Bitdefender can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. After providing it with full disk access and access to your security preferences in System Preferences, Bitdefender is ready to use. It is able to automatically update its virus definitions and you can choose between a quick scan or a Deep Scan. You can also opt to scan files as well as external volumes in a custom location. The application also includes a powerful anti-theft function that lets you locate your device and set off an alarm, take away its items remotely, and block it from connecting with wifi networks.

The program also includes a handy online knowledge base, with videos, tutorials, and a massive collection of articles, and it offers excellent speed for scanning viruses – a quick custom scan took only 5 minutes on my test device. It’s also among the few rivals that have a vulnerability scanner that checks your device for insecure software and weak passwords, and it offers a handy scheduler for quick custom scans.

Overall, Bitdefender is among the best malware detection scanners consistently returning remarkable results in independent lab tests. It offers unbeatable spyware detection rates as well as a comprehensive protection package that includes features such as a password manager, a rapid VPN and an anti-tracker as well as parental controls. It also offers protection for machines in many of its plans for business, which is a important benefit in comparison to other services.

Bitdefender’s interface is simple to use and divides its features into three categories including Privacy, Protection and Utilities. Protection is the part of Bitdefender that deals with features that are standard to all antivirus software, such as real time protection, firewall monitoring and countermeasures against ransomware. Privacy is about ways to ensure your safety when browsing the internet. For instance a safe browser which operates within the sandbox can prevent malware from infecting your normal browser. The Utilities category has optimization tools as well as other useful utilities.

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