25 Sep Bitdefender Threat Scanner Review
Bitdefender is among the best antivirus scanners for Mac, with consistently excellent rate of detection of malware and an array of other helpful security features. However, the program isn’t without weaknesses.
The default interface is easy-to-navigate and divides features into 3 categories: Privacy, Protection and Utilities. The Protection tab focuses on the features you would expect from an antivirus suite, such as real-time scanning, firewall monitoring, and ransomware countermeasures. The Privacy tab outlines ways to stay safe on the internet, including a secure web browser that runs sites within a sandbox in order to prevent 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 make them unrecoverable, even if they’ve been deleted.
Premium plans also include password management and an option called «Anti-Tracker» which can block web services from tracking you excessively. The program includes a vulnerability scanner that can identify outdated applications or passwords that are weak, or Windows updates that haven’t been applied. It also has a speedy customized scan that takes just five minutes and is faster than other competitors such as 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 are eager to begin. In addition the application’s «Reveal in the Finder» option doesn’t work, which is a strange omission for an antivirus app which competes with competing products that can accomplish the same thing with just few clicks.