How to download and install Bitdefender 2019 on your device

Today I’m going to show you how to download and install Bitdefender 2019 on your device
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2019, Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 or Bitdefender Total Security 2018
  1. Visit Bitdefender Central account at https://central.bitdefender.com/
  2. Click on "Try Bitdefender" or "Activate a subscription" 
  3. Click on “Protect this device” and follow the instructions to download and install Bitdefender 2019 
Once the download has finished, open the executable and log in if necessary.
Wait for the installer to download the necessary files, and start the installation.
After the process has finished, click “Start using Bitdefender”, you will be reminded of your subscription details, and after clicking “Finish”, you can start using your security software, congratulations!

Keep in mind though, that if you wish to try out other editions, like Internet Security 2019 or Antivirus Plus 2019, you need to visit the official download page and start your download there.
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Bitdefender 2019 Final Release Date - Monday, July 16th

The Romanian cyber security developer is planning to release the official final versions of Bitdefender 2019 (Antivirus Plus 2019, Internet Security2019 , Total Security 2019 and Antivirus for Mac 2019) on Monday, July 16th

Anti-Virus4U.com would like to remind you that the electronic delivery (Download) version will be available for purchase beginning July 16th

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Red Shell Spyware Games List

For the last two weeks, there have been multiple stories regarding an alleged “spyware” called Red Shell being in use in multiple PC gaming titles on Steam.

RedShell is used by publishers and game studios for linking ad referrals to game purchases – this, essentially, allows them to analyze which advertisements are better at representing the title. Even though both the developers and the people behind RedShell claim the tool doesn’t collect any actual player data, the uproar was big enough to lead to at least 30 titles having their RedShell integration removed.

The list of games that are currently running Red Shell spyware:

Digging deeper, it should be noted that RedShell does collect info about the player’s OS, installed browsers, screen resolution and IP address. Even though this might seem mild, the fact that the practice isn’t disclosed to the user is at the very least uncomfortable. This fact has since been addressed by multiple studios, and the proposed solution is including an opt-out feature in-game.

If you’ve played one of the titles listed earlier, and you’d like to opt-out of the RedShell program, you can contact the game’s support team to request your anonymized User ID, which you can then use on the official opt-out page on RedShell’s website.


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Our first Review for Bitdefender Total Security 2019

Our first review for Bitdefender 2019. Hands on the New Bitdefender Total Security 2019.
Today I’m going to review the new version of Bitdefender security

After a year of working behind the scenes, Bitdefender is finally ready to show glimpses of their updated Total Security suite to the members of the closed beta test.

The very first thing you notice is the updated interface. It seems the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies to this version of Bitdefender; since most of the changes made to the interface are aesthetic in nature. One new feature I really appreciate though, is the customizable Dashboard: the dashboard in Bitdefender 2018 was useful enough, but being able to add your own quick actions and status screens is incredibly valuable.

Other than that, the dashboard is mostly the same: the Autopilot, rightfully taking first place in the dashboard, will keep the antivirus from bothering you with pop-ups, while still handling your file and web security. With it turned on, you can be sure to have an optimal and safe experience. While “Quick Scan” does exactly what you expect: scans your computer’s most important folders for active threats and neutralizes them, if needed.


Just as before, if you prefer to have more control over your antivirus functionality, you can visit tabs other than Dashboard, for example, the “Protection” tab. In the antivirus section here, you can see the aforementioned quick scan, and the “System Scan”, which will take a closer look at your PC, checking the rest of your data. Of course, most of the antivirus functionality is customizable, for example, if you trust your local network, you can disable scanning network drives to improve your performance.

We can also see that the Vulnerability block is still present, and allows you to do a scan, which will check your setup for potential malware entry points like uninstalled security updates, or sometimes even a missing admin password. This block also offers you a Wi-Fi Security Advisor, which will check your wi-fi network for potential backdoors.

The “Online Threat Protection” block uses Bitdefender’s cloud system to secure your web browsing experience. Sticking with the customizability feature set, Bitdefender allows you to put trusted websites in the whitelist, or enable and disable different features in the settings. Bitdefender can also scan your traffic for signs of malware, and block websites that masquerade as trustworthy in order to steal your sensitive data.

