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How To :: Use Bitdefender To Save Your Online Life

Posted: April 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Internet Security | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on How To :: Use Bitdefender To Save Your Online Life
Bitdefenders 2012 Suite of Protection

In our online lives, nothing sends a shiver quite as quickly as a bluescreen, going down via bad hard-drives, corrupt installs or withering hardware is one thing, going blue via a virus is another story entirely, data is more often than not lost forever.

Many of the most potent viruses last year were transmitted via links to corrupted sites or email attachments, often hitting as a disguised news story. From government agencies to electronics giants, hackers and attackers fought their way into personal information systems and websites, often just to show it could be done, but more often nefariously stealing valuable personal information.

In 2010 internet security evangelist Eddy Willems said “The current numbers are alarming. The malware industry has published nearly four new viruses per minute in the first half of 2010. We expect the two million barrier to be broken in the second half of the year


OK so you got smart, you signed up for Bitdefender, installing is a pretty simple process. There are a couple of steps that you need to take once you’ve setup the basics.
  1. Install Bitdefender
  2. Create A Bootable Bitdefender Rescue Disk
  3. Run A FULL Scan
Installation: You can either install Bitdefender from the Bitdefender installation disc or by using a web installer downloaded to your computer from the Bitdefender website.

:: http://www.bitdefender.com/site/Downloads/

NOTE: Bitdefenders welcome screen provides an option to copy the installation package from the installation disc to a USB storage device. This is useful if you need to install Bitdefender on a netbook that doesn’t have a disc drive.

Insert the storage device into the USB drive and then click Copy to USB. Afterwards, go to the computer without a disc drive, insert the storage device into the USB drive and double-click runsetup.exe from the folder where you have saved the installation package.
If the welcome screen does not appear, go to the disc’s root directory and double-click the file autorun.exe.

  • To install Bitdefender using the web installer downloaded on your computer, locate the file and double-click it. This will initiate the download of the installation files, which may take a while, depending on your Internet connection.

Bitdefender will first check your system to validate the installation.

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.

  • To install Bitdefender from the installation disc, insert the disc in the optical drive. A welcome screen should be displayed in a few moments. Follow the instructions to start installation.

NOTE: You may need to reboot your computer to complete the removal of detected antivirus programs.

Follow The Setup Wizard Steps to Install Bitdefender Total Security 2012.

Step 1 – Welcome

Read the License Agreement and select Agree & Continue. The License Agreement contains the terms and conditions under which you may use Bitdefender Total Security 2012.
Note: If you do not agree to these terms, close the window. The installation process will be abandoned and you will exit setup.

Step 2 – Register Your Product

To complete the registration of your product you need to enter a license key and create a MyBitdefender account. An active Internet connection is required.

Proceed according to your situation:

  •     You purchased the product

In this case, register the product by following these steps:

1.  Select I purchased the product and I want to register now.
2.  Type the license key in the corresponding field.

NOTE: You can find your license key:

  •  on the CD/DVD label.
  • on the product registration card.
  • in the online purchase e-mail.

3.  Type your e-mail address in the corresponding field.

IMPORTANT: A valid e-mail address is required. A confirmation message will be sent to the address you provided.

4.  Click Register Now.

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 want to evaluate this product.

To use the online features of the product, you need to create a MyBitdefender account. To create an account, type your e-mail address in the corresponding field. A confirmation message will be sent to the address you provided. If you already have an account, enter the e-mail address associated with it to register the product to that account.

Custom settings

Optionally, during this step you can customize the installation settings by clicking Custom Settings.

Installation Path

By default, Bitdefender Total Security 2012 will be installed in C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Bitdefender 2012. If you want to change the installation path, click Change and select the folder in which you would like Bitdefender to be installed.

Configure Proxy Settings

Bitdefender Total Security 2012 requires access to the Internet for product registration, downloading security and product updates, in-cloud detection components etc. If you use a proxy connection instead of a direct Internet connection, you must select this option and configure the proxy settings.
The settings can be imported from the default browser or you can enter them manually.

Enable P2P Update

You can share the product files and signatures with other Bitdefender users. This way, Bitdefender updates can be performed faster. If you don’t want to enable this feature, select the corresponding check box.

NOTE: No personal identifiable information will be shared if this feature is enabled.

If you want to minimize the impact of the network traffic on system performance during updates, use the update sharing option. Bitdefender uses ports 8880 – 8889 for peer-to-peer update.

Send Anonymous Usage Reports

By default, Anonymous Usage Reports are enabled. By enabling this option, reports containing information about how you use the product are sent 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.

Click OK to confirm your preferences.

Click Install to start the installation.

Step 3 – Installation 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.

Step 4 – Finish

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 Finish.

If your computer is running Windows XP, the setup wizard will detect any networks you are connected to and will prompt you to classify them as Home/Office or Public.

Upgrading from an older version

If you are already using an older version of Bitdefender,please follow the below steps in order to upgrade to Bitdefender Total Security 2012: Remove the older version, then restart the computer and install the new version as described in the previous pages. Use this upgrade method if the other fails.

NOTE: Product settings and quarantine contents will not be imported from the older version.

Lets assume the worst just for a moment. your not sure how – really – but your computer is seriously NOT working, infected, completely infected with viruses. Life has stopped, your anxiety is building and your offline indefinitely.
Clearly if you’ve come this far, you were smart enough to have downloaded and installed BitDefender…
When the world turns dark and it looks like all hope is lost – contemplating a reformat and os reinstall – Sounds like it might be best to reboot into the Bitdefender rescue disc and run a full virus scan from there, all is NOT lost…

HOW TO :: Bitdefender Rescue Disk

Here’s how to use the BitDefender Rescue CD to clean an infected PC.We’ve already shown you how to use the Kaspersky rescue disk, and this method works similarly, but has a couple of advantages, like automatic virus definition updates and an integrated data recovery tool—though you can always use both to be doubly sure your PC is cleaned.

Download and Burn the Image to a Disc

The first thing you’ll need to do is check the BitDefender site and download the latest version of their rescue CD, then use an application to burn that ISO image file to an optical disc, our preference is ImgBurn, but there are a heap of apps to burn an ISO to disc.



Download and Create a Rescue USB

If you’d rather create a USB drive to boot from, you can download UNetbootin and use it to create the bootable flash drive—just select Diskimage and then browse to the location of the downloaded ISO file.



Select the drive that you want to write the image to, and follow the steps.

Using the BitDefender Rescue CD to Clean an Infected PC

Once you drop the disc in the drive and reboot, you’ll see a prompted menu that lets you choose the language you’d like to start with, or you can boot from the hard drive normally. We’ll obviously choose to start up the rescue CD.



Once you’ve started it up, if the resolution is too small, you can use the menu at the bottom to head to Settings –> Display to adjust it.




From here you can change the resolution to something bigger.



Once you’ve accepted the license agreement, the scan starts immediately.



If you need to do some work on your file system, you can easily use the File Manager to get to your files – the nice thing is that it opens up directly into your Windows drive.



There’s also a copy of TestDisk installed automatically, which can be used to recover data. If you’d like more information about how to use it, we’ve got a whole article about recovering data like a forensics expert.



It’s as simple as that. Enjoy your virus-free PC.

Download the BitDefender Rescue CD from bitdefender.com

Applies to: BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012BitDefender Internet Security 2012BitDefender Total Security 2012

Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows VISTA, Windows XP


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