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 will update its virus definitions automatically and lets you select between one of three scans: a Quick Scan, Deep Scan and a custom scan of the location of files or external volumes when needed. It comes with an efficient anti-theft tool, in addition, it allows you to locate and sound an alarm on your device, then remotely delete its contents and prevent it from connecting to wifi networks.
It also has an online knowledge base with videos and articles. A quick custom scan on my test device took less than 5 minutes. It’s also among the few rivals that include vulnerability scans which scans your device for obsolete programs and weak passwords.
Overall, Bitdefender is among the most effective malware detection scanners, consistently returning remarkable results in independent lab tests. It has unbeatable rates of spyware detection and a broad array of protection options, including parental and password management controls. It includes machine protection as part of many of its business plans. This is an important advantage compared to other services.
Bitdefender’s interface is simple to navigate and breaks down its features into three categories three categories: Privacy Utilities, Protection, and Privacy. Protection is the part of Bitdefender that covers features that are standard to all antivirus programs, including real-time protection, firewall monitoring, and countermeasures against ransomware. Privacy covers methods to remain secure while browsing the internet, like a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking sites in mind) that runs websites within a sandbox and prevents malware from contaminating your normal internet browser. The Utilities category includes optimization tools as well as other handy utilities.