Pros / Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac finds and destroys malware with near-perfect accuracy.
Cons / This program takes a long time to perform system scans.
Verdict / Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is one of the best virus scanners we tested. It detects and blocks Mac malware better than most programs and helps further secure your system with an included vulnerability scanner.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is our pick for the best Mac antivirus software because it offers solid protection for a fair price. Bitdefender scored high in our own tests for detecting and blocking against several malware, including Trojans, rootkits, phishing schemes and viruses, and did well in tests from third-party labs such as AV-Test and AV-Comparatives.
During our tests Bitdefender stopped most of the malware samples we used, and completely deleted them without first placing them in the quarantine folder. The three threats Bitdefender did quarantine were those designed to look like legitimate Mac files. Only two threats snuck by and downloaded to our Mac, but Bitdefender found them later during a virus scan. We had to log into the online portal and tell the software to fully delete these infected files.
We were a bit surprised when Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac had a little trouble stopping Windows threats on our Mac machine since Bitdefender Antivirus for Windows does such a good job. But it only blocked 80 percent of Windows threats. This antivirus did a better job recognizing Windows threats in Safari than those trying to download in Chrome. While Windows threats won’t attack your Mac computer or laptop, it’s important to block them so you don’t accidentally pass them to a Windows device.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac does have its flaws. While it doesn’t create any noticeable lag during virus scans, it does take a long time to perform them. We noticed it took nearly three times longer than average for Bitdefender to finish. It’s also not the easiest program to use. Some functions can only be accessed in the online portal and not from the desktop dashboard. This can be frustrating if you’d like all settings, tools and functions together in one place.
Because this is a basic program, it doesn’t have a lot of additional features. For example, it doesn’t include parental controls or a password manager. A personal firewall and spam filters also aren’t included. Bitdefender doesn’t have a higher-priced program compatible with Mac that includes these features, either. You would have to purchase a different program, like Norton Security Standard, that includes these features, or invest in a full Mac security suite. Both options will cost significantly more than the basic antivirus software.
Bitdefender does come with a VPN. This tool makes you invisible online so your searches and browser history can’t be tracked or logged. Your computer’s IP address is also hidden so it’s difficult for companies and snoops to traces your online steps back to you, your computer or your physical location.
This software includes a vulnerability scan to further safeguard your computer from ransomware and hackers. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac scans your entire system and looks for out-of-date programs, which are weak points ransomware, hackers and other threats can take advantage of to break into and infect your computer.
Bitdefender Antivirus is one of the best antivirus programs for Mac because it performs exceptionally well in independent and in-house tests. It protects you from ransomware and phishing schemes, plus it scans your whole system for vulnerabilities such as out-of-date software. It is a little difficult to use since some tools are only accessible from the online portal, plus it takes much longer than average to perform scans. However, it doesn’t hog system resources or significantly affect other programs during scans.