Pros / Bitdefender Antivirus finds and destroys both Mac and Windows malware with near-perfect accuracy.
Cons / While running virus scans, this program creates a little lag on your computer.
Verdict / Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is one of the best virus scanners we reviewed. It detects and blocks viruses and phishing threats better than most other programs, and it keeps you from inadvertently sharing malware with your friends’ Windows computers.
Editor's Note: We have reviewed the newest version, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, and updated this review accordingly.
Bitdefender is one of the best virus scanners in the industry for both Windows and Mac computers. It recognizes, blocks and destroys malware created for both operating systems – even through Windows viruses can’t infect your Mac computer, you can accidentally send them in emails and instant messages to friends’ Windows machines. For these reasons and more, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac one of our top picks for Mac antivirus software.
- AV-Test Detection Rate
- AV-Test Loss of Performance
Results from tests performed by independent antivirus testing labs show that Bitdefender consistently detects, blocks and removes malware threats on Mac computers. It is especially good at stopping zero-day threats, which are new malware that haven’t been defined yet. To catch these unfamiliar viruses, Bitdefender compares them to older threats to check for similarities. The software recognizes both Mac and Windows viruses, so it protects your computer and keeps you from accidentally passing along malware to your friend’s PCs through email and file sharing.
Bitdefender noticeably taxes your computer’s resources to provide this level of security. On average, it creates about 13 seconds of lag time. This means you have to wait a little longer than usual when you load webpages, send emails, open programs and attach files to messages. However, this slowdown doesn’t seem to affect game play, and we didn’t notice any significant delay while watching videos online during our in-house tests.
Scanning & Detection
One of the most dangerous types of malware is ransomware. It locks your computer system so you can’t access the internet, email, applications or files until you pay a fee to the virus creator. Until recently, ransomware only affected PCs, but Mac versions are beginning to emerge. Bitdefender detects all manner of ransomware, which keeps your system safe and can save you a lot of hassle, stress and money dealing with a threat creator on your own.
Another great safeguard against ransomware and hackers is a vulnerability scan. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac scans your entire system and looks for out-of-date software, which are weak points ransomware, hackers and other threats can take advantage of to break into and infect your computer.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac searches out trackers installed on your machine and scans links on Facebook and Twitter. It also has tools that recognize and block phishing schemes to keep you from sharing personal information that could be used to steal your identity.
Privacy & Protection
The top priority when choosing a virus scanner is finding one that is effective against malware, but the next biggest concern is protection features. Because Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is a basic program, it doesn’t have a lot of additional features that higher priced software has. For example, Bitdefender Total Security, which is also compatible with Mac computers, includes parental controls and a password manager, and you can download it to your cell phone for mobile protection. Even though these tools aren’t included with its basic program, Bitdefender is still a very good option that we recommend to keep your Mac computer safe from malware.
Bitdefender is easy to install – the steps are clearly outlined, and the program walks you through each one. There are a few more installation steps compared to other virus protection programs. For example, you must set up an online account and enter email and password information before the download starts. Most other programs don’t require this information until after they completely install.
Bitdefender has good online support resources and customer service. You can reach help 24/7 via email, an online contact form, telephone or live chat. There are several articles about internet security, including information about the latest malware threats and how to better protect yourself against hackers, in the Bitdefender Resource Center. You can also keep up with the latest trends and industry changes by following the company on Facebook and Twitter.
Bitdefender Antivirus is one of the best antivirus software for Macs because it performed exceptionally well in independent and in-house tests and can detect both Mac and Windows viruses. It protects you from ransomware and phishing schemes, plus it scans your whole system for vulnerabilities such as out-of-date software. Bitdefender also comes with excellent customer support.