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 all set to go. It updates its virus definitions automatically and lets you choose between a Quick Scan, a Deep Scan and a custom scan of your files’ locations or external volumes as needed. It also comes with an effective anti-theft feature that allows you to locate your device and trigger an alarm, remove its contents from its location, and prevent it from connecting to wifi networks.
It also includes a knowledge base on the internet with articles and videos. A quick custom scan on my test device took less than 5 minutes. It is also one of few competitors that includes a vulnerability scan that scans your device for outdated programs and weak passwords.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 comprehensive protection bundle that includes features such as password management, a rapid VPN as well as an anti-tracker, and parental controls. It even includes protection for machines in many of its business plans, which is a major benefit when compared to other services.
Bitdefender’s interface is simple to use and splits its features into three categories that are Privacy, Protection and Utilities. Protection is the part of Bitdefender that deals with the features that are common to all antivirus programs, such as real time protection, firewall monitoring, and countermeasures against ransomware. Privacy addresses ways to remain secure while browsing the internet, for instance a safe browser (designed with banking and shopping sites in mind) that runs websites within an sandbox, and blocks malware from infecting your regular internet browser. And the Utilities category contains optimization tools and other handy utilities.