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12% remove it88% keep it
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Global Rank #26,284
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.82 days
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Average installed length: 276.19 days


VersionDistribution 20.16% 71.77% 2.42% 0.81% 1.61% 2.42% 0.81%

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Bitdefender Antivirus Essential

What is Bitdefender Antivirus Essential?  (from Bitdefender)

Bitdefender Antivirus Essential uses technologies Antivirus and antiphishing protection repeatedly rewarded. Free access to updates to the virus signature database throughout the life of your PC. A "discreet" protection: no configuration required, no warning message or interruptions in your use of the PC. A lightweight...  Read more


Bitdefender Antivirus Essential is a software program developed by Bitdefender. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The setup package generally installs about 77 files and is usually about 234.13 MB (245,502,918 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 71% of users of Bitdefender Antivirus Essential come from France, it is also popular in the United States and Belgium.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.bitdefender.com/solutions/antivirus.html
Help link: bitdefender.eptimum.com/fr/antivirus/telecharger/bitdefender-antivirus-essential.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Antivirus Essential\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Antivirus Essential\install\Installer.exe
Estimated size: 234.13 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Bitdefender Antivirus Essential

  • common.dll - Bitdefender Antivirus Essential (Common)
  • common4.dll
  • continuousscan.dll - Gonzales ContinuousScan
  • dummy.dll - Gonzales Dummy Plugin
  • elevator.exe
  • elevator4.exe
  • 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
  • npcommwrapper.dll - NpcommWrapper Dynamic Link Library
  • npcommwrapper4.dll
  • onaccessal.dll - Gonzales OnAccessAL
  • regal.dll - Gonzales RegAL
  • scansp.dll - Gonzales ScanSP
  • 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
  • bdftdif.sys - Bitdefender TDI Filter Driver
  • bdfwfpf.sys - Bitdefender WFP Filter Driver
  • bdpredir.dll - BitDefender Firewall (BitDefender Proxy Redirector User-Mode Module)
  • bdreinit.exe
  • bdselfpr.sys - BitDefender Self Protection Driver
  • bdwer.dll
  • fwlibrary.dll - BitDefender HIPS User-Mode Module
  • httproxy.dll - Http Filtering Proxy
  • iph.dll
  • avc3.sys - BitDefender AVC (Active Virus Control filter driver)
  • avchv.sys - BitDefender AntiVirus Active Virus Control Hypervisor driver
  • avckf.sys - Active Virus Control Kernel Filtering driver
  • npcomm.dll - BitDefender 15 (Named Pipes Communication System)
  • bdnimbus.dll
  • gzfltum.dll - BitDefender (gzflt user mode library)
  • bsupdatevs10u.dll - BSUPDATE (Update library)
  • bsupdatevs10xu.dll
  • nxbasevs10xu.dll - Nexus (Nexus Base DLL)
  • nxcryptvs10xu.dll - Nexus Crypt DLL
  • nxfidvs10xu.dll - Nexus File ID DLL
  • nxnosqldbvs10xu.dll - Nexus NoSQLDB DLL
  • nxscvs10xu.dll - Nexus ScanCache DLL
  • nxstringvs10xu.dll - Nexus String DLL
  • nxsysvs10xu.dll - Nexus System DLL
  • nxvfsvs10xu.dll - Nexus VFS DLL
  • nxxmlvs10xu.dll - Nexus XML DLL
  • BdMetrics.dll - BDMetric Dynamic Link Library
  • 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}.
Scheduled Task
  • gziface.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A9E26090-3163-4D60-A5FF-8904423D4122}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • gziface.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named antivirus.
  • gzserv.exe runs as a service named 'Bitdefender Antivirus Essential' (gzserv) "Bitdefender Antivirus Essential".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • gziface.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'BitDefenderGonzalesInterface' which loads as C:\Program Files\Bitdefender\Antivirus Essential\gziface.exe -noshow.

How do I remove Bitdefender Antivirus Essential?

You can uninstall Bitdefender Antivirus Essential 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Bitdefender Antivirus Essential, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Antivirus Essential.

Win 10 52%
Win 7 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 52.42%
Windows 7 37.90%
Windows Vista 6.45%
Windows XP 3.23%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.33%
Windows 8.1 27.05%
Windows 10 Home 18.03%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.74%
Windows 7 Professional 4.92%
Windows 10 Pro 3.28%

Distribution by countryGeography

71.43% of installs come from France
Which countries install it?
  France 71.43%
  United States 17.29%
  Belgium 5.26%
  MA 1.50%
  Netherlands 1.50%
  TN 0.75%
  Switzerland 0.75%
  GP 0.75%
  Slovakia 0.75%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
ASUS 33.33%
Hewlett-Packard 28.40%
Acer 16.05%
Dell 7.41%
Medion 4.94%
Toshiba 2.47%
Sony 2.47%
American Megatrends 1.23%
Packard Bell 1.23%
Alienware 1.23%
Lenovo 1.23%
Common models
ASUS All Series 3.74%
ASUSTeK X550CC 3.74%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.80%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 1.87%
ASUSTeK X555LF 1.87%
ASUSTeK K70AF 1.87%

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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