Bitdefender is easy to download from the Mac App Store and, after granting it access to your security settings in System Preferences and full disk access, it’s good to go. It updates its virus definitions automatically and allows you to choose between the Quick Scan, Deep Scan and a custom scan of the location of files or external volumes when needed. The application includes a very efficient anti-theft feature which allows you to locate and sound an alarm on your device, remotely remove its contents and block it from connecting to wifi networks.

It also has an online knowledge base with videos and articles. A quick custom scan on my test device took less than 5 minutes. It’s also one of the few programs that include a vulnerability scanner that checks your device for insecure software and weak passwords and also offers a convenient scheduler to perform quick custom scans.

Overall, Bitdefender is one of the most reliable malware scanners. It consistently gives impressive results in independent lab tests. It offers unbeatable spyware detection rates, and an extremely comprehensive protection bundle that includes features such as password management, a fast VPN and an anti-tracker as well as parental controls. It also offers machine protection in a number of its business plans, which is a major benefit when compared to other services.

Bitdefender’s interface is simple to use and separates its features into three categories: Privacy Utilities, Protection, and Privacy. Protection is the part of Bitdefender that focuses on features common to most antivirus programs, like real time protection, firewall monitoring and ransomware countermeasures. Privacy addresses ways to remain secure while browsing the internet, for instance a safe browser (designed with banking and shopping sites in mind) that runs websites in a sandbox. It also prevents malware from contaminating your normal internet browser. The Utilities category is filled with optimization tools as well as other handy utilities.