Utilities.
2. Double-click the Bitdefender Uninstaller application.
3. Click Uninstall to continue.
4. Wait for the process to complete, then click Close to finish.
Important
If there is an error, you can contact Bitdefender Customer Care as
described in “Asking for help” (p. 295).
How do I remove the TrafficLight extensions from my web browser?
● To remove the TrafficLight extensions from Mozilla Firefox, follow
these steps:
1. Open your Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. Go to Tools and select Add-ons.
3. Select Extensions on the left column.
4. Select the extension and click Remove.
5. Restart the browser for the removal process to complete.
● To remove the TrafficLight extensions from Google Chrome, follow
these steps:
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1. Open your Google Chrome browser.
2. Click
on the browser toolbar.
3. Go to Tools and select Extensions.
4. Select the extension and click Remove.
5. Click Uninstall to confirm the removal process.
● To remove Bitdefender TrafficLight from Safari, follow these steps:
1. Open your Safari browser.
2. Click
on the browser toolbar and click Preferences.
3. Select the Extensions tab and find the Bitdefender TrafficLight on
Safari extension in the list.
4. Select the extension and click Uninstall.
5. Click Uninstall to confirm the removal process.
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13. WHAT IS BITDEFENDER MOBILE SECURITY FOR
IOS
Online activities such as paying bills, making holiday reservations, or buying
goods and services are convenient and hassle-free. But as many activities
evolved on the internet, these come with high risks and, if security details
are ignored, personal data may be hacked. And what is more important than
protecting data stored in online accounts and on the personal smartphone?
Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS allows you to:
● Check if any leakage has occurred in the online accounts you use daily.
● Locate, lock and wipe the data from your device in case it is stolen or lost.
Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS is delivered free of charge and requires
activation with a Bitdefender account.
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14. GETTING STARTED
Device Requirements
Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS works on any device running iOS 10 and
up and needs an active internet connection for being activated and detecting
if any data leakage has occurred in your online accounts.
Installing Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS
● From Bitdefender Central
● On iOS
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Sign in to your Bitdefender account.
3. Tap the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
4. Tap INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
5. Select Bitdefender Mobile Security from the list, then tap GO TO APP
STORE.
6. Tap INSTALL in the App Store screen.
● On Windows, macOS, Android
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Sign in to your Bitdefender account.
3. Press the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, and then My
4. Press INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
5. On Windows and macOS, click the On another device link.
On Android, tap Want to protect other devices?.
6. Choose iOS.
7. Select Bitdefender Mobile Security from the list, then tap CONTINUE.
8. Type an email address in the corresponding field, then tap SEND.
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9. Access your email account from your iOS device, and then tap GET
IT ON AppStore in the email received from our servers.
You are redirected to the App Store app.
10. Tap INSTALL in the App Store screen.
● From App Store
Search for Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS to locate and install the
app.
Wizard
An introduction wizard containing details about the product features is
displayed the first time you open the app. Tap Get started to continue.
Sign in to your Bitdefender account
To use Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS, you must link your device to a
Bitdefender account by signing in to the account from the app. Once the
introduction wizard is complete, type the email address and the password
of your Bitdefender account, and then tap Sign in. If you do not have an
account, tap the corresponding link to create one.
Dashboard
Tap the Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS icon in your device's app drawer
to open the application interface.
To get access to the information you need, tap the corresponding icon from
the bottom of the screen.
Account Privacy
Find out whether your email accounts have been leaked or not. For more
information, please refer to “Account Privacy” (p. 247).
Anti-Theft
Locate and lock your device to prevent your personal data from getting
into the wrong hands. For more information, please refer to “Anti-Theft
Features” (p. 249).
To see additional options, tap the
icon on your device while in the
application's home screen. The following options appear:
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● Get started - the quick product tour can be put on.
● Feedback - launches the default email client from where your can send us
your feedback about the app.
● App info - information about the installed version is displayed.
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15. ACCOUNT PRIVACY
Bitdefender Account Privacy detects if any data leakage has occurred in the
accounts you use for making online payments, shopping, or signing in
different apps or websites. The data that may be stored into an account can
be passwords, credit card information, or bank account information, and, if
not properly secured, identity theft or invasion to privacy may occur.
The privacy status of an account is displayed right after validation.
To check if any of accounts has been leaked, tap Scan for leaks.
To start keeping personal information safe:
1. Tap the
icon from the bottom of the screen.
2. Tap Add in the upper right of the screen.
3. Type your email address in the corresponding field, and then tap Next.
Bitdefender needs to validate this account before displaying private
information. Therefore, an email with a validation code is sent to the
provided email address.
4. Check your inbox, and then type the received code in the Account Privacy
area of your app. If you cannot find the validation email in the Inbox folder,
check the Spam folder too.
The privacy status of the validated account is displayed.
If leaks are found in any of your accounts, we recommend you to change
their password as soon as possible. To create a strong and secure password,
take into consideration these tips:
● Make it at least eight characters long.
● Include lower and upper case characters.
● Add at least one number or symbol, such as #, @, % or !.
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16. ANTI-THEFT FEATURES
Bitdefender can help you locate your device and prevent your personal data
from getting into the wrong hands.
All you need to do is activate Anti-Theft from the device and, when needed,
access Bitdefender Central from any web browser, anywhere.
Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS offers the following Anti-Theft features:
Remote Location
View your device's current location on Maps.
The accuracy of the location depends on how Bitdefender is able to
determine it:
● If the GPS is enabled on the device, its location can be pinpointed to
within a couple of meters as long it is in the range of GPS satellites
(i.e. not inside a building).
● If the device is indoors, its location can be determined to within tens
of meters if Wi-Fi is enabled and there are wireless networks available
in its range.
● Otherwise, the location will be determined using only information from
the mobile network, which can offer an accuracy no better than several
hundred meters.
Remote Lock
Lock remotely your device's screen.
Remote Wipe
Remove all personal data from your estranged device.
Activating Anti-Theft
To enable Anti-Theft features, follow these steps:
1. Tap the
icon from the bottom of the screen.
2. Enable the switch.
3. Tap Allow to install a MDM (Mobile Device Management) profile that
Bitdefender needs to continue the activation process.
4. Type the PIN code you set to protect your smartphone to allow Bitdefender
install its files.
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5. Grant access to your device’s location so that Bitdefender can locate it
in case it is stolen or lost.
Anti-Theft
Using Anti-Theft features from Bitdefender Central
(Web Control)
To access the Anti-Theft features from your Bitdefender account:
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Sign in to your Bitdefender account.
3. Tap the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
4. Tap the desired device card, and then the Anti-Theft tab.
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5. In the bottom field of the window, tap the
icon, and then the button
corresponding to the feature you want to use:
Locate - display your device's location on Maps.
Lock - lock your device and set a PIN code for unlocking it.
Wipe - delete all data from your device.
Important
After you wipe a device, all Anti-Theft features cease to function.
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17. BITDEFENDER ACCOUNT
A Bitdefender account is mandatory to activate Bitdefender Mobile Security
for iOS. Whenever you want to access to the product's online features and
services, or remotely perform important tasks on devices Bitdefender is
installed on, you can log in to your account from any computer or mobile
device connected to the internet by going to https://central.bitdefender.com.
My Devices
The MY DEVICES area in your Bitdefender account gives you the possibility
to install, manage and take remote actions on your Bitdefender product on
any device, provided that it is turned on and connected to the Internet. The
device cards display the device name, protection status and if there are
security risks affecting the protection of your devices.
To easily identify and manage your devices, you can customize the device
name and create or assign an owner to each of them:
1. Tap the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
2. Tap the desired device card, and then the
icon in the upper-right corner
of the screen. The following options are available:
● Settings - from here you can change the name of the selected device.
● Profile - from here, a profile can be assigned to the selected device. Tap
Add owner, then fill in the corresponding fields, set the Name, Email
address, Phone Number, Date of birth and even add a Profile picture.
● Remove - from here, a profile together with the assigned device can be
removed from your Bitdefender account.
Editing account details
To login with another account, change its password, or edit details from your
profile directly from the app:
1. Tap the
icon from the bottom of the screen.
