Bitdefender is one of the top antivirus scanners available for Mac with consistently high rates of malware detection and a suite of other useful security features. However, the program isn’t without weaknesses.

The default suite’s interface is easy to navigate and groups feature in 3 categories: Protection as well as Privacy and Utilities. The Protection tab is mainly dedicated to the kinds of features you’d expect from any antivirus suite, including real-time scanning, firewall monitoring, and ransomware countermeasures. The Privacy tab focuses on ways to stay safe online such as a secure browser that runs sites within an sandbox, which protects you from malware that is infecting your browser. The Utilities tab also includes optimization tools and a file shredder which overwrites files with exclusive algorithms to render them unrecoverable even if they’ve been deleted.

Premium plans also include a password manager and a solution called “Anti-Tracker” which can block websites from tracking you excessively. The program also offers a vulnerability scan that can detect faulty apps, weak passwords, and Windows updates that haven’t yet been applied. It also provides a quick custom scan which only takes five minutes, and is significantly more quickly than competitors like Norton and TotalAV.

The only drawback to the app is the slow process of installation, which can be frustrating for those who want to get started right away. In addition, the application’s “Reveal in Finder” option doesn’t work and is a bizarre decision for an antivirus software that competes against other antivirus products that can accomplish the same thing with just a few clicks.

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