Bitdefender can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. After granting it full access to your disk and access to your security preferences in System Preferences, Bitdefender is ready to use. It is able to update its virus definitions in a timely manner and allows you to choose between the Quick Scan, Deep Scan and a custom location scan of files or external volumes as needed. The application comes with a highly effective anti-theft feature, which lets you locate and audio an alarm on your device, remotely remove its contents and block it from connecting to wifi networks.

The program also has a handy online knowledge base with video tutorials and a vast collection of information and offers a high level of virus scanning speeds – a quick custom scan took less than 5 minutes on my test device. It’s also among the few rivals that have the vulnerability scanner, which checks your device for insecure software and weak passwords and offers an efficient scheduler to run custom scans.

Overall, Bitdefender is one of the best malware scanners. It consistently provides impressive results in independent laboratory tests. It has unbeatable spyware detection rates and a very well-rounded protection package that includes features such as password management, a rapid VPN with an anti-tracker and parental controls. It also includes protection for machines as part of many of its business plans. This is an important benefit over other services.

Bitdefender’s interface is easy to use and splits its features into three categories that are Privacy Security, Protection and Utilities. Protection covers things that are included with most antivirus tools that include real-time protection as well as firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy deals with methods to remain secure while browsing the web, such as a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking websites in mind) that runs websites within an sandbox, and blocks malware from contaminating your normal internet browser. The Utilities section is filled with useful utilities and optimization tools.