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 all set to go. It is able to update its virus definitions in a timely manner and lets you choose between a Quick Scan, a Deep Scan and a custom location scan of files or external volumes as needed. The application also includes a powerful anti-theft function that allows you to locate your device and trigger an alarm, delete its contents remotely, and also block it from connecting with wifi networks.

It also has a knowledge base online that includes articles and videos. A quick custom scan on my test device took just 5 minutes. It’s also one of the few rivals that include a vulnerability scan which scans your device for outdated programs and passwords that are weak.

Overall, Bitdefender is one of the most effective malware scanners. It consistently provides impressive results in independent laboratory tests. It has unbeatable spyware detection rates, and an extremely comprehensive protection package that includes features such as a password manager, a quick VPN, an anti-tracker and parental controls. It also includes machine protection in many of its plans for business, which is a major benefit when compared to other services.

Bitdefender’s interface is simple to use and splits its features into three categories that are Privacy Security, Protection and Utilities. Protection is the part of Bitdefender that deals with features common to most antivirus programs, like real-time protection, firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy addresses ways to stay secure while browsing the web, including a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking sites in mind) that runs websites in a sandbox. It also prevents malware from infecting your regular internet browser. And the Utilities category has optimization tools as well as other handy utilities.

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