Bitdefender is an excellent Mac antivirus program. It has a high percentage of malware detection and a host of other useful security features. It’s not without faults.
The default interface is easy-to-navigate and categorizes features into three categories: Privacy, Protection, and Utilities. The Protection tab is mainly dedicated to the kind of features you’d expect from any antivirus suite, including real time scanning, firewall monitoring, and countermeasures against ransomware. The Privacy tab offers suggestions on how to stay safe on the internet, such as an encrypted web browser that runs sites within the sandbox, to keep malware from infecting your regular browser. The Utilities tab is a place to find optimization tools as well as the file shredder, which erases files with specialized algorithms to make them unrecoverable, even if they have been deleted.
Premium plans also include password management, as well as a solution called “Anti-Tracker” that can stop websites from tracking you excessively. The program has a vulnerability scanner that can identify obsolete applications or passwords that are weak, or Windows updates that aren’t applied. It also provides a speedy custom scan that takes just five minutes to complete, which is quicker than competitors like Norton and TotalAV.
The only issue with the application is that it takes quite a long time to download and can be frustrating for users who want to begin. The “Reveal in the Finder” feature of the app isn’t functional. This is a bizarre absence from an antivirus program which competes with other products that can do the same with just a few simple clicks.