BitDefender Security Scanner and Registry Cleaner

BitDefender recently announced the release of the free BitDefender Security Scan. It is designed to provide information needed to keep Windows machines running safely and smoothly, in a convenient, speedy way, and includes a registry cleaner.

BitDefender Security Scanner and Registry Cleaner

The freeware gives you a detailed report on the status of any security threats and registry errors.  It uses BitDefender Quickscan, which takes full advantage of “in-the-cloud” technology to detect active malware in less than a minute, taking just a fraction of the system resources needed by a regular virus scan.

Says Bogdan Dumitru, BitDefender Chief Technology Officer:

“We developed BitDefender Security Scan knowing that people want the minimum of hassle in staying safe online and keeping their PC running smoothly.

Features of QuickScan include:

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  • AV QuickScan – scans your PC for running viruses, spyware and other online threats – usually in less than a minute!
  • Registry Tuning – scans your PC for invalid registry entries that can cause slow downs, freezes or crashes.
  • Update watcher – checks for Windows updates which have not been applied yet.
  • Security status – checks for the existence and status of security software on your system.
  • Scheduled Scanning – sets up recurring scans to ensure your system is safe. QuickScan will automatically scan your PC on startup.
  • Antivirus Spot Check – on demand, instantly scans a suspicious file (such as something you’ve just downloaded) for viruses.

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I personally did run the tool on my Windows 7 with default firewall running and NOD 32 antivirus. I do not find the tool to be of much use as your Security Center already warns you about such things. It might however be good as a second malware scanner since it uses the latest AV definations from the cloud. Also good if you, need a basic and a safe registry cleaner.

UPDATE: 22nd May 2011. A word of caution before you download the tool. Please read the comments below first.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.