2. Tap the
icon in the upper right of the screen. The following actions
can be performed:
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● Edit Profile - allows you to modify your profile photo and account
information.
● Log out - allows you to sign out from the current Bitdefender account
and sign in with another one.
● Change password - allows you to change the password set for your
Bitdefender account.
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18. PROTECTION FEATURES
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus protects your Android device with
the following features:
● Malware Scanner
● Account Privacy
● Web Security
● VPN
● Anti-Theft, including:
● Remote location
● Remote device lock
● Remote device wipe
● Remote device alerts
● App Lock
● Privacy Advisor
● Reports
● WearON
You can use the product features for 14 days, free of charge. After the period
expires, you need to purchase the full version to protect your mobile device.
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19. GETTING STARTED
Device Requirements
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus works on any device running Android
4.0 and up. An active Internet connection is required for in-the-cloud malware
scanning.
Installing Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
● From Bitdefender Central
● On Android
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Sign in to your Bitdefender account.
3. Tap the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
4. Tap INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
5. Select Bitdefender Mobile Security from the list, then tap GO TO
GOOGLE PLAY.
6. Tap INSTALL in the Google Play screen.
● On Windows, macOS, iOS
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Sign in to your Bitdefender account.
3. Press the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, and then My
4. Press INSTALL LOCAL PROTECTION.
5. On Windows and macOS, click the On another device link.
On iOS, tap Want to protect other devices?.
6. Choose Android.
7. Select Bitdefender Mobile Security from the list, then press
CONTINUE.
8. Type an email address in the corresponding field, then press SEND.
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9. Access your email account from your Android device, then tap the
GET IT ON Google Play button.
You are redirected to the Google Play app.
10. Tap INSTALL in the Google Play screen.
● From Google Play
Search for Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus to locate and install
the app.
Alternatively, scan the QR Code:
Sign in to your Bitdefender account
To use Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus, you must link your device to
a Bitdefender, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account by signing in to the
account from the app. The first time you open the app, you will be prompted
to sign in to an account.
If you installed Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus from your Bitdefender
account, the app will attempt to automatically log in to that account.
To link your device to a Bitdefender account:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Type your Bitdefender account email address and password in the
corresponding fields. If you do not have a Bitdefender account and want
to create one, select the corresponding link.
3. Two additional tasks can be performed at this step:
● Read the Subscription Agreement before proceeding with the
installation. The Subscription Agreement contains the terms and
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conditions under which you may use Bitdefender Mobile Security &
Antivirus.
● Keep the Help up improve by automatically sending anonymous
statistics option enabled. By allowing this option, reports containing
information about how you use the product are sent to the Bitdefender
servers. This information is essential for improving the product and can
help us provide a better experience in the future. Please note that these
reports contain no confidential data, such as your name or IP address,
and that they will not be used for commercial purposes.
4. Tap SIGN IN.
To log in using a Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account, tap the service
you want to use from the OR SIGN WITH area. You are redirected to the login
page of the selected service. Follow the instructions to link your account to
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
Note
Bitdefender does not get access to any confidential information such as the
password of the account you use to log in, or the personal information of your
friends and contacts.
Activating Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
In order to be protected by Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus, you must
activate your product with a subscription, which specifies how long you may
use the product. As soon as it expires, the application stops performing its
functions and protecting your device.
To activate Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. The app displays information regarding the current subscription status.
Tap I HAVE A CODE.
3. Type an activation code in the corresponding field, then tap ACTIVATE.
To extend an available subscription:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select Account Info from the list.
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3. Under the Extend subscription section, type an activation code, and then
tap ACTIVATE.
Alternatively you can extend your current subscription by accessing the
listed offers.
Dashboard
Tap the Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus icon in your device's app
drawer to open the application interface.
The Dashboard offers information about the security status of your device
and allows you to easily manage all security features.
Whenever there is a process in progress or a feature requires your input, a
card with more information and possible actions is displayed in the
Dashboard.
You can access the Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus features and
easily navigate from a section to another from the Menu button located in
the upper-left corner of the screen:
Malware Scanner
Allows you to initiate an on-demand scan and enable or disable Scan
Storage. For more information, please refer to “Malware Scanner” (p. 261).
Account Privacy
Checks if any data leakage has occurred in your online accounts. For
more information, please refer to “Account Privacy” (p. 264).
Web Security
Allows you to turn the web security feature on or off. For more
information, please refer to “Web Security” (p. 265).
VPN
Encrypts internet communication, helping you maintain your privacy no
matter what network you are connected to. For more information, please
refer to “VPN” (p. 267).
Anti-Theft
Allows you to turn the Anti-Theft features on or off and to configure
Anti-Theft settings. For more information, please refer to “Anti-Theft
Features” (p. 270).
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App Lock
Allows you to protect your installed applications by setting a PIN access
code. For more information, please refer to “App Lock” (p. 275).
Privacy Advisor
Offers you information about the Android apps installed on your device
and the actions they take in the background. For more information, please
refer to “Privacy Advisor” (p. 280).
Reports
Keeps a log of all important actions, status changes and other critical
messages related to your device’s activity. For more information, please
refer to “Reports” (p. 282).
WearON
Communicates with your smartwatch to help you find your phone in
case you misplace or forget where you left it. For more information,
please refer to “WearON” (p. 283).
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20. MALWARE SCANNER
Bitdefender protects your device and data against malicious applications
using on-install scanning and on-demand scanning.
Note
Make sure your mobile device is connected to the Internet. If your device is
not connected to the Internet, the scan process will not start.
● On-install scanning
Whenever you install an application, Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
automatically scans it using in-the-cloud technology. The same scanning
process starts each time the installed apps are updated.
This type of scan is provided through the Autopilot feature. Autopilot is a
smart scanner that scans all apps you install or update, and stops viruses
in their tracks.
If the application is found to be malicious, an alert will appear prompting
you to uninstall it. Tap Uninstall to go to that application's uninstall screen.
● On-demand scanning
Whenever you want to make sure that the applications installed on your
device are safe to use, you can initiate an on-demand scan.
To start an On-demand scan, simply tap the START SCAN button from the
Malware Scanner card available in the Dashboard.
Alternatively, you can run a scan by following these steps:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select Malware Scanner from the list.
3. Tap START SCAN.
Note
Additional permissions are required on Android 6 for the Malware Scanner
feature. After tapping the START SCAN button, select Allow for the
following:
● Allow Antivirus to make and manage phone calls?
● Allow Antivirus to access photos, media, and files on your device?
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The scan progress will be displayed and you can stop the process at any
time.
Malware Scan
By default, Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus will scan your device's
internal storage, including any mounted SD card. This way, any dangerous
applications that might be on the card can be detected before they can
cause harm.
To enable or disable the Scan Storage setting:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select Malware Scanner from the list.
3. Tap the corresponding switch.
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You can also enable or disable the storage scanning from the Settings area
by tapping the
button, then the corresponding switch.
If any malicious applications are detected, information about them will be
displayed and you can remove them by tapping the UNINSTALL button.
The Malware Scanner card displays the state of your device. When your
device is safe, the card is green. When the device requires a scan, or there
is any action that requires your input, the card will turn red.
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21. ACCOUNT PRIVACY
Bitdefender Account Privacy detects if any data leakage has occurred in the
accounts you use for making online payments, shopping, or signing in
different apps or websites. The data that may be stored into an account can
be passwords, credit card information, or bank account information, and, if
not properly secured, identity theft or invasion to privacy may occur.
The privacy status of an account is displayed right after validation.
Automatic rechecks are set to run in the background, but manual scans can
be run as well on a daily basis.
Notifications will be displayed each time new leaks that include any of the
validated email accounts are discovered.
To start keeping personal information safe:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select Account Privacy from the list.
3. Tap the blue circle in the bottom right of the screen.
4. Type your email address in the corresponding field, and then tap NEXT.
Bitdefender needs to validate this account before displaying private
information. Therefore, an email with a validation code is sent to the
provided email address.
5. Check your inbox, and then type the received code in the Account Privacy
area of your app. If you cannot find the validation email in the Inbox folder,
check the Spam folder.
