BitDefender Announces Beta Release of BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices

November 2008


Beta testers with most impressive bug submission activity will win prizes

BitDefender╝ announced today the new BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices will be available for beta testing starting November 12, 2008.

BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices is the command line antivirus scanner built for both Linux and FreeBSD systems, which now brings a graphical interface intended to help users scan their computers very easily and allows them to configure the antivirus scanning to best fit their needs. It includes the certified BitDefender Antivirus Engines and provides on-demand anti-malware scanning for both UNIX-based and Windows-based partitions.

BitDefender will reward the beta tester with the most impressive bug submission activity a one year license of a Windows/Linux business solution of choice for up to 35 users. Other prizes will include a 16GB iPod Touch and other desktop solutions.

Users wishing to test the beta version can download the product at BitDefender▓s Beta Center. The new beta version of BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices is an upgrade to the current product.

Key benefits and features include:

∙ On-demand scanner
∙ Malware signatures and engine updates
∙ Context menu integration with the most common desktop environments (KDE and GNOME)
∙ Open source plugins for three popular file managers: Konqueror (KDE), Nautilus (GNOME) and Thunar (Xfce)
∙ Support for the x86 and amd64 architectures
∙ Available for gcc-4.x systems
∙ Language support for further localization


⌠Beta testing is the most efficient way to ensure BitDefender products have all the kinks worked out,■ said Bogdan Dumitru, BitDefender▓s chief technical officer. ⌠We are relying on the BitDefender community▓s interest in testing this beta product to help us produce a finalized product that fully protects Unices users.■

BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices is free for personal use and will be available for testing until January 15, 2009. To submit feature requests and big reports, please go to and subscribe to the BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices beta campaign.