How to Scan Files using Bitdefender Antivirus

We assume you have already installed a Bitdefender antimalware program on your computer, hence we would skip the purchase and download parts and keep it to scanning the programs only. Bitdefender is currently one of the world’s best three antivirus programs and constantly holding the position within this top ranking, which is certainly an outcome of customer satisfaction. User interface on the Bitdefender Antivirus or other Bitdefender security suites are very straightforward and simple. To scan a file or folder for viruses, user needs to have an antivirus module installed. The free version of Bitdefender Antivirus slightly differs from the way of scanning on paid version of the same module.

bitdefender scan option

How to Scan a File or Folder

There are plenty of ways one can get there. However, the easiest way to scan a specific file or folder via Bitdefender Antivirus is to right clicking on the file or folder itself, and select the option ‘Scan with Bitdefender’ from there. Antivirus Scan wizard screen will appear on the screen and the user can follow the steps as mentioned to complete the scan.

This method of scanning is usually effective on cases such as, you have a file or folder in some storage media and you want it scanned for infection threats. Files from internet are prime suspects for this case. Also, network files being shared over a common network might get infected from some PCs. In all these cases, one can simply scan a file or folder using this method.

How to Scan a Whole System

The full system scan needs to be launched from the Bitdefender Antivirus user interface itself. However, this feature may not be available on the free version of Bitdefender Antivirus. On all other versions, open the Bitdefender security software window and open the Antivirus module on that suite. Later on, click on the prominent Scan Now button, select the Full System Scan option from the drop down menu nearby.

Upon doing this, Antivirus Scan wizard will launch and perform the scan. Bear with the process as it could take a long time. Once done, the user will be presented with infected file stats.

Custom Scan Task

On the high-end versions of Bitdefender Antivirus scan module, one can avail the custom scan task feature. This way, user can select the destination files and folders to be scanned, configured other options and determine if they want to shut down the computer after the scanning finishes.

To create a custom scan task, user needs to open the Bitdefender Antivirus panel, click on Scan Now and select Custom Scan from the nearby drop down menu. The ‘Add Target’ button would select the files or folders to be scanned under the Custom Scan scheme, and other options could be configured from ‘Scan Options’. Check Shutdown Computer option if you want the PC to shut down on its own.

To initiate this scan, click on Start Scan.


To avail all these features, a paid version of Bitdefender Antivirus is necessary. The free version still protects the system though; via its Autopilot feature.

How to Set up Bitdefender Bootable Disk

Bitdefender antimalware programs are topping the AV tests for last few years, and the consumer level trust is very satisfactory as well. An anti-program on a computer system is required for protection against threats, but at times the PC itself might just deny to start. Infections can spread to the boot level where the computer starts up infected, and the infection spreads on the PC every time you turn it on. In many cases, say for a ransomware the PC might not even start or your files may not be accessible unless you pay your files’ “kidnapper” a handsome amount.

Bitdefender Bootable Disk

In any such cases, having a rescue CD could save your day. Indeed, the making of might require some guidelines but once you have a disk ready, you are free from the risk of completely losing your files to some anonymous creepy hacker.


A rescue disk for Bitdefender Antivirus 2016 could be made on different storage media. The most common formats of rescue disks are usually made on – typical CD or DVD disks, USB flash drive, or a remote location which you could for a secure recovery mode startup.

Set up Bitdefender Rescue disk:

Processes are illustrated for each of the storage media mentioned above –

On a Bootable CD or DVD

To create a bootable Bitdefender Rescue CD or DVD, the first requirement is to have a writeable CD or DVD disk. They vary in quality and for a sensitive rescue CD, we recommend the users use the best quality available. However, even the best quality CD wouldn’t cost more than a dollar so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Once the optical disk is managed, the next step is to download the ISO image of Bitdefender rescue file onto a computer. The ISO file could be downloaded from Bitdefender’s dedicated download page. This would take few minutes, depending on the internet bandwidth.

The burning process could be done using any third party disk burning program the user might have. If there’s none, then Bitdefender recommends using InfraRecorder which is free and easy to use. The program needs to load the recovery ISO file and burn it on the disk – that’s all needs to be done. Once the burning is complete, user can boot their PC with this recovery disk selecting disk drive as the boot device from BIOS.

On a USB Storage Media

To create a USB rescue disk, the same ISO file would be necessary. However, instead of a disk burning program, a program that can create bootable USB drives from ISO files would be required this time. Bitdefender recommends Stickifier which is free.

Open the program, select the source file and destination drive and click Next – that’s about it, and the bootable USB drive will be ready.

On a Remote Location

This process is usually complex and should be done via a network administrator. If your network has a – DHCP, TFTP and NFS server along with PXE capable network adapters, then you could avail the service.


For home users, first two methods are recommended. Larger organizations could use the last method based on networks, but expert help is recommended.