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 itself automatically with new virus definitions and you can select between a quick scan or a Deep Scan. You can also select to scan files and external volumes at a specific location. The program also comes with a powerful anti-theft function that allows you to locate your device and play an alarm, then remove its contents from the internet, and block it from connecting with wifi networks.
It also has an online knowledge base with videos and articles. A quick custom scan on my device took only 5 minutes. It’s also one among the few competitors that includes vulnerability scans that checks your device for outdated software and passwords that are weak.
Overall, Bitdefender is one of the most effective malware scanners. It has consistently delivered impressive results in independent lab tests. It has the best spyware detection rates and a wide array of protection features, including parental and password management controls. It also includes machine protection in many of its business plans, a major benefit when compared to other services.
Bitdefender is easy to navigate and groups its features in 3 categories: Protection, Privacy and Utilities. Protection covers the things that are associated with most antivirus tools that include real-time protection, firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy covers methods to be secure while surfing the web, including a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking websites in mind) that runs websites in an sandbox, and blocks malware from contaminating your regular internet browser. And the Utilities category is filled with optimization tools, as well as other useful tools.