Setting Up BitDefender
One of the requirements to install BitDefender is to have .NET Framework 2.0 or higher which provides direct support for security. If .NET Framework is not installed in a system, BitDefender setup will install it for you since it is included in the package. The Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 redistributable application is installed as well. Note that the version of the Visual C++ included in BitDefender setup is vulnerable, but there is an update available via Windows Updates.
The BitDefender install is a straight-forward process, but you need to enter an e-mail address to proceed with the install. The registration of your e-mail address is required to enable their customers to access web services that are included with BitDefender such as online product support and parental control remote settings.
The main components of BitDefender are automatically installed whether you choose to install using an easy or a custom setup. End-users may opt to use a basic, intermediate or expert view, which is a good option to prevent confusion by non-advanced users, while also catering to the needs of advanced or expert users.
A PC reboot is not required after installing the program. It will immediately start protecting Windows from viruses. The program reports its status to Windows Security Center and uses 214MB of hard-disk space.
BitDefender intalls an add-on for Firefox and IE browsers (IEToolbar.dll) which is the anti-phishing toolbar that blocks known phishing websites and also provides a search advisor similar to the Web of Trust add-on. Users of the Opera browser can take advantage of the same search advisor during a web-search.
BitDefender also adds 3 services: BitDefender Web Server (arrakis3.exe), BitDefender Update Service (updatesrv.exe) and BitDefender Virus Shiled (vsserv.exe). There will be two start-up items that run in Windows -- BitDefender antiphishing helper (ieshow.exe) and BitDefender Agent (bdagent.exe).