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Should I remove Bitdefender Essential Security?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #33,988
Reach 0.0039%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.18 days
329.82 days >
Average installed length: 173.30 days


VersionDistribution 93.62% 2.13% 2.13% 2.13%

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Bitdefender Essential Security

What is Bitdefender Essential Security?  (from Bitdefender)

Active Virus Control is a proactive, dynamic detection technology. It monitors processes’ behavior in real time, as they are running, and tags suspicious activities.


Bitdefender Essential Security is a program developed by Bitdefender. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The software installer includes 46 files. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 8 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 44% of users of Bitdefender Essential Security come from Iran, it is also popular in IQ and Kuwait.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.bitdefender.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Essential Security\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Essential Security\install\Installer.exe
Warning, the uninstaller has been known to not fully remove the program.

Program filesFiles installed by Bitdefender Essential Security

  • common.dll - Bitdefender Essential Security (Common)
  • common4.dll
  • continuousscan.dll - Gonzales ContinuousScan
  • dummy.dll - Gonzales Dummy Plugin
  • elevator.exe - Bitdefender Antivirus Essential
  • framework.dll - Gonzales Framework
  • fulliface.dll - FullIface
  • fulliface4.dll
  • gziface.exe
  • gzifaceexec.exe - Gonzales Launcher
  • gzserv.exe
  • gzshellintegration.dll - Gonzales Shell Extension
  • gztray.exe - WPFTrayWindow
  • gztray4.exe
  • httpav.dll - Gonzales Http Scan
  • ifacemodel.exe
  • ifacemodel4.exe
  • mdavc3.dll - Gonzales Active Virus Control Plugin
  • dbokf.dll - dbofk Dynamic Link Library (Data Base of Known files DLL)
  • bdnc.dll - BitDefender Nimbus Client (Bitdefender Nimbus Client)
  • avcbd32.dll - BitDefender® AntiVirus (Active Virus Control - BitDefender Components)
  • avcbd64.dll
  • avccore.dll - BitDefender Active Virus Control Communications Library
  • bdch.dll - Bitdefender Security (BitDefender Crash Handler)
  • bdchsubmit.dll - BitDefender Security
  • bdpredir.dll - BitDefender Firewall (BitDefender Proxy Redirector User-Mode Module)
  • bdreinit.exe
  • bdwer.dll
  • fwlibrary.dll - BitDefender HIPS User-Mode Module
  • httproxy.dll - Http Filtering Proxy
  • iph.dll
  • npcomm.dll - BitDefender 15 (Named Pipes Communication System)
  • gzfltum.dll - BitDefender (gzflt user mode library)
  • bsupdatevs10u.dll - BSUPDATE (Update library)
  • bsupdatevs10xu.dll
  • bdmetrics.dll - Bitdefender BDMetrics
  • htmlayout.dll (by Terra Informatica Software,, British Columbia, Canada) - HTMLayout (HTMLayout - embeddable HTML rendering and layout component)
  • avchvinst.exe
  • driverctrl.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • gzshellintegration.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Gonzales' with a class of {A50F8401-953F-4C11-8B77-1278C6C7C3F4}.
  • gzserv.exe runs as a service named 'Bitdefender Essential Security' (gzserv) "Bitdefender Essential Security".

How do I remove Bitdefender Essential Security?

Quickly and completely remove Bitdefender Essential Security from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Bitdefender Essential Security from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Bitdefender Essential Security, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Bitdefender Essential Security.

Win 8 47%
Win XP 2%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.06%
Windows 8 46.81%
Windows XP 2.13%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 38.30%
Windows 8 Pro 10.64%
Windows 8.1 Pro 10.64%
Windows 7 Professional 6.38%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 6.38%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 4.26%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.75% of installs come from Iran
Which countries install it?
  Iran 43.75%
  IQ 12.50%
  Kuwait 10.42%
  United States 10.42%
  Lebanon 8.33%
  United Arab Emirates 6.25%
  Qatar 2.08%
  India 2.08%
  JO 2.08%
  United Kingdom 2.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 43.18%
Dell 18.18%
Acer 11.36%
Hewlett-Packard 6.82%
Toshiba 6.82%
Sony 4.55%
ASUS 4.55%
Samsung 2.27%
Common models
LENOVO 20287 8.89%
LENOVO 20238 8.89%
LENOVO 20150 6.67%
Dell Inspiron 3521 4.44%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 4.44%
TOSHIBA Satellite A660 4.44%

About Bitdefender

Bitdefender is an antivirus software suite developed by Softwin that feature antivirus and antispyware, personal firewall, privacy control and backup for corporate and home users.
Publisher URL: www.bitdefender.com


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