BITDEFENDER ANTIVIRUS 2018 review

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Version 6.1 ( Mac Antivirus )
Developer Bitdefender
Website. https://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/total-security.html

 

ABOUT BITDEFENDER

Bitdefender is a Romanian cybersecurity and anti-virus software company.[1] It was founded in 2001 by Florin Talpeş who is currently the CEO.[2] Bitdefender develops and sells anti-virus software, internet security software, endpoint security software, and other cybersecurity products and services.

As of 2017, the software has about 500 million users worldwide. As of March 2017, Bitdefender ranks third in the global ranking of Windows anti-malware application vendors by revenue. [3]


WHY USE ANTIVIRUS

 

Security is one of the mayor problems for computers nowadays, especially PC systems are vulnerable for attacks by malware or sophisticated ransomware. Past year shows that even companies don’t have the right protection installed on their netword-servers. Ransomware is hot business as is identity theft. Cyberwar is on the edge of becoming a daily threat to anyone really. Even the average user can be faced with some serious (financial) problems when leaving their private stuff ready for anyone to steal. An internet security and antivirus is not something to think about but should have been bought with the computer from day one. Its just no use having regrets when its too late. Better Safe then Sorry is my opinion. So where does this leave us all knowing and understanding that a antivirus software app is needed. There are a number of good software apps on the market even some fair ones for free !

Just to sum up some facts:

_ PC’s are more vulnerable then Macs, Not is essence True, but there are more PC’s sold then Apple Mac’s, which offer a larger market for criminals.
_ In Q3 2016 alone, 18 million new malware samples were captured.
_ The amount of phishing emails containing a form of ransomware grew to 97.25% during Q3 2016, up from 92% in Q1 2016
_ More than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of 2016.

I hope these figures will put this article and the Bitdefender software in some perspective.

 

BITDEFENDER ANTIVIRUS 2018 CENTRAL

In order to install you need to setup a Bitdefender Central account and provide the actual serial number to download the software. The Bitdefender Central account will be your place to manage your subscription(s). The application itself will always check in the background the stored information and valid period of the software.

 

Once downloaded and installed, Bitdefender 2018 provides a single screen from which all features can be managed and accessed. This makes working with the programme easy and simple in use. The dashboard provides all information whether your device is protected  and whether the software is up to date or not.

 

BITDEFENDER ANTIVIRUS 2018 INTERFACE

No doubt the first feature that most users will be drawn to is Autopilot, which makes all security related decisions for the user, while ensuring that you won’t have to contend with pop-ups or configuring any settings yourself. The interface itself is fairly clean and shows all
selections/actions to be made, no frills no firewall included. The preferences are basic choices and settings. ( below)

 

WHATS NEW

Advanced Threat Defense New
– Bitdefender Total Security 2018 uses a technique called behavioral detection to closely monitor active apps. The moment it detects anything suspicious, it takes instant action to prevent infections.

Parental Advisor New
– With Parental Advisor, you can discreetly supervise your children’s online activities to keep them safe. Filter out inappropriate content and keep up with your kids’ location or activities from your web Bitdefender Central account.

Safe Files New
– With Bitdefender Safe Files you can prevent unauthorized changes to your most important files. You simply add folders to the watch list, and Bitdefender guards the files stored in them against ransomware and other types of malware. Only applications that you explicitly trust   are allowed access to your Safe Files.

 

BITDEFENDER ANTIVIRUS 2018 PREFERENCES

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So whats new in Bitdefender Preferences? This new version 2018 with ransomware protection provides the user with some extra choices to make, like Safe Files section to only allow protected locations to trusted applications. The new part of Bitdefender is an active script of Bitdefender checking every application at launch and set its validity to trusted or untrusted/block according to your choice made.

Safe Files

With Bitdefender Safe Files you can prevent unauthorized changes to your most important files. You simply add folders to the watch list, and Bitdefender guards the files stored in them against ransomware and other types of malware. Only applications that you explicitly trust are allowed access to your Safe Files. So this part of preferences is very important and choose wisely what to protect and what not.

 

 

This section shows you the choices made for all applications protected files access!  Check it from time to time to see if it still requires any adjusting.