The Safe Files block is designed to protect you against malware encrypting your data and demanding ransom for your personal files: you can place sensitive data in specified folders which only applications you explicitly trust will be able to access – a really handy feature.

Switching over to the Privacy tab we can see Bitdefender’s password manager, which securely stores your usernames and passwords, and fills the forms automatically when you log in, so you don’t have to remember them.

The File Shredder feature present in this Data Protection section goes over the deleted data on your HDD and overwrites it with blank info, thus making it nearly impossible to recover the deleted files. This feature is irreplaceable for people whose line of work involves working with sensitive data.

Like before, Bitdefender offers their own VPN solution for its users. It’s great for making sure nobody can snoop in on your internet traffic, and for accessing georestricted content. Keep in mind though, that the VPN functionality included with your Bitdefender installation has a daily traffic limit and is meant as a demo.

Safepay is an extremely powerful feature that makes a return in Bitdefender 2019. Safepay is essentially a separate, protected browser window that’s meant for making secure online transactions – really handy.

The Parental Advisor feature set allows you to discreetly supervise your children’s online activities to keep them safe. Among features this block provides is filtering inappropriate content or controlling the amount of time your kids spend online. A timesaver for family households.

The “Utilities” section offers a number of features mostly revolving around your computer’s performance. For example, Startup Optimizer analyzes what application start with your Windows installation and can either disable these completely, or delay them - thus speeding up your startup time.

Overall, Bitdefender 2019 looks like a solid update so far. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but that’s what comes with beta software. Nonetheless, Bitdefender’s focus on easy to grasp interfaces with a lot of customizability under the hood still shines through. We’ll have to see what Bitdefender comes up with over the next month, when the official release is planned; but so far this seems like another great release from the Romanian developer.
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VPNFilter Malware attacks Linksys, Netgear, TP-Link, Asus, D-Link and more

Linksys, Netgear, TP-Link, Asus, D-Link, Ubiquiti are vendors whose routers have been found targeted by malware called VPNFilter. This is a story that initially broke in May 2018, but more routers have been found to be affected since.

Researchers at Cisco Talos report that VPNFilter allows attackers to listen on traffic and steal website credentials; as well as remotely brick the user's router. Initially, at least 500 thousand routers were estimated to be infected; but the list of devices known to be targeted has since increased and is currently shown on the screen.

If your router is affected, Anti-Virus4U,com recommends you to reboot it, and work with your router manufacturer to check if the device is up to date. If your router is issued by your Internet Service Provider, we recommend you to contact support to check if your device is affected.


Bitdefender 2019 Beta Release Date: June 14

Bitdefender 2019 Beta release date is Thursday 14th June.

Bitdefender, the Romanian cyber security vendor is planning to release the official beta version of Bitdefender 2019 (Bitdefender Total Security 2019 Multi-Device) by middle of this month.

Bitdefender accepting only 150 beta testers, to subscribe to the beta program visit: https://www.bitdefender.com/site/view/beta2019.html 

Joining the Bitdefender 2019 beta test gives you the chance to test the up to date version, give feedbacks and help improve the next edition of Bitdefender’s security solutions.

NOTE: You shouldn't use the Bitdefender 2019 Beta version as your main security protection. 
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7-Zip 18.05 Vulnerability

A recent report from CIS, Center for Internet Security, has revealed that all versions of 7zip prior to 18.05 allow for arbitrary code execution, which means that depending on the privileges given to the user running the executable, it was possible to “install software; view, change or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights”. User accounts with low privileges would be less affected than those with administrative rights.

The vulnerability has already been fixed and an update is available on the official website of the software. Antivirus4u would also like to inform you that 7zip is an open source project with forks existing for operating systems other than Windows; for example, Keka is a Mac OS archiver that is based on 7zip. It is yet unclear if 7zip forks have the same vulnerability, so we recommend you to update any archiving software you have on your computer. And subscribe to our YouTube channel for more news about software vulnerabilities and insights about computer security.