Bitdefender can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. After granting it full disk access and access to your security preferences in System Preferences, Bitdefender is ready to use. It is able to automatically update its virus definitions and allows you to choose between a Quick Scan or a Deep Scan. You can also choose to scan files or external volumes from a specified location. The application comes with a highly efficient anti-theft tool, which allows you to detect and play an alarm on your device, then remotely delete its contents and prevent it from connecting to wifi networks.

It also has an online knowledge base with articles and videos. A fast custom scan on my test device took only 5 minutes. It’s also one among the few alternatives that have a vulnerability scan which scans your device for outdated programs and passwords that are not secure.

Overall, Bitdefender is among the most effective malware detection scanners, consistently delivering remarkable results in independent lab tests. It offers unbeatable spyware-detection rates and a broad array of protection options, including parental and password manager controls. It even offers protection for machines in many of its business plans, which is a major bonus compared to competing services.

Bitdefender’s interface is easy to use and divides its features into three categories including Privacy Utilities, Protection, and Privacy. Protection is concerned with the aspects that come with most antivirus programs that include real-time protection such as firewall monitoring, and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy addresses ways to remain secure while browsing the web, including a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking sites in mind) that runs websites in the sandbox and stops malware from infecting your normal internet browser. The Utilities category contains optimization tools, as well as other useful utilities.