Bitdefender is easy to download from the Mac App Store and, after you’ve granted it access your security settings in System Preferences and full disk access, it’s set to go. It will update its virus definitions automatically, and you can choose between a Quick Scan, a Deep Scan and a custom scan of files and external volumes when needed. The application comes with a highly efficient anti-theft feature which allows you to detect and play an alarm on your device, remotely remove its articles and block it from connecting to wifi networks.

The program also features a handy online knowledge base that includes videos and a huge selection of articles and offers a high level of speed for scanning viruses – a quick custom scan took less than 5 minutes on my test device. It’s also among the few programs that include a vulnerability scanner that scans your device for weak passwords and outdated software and offers an easy scheduler that allows for quick custom scans.

Overall, Bitdefender is among the most effective malware detection scanners, consistently delivering remarkable results in independent lab tests. It offers unbeatable spyware-detection rates and a comprehensive set of security features, such as a password manager and parental controls. It Full Report also includes protection for machines as part of a variety of its business plans. This is an important benefit over other services.

Bitdefender’s interface is simple to use and splits its features into three categories: Privacy Utilities, Protection, and Privacy. Protection is the part of Bitdefender that focuses on the features that are common to all antivirus software, such as real-time protection, firewall monitoring, and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy is concerned with methods to protect yourself while surfing the web. For instance a safe browser which operates within the sandbox can stop malware from infecting your normal browser. The Utilities category contains optimization tools and other handy utilities.