The privacy status of the validated account is displayed.
If leaks are found in any of your accounts, we recommend you to change
their password as soon as possible. To create a strong and secure password,
take into consideration these tips:
● Make it at least eight characters long.
● Include lower and upper case characters.
● Add at least one number or symbol, such as #, @, % or !.
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22. WEB SECURITY
Web Security checks using Bitdefender cloud services web pages you access
with the default Android browser, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Opera Mini
and Dolphin. A complete list with the supported browsers is available in the
Web Security section.
If an URL points to a known phishing or fraudulent website, or to malicious
content such as spyware or viruses, the web page is temporarily blocked
and an alert is shown.
You can then choose to ignore the alert and proceed to the web page or
return to a safe page.
Note
Additional permissions are required on Android 6 for the Web Security feature.
Allow permission to register as Accessibility service and tap TURN ON when
requested. Tap Antivirus and enable the switch, then confirm that you agree
with the access to your device’s permission.
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23. VPN
With Bitdefender VPN you can keep your data private each time you connect
to unsecured wireless networks while in airports, malls, cafés, or hotels. This
way, unfortunate situations such as theft of personal data, or attempts to
make your device’s IP address accessible to hackers can be avoided.
The VPN serves as a tunnel between your device and the network you connect
to securing your connection, encrypting the data using bank-grade encryption,
and hiding your IP address wherever you are. Your traffic is redirected through
a separate server; thus making your device almost impossible to be identified
through the myriad of the other devices that are using our services. Moreover,
while connected to the internet via Bitdefender VPN, you are able to access
content that is normally restricted in specific areas.
Note
Some countries practice internet censorship and therefore the usage of VPNs
on their territory has been banned by law. To avoid legal consequences, a
warning message can appear when you try to use the Bitdefender VPN feature
for the first time. By continuing using the feature, you confirm that you are
aware of the applicable country regulations and the risks to which you might
be exposed.
There are two ways to turn on or off Bitdefender VPN:
● Tap the power on button in the VPN card from the Dashboard.
The status of Bitdefender VPN is displayed.
● Tap the Menu button and select VPN from the list.
Tap CONNECT each time you want to stay protected while connected to
unsecured wireless networks.
Tap DISCONNECT whenever you want to disable the connection.
Note
The first time you turn on VPN, you are asked to allow Bitdefender to set up
a VPN connection that will monitor network traffic. Tap OK to continue.
The
icon appears in the status bar when Bitdefender VPN is active.
To save battery power, we recommend you to turn off the VPN feature when
you do not need it.
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If you have a premium subscription and would like to connect to a server at
your will, tap CHOOSE LOCATION in the VPN feature, and then select the
location you want. For details about VPN subscriptions, refer to
“Subscriptions” (p. 269).
VPN
Tap MORE DETAILS in the VPN card from the Dashboard to access the
feature where you can:
● View how much traffic you have left from your daily quota or upgrade to
the premium version - info available in the VPN free version.
● Choose the server you would like to connect to and view how much time
is left from your subscription - info available in the Premium VPN version.
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VPN Settings
Tap the
button in the VPN feature menu, then select Settings for an
advanced configuration of your VPN.
In VPN Settings you can configure the following options:
● Quick access VPN notification - a notification will appear in the status bar
to allow you to quickly turn on VPN.
● Notification when connecting to an open WiFi - each time you connect to
an open WiFi network, you are notified in the status bar to use VPN.
● Notification when accessing a banking site - each time you access a
banking site, you are notified in the status bar to use VPN.
Subscriptions
Bitdefender VPN offers for free a daily 200 MB traffic quota per device to
secure your connection every time you need, and connects you automatically
to the optimal server location.
To get unlimited traffic and unrestricted access to content worldwide by
choosing a server location at your will, upgrade to the premium version.
You can upgrade to the Bitdefender Premium VPN version anytime by tapping
the ACTIVATE PREMIUM VPN button available in the Dashboard or in the
VPN window.
The Bitdefender Premium VPN subscription is independent from the
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus subscription, meaning you will be
able to use it for its entire availability, regardless of the state of the antivirus
subscription. In case the Bitdefender Premium VPN subscription expires,
but the one for Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus is still active, you will
be reverted to the free plan.
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24. ANTI-THEFT FEATURES
Bitdefender can help you locate your device and prevent your personal data
from getting into the wrong hands.
All you need to do is activate Anti-Theft from the device and, when needed,
access Bitdefender Central from any web browser, anywhere.
Even if you cannot access the Internet, you can still protect your device and
data by sending SMS commands from any mobile phone to your smartphone
through regular text messages.
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus offers the following Anti-Theft
features:
Remote Location
View your device's current location on Google Maps. The location is
refreshed every 5 seconds, so you can track it if it is on the move.
The accuracy of the location depends on how Bitdefender is able to
determine it:
● If the GPS is enabled on the device, its location can be pinpointed to
within a couple of meters as long it is in the range of GPS satellites
(i.e. not inside a building).
● If the device is indoors, its location can be determined to within tens
of meters if Wi-Fi is enabled and there are wireless networks available
in its range.
● Otherwise, the location will be determined using only information from
the mobile network, which can offer an accuracy no better than several
hundred meters.
Show IP
Displays the last IP address for the selected device. Tap SHOW IP to
make it visible.
Remote Wipe
Remove all personal data from your estranged device.
Remote Lock
Lock your device's screen and set a numeric PIN for unlocking it.
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Send alert to device (Scream)
Remotely send a message to be displayed on the device's screen, or
trigger a loud sound to be played on the device speaker.
If you lose your device, you can let whoever finds it know how they can
return it to you by displaying a message on the screen of the device.
If you misplaced your device and there is a chance it is not far from you
(for example, somewhere around the house or the office), what better
way to find it than to make it play a loud sound? The sound will be played
even if the device is in silent mode.
Activating Anti-Theft
To enable Anti-Theft features, simply complete the configuration process
from the Anti-Theft card available in the Dashboard.
Alternatively, you can activate Anti-Theft by following these steps:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select Anti-Theft from the list.
3. Tap TURN ON.
4. The following procedure will begin to help you activate this feature:
Note
Additional permissions are required on Android 6 for the Anti-Theft feature.
To enable it, follow the steps below:
● Tap Activate Anti-Theft, then tap TURN ON.
● Allow permissions for the following:
a. Allow Antivirus to send and view SMS messages?
b. Allow Antivirus to access this device’s location?
c. Allow Antivirus to access your contacts?
a. Grant Admin Privileges
These privileges are essential to the operation of the Anti-Theft module
and therefore must be granted in order to continue.
b. Set Application PIN
To make sure any changes made to Anti-Theft settings are authorized
by you, a PIN must be set. Every time an attempt will be made to modify
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Anti-Theft settings, the PIN will have to be entered before the changes
are applied. Alternatively, on devices that support fingerprint
authentication, a fingerprint confirmation can be used instead of the
configured PIN code.
Note
The same PIN code is used by App Lock to protect your installed
applications.
c. Activate Snap Photo
Each time someone will try to access your installed applications while
the Snap Photo option is turned on, Bitdefender will take a screenshot
of him. For more details about this feature, please refer to “Snap Photo”
(p. 277).
d. Set Trusted Number for Anti-Theft
Select the SMS CONTROL tab, type a trusted phone number or select
one from the contacts list, and then tap SAVE NUMBER. The trusted
number should contain a country code and can be the number of
someone you know, or the number of another phone you use.
When a different SIM card is inserted into your device, Bitdefender
Mobile Security & Antivirus automatically sends a text message to the
trusted number containing the new phone number.
This way, you can send SMS commands to your phone even if the SIM
card is switched and its number changes.
Important
This is not a mandatory step, but it is recommended that you set the
trusted number during the initial setup. The Wipe command works only
when sent from the predefined trusted number.
Once Anti-Theft is activated, you can turn on or off Web control and SMS
control features individually from the Anti-Theft screen by tapping the
corresponding buttons.
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Using Anti-Theft features from Bitdefender Central
(Web Control)
Note
All Anti-Theft features require the Background data option to be enabled in
your device's Data usage settings.
