Mac Antivirus Test: Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

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Bitdefender is a tenor of cybersecurity, including on Mac. Even if macOS users are less exposed to malware than on Windows, Bitdefender has long been committed to providing them with effective protection solutions. Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is the protection offered to individuals. What is the software version worth?

Installation and familiarization of the interface

To install Bitdefender on your Mac, you must first create a Bitdefender Central account. The creation of this account is free of charge. Bitdefender Central is an administration console that allows you to manage the different security solutions installed on your machines, whether it is a smartphone, PC or Mac. It is also from this console that you can retrieve the Bitdefender download wizard.

Bitdefender Central

Once installed, this program will then download the complete software. The download time depends primarily on the user’s connection speed.

Installation de Bitdefender sur macOS

At the end of the installation, as with any security software on macOS, Bitdefender requires full access to the Mac disk. You must necessarily authorize this request by going to the security settings of the device and adding the Bitdefender software to the list of authorized applications.

This manipulation pushes you to put your hands a little in the sludge, but Bitdefender details enough the necessary steps to make everything work for the best. Once the famous “BDLdaemon” is authorized, the program automatically starts its work by analyzing the disk and reporting potentially malicious objects.

Bitdefender BL deamon

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac has a very intuitive and streamlined interface. At the first start, a quick tutorial is displayed. It allows the user to make his mark. If necessary, you can display this tutorial again by going to the Help menu on the main toolbar.

Tutoriel Bitdefender Mac

The software features a left-hand side panel that allows you to switch from the dashboard to real-time protection and privacy features. From this panel, it is also possible to access all detection notifications.

The antivirus also displays some suggestions that vary depending on the status and configuration of the machine through the AutoPilot feature. This can be a system analysis, the launch of updates or simply the activation of a feature.

Bitdefender Mac 2020

In short, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac has a really accessible interface, even if its installation requires some advanced modifications in the System Preferences. The user experience is generally satisfactory with simple and explicit menus.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac features

Bitdefender’s protection solution for macOS is not just a simple antivirus. The program has other advantages:

  • Real-time protection
  • SafeFiles: a feature that allows trusted applications to manage access to data stored on the machine to preserve their integrity.
  • Time Machine Protection: an additional security layer to prevent tampering with your backups.
  • Traffic Light: the web extension of Bitdefender is added to Safari, Firefox or Chrome to make browsing more secure.
  • Bitdefender VPN
  • Anti-tracker: an extension that is supposed to improve web page loading by blocking trackers that collect certain navigation data.

Everything suggests that Bitdefender Antivirus For Mac is a more than relevant solution for Mac protection. What about its performance? Is the software as responsive and efficient as it claims? That’s what we’re going to see right now.

Bitdefender Performance

Let’s start our performance test with the central point of the program: the antivirus. This real-time protection module offers three types of analyses:

  • Quick analysis
  • Complete system analysis
  • Customized analysis.

It is also from this menu that the user can add exceptions and items to be added in quarantine.

Bitdefender’s real-time protection is very reactive. The most dangerous elements are detected immediately. When too many malicious programs are present, on an infected key for example, the program simply lists them and processes them silently in the Notifications menu (permanent deletion or quarantine). If it is an isolated threat, the user receives a notification that is displayed below the taskbar.

Notifications BD antivirus

We have launched a customized analysis on a folder containing our malware samples. Here again, the software proved to be intractable and very fast, even with viruses from other platforms (Android or Windows). In the end, the custom analysis made it possible to delete all objects that had not been identified by the real-time protection.

Bitdefender Antivirus 2020

The Traffic Light web extension has several functions:

  • Detect the number of cookies
  • Warn the user about the dangerousness of the pages visited
  • Manage your trust pages

Taraffic Light macOS

Web protection has also proven to be effective in dealing with the various pages we have submitted to it, including the most recent ones. It constantly overrides the browser’s native protection and warns the user of the risks involved if he or she wishes to visit the potentially fraudulent page.


However, this web protection does not prevent unwanted notifications that may appear in your browser from being blocked. Indeed, you will have to track down the origin of unwanted reports yourself and block them directly in your web browser settings.

With SafeFiles, Bitdefender Antivirus brings to macOS a feature already available natively on Windows 10. This option allows you to finely manage application access to your files. In addition, you can customize the different directories to protect. This ensures that no unauthorized applications will be able to access the files listed in SafeFiles. This solution also works for Time Machine. Backups are automatically protected against third-party applications.

SafeFiles BD mac 2020

As mentioned above, the software also has a “Privacy” component, which takes the form of a VPN and an anti-tracker. Moreover, this extension blocks the loading of ads as well as ad trackers to speed up the loading of pages. Note also that web extensions are not installed and enabled by default. You will need to activate them manually in your browser.

BD Anti tracker

As for the integrated VPN, please note that this is only a very limited version. Indeed, in its free version, the software only allows a data volume of 200 Megabytes per day. It also does not allow you to choose your connection server. To benefit from unlimited traffic and choose your country of connection in order to bypass geographical restrictions, it is essential to subscribe to an additional subscription. The Bitdefender VPN option will cost you €29.99/year.

BD VPN 2020

Our opinion on Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

As on PC, Bitdefender’s performance has been very good. Bitdefender’s detection engines are among the most efficient on the market. The software was able to detect all threats submitted very quickly, whether they were Trojans, spyware or ransomware.

Bitdefender is also distinguished by the experience it offers to the user, the menus are clear and the software requires very little configuration. We make the same observation for the two web extensions Traffic Light and Anti-tracker which are completely free and can be downloaded without the main software.

In short, if you are looking for software that combines reliability and accessibility, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is certainly the ideal solution.

Bitdefender 2020 Mac

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