Bitdefender can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. After giving it full access to your disk and access to your security preferences in System Preferences, Bitdefender is ready to use. It updates its virus definitions automatically and lets you select between a Quick Scan, a Deep Scan and a custom scan of the location of files or external volumes as required. The application includes a very effective anti-theft function, as well, that allows you to detect and play an alarm on your device, then remotely delete its contents and block it from connecting to wifi networks.
The program also features a handy online knowledge base, with video tutorials and a vast collection of content and also offers top speed for scanning viruses — a quick custom scan took less than 5 minutes on my like it test device. It’s also among the few programs that offer a vulnerability scan that checks your device for outdated software and weak passwords.
Overall, Bitdefender is one of the most effective malware scanners. It consistently delivers remarkable results in independent laboratory tests. It offers unbeatable spyware-detection rates and a broad array of protection options, including parental and password manager controls. It even includes protection for machines in many of its business plans, a significant advantage over competing services.
Bitdefender’s interface is easy to use and divides its features into three categories including Privacy Security, Protection and Utilities. Protection covers the things that are associated with most antivirus programs including real-time protection including firewall monitoring, ransomware and other countermeasures. Privacy concerns ways to ensure your safety while browsing the internet. For example an internet browser that is safe and runs websites in an sandbox is designed to keep malware out of your normal browser. The Utilities category is filled with optimization tools as well as other handy utilities.