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 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 scan of your files’ locations or external volumes when needed. The application includes a very effective anti-theft function, which allows you to find and record an alarm on your device, then remotely delete its contents and prevent it from connecting to wifi networks.

The program also comes with a handy online knowledge base that contains video tutorials and a vast collection of information as well as excellent speed for scanning viruses – a quick custom scan took only 5 minutes on my test device. It’s also among the few alternatives that have vulnerability scans that scans your device for obsolete programs and passwords that are weak.

Overall, Bitdefender is among the most effective malware detection scanners, consistently returning remarkable results in independent lab tests. It has unbeatable rates of spyware detection and a comprehensive set of security features, including a password manager as well as parental controls. It also includes machine protection in a number of its business plans, a important benefit in comparison to other services.

Bitdefender’s interface is easy to use and splits its features into three categories three categories: Privacy Utilities, Protection, and Privacy. Protection is the part of Bitdefender that covers features that are standard to all antivirus programs, like real-time protection, firewall monitoring and countermeasures against ransomware. Privacy is about ways to be secure while surfing the web, including a safe browser (designed with banking and shopping websites in mind) that runs websites within a sandbox. It also prevents malware from contaminating your regular internet browser. And the Utilities category includes optimization tools, as well as other useful utilities.

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