How to UPGRADE to Bitdefender 2018 (from 2012-2015 versions)

The new Bitdefender 2018 is here, and it’s the best security software we’ve ever made. Even better, as a Bitdefender user, you can upgrade for free, anytime you like, in 3 easy steps.

1. Click the UPGRADE NOW button in the Bitdefender notification window.

This will start the Bitdefender 2018 product download. Your system will then be automatically preparing for upgrade by removing your old Bitdefender version. Don’t worry, your license key is kept to activate Bitdefender 2018.

2. Click the RESTART button to continue the upgrade

This will restart your computer. Shortly after the system reboot, you will see the Bitdefender 2018 install screen

3. Click INSTALL to start

This will start Bitdefender 2018 installation. Click START USING BITDEFENDER and login using your existing Bitdefender account. If you forgot your password click on the Forgot my password link. This will send you and email to reset your account password. After login, your product is activated and ready to protect your device.


Why should you upgrade?

Installing the latest version of your Bitdefender product is an important step to ensure your devices get the best protection Bitdefender offers. With this free upgrade you get the latest protection and system optimization features. Here is what’s new and improved in Bitdefender 2018:


Here’s a must-have nowadays: it gives you powerful protection against the growing threat of ransomware, a type of malicious attack that encrypts and denies access to your most precious files, such as family photos and important text documents, and demands ransom for their release. Anti-Ransomware now comes with instant protection against every new type of ransomware that we discover anywhere in the world.

Find more about ransomware here.

Wi-Fi Security Advisor

When you’re on the go and connect to Wi-Fi hotspots such as those in cafes, airports, parks or shopping malls, how do you know they’re safe? Wi-Fi Security Advisor scans the networks you connect to for any security holes that might put you at risk, and then recommends the best action to protect your device and your privacy.

Easy to use

We’ve made Bitdefender more user-friendly than ever before. Among other things, you now have easy access to various features from the intuitive menu placed on the left side of the main Bitdefender window.

Remote management

The Bitdefender management hub, Bitdefender Central, has a new dashboard and a streamlined interface so you can easily control your device protection remotely.

Thank you for choosing Bitdefender, and remember we’ve got your back so you can always do your thing, protected.

Safely yours,


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