Bitdefender Threat Scanner Review

Bitdefender can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. After providing it with full access to your disk and access to your security preferences in System Preferences, Bitdefender is ready to use. It will update its virus definitions automatically, and you can choose between the Quick Scan, Deep Scan and a custom scan of your files’ locations or external volumes when needed. The application includes a very effective anti-theft feature, as well, that allows you to find and record an alarm on your device, then remotely delete its contents and block it from connecting to wifi networks.

The program also comes with an online knowledge base with videos, tutorials, and a massive selection of articles, and it offers excellent speed for virus scanning – a quick custom scan took less than 5 minutes on my test device. It’s also one of the few competitors to include a vulnerability scanner that checks your device for old software and weak passwords, and it offers an easy scheduler that allows for quick custom scans.

Overall, Bitdefender is among the top malware detection scanners, consistently returning remarkable results in independent lab tests. It has the best spyware detection rates and a wide array of security features, including parental and password management controls. It also offers machine protection in a number of its business plans, a major benefit when compared to other services.

Bitdefender’s interface is easy to use and divides its features into three categories including Privacy Security, Protection and Utilities. Protection is the component of Bitdefender that deals with features common to most antivirus programs, like real-time protection, firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy is concerned with ways to ensure your safety when browsing the internet. For example a safe browser which runs websites in the sandbox can keep malware out of your browser. The Utilities section contains useful tools and optimization tools.