BITDEFENDER & COMPETITION

As stated there are a number of antivirus applications on the market, and they all promise ‘ heaven on earth “, but which application is the best out there and at an affordable price? First you have to decide if you need a multi application which will also protect your windows computer, extra firewall, or ransomware protection. All buyers need to rely on third-party virustest results like AV-TEST. Considering the status of AV-TEST, we can be confident their results are full proof.

Their latest review scores as follows:

 

So, relying on AV-TEST results Bitdefender Antivirus scores really well. The performance loss is marginal all compared. Still Bitdefender scores top marks on any test. Given its full application control I have it as a default Antivirus installed on our 27″ Mac’s.
Updates are regular and a popup tells you when its been applied. All packages behave like this in practice, but Bitdefender is silently running and protecting you in the background. The only time you really notice its AutoPilot is active, is when using an application for the first time. Downloaded or installed by residing applications, it tracks all behavior. A popup will ask you what to do trust or block. Bitdefender also has its own browser protection for Safari, Chrome or Firefox. This added security DOES effect somewhat your browsers performance.

Well it does in my browsers anyway. Should you enable this feature? By default I think its best to leave activated for most users, as there is a large group clicking on anything presented to get where they opted for. I always check/read carefully the full path, its just my nature not to trust internet.

 

 

VERDICT

Get yourself the best birthday gift and buy Bitdefender Antivirus 2018 or Bitdefender Total Security 2018 as these are the best performing and protection software applications around. Bitdefender scores top marks in any test, what’re can you ask for. The added file and Time Machine protection and a great price offers the best deal for now. Just checked the Total Security 2018 is set at €39.00 at their store, which makes it unbeatable at present. Minimum system impact and 100% detection, provide all we look for in an Antivirus application.

Even if you want any other application, I recommend BUY ! Better be safe then Sorry, when it comes down to your data protection.

 

NORTON SECURITY DELUXE review

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Version 7.1
Developer Symantec Corporation
Website http://us.norton.com/norton-security-antivirus

 

 

SYMANTEC CORPORATION

Since its inception in 1982, Symantec has grown into a Fortune 500 company through a combination of internal development, strategic acquisition and partnering with industry leaders. Symantec
is focusing on security and protection for large companies as well as home users. Being global leader in providing security, information management solutions, we feel Norton Security Deluxe must provide the best scores on malware detection and provided safety tools.

INSTALLATION

Installation of Norton Security Deluxe proofed somewhat strange. The basic installation needs a reboot for completing, nothing special as some other developers have an equal procedure.
After reboot, the Norton icon was visible in the launchbar. I expected the program to open and proceed with settings and updates, however nothing happened ( installed twice ) and hitting the Norton button had no response. The Norton menu-app integrated in the menubar pops up when clicked on but no matter which choose i made NO main screen opens? Only when I clicked the ‘about’ selection in the apps menubar environment a screen was opened showing version 7.1. From this point everything went smooth and spend/closed as desired.

During installation the installer asks for permission to install a helper tool.

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FEATURES

  • Defends against viruses, spyware, malware and other online threats
  • Safeguards your identity and online transactions
  • Protects better and faster than the competition1
  • Includes our 100% guarantee:
    From the moment you subscribe, a Norton expert will help keep your device(s) virus-free or give you a refund2
  • Secures multiple PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets with a single subscription
  • Helps you manage protection for all your devices with an easy-to-use Web portal
  • Firewall

Norton ( Symantec ) claims to solve ANY virus problems on your device , or you will receive a refund. This is the only company i’ve come across to put such a statement on paper.

INTERFACE

A well designed interface shows all information and adjustable settings. The firewall is not as strict as I would like it to be. As the connected network is ‘trusted’ automatically all installed apps seem to be trusted.

Symantec™ DeepSight

Symantec™ DeepSight Early Warning Services provides organizations with timely, relevant threat and vulnerability exposure intelligence delivered through an intuitive web-based portal as well as through real-time alerts. Organizations can use this valuable global visibility and intelligence to help ensure that they adapt their security and risk profile to keep pace with the rapidly changing threat landscape.

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MALWARE PROTECTION

The main reason for buying a security application is to detect and clear malware and provide safety browsing the internet. Both features are part of Norton Security Deluxe, so how good does it work compared to the competition?
AV-Test 2016 puts an end to all assumptions and presents a full test report acknowledged by the industry . Its no use trying to deliver better tests than AV-Test. Looking at their latest 2016 result, shows the detection level and system load performance.

