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 is able to automatically update its virus definitions, and you can select between a quick scan or a Deep Scan. You can also select to scan files and external volumes in a custom location. It comes with an effective anti-theft function, in addition, it allows you to find and record an alarm on your device, remotely remove its contents and block it from connecting to wifi networks.
It also has an online knowledge base that includes articles and videos. A quick custom scan on my device took only 5 minutes. It is also one of few alternatives that have vulnerability scans which scans your device for old programs and passwords that are weak.
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 comprehensive set of security features, including a password manager and parental controls. It also includes protection for machines in many of its business plans, a major benefit when compared to other services.
Bitdefender is simple to navigate and groups its features in 3 categories: Privacy, Protection and Utilities. Protection covers the things that are associated with the majority of antivirus tools that include real-time protection including firewall monitoring, ransomware and other countermeasures. Privacy addresses ways to be secure while surfing the web, such as a safe browser (designed with banking and shopping websites in mind) that runs websites in a sandbox and prevents malware from infecting your normal internet browser. And the Utilities category includes optimization tools and other handy utilities.