Bitdefender is among the top antivirus scanners on Mac with consistently high rate of detection of malware and a suite of other useful security features. However, the application isn’t without imperfections.

The default interface is easy-to-navigate and divides features into 3 categories: Privacy, Protection, and Utilities. The Protection tab focuses on features you’d expect from an antivirus suite, such as real-time scanning, firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. The Privacy tab discusses ways to remain safe on the internet, including a secure web browser which runs websites in the sandbox, to block malware from infecting your standard browser. The Utilities tab is a place to find optimization tools, as well as an application that shreds files using a unique algorithm to render them unrecoverable even if they’ve been deleted.

Other features are available in premium plans, like a useful password manager as well as an anti-tracking solution which can block excessive tracking performed by a number of web services. The program comes with a vulnerability scanner that can spot outdated software or passwords that are weak, or Windows updates that aren’t applied. It also provides a speedy customized scan that takes only five minutes to complete, which is quicker than competitors such as Norton and TotalAV.

The only drawback to the app is its slow installation process which can be very frustrating for users who want to start immediately. The «Reveal in the Finder» feature of the app doesn’t work. This is a strange choice for an antivirus application that competes against rival solutions that accomplish the same thing in a matter of clicks.

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