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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 #37,001
Reach 0.0030%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 13.37 days
394.31 days >
Average installed length: 207.18 days


VersionDistribution 3.39% 91.53% 1.69% 1.69% 1.69%

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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 51 files. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 42% of users of Bitdefender Essential Security come from Iran, it is also popular in Kuwait and Lebanon.

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

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
  • bdftdif.sys - Bitdefender TDI Filter Driver
  • bdfwfpf.sys - Bitdefender WFP Filter Driver
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 Service' (gzserv) "Bitdefender Essential Security Service".

How do I remove Bitdefender Essential Security?

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/7/8/10: 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/7/8/10: 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 Essential Security.

Win 10 53%
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 10 52.54%
Windows 7 45.76%
Windows XP 1.69%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 33.90%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 10.17%
Windows 8 Pro 8.47%
Windows 8.1 Pro 8.47%
Windows 7 Professional 6.78%
Windows 10 Home Single La... 5.08%

Distribution by countryGeography

41.67% of installs come from Iran
Which countries install it?
  Iran 41.67%
  Kuwait 13.33%
  Lebanon 10.00%
  IQ 10.00%
  United States 8.33%
  United Arab Emirates 6.67%
  Qatar 1.67%
  India 1.67%
  Jordan 1.67%
  Egypt 1.67%
  Saudi Arabia 1.67%
  United Kingdom 1.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 42.86%
Dell 14.29%
Hewlett-Packard 12.50%
Acer 10.71%
Toshiba 5.36%
Sony 5.36%
ASUS 3.57%
Samsung 3.57%
Common models
LENOVO 20238 7.02%
LENOVO 20287 7.02%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 7.02%
LENOVO 20150 5.26%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.51%
TOSHIBA Satellite A660 3.51%

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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