Symantec ( Norton ) vv scores just below the best in test. A 99,2% detection against a 100% by the best in test. A good performance non the less, and low impact on system resources complete a nice and trustworthy application.

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SCAN SPEED and BEHAVIOR

 

 

Comparing scan speed between ESET Cyber Security and NORTON Security shows one remarkable difference being NORTON “NOT” unarchiving and in-depth scanning DMG files.
The same approach as AVIRA, argument that DMG files will be scanned once opened by a user. I don’t see why a security risk is lower in a DMG file then ZIP file.
Both are used by Mac and risk management is equal when it comes down to doing harm. One might say, lets forget about scanning Zip files too, because again when opened by user the Real-Time protection will detect and hopefully clean the malware. To me there’s only ONE solution, you scan the lot or you don’t. Of course unarchiving DMG takes up time and system load. But hey, you want security or not !

So presented graph is without NORTON scanning/unarchiving DMG files. NORTON Technical confirms our findings.

VERDICT

Norton Security Deluxe presents Real Time security and safety in a modern interface combined with some good features. It serves great malware scores just below the best. System load impact is low, and scanning is fast. Norton Security Deluxe can be installed on maximum 5 devices, which is unique and justifies the price.Shame it doesn’t do in-depth scans of .dmg files, like one of it competitors. Overall Norton Security performs very good and is a good choice to make.
We fully recommend Norton Security Deluxe to anyone looking for great malware protection and save browsing experience.

5 STARs

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AVIRA ANTIVIRUS PRO MAC review

 

 

Version 3.3.0.490
Developer Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG.
Website  https://www.avira.com

 

AVIRA

Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German multinational and family-owned company that provides IT-security (antivirus software, Internet Security, Privacy, Identity and Performance tools) for computers, smartphones, servers and networks – delivered as both software and cloud-based services.

Avira’s headquarters are located near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany. At this moment AVIRA claims to have 500 million installs of her AVIRA products. These amounts make AVIRA one of the top ranking IT-security companies in the world. So one might expect some pretty powerful stuff providing the essential security we all look for.

 

INSTALLATION

Installing AVIRA Antivirus Pro  is simple and easy. No tricks no system restart. There are just no decisions to make in order to install the full application.
AVIRA provides Operating system integration with a system tray icon in the menubar.

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Installation of Avira adds two menus to the Mac menu bar

: Avira and Help.
: The System Tray icon indicates whether protection is enabled or not.

 

INTERFACE & PREFERENCES

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AVIRA has the looks of a simple antivirus application, but in reality contains all relevant protection needed. Real-Time protection is available. The AVIRA interface warns the user when chosen settings lead to unsafe system protection level.

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To change the ‘Red’ unsafe state just choose ‘Enable all systems ‘ and the interface will change to Green Protected .

 

SCANNING

Clicking the New Scan button on the home page runs a quick scan by default, but allows the user to change to a full scan by clicking Change scan type:

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Just below the scan button we find a Scheduler button, allowing a scheduled scan to be configured.

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AVIRA scans are accurate,fast and AV-TEST reveals 100% malware detection and we tested around 7% CPU system load !

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  • During scan speed tests we found AVIRA ‘ NOT  scanning ‘ the provided dmg files. When all competitors unarchive the dmg files for in-depth scan, AVIRA just went on scanning others.
    Strange behavior for an Antivirus application, so we contacted AVIRA Technical center and asked if our findings were just and why AVIRA shows this dmg filescan behavior.
    AVIRA officially states that its true AVIRA skipping the .dmg in-depth scan, as they feel the on going Real-Time protection will respond if necessary when users open the .dmg files.
    To me this sounds like the wrong approach towards safety ! AVIRA officially states the in-depth scanning of dmg files will be implemented in a future version.

fast-scan-speed   Scanning performance and speed is good   READ ” BEST MAC ANTIVIRUS 2016

VERDICT

AVIRA Antivirus Pro for Mac provides excellent security and scores 100% detection. Scan speed is good and impact on system performance is little, use the well designed scheduler for timed scans.  AVIRA is a strong performer, and provides aspects of two worlds, simplicity and great security levels. It gets a five star recommendation.

5 STARs

 

 

 

BEST ANTIVIRUS MAC 2016 review

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AVIRA Antivirus Mac PRO

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Finding the best Antivirus application for your Mac is not easy. There are the obvious parameters which need to
sort and rank the good from the bad, like malware detection score, anti-phishing protection and system impact on scanning. Extra’s like own firewall, parental control, backup software, web protection are to be taken in consideration regarding price and provided features by buyers.

