Bitdefender Threat Scanner Review

Bitdefender is among the top antivirus scanners for Mac that has consistently high malware detection rates, as well as a variety of other useful security features. However, it’s not without weaknesses.

The default interface is simple to navigate and groups features into 3 categories: Privacy, Protection, and Utilities. The Protection tab is mainly dedicated to the kinds of features you’d expect from an antivirus suite, including real time scanning, firewall monitoring, and countermeasures against ransomware. The Privacy tab offers suggestions on how to be secure on the internet, including a secure web browser that runs websites within the sandbox, to stop malware from infecting your standard browser. The Utilities tab includes optimization tools and an application that shreds files using a special algorithm, making them unrecoverable even if they are deleted.

Premium plans also come with password management and an option known as “Anti-Tracker” that will stop web services from tracking you inordinately. The program also offers vulnerability scanners that detect outdated software, weak passwords, and Windows updates that haven’t yet been applied. It also provides a speedy custom scan that only takes five minutes to complete, which is quicker than rivals like Norton and TotalAV.

The only downside of the app is that it takes an incredibly long time to install and can be frustrating for users who want to get started. The “Reveal in the Finder” feature of the app isn’t functional. This is a bizarre oversight in an antivirus app which competes with other products that do the same thing in just a few clicks.