To access the Anti-Theft features from your Bitdefender account:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Tap the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
3. In the MY DEVICES window, select the desired device card.
4. Select the Anti-Theft tab.
5. In the bottom field of the window, tap the
icon, and then the button
corresponding to the feature you want to use:
Locate - display your device's location on Google Maps.
Alert - type a message to display on your device's screen and/or make
your device play a sound alarm.
Lock - lock your device and set a PIN code for unlocking it.
Wipe - delete all data from your device.
Important
After you wipe a device, all Anti-Theft features cease to function.
SHOW IP - displays the last IP address for the selected device.
Using Anti-Theft features through SMS commands
(SMS Control)
Once SMS commands are enabled, you can send the following commands
to your smartphone via SMS from any other mobile phone:
● LOCATE - send a message containing the location of the device to the
phone number from which the command was sent. The message contains
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a Google Maps link which can be opened in the browser of the mobile
phone.
● SCREAM - play a loud sound on the device speaker.
● LOCK - lock the device's screen with the PIN code you set.
● WIPE - delete all data from your device.
Important
The Wipe command works only when sent from the predefined trusted
number.
● CALLME - dial the phone number from which the command was sent with
the speaker turned on. This way you can silently listen on whoever has
your phone.
● HELP - send a message containing all available commands to the phone
number from which the command was sent.
● SIM Change - the trusted number you set will receive an SMS with the new
phone number as soon as your SIM is replaced with a new one. To set up
the phone number of your friend, tap the Trusted number option. Either
type his number including the country code, or choose his card from the
contacts list.
All SMS commands must be sent using the following format:
bd-<PIN> <command>
Note
The brackets indicate variables and should not appear in the command.
For example, if you have set the security PIN to 123456 and you want to
receive a message with your phone's location, send the following text
message to your phone number:
BD-123456 LOCATE
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25. APP LOCK
Installed applications such as emails, photos, or messages, can contain
personal data that you would like to remain private by selectively restricting
access to them.
App Lock helps you block unwanted access to apps by setting a security
PIN access code. The PIN code you set must be at least 4 digits long, but
not more than 8, and is required every time you want to access the selected
restricted applications.
Alternatively, on devices that support fingerprint authentication, a fingerprint
confirmation can be used instead of the configured PIN code.
Activating App Lock
To restrict access to selected applications, configure App Lock from the
card displayed in the Dashboard after activating Anti-Theft.
Alternatively, you can activate App Lock by following these steps:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select App Lock from the list.
3. Tap TURN ON, and then allow access to usage data for Bitdefender by
selecting the corresponding check box.
Note
Additional permissions are required on Android 6 for the Snap Photo feature.
To enable it, allow Antivirus to take pictures and record video.
4. Go back to the app, configure the access code, and then tap SET PIN.
Note
This step is available only if you didn't previously configure the PIN in
Anti-Theft.
5. Enable the Snap Photo option to catch any intruder that will try to access
your private data.
6. Select the applications you want to protect.
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Using the wrong PIN or fingerprint five times in a row, will activate a 30
seconds time-out session. This way, any attempt to break in the protected
apps will be blocked.
Note
The same PIN code is used by Anti-Theft to help you locate your device.
App Lock
Lock mode
From here you can choose when the App Lock feature should protect the
applications installed on your device.
You can choose from one of the following options:
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● Lock every time - the PIN code or fingerprint you have set up, will have to
be used each time you access the locked apps.
● Unlock until screen off - the access to your apps will be valid until the
screen turns off.
● Allow a brief exit - you can exit and access again your unlocked apps within
30 seconds.
● Activate Smart Unlock - when enabled and connected to a network set as
trusted, the other settings are unavailable. This means no PIN or fingerprint
confirmation is needed when accessing the locked apps.
App Lock Settings
Tap the button in the App Lock feature menu, then select Settings for an
advanced configuration of your App Lock.
In App Lock Settings you can do the following:
● Activate Snap Photo when three incorrect unlock attempts are made.
● Lock notifications for newly installed apps.
● Change your PIN code.
Snap Photo
With Bitdefender Snap Photo you can catch your friends or relatives on the
hop. This way you can educate their curious eyes to not look through your
personal files or the apps you use.
The feature works easy: each time the PIN code or fingerprint confirmation
you set to protect your apps is entered wrong three times in a row, a photo
is taken using the front camera. The photo is saved together with the
time-stamp and reason, and can be seen when you open Bitdefender Mobile
Security & Antivirus and access the App Lock feature.
Note
This feature is available only for phones that have a front camera.
To configure the Snap Photo feature:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
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2. Tap the Menu button, and select App Lock from the list.
3. Tap the
button in the App Lock feature menu, and then select Settings.
4. Enable the Snap photo when 3 incorrect unlock attempts are made switch.
The photos snapped when the incorrect PIN is entered are displayed in the
App Lock menu and can be viewed full-screen.
Alternatively, they can be viewed in your Bitdefender account:
1. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
2. Sign in to your account.
3. Tap the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
4. Select your device from the MY DEVICES window, and then the Anti-Theft
tab.
The photos are displayed.
Only the 3 most recent photos are saved.
Smart Unlock
An easy method to stop being asked by the App Lock feature to enter the
PIN code or fingerprint confirmation for the protected apps each time you
access them is to activate Smart Unlock.
With Smart Unlock you can set as trusted the WiFi networks you usually
connect to, and when connected to them, the App Lock blocking settings
will be disabled for the protected apps.
To activate the Smart Unlock feature:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button, and select App Lock from the list.
3. Select the LOCK MODE tab, and then enable the corresponding switch.
The wireless network you are connected to is displayed.
To set the WiFi connection you’re currently using as trusted, tap the
icon.
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Note
This setting is available only if the Smart Unlock feature is enabled.
Whenever you change your mind, disable the feature and the WiFi networks
you have set as trusted will be treated as untrusted.
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26. PRIVACY ADVISOR
Privacy Advisor relies on audit information from the Cloud to constantly offer
up-to-date information about your Android apps.
Most apps are legitimate but there are also apps that can track your location,
access and share your personal information. Privacy Advisor provides the
facts, but ultimately you are the one who has to decide if an app is safe to
use or not.
Use Privacy Advisor to find out more information about apps that:
● access or upload your own address book contacts to their cloud
● may learn your real identity
● may be careless, sending your passwords over the Internet and putting
your accounts at risk
● may use and upload your Device unique ID to analyze what you do
● gather analytics in order to monitor you
● track your location
● display ads
● can cost you money
Tap the filter icon
to view a list of the most important clues.
The following information is available in this list:
● which apps are viruses
● which apps send your identity to strangers
● which apps use very intrusive ads
● which apps send your private data to strangers
● which apps can cost you money
● which apps send data unencrypted
● which apps track your location
● which apps have access to sensitive data
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Privacy Score
By calculating a Privacy Score for each and every user, Privacy Advisor
provides a precise and personal overview of how vulnerable you are, so that
you can evaluate and take appropriate actions for each installed app. You
should take care when your privacy score is low.
If you have doubts about the permissions required by a certain application,
try to find more information about it before you decide on whether or not to
keep using it.
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27. REPORTS
The Reports feature keeps a detailed log of events concerning the scanning
activity on your device.
Whenever something relevant to the security of your device happens, a new
message is added to the Reports.
To access the Reports section:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select Reports from the list.
The following tabs are available in the Reports window:
● WEEKLY REPORTS - here you have access to the security status and the
performed tasks from the current and previous week. The current week’s
report is generated each Sunday and you will receive a notification
informing you about it becoming available.
Each week a new tip will be displayed in this section, so make sure you
check back regularly to get the best out of the app.
● ACTIVITY LOG - here you can check detailed information about the activity
of your Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus app since it was installed
on your Android device.
To delete the available activity log, tap the
button in the upper-right
corner of the screen, and then select Clear Activity Log.
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28. WEARON
With Bitdefender WearON you can easily find your smartphone whether you
left it at the office in a conference room or under a pillow on your couch. The
device can be found even if the silent mode is activated.
