Bitdefender Threat Scanner Review

Bitdefender is simple 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 all set to go. It will update its virus definitions automatically and lets you choose between one of three scans: a Quick Scan, Deep Scan and a custom location scan of files or external volumes as required. The application comes with a highly efficient anti-theft feature also, which lets you locate and audio an alarm on your device, remotely remove its articles and block it from connecting to wifi networks.

It also offers a knowledge base online with articles and videos. A quick custom scan on my test device took just 5 minutes. It is also one of few alternatives that have a vulnerability scan which scans your device for outdated software and passwords that are weak.

Overall, Bitdefender is one of the most reliable malware scanners. It consistently delivers remarkable results in independent lab tests. It offers unbeatable spyware detection rates, and an extremely comprehensive protection package that includes features such as password management, a fast VPN and an anti-tracker as well as parental controls. It also offers machine protection as part of a variety of its business plans. This is an important benefit when compared to other solutions.

Bitdefender’s interface is simple to use and separates its features into three categories: Privacy Security, Protection and Utilities. Protection is the portion of Bitdefender that covers the features that are common to all antivirus programs, including real time protection, firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy is the process of figuring out ways to stay safe while surfing the web. For instance a safe browser which runs websites inside an sandbox is designed to prevent malware from infecting your regular browser. The Utilities category is filled with optimization tools as well as other useful tools.