Bitdefender is easy to download from the Mac App Store and, after you’ve granted it access to your security settings in System Preferences and full disk access, it’s ready to go. It updates itself automatically with new virus definitions, and you can select between a quick scan or a Deep Scan. You can also choose to scan files and external volumes at a specific location. The program comes with an effective anti-theft function, in addition, it allows you to detect and play an alarm on your device, remotely remove its contents and block it from connecting to wifi networks.
It also includes a knowledge base on the internet with videos and articles. A fast custom scan on my device took only 5 minutes. It’s also one of the few programs that include a vulnerability scanner that checks your device for insecure software and weak passwords and offers an efficient scheduler to run custom scans.
Overall, Bitdefender is among the most effective malware detection scanners, consistently delivering remarkable results in independent lab tests. It has unbeatable spyware detection rates, and an extremely comprehensive protection collection with features like password management, a speedy VPN with an anti-tracker and parental controls. It also offers machine protection in a number of its business plans, which is a major benefit when compared to other services.
Bitdefender is simple to use and categorizes its features in 3 categories: Protection, Privacy and Utilities. Protection is the part of Bitdefender that focuses on the features that are common to all antivirus software, such as real time protection, firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy is about ways to stay secure while browsing the internet, for instance a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking websites in mind) that runs websites in a sandbox. It also prevents malware from infecting your normal internet browser. The Utilities category includes optimization tools as well as other handy tools.