AV-Test 2016 provides honest and true malware detection scores of the main developers, trying to duplicate their extensive research is wast of time, as they are acknowledged by all companies.
So ‘ what is left to research ‘ Antivirus scan behavior?

  • – Antivirus malware detection scores are known ( AV-Test 2016 )
  • – Impact on system load scores are known ( AV-Test 2016 )
  • – Features of applications are found on developers websites

– ” System scanning performance ( speed ) is being talked about but not found in graphs “

This review is performed with the mayor and best known applications and tested at normal user level and system load.

  • 1 Map with 9 Gb Zip-files
  • 1 Map with 5 Gb Mac DMG files
  • 1 Map with 1.4 Gb Mac apps
  • 1 Map with 40 Gb Docx/Excel files
  • 1 Map with 165 Gb mixed files

Prior to every scan run, memory was optimized in order to have no influence on results. Scanning the provided maps showed some strange differences between the Antivirus contesters.
None were consistent overall, and presented values changing on scanned file-type. These results show developers use different algorithms and priority code in their software.
While it is good to see the differences in behavior in scan results on specific file types, our harddisks are populated with a mix of file types, making the mixed test most important.

** AVIRA Antivirus Mac Pro skipped scanning the presented DMG files. AVIRA was not unarchiving the dmg files to perform an in-depth scan.  AVIRA helpdesk was contacted as I felt the .dmg scan performance is not what a antivirus protection should be doing. AVIRA Technical service confirmed AVIRA is NOT scanning DMG files, but uses its Real-Time protection to respond when unarchiving a .dmg file by the user. This DMG in-depth scanning will be implemented in a future version of AVIRA I am told.

Final verdict:

The final verdict is based on the scanning ability of the application. The more expensive applications ESET and INTEGO offer more really useful features, but it is up to you to decide if you need these additions.
ESET Cyber Security Pro was an overall winner in terms of measured performance, protection and security results.

AVIRA Antivirus Pro doesn’t scan DMG-files which makes it incompatible for the final mixed test. We think it will score between Eset and Intego if it were to include unarchive dmg-file and scan. 

In the end you can’t go wrong with any of these applications. 

 

VERDICT : Price , Malware detection % , Scan speed ranking , Ranking

Intego Premium bundle X9       Avira Antivirus Pro             Bitdefender Antivirus Mac                     Eset Cyber Security Pro

INTEGO AVIRA BITDEFENDER ESET
€69.99 €34.95 €39.95 $59.99
94 % 100% 100% 100%
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4 3 2 1

ESET Cyber Security Pro

  • Block viruses and hackers Anti-Phishing protects your identity by preventing fake websites from stealing sensitive information.
  • Protect your identity Social media scanner blocks malicious content and lets you manage your personal info on social media.
  • Protect social networks Free, U.S.-based email and phone support keeps you running smoothly.
  • Enjoy free support Automatic banking protection opens a special secured browser for online shopping/banking.
  • Shop safely online Personal firewall blocks Wi-Fi hackers trying to steal your account details and other sensitive data.
  • Stay safe on Wi-Fi® Parental Control lets you filter websites by age group or content to keep kids safe online.
  • Protect your family Anti-Theft lets you track, locate and remotely erase a lost or stolen mobile device.

AVIRA Antivirus for Mac Pro

  • Antivirus Scanner Award-winning protection from malware (viruses, Trojans, worms, etc.) Smart A.I. Unique, deep-learning algorithms protect you from the latest threats.
  • Avira Intelligent Repair System Best-in-class technology that repairs all damage caused by malware to your files.
  • PUA Shield Identifies potentially unwanted applications hidden within legitimate software.
  • Web Protection* Blocks malicious and phishing websites from loading.

