Bitdefender can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. After you have granted it full disk access and access to your security preferences in System Preferences, Bitdefender is ready to use. It updates itself automatically with new virus definitions and you can choose between a Quick Scan and a Deep Scan. You can also opt to scan files as well as external volumes in a custom location. The program comes with an effective anti-theft feature, which allows you to find and record an alarm on your device, then remotely delete its contents, and stop it from connecting to wifi networks.
The program also includes a handy online knowledge base that contains videos tutorials and a large collection of information, and it offers excellent speed for virus scanning – a fast custom scan took just 5 minutes on my test device. It is also one of few programs that offer vulnerability scans, which checks your device for outdated programs as well as weak passwords.
Overall, Bitdefender is one of the top malware scanners. It consistently gives impressive results in independent lab tests. It provides unbeatable spyware detection rates and a wide array of security features, including parental and password manager controls. It also offers protection for machines in many of its plans for business, which is a important benefit in comparison to other services.
Bitdefender’s interface is simple to navigate and breaks down its features into three categories: Privacy, Protection and Utilities. Protection covers things that are included with most antivirus programs that include real-time protection such as firewall monitoring, and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy deals with methods to remain secure while browsing the web, including a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking sites in mind) that runs websites within an sandbox, and blocks malware from infecting your normal internet browser. The Utilities section includes useful utilities and optimization tools.