Keep this feature enabled to make sure that you always have your
smartphone at hand.
Note
The feature works with Android 4.3 and Android Wear.
Activating WearON
To use WearON, you only have to connect your smartwatch to the Bitdefender
Mobile Security & Antivirus application and activate the feature with the
following voice command:
Start:<Where is my phone>
Bitdefender WearON has two commands:
1. Phone Alert
With the Phone Alert feature you can quickly find your smartphone
whenever you step too far away from it.
If you have your smartwatch with you, it automatically detects the
application on your phone and vibrates whenever you are less than ten
meters away from your device.
To enable this feature, open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus, tap
Global Settings in the menu and select the corresponding switch under
the WearON section.
2. Scream
Finding your phone has never been easier. Whenever you forget where
you left your phone, tap the Scream command on your watch to make
your phone scream.
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29. BITDEFENDER CENTRAL
Bitdefender Central is the web platform where you have access to the
product's online features and services and can remotely perform important
tasks on devices Bitdefender is installed on. You can log in to your
Bitdefender account from any computer or mobile device connected to the
Internet by going to https://central.bitdefender.com. Once you have access
to it, you can start doing the following:
● Download and install Bitdefender on Windows, macOS, iOS and Android
operating systems. The products available for download are:
● Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
● Bitdefender Mobile Security for iOS
● Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac
● The Bitdefender Windows product line
● Manage and renew your Bitdefender subscriptions.
● Add new devices to your network and manage them wherever you are.
Accessing your Bitdefender account
To access your Bitdefender account, simply:
1. Open a web browser on any device with Internet access.
2. Go to: https://central.bitdefender.com.
3. Log in to your account using your email address and password.
My Devices
The MY DEVICES area in your Bitdefender account gives you the possibility
to install, manage and take remote actions on your Bitdefender product on
any device, provided that it is turned on and connected to the Internet. The
device cards display the device name, protection status and if there are
security risks affecting the protection of your devices.
To easily identify your devices, you can customize the device name:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
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2. Tap the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
3. Tap the desired device card, and then the
of the screen.
icon in the upper-right corner
4. Select Settings.
5. Type in a new name in the Device name field, then select SAVE.
You can create and assign an owner to each of your devices for better
management:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Tap the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
3. Tap the desired device card, and then the
of the screen.
icon in the upper-right corner
4. Select Profile.
5. Tap Add owner, and then fill in the corresponding fields. Customize the
profile by adding a photo and selecting a date of birth.
6. Tap ADD to save the profile.
7. Select the desired owner from the Device owner list, then tap ASSIGN.
For more remote actions and information regarding your Bitdefender product
on a specific device, select the desired device card.
Once you select a device card, the following tabs are available:
● Dashboard. In this window you can view details about the selected device,
check its protection status, the status of Bitdefender VPN and how many
threats have been blocked in the last seven days. The protection status
can be green, when there is no issue affecting your device, yellow when
the device needs your attention or red when the device is at risk. When
there are issues affecting your device, tap the drop-down arrow in the
upper status area to find out more details. From here you can manually
fix issues that are affecting the security of your devices.
● Protection. From this window you can remotely run a Scan on your device.
Tap the SCAN button to start the process. You can also check when the
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last scan was performed on the device and a report of the latest scan with
the most important information is available.
● Anti-Theft. In case you misplaced your device, with the Anti-Theft feature
you can locate it and take remote actions. Tap LOCATE to find out the
position of the device. The last known position will be displayed, along
with the time and date. For more details about this feature, please refer
to “Anti-Theft Features” (p. 270).
My Subscriptions
The Bitdefender Central platform gives you the possibility to easily manage
the subscriptions you have for all your devices.
Check available subscriptions
To check your available subscriptions:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Tap the
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
Subscriptions.
Here you have information about the availability of the subscriptions you
own and the number of devices using each of them.
You can add a new device to a subscription or renew it by selecting a
subscription card.
Add a new device
If your subscription covers more that one device, you can add a new device
and install your Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus on it, as described
in “Installing Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus” (p. 256).
Renew subscription
If there are less than 30 days from your subscription, and you opted out for
automatically renewing, you can manually renew by following these steps:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Tap the
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
Subscriptions.
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3. Select the desired subscription card.
4. Tap RENEW to continue.
A web page opens in your web browser where you can renew your Bitdefender
subscription.
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30. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why does Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus require an Internet
connection?
The application needs to communicate with Bitdefender servers in order to
determine the security status of the applications it scans and of the web
pages you are visiting, and also to receive commands from your Bitdefender
account, when using the Anti-Theft features.
What does Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus need each permission
for?
● Internet access -> used for cloud communication.
● Read phone state and identity -> used to detect if the device is connected
to the Internet and to extract certain device info needed to create a unique
ID when communicating to Bitdefender cloud.
● Read and write browser bookmarks -> Web Security module deletes
malicious sites from your browsing history.
● Read log data -> Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus detects traces of
malware activity from the Android logs.
● Read / write SMS, contacts, account data and external storage -> Required
for the remote wipe feature.
● Location -> required for remote location.
● Camera -> required for Snap photo.
● Storage -> used to allow the Malware Scanner to check the SD card.
Where can I see details about the application's activity?
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus keeps a log of all important actions,
status changes and other critical messages related to its activity. To access
this information open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus and tap the
Menu button, then select Reports from the list.
I forgot the PIN code that I set to protect my application. What do I do?
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Tap the
Devices.
icon in the upper-left corner of the screen, then select My
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3. Tap the desired device card, and then the
of the screen.
icon in the upper-right corner
4. Select Settings.
5. Retrieve the PIN code from the Application PIN field.
How will Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus impact my device’s
performance and battery autonomy?
We keep the impact very low. The application only runs when it is essential
- after you install an application, when you browse the application interface
or when you want a security check. Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus
does not run in the background when you call your buddies, type a message
or play a game.
How can I switch off the App Lock feature?
There is no turn off option for the App Lock feature, but you can easily disable
it by clearing the check boxes next to the selected apps after validating the
PIN or fingerprint you have set.
How can I set another wireless network as trusted?
If you want to set another wireless network as trusted:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select App Lock from the list.
3. Select the LOCK MODE tab, and then select the
icon.
4. Validate the PIN or fingerprint to confirm your choice.
5. Tap the
icon next to the network you want to set as trusted.
What does the Privacy Advisor tell me about applications I install?
The Privacy Advisor tells you what each application is capable of doing on
your device. It tells you if an application can access your private data, send
messages, connect to the Internet or perform any other function that can
sometimes pose risks to your security.
Can I remove an application that I consider to be a threat for my privacy?
You can manually remove an application using Privacy Advisor. To do this,
tap the desired app, then tap the UNINSTALL APP button. Confirm your
choice and wait for the uninstall process to complete.
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How do I turn off Privacy Advisor notifications?
If you want to stop receiving Privacy Advisor notifications:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select Settings from the list.
3. Under the Privacy Advisor section, tap the corresponding switch.
How can I stop seeing snapped photos taken on my devices?
To stop making visible the snapped photos taken on your devices:
1. Access Bitdefender Central.
2. Tap the
icon in the upper right side of the screen.
3. Tap My Account in the slide menu.
4. Select the Settings tab.
5. Disable the Show/don't show snap photos taken on your devices option.
How can I keep my online shopping secure?
Online shopping comes with high risks when some details are ignored. To
not become a victim of fraud, we recommend you the following:
● Keep your antivirus application updated.
● Submit online payments only with buyer protection.
● Use a VPN when connecting to the Internet from public and unsecured
wireless networks.
● Pay attention to the passwords you have assigned to your online accounts.
They have to be strong including capital and lowercase letters, numbers
and symbols (@, !, %, #, etc.).
● Make sure that the information you send is over secure connections. The
online website extension has to be HTTPS://, and not HTTP://.
When should I use Bitdefender VPN?
You have to be careful when you access, download, or upload content on
the Internet. To make sure you stay safe while browsing the web, we
recommend you to use Bitdefender VPN when you:
● want to connect to public wireless networks
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● want to access content that normally is restricted in specific areas, no
matter you are home or abroad
● want keep your personal data private (usernames, passwords, credit card
information, etc.)