BITDEFENDER Antivirus for Mac

  • Blocks and removes annoying adware
  • Zero negative impact on speed Provides non-stop protection with Bitdefender AutopilotTM
  • Secures your online shopping experience
  • Protects against Mac and PC malware Delivers 24/7 Cloud-based guard duty

INTEGO MAC bundle PREMIUM X9

  • Antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware
  • Firewall network protection for home and on the go
  • Parental controls with website and application blocking
  • Protects sensitive personal information
  • Mac Cleaner speeds up and organizes your Mac
  • Personal Backup software for quick and easy recovery in case of a crash

DEVELOPER ZIP files 9gb .DMG files 5Gb APPS 1.4Gb DOCX/EXCEL 40GB
ESET Cyber Security Pro 3′ 37″ 3′ 39″ 1′ 08″ 6′
AVIRA Antivirus Mac Pro 2′ 34″ 0′ 2″ 1′ 00″ 12′
BITDEFENDER Antivirus Mac 5′ 03″ 12′ 39″ 0′ 40″ 12′
INTEGO Mac bundle Premium X9 2′ 19″ 6′ 31″ 0′ 23″ 21′

ESET CYBER SECURITY PRO review

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Version 6.2.6.0
Developer ESET USA
Website http://www.eset.com

ESET Cyber Security Pro

The company was founded in 1992 when Miroslav Trnka and Peter Paško, authors of antivirus software NOD, partnered up with Rudolf Hrubý. They adopted the name of the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and love as the company name. In 1998 NOD received the VB100 award of Virus Bulletin, which helped the company establish subsidiaries in the United States, Argentina and Singapore, and development facilities in Poland and Czech Republic.[6]

ESET nowadays is one of the leading security software companies in the world. It has a strong reputation and is well known for its outstanding internet security software applications for Windows and Mac.

INSTALLATION

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Installation is easy. Just follow the steps and choose your personal settings while  you are guided through the necessary setup screens. After installation and setup an Eset navigation menu is present in the menubar enabling most actions.

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PREFERENCES

The preferences layout is clean and provides an extensive overview of possible settings. This shows ESET is NOT your average free or basic antivirus application. It takes security not for granted and provides a full range of options.

 

 

FEATURES

  • Block viruses and hackers
  • Anti-Phishing protects your identity by preventing fake websites from stealing sensitive information. Protect your identity
  • Social media scanner blocks malicious content and lets you manage your personal info on social media. Protect social networks
  • Free, U.S.-based email and phone support keeps you running smoothly. Enjoy free support
  • Automatic banking protection opens a special secured browser for online shopping/banking. Shop safely online
  • Personal firewall blocks Wi-Fi hackers trying to steal your account details and other sensitive data.Stay safe on Wi-Fi®
  • Parental Control lets you filter websites by age group or content to keep kids safe online. Protect your family

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FIREWALL

ESET Cyber Security comes with a Firewall protection utility. Default is set on Automatic, but I feel its better to take control over in and outgoing communication. Never rely on auto settings when security is concerned. Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 4.54.46 PM

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PERFORMANCE and SYSTEM load

Computer Scan gives you the option of two scans:
– Smart Scan (scans your whole local drive)
– Custom Scan (choose the files and folder you want to scan).
– Real-Time protection

You also have the option to run a Deep Scan, Removable Media Scan and Perform Last Scan as well as access the scan scheduler. On the background unnotised Eset keeps track of your virusdatabase and checks (comparing known virus signatures plus using heuristics to anticipate new ones ) in real-time.

ESET THREAT CENTER

ESET LiveGrid®, used in all our antivirus products, protects you 24/7 by predicting trouble before it happens. Using our unique ThreatSense.net® advanced early warning system, ESET LiveGrid collects data submitted by ESET users worldwide and sends it to our malware research labs for analysis.
ThreatSense® is the anti-threat engine that powers all ESET products and results in fast reactions to emerging threats.

Sample submissions from customers, distributors and partners are an important source of new malware. Other sources of samples include sample exchange or active “honey pots” (computer systems specifically set up to invite attacks and provide info on how systems are attacked and where they are vulnerable).

Part of ESET’s online Threat Center, the Threat Encyclopedia features an A-Z guide of selected viruses, spyware, and other threats, sorted alphabetically.
Updated frequently, it includes definitions of hundreds of viruses and how they behave.

Impact on system performance while scanning is present, as it is with all antivirus applications. However we feel that in practice it is unnoticeable while working on your Mac machine.

Older Mac machines with less powerful CPU and equipped with 8Gb basic memory may notice impact, but CPU consumption is an average 2% which is very good.

  fast-scan-speed  Scanning performance and speed is best !:  READ  ” BEST ANTIVIRUS MAC 2016

 

MALWARE DETECTION

 

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We feel that ESET Cyber Security Pro retains all the plus points of previous versions, namely a clear and well-laid out interface, easily accessible features, along with good alerts and outstanding help facilities. Protection against both Mac and Windows malware in our test was perfect.

