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 ready to go. It updates itself automatically with new virus definitions and allows you to choose between a Quick Scan or a Deep Scan. You board meeting software can also opt to scan files as well as external volumes in a custom location. The program also comes with a robust anti-theft tool that lets you locate your device, set an alarm, then remove its contents from the internet, and block it from connecting with wifi networks.

It also offers a knowledge base online with articles and videos. A fast custom scan on my test device took less than 5 minutes. It is also one of few programs that offer a vulnerability scan that scans your device for outdated software and passwords that are weak.

Overall, Bitdefender is one of the most effective malware scanners. It consistently provides impressive results in independent laboratory tests. It offers unbeatable spyware-detection rates and a comprehensive set of security features, including parental and password manager controls. It even includes protection for machines in many of its plans for business, which is a major bonus compared to competing services.

Bitdefender is simple to navigate and groups its features in 3 categories: Protection, Privacy and Utilities. Protection covers the things that are associated with the majority of antivirus software including real-time protection as well as firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy is about ways to ensure your safety when browsing the internet. For example a safe browser that runs websites in an sandbox is designed to protect against malware infecting your normal browser. The Utilities section contains useful utilities and optimization tools.

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