● want to hide your IP address
Will Bitdefender VPN have a negative impact on the battery life of my device?
Bitdefender VPN is designed to protect your personal data, hide your IP
address while connected to unsecured wireless networks, and access
restricted content in certain countries. To avoid an unnecessary battery
consumption of your device, we recommend you to use the VPN only when
you need it, and disconnect when offline.
Why am I encountering internet slowdowns while connected with Bitdefender
VPN?
Bitdefender VPN is designed to offer you a light experience while surfing the
web; however, your internet connectivity or the server distance you connect
to may cause the slowdown. In this case, if it is not a must to connect from
your location to a faraway hosted server (e.g. from USA to China), we
recommend you to allow Bitdefender VPN to automatically connect you to
the nearest server, or find a server closer to your current location.
Can I change the Bitdefender account linked to my device?
Yes, you can easily change the Bitdefender account linked to your device by
following these steps:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select Account Info from the list.
3. Tap LOGOUT, and then confirm your choice.
4. Tap USE CENTRAL ACCOUNT, and then type your new Bitdefender account
email address and password.
What is Device Administrator?
Device Administrator is an Android feature that gives Bitdefender Mobile
Security & Antivirus the permissions needed in order to perform certain tasks
remotely. Without these privileges, remote lock would not work and device
wipe would not be able to completely remove your data. If you want to remove
the app, make sure to revoke these privileges before trying to uninstall from
Settings > Security > Select device administrators.
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What's the trusted number for?
If your phone gets into the hands of someone who has no intention of
returning it to its rightful owner, it is likely that the SIM card will be changed
quickly. Whenever Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus detects the SIM
card in your phone has been changed, it automatically sends a text message
containing the new phone number to the number you have set. This way,
you can send SMS commands to your phone even if the SIM card is switched
and its number changes. This can be the phone number of someone you
know and trust, or the number of another phone you use.
Can the trusted number be changed after I set it?
To set a different trusted number:
1. Open Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
2. Tap the Menu button and select Settings from the list.
3. Under the Anti-Theft section, tap Trusted number.
You will be prompted to provide the PIN before you can change the trusted
number.
How much will it cost me to send SMS commands?
SMS commands are sent as regular text messages and are therefore charged
as such by your carrier. Bitdefender does not charge any extra fees.
How to fix "No Google Token" error that appears when signing in to
Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus.
This error occurs when the device is not associated with a Google account,
or the device is associated with an account but a temporary problem is
preventing it from connecting to Google. Try one of the following solutions:
● Go to Android Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Bitdefender
Mobile Security & Antivirus and tap Clear data. Then try to sign in again.
● Make sure your device is associated with a Google account.
To check this, go to Settings > Accounts & sync and see if a Google account
is listed under Manage Accounts. Add your account if one is not listed,
restart your device and then try to sign in to Bitdefender Mobile Security
& Antivirus.
● Restart your device, and then try to sign in again.
In what languages is Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus available?
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Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus is currently available in the following
languages:
● Brazilian
● Dutch
● English
● French
● German
● Greek
● Italian
● Japanese
● Korean
● Polish
● Portuguese
● Romanian
● Russian
● Spanish
● Thai
● Turkish
● Vietnamese
Other languages will be added in future releases. To change the language
of the Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus interface, go to your device's
Language & keyboard settings and set the device to the language you want
to use.
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31. ASKING FOR HELP
Bitdefender provides its customers with an unparalleled level of fast and
accurate support. If you experience any issue or if you have any question
about your Bitdefender product, you can use several online resources to find
a solution or an answer. At the same time, you can contact the Bitdefender
Customer Care team. Our support representatives will answer your questions
in a timely manner and will provide you with the assistance you need.
The “Solving common issues” (p. 176) section provides the necessary
information regarding the most frequent issues you may encounter when
using this product.
If you do not find an answer to your question in the provided resources, you
can contact us directly:
● “Contact us directly from your Bitdefender product” (p. 295)
● “Contact us through our online Support Center” (p. 296)
Contact us directly from your Bitdefender product
If you have a working Internet connection, you can contact Bitdefender for
assistance directly from the product interface.
Follow these steps:
1. Click the
icon on the left sidebar of the Bitdefender interface.
2. You have the following options:
● USER'S GUIDE
Access our database and search for the necessary information.
● SUPPORT CENTER
Access our online articles and video tutorials.
● CONTACT SUPPORT
Click CONTACT SUPPORT to launch the Bitdefender Support Tool and
contact the Customer Care Department.
a. Complete the submission form with the necessary data:
i. Select the type of issue you experienced.
ii. Type a description of the issue you encountered.
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iii. Click TRY TO REPRODUCE THIS ISSUE in case you are
encountering a product issue. Continue with the required steps.
Wait for a few moments while Bitdefender gathers product related
information. This information will help our engineers find a solution
to your problem.
iv. Click CONFIRM TICKET.
b. Continue completing the submission form with the necessary data:
i. Type your full name.
ii. Type your email address.
iii. Select the agreement check box.
iv. Click SEND TICKET.
Wait for a few moments while your ticket is created and the
gathered information is sent to the Bitdefender Customer Care
Department.
c. Click CLOSE to exit the wizard. You will be contacted as soon as
possible by one of our representatives.
Contact us through our online Support Center
If you cannot access the necessary information using the Bitdefender
product, refer to our online Support Center:
1. Go to https://www.bitdefender.com/support/consumer.html.
The Bitdefender Support Center hosts numerous articles that contain
solutions to Bitdefender-related issues.
2. Use the search bar at the top of the window to find articles that may
provide a solution to your problem. To search, just type a term in the
Search bar and click Search.
3. Read the relevant articles or documents and try the proposed solutions.
4. If the solution does not solve your problem, go to
https://www.bitdefender.com/support/contact-us.html and contact our
support representatives.
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32. ONLINE RESOURCES
Several online resources are available to help you solve your
Bitdefender-related problems and questions.
● Bitdefender Support Center:
https://www.bitdefender.com/support/consumer.html
● Bitdefender Support Forum:
https://forum.bitdefender.com
● The HOTforSecurity computer security portal:
https://www.hotforsecurity.com
You can also use your favorite search engine to find out more information
about computer security, the Bitdefender products and the company.
32.1. Bitdefender Support Center
The Bitdefender Support Center is an online repository of information about
the Bitdefender products. It stores, in an easily accessible format, reports
on the results of the ongoing technical support and bugfixing activities of
the Bitdefender support and development teams, along with more general
articles about virus prevention, the management of Bitdefender solutions
with detailed explanations, and many other articles.
The Bitdefender Support Center is open to the public and freely searchable.
The extensive information it contains is yet another means of providing
Bitdefender customers with the technical knowledge and insight they need.
All valid requests for information or bug reports coming from Bitdefender
clients eventually find their way into the Bitdefender Support Center, as
bugfix reports, workaround cheatsheets or informational articles to
supplement product helpfiles.
The Bitdefender Support Center is available any time at
https://www.bitdefender.com/support/consumer.html.
32.2. Bitdefender Support Forum
The Bitdefender Support Forum provides Bitdefender users with an easy
way to get help and to help others.
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If your Bitdefender product does not operate well, if it cannot remove specific
viruses from your computer or if you have questions about the way it works,
post your problem or question on the forum.
Bitdefender support technicians monitor the forum for new posts in order
to assist you. You may also get an answer or a solution from a more
experienced Bitdefender user.
Before posting your problem or question, please search the forum for a
similar or related topic.
The Bitdefender Support Forum is available at https://forum.bitdefender.com,
in 5 different languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Romanian.
Click the Home & Home Office Protection link to access the section dedicated
to consumer products.
32.3. HOTforSecurity Portal
HOTforSecurity is a rich source of computer security information. Here you
can learn about the various threats your computer is exposed to when
connected to the Internet (malware, phishing, spam, cyber-criminals).
New articles are posted regularly to keep you up-to-date with the latest
threats discovered, the current security trends and other information on the
computer security industry.
The HOTforSecurity web page is https://www.hotforsecurity.com.