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VERDICT

ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac is a complete and powerful internet security application. It offers 100% malware detection and file scanning is fast with little CPU system load.
Again Eset proves to be a top player in security and protection applications. Malware detection 100%, System load impact 2%, Scan speed 1st place, ESET has a security application to be proud of.

ESET Cyber Security Pro is our true ‘ BEST MAC ANTIVIRUS 2016 ‘ winner. In this case the winner takes it all, a full 5+ star.

5 STARs

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BITDEFENDER ANTIVIRUS MAC 4 review

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Version 4.1.2.18
Developer Bitdefender
Website http://www.bitdefender.com

 

BITDEFENDER

Bitdefender has been developing online protection since 2001. In September 2014, the company claimed to have its technologies installed in around 500 million home and corporate devices across the globe.

So being on the market this long we may expect great performing software. As Mac threats are growing each year because of the popularity of our Mac systems, we are in need of proper or rather the best performing antivirus available today.
There is some pretty stiff competition around, so what makes an antivirus software package stand out from the crowd ? Of course detection scores in AV-tests and system impact on scanning is important, less impact is better. Extra provided features are of course a bonus if present.

INSTALLATION

Installation is straightforward, with no questions asked but popup allowance for access to your Mac system. Once installed its time to activate your personal ‘ Bitdefender Central ‘ account on the web.

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FEATURES

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac doesn’t offer scheduled scans, as the main benefit that the product is offering is Autopilot which provides non-stop protection with minimal impact on the system performance.

  • Blocks and removes annoying adware
  • Zero negative impact on speed
  • Provides non-stop protection with Bitdefender AutopilotTM
  • Secures your online shopping experience
  • Protects against Mac and PC malware
  • Delivers 24/7 Cloud-based guard duty

The new Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is a powerful security solution which can detect and remove all kinds of malicious software (“malware”), including:

  • Adware
  • Viruses
  • Spyware
  • Trojan horses
  • Keyloggers
  • Worms

 

PREFERENCES

Preferences are basic and provide an overview of account, what to do when found , exclusions, history and Quarantine.
The latest Quarantine is a bit uncommon in terms of placement in an app. Normally Quarantine is found as part of the main interface, this time Bitdefender placed it in Preferences.
I’s rather place it in the main interface as clickable option.

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SCAN & DETECTION

Bitdefender has a reputation to be one of the best on todays market. Recent AV-test shows how Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac scored against its competitors.
AV-Test 2016 shows Bitdefender is defenitly on top, being the best or one of the best malware security applications money can buy.
System load is another factor not to take lightly as less impact means smoother use of your mac OSX system, making it run in the background unnoticed.

 

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Great performance from Bitdefender with their Antivirus for Mac utility.
System impact on scanning ( Auto pilot ) is the best around.

WEB PROTECTION

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac also provides Web-protection which is a usefull utility preventing you from visiting hackers sites and supports a special anti-phishing system that scans the webpages you browse and warns you when you come across fraudulent attempts.

An icon in the browsers topbar shows the status of the visited website.

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fast-scan-speedBit defender Antivirus Mac scans really slow ( but accurate ) READ  ” BEST MAC ANTIVIRUS 2016

VERDICT

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac provides the user safety, and secure internet browsing. Again Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac scores the full 100% malware detection with least system speed impact performance,but significant slower scan speed then its competitors . Auto pilot provides real-time scanning and first class detection support. Scan scheduling is not available. A fair price completes a pretty picture being a very good Antivirus tool with no frills.
If you feel you don’t need extra options and opt for the 100% score, and least system impact Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is your best bet. A true 5 star result in our review.

5 STARs

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INTEGO MAC PREMIUM BUNDLE X9 review

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Version 10.9.2 (543)
Developer Intego USA
Website https://www.intego.com

 

INTEGO

Is your Mac vulnerable for any security problems you may ask yourself. Unfortunately Mac users are also faced with ever growing internet related security problems. Apple products are used by millions of people thus make it interesting to internet crime. Intego founded in 1997 is a mayor player in todays Mac and Apple security products and offer a full range Apple products.
Being involved in Mac security from the beginning, Intego gained a solid knowledge of security problems Mac users face these days. Malware, phishing and viruses tracing your personal information are security risks Mac users face too.

