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 select between one of three scans: a Quick Scan, Deep Scan and a custom scan of the location of files or external volumes as needed. The program also comes with an effective anti-theft feature that lets you locate your device and set off an alarm, delete its items from its location, and prevent it from connecting with wifi networks.

It also offers a knowledge base online with videos and articles. A quick custom scan on my test device took just 5 minutes. It’s also among the few competitors to include the vulnerability scanner, which checks your device for old software and weak passwords and offers an efficient scheduler to run custom scans.

Overall, Bitdefender is one of the top malware scanners. It has consistently delivered impressive results in independent laboratory tests. It has unbeatable rates of spyware detection and a wide array of security features, including parental and password manager controls. It even includes machine protection in a lot of its plans for business, which is a major bonus compared to competing services.

Bitdefender is simple to navigate and group its features into three categories: Protection, Privacy and Utilities. Protection is the section of Bitdefender that focuses on features common to most antivirus programs, including real-time protection, firewall monitoring and countermeasures against ransomware. Privacy addresses ways to ensure security while browsing the web, including a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking websites in mind) that runs websites in the sandbox and stops malware from contaminating your regular internet browser. The Utilities section contains useful tools and optimization tools.

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