Bitdefender Threat Scanner Review

Bitdefender can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. After granting it full disk access and access to your security preferences in System Preferences, Bitdefender is ready to use. It updates itself automatically with new virus definitions and you can select between a quick scan or a Deep Scan. You can also opt to scan files as well as external volumes at a specific location. It also comes with an effective anti-theft feature that allows you to locate your device, set an alarm, then remove its items remotely, and also block it from connecting with wifi networks.

The program also includes an online knowledge base that includes videos tutorials and a large collection of articles and offers a high level of scan speeds for viruses. A quick custom scan took less than 5 minutes on my test device. It’s also one of the few programs that offer vulnerability scans which scans your device for outdated programs and passwords that are weak.

Overall, Bitdefender is among the top malware detection scanners, consistently delivering impressive results in independent lab tests. It has the best spyware detection rates and a well-rounded collection of protection features, including a password manager and parental controls. It also offers machine protection as part of a variety of its business plans. This is a huge advantage compared to other services.

Bitdefender is easy to navigate and organizes its features in 3 categories: Privacy, Protection and Utilities. Protection is the part of Bitdefender that covers the features that are common to all antivirus programs, like real time protection, firewall monitoring, and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy deals with methods to remain secure while browsing the internet, like a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking websites in mind) that runs websites within a sandbox and prevents malware from contaminating your regular internet browser. The Utilities section contains useful utilities and optimization tools.