I've used Bitdefender for 3-4 years now. In the beginning, there were no problems, but the last year or so, it is just one issue after the other and the default solution from tech support seems to be, "reinstall". I have reinstalled the software at least a dozen times. The latest issue is that it just shuts down with no warning. You just happen to look at the status bar to see the little red ball is grayed out. The only solution is to reboot. If you look at their forum board (http://forum/. bitdefender.com/index.php?showtopic=16544), this problem has been going on since Nov 2009!! These are the instructions they sent for a previous problem.
"In order to solve this issue we would need more information about it:
One, why would you have to change an ext and two, windows would NOT let me run the zip file, saying it was a virus.
This is what they sent for the random shut down problem. All that and that's not even to FIX the problem, it's just to "further investigate". Sorry, but after 8 months, they should not only KNOW what the problem is, but have it fixed. Tech support is useless. Unfortunately, I bought a 3 yr license, but will NOT be renewing again.
In order to further investigate the issue you are encountering we would like you to follow the steps below:
Go to Start -> Control Panel and open Folder Options;
Go to the View tab and uncheck "Hide file extensions for known file types";
Acesss the link bellow and download the file "GenerateFullDumps. reg_"
Right click on it, choose the Rename option and rename it with
"GenerateFullDumps. reg" (delete the _ sign);
Restart the computer in safe mode, locate the file then double click on it and click on Run;
A message will pop up from Registry Editor asking you if you are sure you want to continue. Click on Yes;
Restart the computer.
Go to Start and select Run (for Vista and 7 you have the Search box);
Type "cmd" and hit Enter
Type cd %programfiles%/BitDefender/BitDefender 2010 and hit Enter
Type supporttool. exe /vsservtrace on and hit Enter
A pop-up should appear asking you to reboot the PC. Reboot the PC. If you are not asked to restart the PC, please do so on your own.
Please wait 2 days (in this way we are making sure that the issue is
reproducint on your computer)and in this time try to note down the date and the approximate time when you are receiving the message "BitDefender Services are not responding"
After 2 days please click on Start and then choose My Computer/Computer.
Browse to C:\Program Files\BitDefender\BitDefender 2010
Double left click on the supporttool. exe file - if you are using Vista or Windows 7, right click on the supporttool application file and select Run as Administrator
Click on Next, wait a few minutes for the progress bar to complete and
then click on Finish;
Please also go to the desktop and send us the file that was created by the SupportTool (it will be created on your desktop, in an archive file).
Also please send the files from :
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\BitDefender\DTrace - if you are using Windows XP
C:\ProgramData\BitDefender\DTrace - if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7
FLORIDA -- The product 2010 version wouldn't update. CSR had me reinstall 2010 version. Update tool was saying that it was a 2009 product even though I bought the antivirus 2010 product that continued to tell me to update. with their poor customer service this took two weeks, then to this day I have series of freezes, And Non responsive programs. They always just had me run scanner, never took care of problems scanner displayed, automatic down loads took all day (Some never completed). I spent close to two months with CSR after CSR, always being told that I would receive an email within 24 hours, but I wouldn't. They would have me doing things that were supposedly going to get rid of my problem but it seemed that the real reason was just to delay me!!!. (Took me past store refund time period.)I have asked for 20 supervisors who all seemed to be in a meeting 24 hrs a day. Then I told them that I would blog and charge collection from third party this is in the works. But I am taking it to all the right sites about their poor product and service. And I have kept my promise. Their actions seem to me quit deliberate in my opinion take the money and run. I hardly understand what they are saying to Me. And seem to take up to ten minutes of my personal long distance per one question. “What is your email address please?” sometimes up to three times. “What is your name on account? Let me review your account. What is the problem you are experiencing? (Even though it has been documented and an Expert Technician is aware of problem and was going to get back to me previously on a ticket and I explained over, and over! This was a half hour right here. And what solutions they did send they don't read (form letter status- quo) and did not apply to me. Security product for internet?
Product does not work! Company customer services are very poor. I have spent double of what I paid for product in long distance. They now aren't responding to email or the live chat service that they offer doesn't work as part of tech problem expressed. There is no way to correct any technical problems with this company. You risk your personal information And Security with this company which (I have heard) is based in Romania. Fronting out of Florida. DO NOT USE THIS AWFUL Horribly Exploitative, Most aggravating, product.