How to Temporarily Disable BitDefender

By Gabriele Sturmer

BitDefender provides real-time protection against viruses, spyware and phishing. The program also includes features that can encrypt instant messenger conversations and warn you when you visit a potentially malicious website. Although the real-time virus scanner is important for protecting your computer, you might need to temporarily disable the feature when you install new programs. BitDefender provides a quick way to enable and disable the real-time protection and virus scans.

Step 1

Double-click the round red BitDefender icon in the taskbar's notification area to open the program window.

Step 2

Click "Options" on the upper-right corner of the window and select "Preferences."

Step 3

Click the "On" buttons beside "Antivirus" and "Vulnerability Scan" to set each switch to the "Off position." Click "Apply" and "OK" to disable BitDefender's real-time protection and virus scanner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click the "Off" buttons beside the "Antivirus" and "Vulnerability" settings to re-enable the protection.