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33. CONTACT INFORMATION
Efficient communication is the key to a successful business. Since 2001
BITDEFENDER has established an unquestionable reputation by constantly
striving for better communication so as to exceed the expectations of our
clients and partners. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to
contact us.
33.1. Web addresses
Sales department: sales@bitdefender.com
Support Center: https://www.bitdefender.com/support/consumer.html
Documentation: documentation@bitdefender.com
Local distributors: https://www.bitdefender.com/partners
Partner program: partners@bitdefender.com
Media relations: pr@bitdefender.com
Careers: jobs@bitdefender.com
Virus submissions: virus_submission@bitdefender.com
Spam submissions: spam_submission@bitdefender.com
Report abuse: abuse@bitdefender.com
Website: https://www.bitdefender.com
33.2. Local distributors
The Bitdefender local distributors are ready to respond to any inquiries
regarding their areas of operation, both in commercial and in general matters.
To find a Bitdefender distributor in your country:
1. Go to https://www.bitdefender.com/partners/partner-locator.html.
2. Choose your country and city using the corresponding options.
3. If you do not find a Bitdefender distributor in your country, feel free to
contact us by email at sales@bitdefender.com. Please write your email
in English in order for us to be able to assist you promptly.
33.3. Bitdefender offices
The Bitdefender offices are ready to respond to any inquiries regarding their
areas of operation, both in commercial and in general matters. Their
respective addresses and contacts are listed below.
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U.S.A
Bitdefender, LLC
6301 NW 5th Way, Suite 4300
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Phone (office&sales): 1-954-776-6262
Sales: sales@bitdefender.com
Technical support: https://www.bitdefender.com/support/consumer.html
Web: https://www.bitdefender.com
UK and Ireland
BITDEFENDER LTD
C/O Howsons Winton House, Stoke Road, Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire, United Kindon, ST4 2RW
Email: info@bitdefender.co.uk
Phone: (+44) 2036 080 456
Sales: sales@bitdefender.co.uk
Technical support: https://www.bitdefender.co.uk/support/
Web: https://www.bitdefender.co.uk
Germany
Bitdefender GmbH
TechnoPark Schwerte
Lohbachstrasse 12
D - 58239 Schwerte
Office: +49 2304 9 45 - 162
Fax: +49 2304 9 45 - 169
Sales: vertrieb@bitdefender.de
Technical support: https://www.bitdefender.de/support/consumer.html
Web: https://www.bitdefender.de
Denmark
Bitdefender APS
Agern Alle 24, 2970 Hørsholm, Denmark
Office: +45 7020 2282
Technical support: http://bitdefender-antivirus.dk/
Web: http://bitdefender-antivirus.dk/
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Spain
Bitdefender España, S.L.U.
C/Bailén, 7, 3-D
08010 Barcelona
Fax: +34 93 217 91 28
Phone: +34 902 19 07 65
Sales: comercial@bitdefender.es
Technical support: https://www.bitdefender.es/support/consumer.html
Website: https://www.bitdefender.es
Romania
BITDEFENDER SRL
Complex DV24, Building A, 24 Delea Veche Street, Sector 2
Bucharest
Fax: +40 21 2641799
Sales phone: +40 21 2063470
Sales email: sales@bitdefender.ro
Technical support: https://www.bitdefender.ro/support/consumer.html
Website: https://www.bitdefender.ro
United Arab Emirates
Dubai Internet City
Building 17, Office # 160
Dubai, UAE
Sales phone: 00971-4-4588935 / 00971-4-4589186
Sales email: mena-sales@bitdefender.com
Technical support: https://www.bitdefender.com/support/consumer.html
Website: https://www.bitdefender.com
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Glossary
Activation code
Is a unique key that can be bought from retail and used to activate a
specific product or service. An activation code enables the activation of
a valid subscription for a certain period of time and number devices and
can also be used to extend a subscription with the condition to be
generated for the same product or service.
ActiveX
ActiveX is a model for writing programs so that other programs and the
operating system can call them. ActiveX technology is used with
Microsoft Internet Explorer to make interactive Web pages that look and
behave like computer programs, rather than static pages. With ActiveX,
users can ask or answer questions, use push buttons, and interact in
other ways with the Web page. ActiveX controls are often written using
Visual Basic.
Active X is notable for a complete lack of security controls; computer
security experts discourage its use over the Internet.
Advanced persistent threat
Advanced persistent threat (APT) exploits vulnerabilities of systems to
steal important information to deliver it to the source. Big groups such
as organizations, companies, or governments, are targeted by this
malware.
The objective of an advanced persistent threat is to remain undetected
for a long time being able to monitor and gather important information
without damaging the targeted machines. The method used to inject
the virus into the network is through a PDF file or an Office document
that look harmless so that every user can run the files.
Adware
Adware is often combined with a host application that is provided at no
charge as long as the user agrees to accept the adware. Because adware
applications are usually installed after the user has agreed to a licensing
agreement that states the purpose of the application, no offense is
committed.
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However, pop-up advertisements can become an annoyance, and in
some cases degrade system performance. Also, the information that
some of these applications collect may cause privacy concerns for users
who were not fully aware of the terms in the license agreement.
Archive
A disk, tape, or directory that contains files that have been backed up.
A file that contains one or more files in a compressed format.
Backdoor
A hole in the security of a system deliberately left in place by designers
or maintainers. The motivation for such holes is not always sinister;
some operating systems, for example, come out of the box with privileged
accounts intended for use by field service technicians or the vendor's
maintenance programmers.
Boot sector
A sector at the beginning of each disk that identifies the disk's
architecture (sector size, cluster size, and so on). For startup disks, the
boot sector also contains a program that loads the operating system.
Boot virus
A virus that infects the boot sector of a fixed or floppy disk. An attempt
to boot from a diskette infected with a boot sector virus will cause the
virus to become active in memory. Every time you boot your system from
that point on, you will have the virus active in memory.
Browser
Short for Web browser, a software application used to locate and display
Web pages. Popular browsers include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla
Firefox and Google Chrome. These are graphical browsers, which means
that they can display graphics as well as text. In addition, most modern
browsers can present multimedia information, including sound and video,
though they require plug-ins for some formats.
Command line
In a command line interface, the user types commands in the space
provided directly on the screen using command language.
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Cookie
Within the Internet industry, cookies are described as small files
containing information about individual computers that can be analyzed
and used by advertisers to track your online interests and tastes. In this
realm, cookie technology is still being developed and the intention is to
target ads directly to what you've said your interests are. It's a
double-edge sword for many people because on one hand, it's efficient
and pertinent as you only see ads about what you're interested in. On
the other hand, it involves actually "tracking" and "following" where you
go and what you click. Understandably so, there is a debate over privacy
and many people feel offended by the notion that they are viewed as a
"SKU number" (you know, the bar code on the back of packages that
gets scanned at the grocery check-out line). While this viewpoint may
be extreme, in some cases it is accurate.
Disk drive
It's a machine that reads data from and writes data onto a disk.
A hard disk drive reads and writes hard disks.
A floppy drive accesses floppy disks.
Disk drives can be either internal (housed within a computer) or external
(housed in a separate box that connects to the computer).
Download
To copy data (usually an entire file) from a main source to a peripheral
device. The term is often used to describe the process of copying a file
from an online service to one's own computer. Downloading can also
refer to copying a file from a network file server to a computer on the
network.
E-mail
Electronic mail. A service that sends messages on computers via local
or global networks.
Events
An action or occurrence detected by a program. Events can be user
actions, such as clicking a mouse button or pressing a key, or system
occurrences, such as running out of memory.
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False positive
Occurs when a scanner identifies a file as infected when in fact it is not.
Filename extension
The portion of a filename, following the final point, which indicates the
kind of data stored in the file.
Many operating systems use filename extensions, e.g. Unix, VMS, and
MS-DOS. They are usually from one to three letters (some sad old OSes
support no more than three). Examples include "c" for C source code,
"ps" for PostScript, "txt" for arbitrary text.
