In yet another blow to the Software industry, Bitdefender Free, a free security solution by Bitdefender, will be retired on December 31, 2021. Bitdefender Free customers will receive free support until June 30,2022.
Bitdefender have already taken down the Downloads from the website, and customers are directed to the company’s commercial products on the page instead. Downloads hosted elsewhere on the Internet are still available and they continue to work, at least for now.
What could be the cause?
Microsoft’s decision to improve the built-in security solution Windows Defender may have played a role in the decision as well. The security solution has been improved significantly, and since it is integrated by default, it seems that more and more Windows users keep it as the default option and skip the installation of third-party antivirus solutions.