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 is able to update its virus definitions in a timely manner, and you can choose between a Quick Scan, a Deep Scan and a custom scan of the location of files or external volumes as needed. It also comes with a robust anti-theft tool that lets you locate your device and play an alarm, delete its items from its location, and prevent it from connecting to wifi networks.

It also offers a knowledge base online with articles and videos. A fast custom scan on my device took only 5 minutes. It is also one of few alternatives that have a vulnerability scan, which checks your device for old programs and passwords that are not secure.

Overall, Bitdefender is one of the most reliable malware scanners. It consistently gives impressive results in independent laboratory tests. It offers unbeatable spyware-detection rates and a comprehensive set of protection options, including a password manager as well as parental controls. It even offers machine protection in many of its plans for business, which is a major benefit when compared to other services.

Bitdefender is easy to use and categorizes its features into three categories: Privacy, Protection and Utilities. Protection is the portion of Bitdefender which focuses on features common to most antivirus software, such as real time protection, firewall monitoring, and countermeasures against ransomware. Privacy concerns methods to protect yourself while surfing the web. For example, a safe browser that runs websites in the sandbox can prevent malware from infecting your browser. The Utilities section includes useful utilities and optimization tools.

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