Bitdefender can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. After granting it full disk access and access to your security preferences in System Preferences, Bitdefender is ready to use. It updates its virus definitions automatically, and you can choose between a Quick Scan, a Deep Scan and a custom scan of files and external volumes as required. The application comes with a highly efficient anti-theft tool, as well, that lets you locate and audio an alarm on your device, then remotely delete its contents, and stop it from connecting to wifi networks.

It also includes a knowledge base on the internet that includes articles and videos. A quick custom scan on my test device took just 5 minutes. It’s also among the few competing programs to include a vulnerability scanner that checks your device for old software and weak passwords, and it offers a convenient scheduler to perform quick custom scans.

Overall, Bitdefender is among the best malware detection scanners consistently delivering remarkable results in independent lab tests. It has unbeatable rates of spyware detection and a well-rounded collection of security features, including parental and password management controls. It even includes machine protection in many of its plans for business, which is a significant advantage over competing services.

Bitdefender is simple to navigate and group its features into three categories: Protection, Privacy and Utilities. Protection is the component of Bitdefender that covers the features that are common to all antivirus programs, such as real-time protection, firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy concerns methods to protect yourself while surfing the web. For example a safe browser which runs websites inside the sandbox can keep malware out of your usual browser. And the Utilities category has optimization tools, as well as other useful tools.

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