Bitdefender Threat Scanner Review

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 you can choose between a Quick Scan or a Deep Scan. You can also choose to scan files or external volumes in a custom location. The application comes with a highly effective anti-theft function, also, which allows you to find and record an alarm on your device remotely, remove its contents, and stop it from connecting to wifi networks.

It also has an online knowledge base with videos and articles. A quick custom scan on my test device took only 5 minutes. It’s also among the few programs that include the vulnerability scanner, which checks your device for weak passwords and outdated software and also offers a handy scheduler for quick custom scans.

Overall, Bitdefender is one of the most reliable malware scanners. It consistently gives impressive results in independent laboratory tests. It has the best spyware detection rates and a wide array of protection features, including a password manager and parental controls. It even includes machine protection in many of its plans for business, which is a significant advantage over competing services.

Bitdefender is easy to navigate and group its features into three categories: Privacy, Protection and Utilities. Protection is concerned with the aspects that come with most antivirus programs that include real-time protection, firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy covers methods to ensure security while browsing the internet, for instance a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking websites in mind) that runs websites in an sandbox, and blocks malware from infecting your regular internet browser. The Utilities category is filled with optimization tools and other handy tools.

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