Bitdefender Threat Scanner Review

Bitdefender can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. After you have granted it full disk access and access to your security preferences in System Preferences, Bitdefender is ready to use. It will update its virus definitions automatically and lets you select between the Quick Scan, Deep Scan and a custom scan of files and external volumes as required. The application includes a very effective anti-theft function, as well, that allows you to detect and play an alarm on your device, remotely remove its contents and block it from connecting to wifi networks.

It also has a knowledge base online with articles and videos. A fast custom scan on my test device took only 5 minutes. It is also one of few alternatives that have vulnerability scans that scans your device for old programs and passwords that are weak.

Overall, Bitdefender is among the best malware detection scanners, always delivering outstanding results in independent lab tests. It provides unbeatable spyware detection rates as well as a comprehensive protection suite that includes features like a password manager, speedy VPN as well as an anti-tracker, and parental controls. It even includes machine protection in a lot of its plans for business, which is a major benefit when compared to other services.

Bitdefender’s interface is simple to navigate and breaks down its features into three categories including Privacy Utilities, Protection and Privacy. Protection is the component of Bitdefender which focuses on features common to most antivirus programs, such as real time protection, firewall monitoring, and countermeasures against ransomware. Privacy is about ways to be secure while surfing the web. For example a safe browser that operates within a sandbox in order to protect against malware infecting your usual browser. The Utilities section is filled with useful utilities and optimization tools.

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