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Updates

In a world where cyber-criminals constantly try to come up with new ways to cause harm, having an up-to-date security program is essential if you are to stay one step ahead of them.

If you are connected to the Internet through broadband or DSL, Bitdefender Endpoint Security Tools takes care of this itself. By default, it checks for updates when you turn on your computer and every hour after that.

Note

The default automatic update frequency may be changed by your networkadministrator.

The update process is performed on the fly, meaning that the files to be updated are replaced progressively. In this way, the update process will not affect product operation and, at the same time, any vulnerability will be excluded.

If you are connected to the Internet through a dial-up connection, then it is recommended to regularly update Bitdefender by user request. For more information,please refer to Performing an Update.

Types of Updates

Updates come in the following forms:

  • Updates for the malware signatures - as new threats appear, the files containing malware signatures must be updated to ensure permanent up-to-date protection against them.

  • Product updates - when a new product version is released, new features and scan techniques are introduced to the effect of improving the product's performance.

A product upgrade is a major version release.

Checking if your protection is up-to-date

To check if your protection is up-to-date, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Bitdefender Endpoint Security Tools icon B_icon.PNG in the system tray and choose About.

  2. You can see the update status and the time of the most recent update check and update installation.

For detailed information about the latest updates, check the update events:

  1. In the main window, click the Filter button best_filter_icon.png to open the Filters menu.

  2. Click the Update button. The latest updates will be displayed in the Events timeline.

    You can see when updates were initiated and information about them - whether they were successful or not, if they require a restart to complete the installation. If required, restart the system at your earliest convenience.

Performing an update

In order to perform updates, an Internet connection is required.

To start an update:

  • Double-click the Bitdefender Endpoint Security Tools icon B_icon.PNG in the system tray.

  • Click the Actions button best_actions_menu_button.png to open the Actions menu.

  • Click Check for updates. The Update module will connect to the Bitdefender Update Server and it will check for updates.

  • If an update is detected, you will be asked to confirm it or the update will be performed automatically, depending on the update settings configured by you network administrator.

Important

If required, restart the system at your earliest convenience. We recommend doing it as soon as possible.