Bitdefender is one of the top Mac antivirus program. It has a high level of malware detection, as well as other useful security features. However, it’s not without its weaknesses.
The default interface is easy-to-navigate and organizes features into three categories: Privacy, Protection and Utilities. The Protection tab focuses on features you would expect from an antivirus suite, like real-time scanning, firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. The Privacy tab discusses ways to stay safe on the internet, such as a secure browser for the web that runs websites within a sandbox in order to prevent malware from infecting your regular browser. The Utilities tab contains optimization tools as well as the file shredder, which erases files using exclusive algorithms to render them unrecoverable even if they have been deleted.
Premium plans also come with a password manager and a solution called “Anti-Tracker” that can stop websites from tracking you overly. The program also comes with an vulnerability scan that can detect faulty apps or passwords that are weak, as well as Windows updates that haven’t been applied. It also provides a quick customized scan that takes just five minutes, which is much more quickly than competitors like Norton and TotalAV.
The only downside to the application is the slow process of installation which can be a hassle for users who want to begin immediately. The “Reveal in the Finder” feature of the app isn’t functional. This is a strange absence from an antivirus program that competes against rival solutions that accomplish the same thing with just a few simple clicks.