Heuristic
A rule-based method of identifying new viruses. This method of scanning
does not rely on specific virus signatures. The advantage of the heuristic
scan is that it is not fooled by a new variant of an existing virus. However,
it might occasionally report suspicious code in normal programs,
generating the so-called "false positive".
Honeypot
A decoy computer system set to attract hackers in order to study the
way they act and identify the heretical methods they use to collect
system information. Companies and corporations are more interested
in implementing and using honeypots to improve their overall state of
security.
IP
Internet Protocol - A routable protocol in the TCP/IP protocol suite that
is responsible for IP addressing, routing, and the fragmentation and
reassembly of IP packets.
Java applet
A Java program which is designed to run only on a web page. To use an
applet on a web page, you would specify the name of the applet and the
size (length and width, in pixels) that the applet can utilize. When the
web page is accessed, the browser downloads the applet from a server
and runs it on the user's machine (the client). Applets differ from
applications in that they are governed by a strict security protocol.
For example, even though applets run on the client, they cannot read or
write data onto the client's machine. Additionally, applets are further
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restricted so that they can only read and write data from the same domain
that they are served from.
Keylogger
A keylogger is an application that logs anything you type.
Keyloggers are not malicious in nature. They can be used for legitimate
purposes, such as monitoring employees or children activity. However,
they are increasingly being used by cyber-criminals for malicious
purposes (for example, to collect private data, such as login credentials
and social security numbers).
Macro virus
A type of computer virus that is encoded as a macro embedded in a
document. Many applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, support
powerful macro languages.
These applications allow you to embed a macro in a document, and have
the macro execute each time the document is opened.
Mail client
An e-mail client is an application that enables you to send and receive
e-mail.
Memory
Internal storage areas in the computer. The term memory identifies data
storage that comes in the form of chips, and the word storage is used
for memory that exists on tapes or disks. Every computer comes with a
certain amount of physical memory, usually referred to as main memory
or RAM.
Non-heuristic
This method of scanning relies on specific virus signatures. The
advantage of the non-heuristic scan is that it is not fooled by what might
seem to be a virus, and does not generate false alarms.
Packed programs
A file in a compression format. Many operating systems and applications
contain commands that enable you to pack a file so that it takes up less
memory. For example, suppose you have a text file containing ten
consecutive space characters. Normally, this would require ten bytes of
storage.
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However, a program that packs files would replace the space characters
by a special space-series character followed by the number of spaces
being replaced. In this case, the ten spaces would require only two bytes.
This is just one packing technique - there are many more.
Path
The exact directions to a file on a computer. These directions are usually
described by means of the hierarchical filing system from the top down.
The route between any two points, such as the communications channel
between two computers.
Phishing
The act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an
established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into
surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. The
e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update
personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security,
and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has.
The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s
information.
Photon
Photon is an innovative non-intrusive Bitdefender technology, designed
to minimize the performance impact of antivirus protection. By
monitoring your PC’s activity in the background, it creates usage patterns
that help optimize booting and scanning processes.
Polymorphic virus
A virus that changes its form with each file it infects. Since they have
no consistent binary pattern, such viruses are hard to identify.
Port
An interface on a computer to which you can connect a device. Personal
computers have various types of ports. Internally, there are several ports
for connecting disk drives, display screens, and keyboards. Externally,
personal computers have ports for connecting modems, printers, mice,
and other peripheral devices.
In TCP/IP and UDP networks, an endpoint to a logical connection. The
port number identifies what type of port it is. For example, port 80 is
used for HTTP traffic.
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Ransomware
Ransomware is a malicious program that tries to make money from
users by locking their vulnerable systems. CryptoLocker, CryptoWall,
and TeslaWall, are only some variants that hunt personal systems of
users.
The infection can be spread by accessing spam e-mail, downloading
e-mail attachments, or installing applications, without letting the user
know about what is happening on his system. Daily users and companies
are targeted by ransomware hackers.
Report file
A file that lists actions that have occurred. Bitdefender maintains a report
file listing the path scanned, the folders, the number of archives and files
scanned, how many infected and suspicious files were found.
Rootkit
A rootkit is a set of software tools which offer administrator-level access
to a system. The term was first used for the UNIX operating systems
and it referred to recompiled tools which provided intruders
administrative rights, allowing them to conceal their presence so as not
to be seen by the system administrators.
The main role of rootkits is to hide processes, files, logins and logs. They
may also intercept data from terminals, network connections or
peripherals, if they incorporate the appropriate software.
Rootkits are not malicious in nature. For example, systems and even
some applications hide critical files using rootkits. However, they are
mostly used to hide malware or to conceal the presence of an intruder
into the system. When combined with malware, rootkits pose a great
threat to the integrity and the security of a system. They can monitor
traffic, create backdoors into the system, alter files and logs and avoid
detection.
Script
Another term for macro or batch file, a script is a list of commands that
can be executed without user interaction.
Spam
Electronic junk mail or junk newsgroup postings. Generally known as
any unsolicited e-mail.
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Spyware
Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's
Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising
purposes. Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden
component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded
from the Internet; however, it should be noted that the majority of
shareware and freeware applications do not come with spyware. Once
installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits
that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also
gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and
credit card numbers.
Spyware's similarity to a Trojan horse is the fact that users unwittingly
install the product when they install something else. A common way to
become a victim of spyware is to download certain peer-to-peer file
swapping products that are available today.
Aside from the questions of ethics and privacy, spyware steals from the
user by using the computer's memory resources and also by eating
bandwidth as it sends information back to the spyware's home base via
the user's Internet connection. Because spyware is using memory and
system resources, the applications running in the background can lead
to system crashes or general system instability.
Startup items
Any files placed in this folder will open when the computer starts. For
example, a startup screen, a sound file to be played when the computer
first starts, a reminder calendar, or application programs can be startup
items. Normally, an alias of a file is placed in this folder rather than the
file itself.
Subscription
Purchase agreement that gives the user the right to use a particular
product or service on a specific number of devices and for a certain
period of time. An expired subscription can be automatically renewed
using the information provided by the user at the first purchase.
System tray
Introduced with Windows 95, the system tray is located in the Windows
taskbar (usually at the bottom next to the clock) and contains miniature
icons for easy access to system functions such as fax, printer, modem,
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volume, and more. Double click or right-click an icon to view and access
the details and controls.
TCP/IP
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol - A set of networking
protocols widely used on the Internet that provides communications
across interconnected networks of computers with diverse hardware
architectures and various operating systems. TCP/IP includes standards
for how computers communicate and conventions for connecting
networks and routing traffic.
Trojan
A destructive program that masquerades as a benign application. Unlike
viruses, Trojans do not replicate themselves but they can be just as
destructive. One of the most insidious types of Trojan horse virus is a
program that claims to rid your computer of viruses but instead
introduces viruses onto your computer.
The term comes from a story in Homer's Iliad, in which the Greeks give
a giant wooden horse to their foes, the Trojans, ostensibly as a peace
offering. But after the Trojans drag the horse inside their city walls, Greek
soldiers sneak out of the horse's hollow belly and open the city gates,
allowing their compatriots to pour in and capture Troy.
Update
A new version of a software or hardware product designed to replace an
older version of the same product. In addition, the installation routines
for updates often check to make sure that an older version is already
installed on your computer; if not, you cannot install the update.
Bitdefender has it's own update module that allows you to manually
check for updates, or let it automatically update the product.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Is a technology that enables a temporary and encrypted direct connection
to a certain network over a less secure network. This way, sending and
receiving data is secure and encrypted, difficult to be caught by snoopers.
A proof of security is the authentication, which can be done only using
a username and password.
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Virus
A program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without
your knowledge and runs against your will. Most viruses can also
replicate themselves. All computer viruses are manmade. A simple virus
that can copy itself over and over again is relatively easy to produce.
Even such a simple virus is dangerous because it will quickly use all
available memory and bring the system to a halt. An even more
dangerous type of virus is one capable of transmitting itself across
networks and bypassing security systems.
Virus signature
The binary pattern of a virus, used by the antivirus program to detect
and eliminate the virus.
Worm
A program that propagates itself over a network, reproducing itself as
it goes. It cannot attach itself to other programs.
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