What once only threatened Windows users now also applies to Mac users. Intego now offers a latest and again improved security product named Intego Mac Premium bundle X9.
A full package with an all-in one feature set. Intego provides Mac users with full protection from all the dangers of the Internet.

INSTALLATION

Simple and straightforward. ( * The software can be uninstalled by re-running the setup program and selecting Uninstall Software.)

A restart is required after installation. After this, the product has to be activated or the trial version selected.
The program asks the user to define a protection level (we used the default Standard):

 

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Operating system integration

The Mac menu bar now shows menus for VirusBarrier, NetUpdate,ContentBarrier,NetBarrier,Personal Backup and Washing Machine. There is a System Tray icon, which displays sub-menus for the different components:

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INTEGO MAC PREMIUM BUNDLE X9

Into Mac Premium bundle X9 offers a full featured bundle containing all needed security apps and extra’s like Washing Machine, Backup software.

Features
  • Antivirus, anti-phishing and anti-spyware  ( VirusBarrier )
  • Firewall network protection for home and on the go ( NetBarrier )
  • Parental controls with website and application blocking ( Content Barrier )
  • Protects sensitive personal information
  • Mac Cleaner speeds up and organizes your Mac ( Washing Machine and Mac Cleaner )
  • Personal Backup software for quick and easy recovery in case of a crash ( Personal Backup software )

 

VIRUSBARRIER and PREFERENCES
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VirusBarrier X9 has a X8 continued interface and provides a pleasant and clean interface with relevant information. Basic features like Real-time scanning, Safe browsing and scheduled scans
are set easily and provide real-time security.
VirusBarrier is like its name suggests used for scanning your computer and external connected disks for known viruses, which definitions are updated automatically. VirusBarrier is judged by its ability to find, detect and clean viruses. Malware and phishing detection and cleaning is also part of its security abilities.

Comparing VirusBarrier X9 to the competition in terms of detection rates of accuracy is at this moment not possible because AV-Test has not performed an in-depth report including this Intego version X9. We can only relate to scores related to X8. However we feel that a new version like X9 should equal the past results or even out perform earlier results by X8.

AV-Test from 2014 reveals :

VirusBarrier X8 protected against 100% of the Mac malware in the test.

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EICAR TEST

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INTEGO NETBARRIER

 

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Intego NetBarrier blocks unsolicited visitors in their tracks, keeping the bad guys out of your Mac. It provides an extra firewall and home network security.
Making the NetBarrier work, it will ask the user for permission for every program started the first time and requiring outgoing internet connection. Incoming internet connections are blocked by default. So to get the protection level wanted, its up to the user to provide the right settings for internat access in or out !

So read the popups and do not just hit ‘ yes’ , because you don’t want to see popups appearing. Its where security starts, always with the user ! YOU decide and make choices.

Once all present programs have been used ( first time ), no more popups will appear. You’re all set now and have extra security within your network.

 

INTEGO PERSONAL BACKUP

 

 

 

Back up essential files automatically.
Intego Personal Backup makes copies of your files for quick and easy recovery in case of theft, data corruption, or natural disasters. Run manual backups or create an automated schedule that backs up your information for you. Whether you want control of your backups or prefer to set it and forget it, Intego Personal Backup’s got you covered.
Create your own Backup schedule, normal or bootable backup and Restore if needed. This backup software provides most used, basic backup options. Also backup to external servers, and provides standard backup presets for documents, pictures etc.
Works really easy, and does the job ! Again I say most users will be happy with the provided options, if you need more extensive features you need to get yourself a third party software app.

 

INTEGO WASHING MACHINE

 

 

 

Mac Washing Machine is a Mac cleaner that makes it easy to get rid of junk files that slow down your Mac—duplicate files and programs you never use. It also helps you automatically organize things, so both you and your Mac operate more efficiently.
Useful if you have a lot of clutter on your disk or duplicate files. Nice interface, presets for Cashes, Downloads, Languages, Logs and Trash. Scan area’s are pre-defined so scanning time is reduced. Nice extra feature in this fully packed bundle.

 

CONTENT BARRIER
Parental Controls keep your children is wanted on allowed sites.
Gambling sites and especially pornography are no place for children. Intego ContentBarrier can block out entire categories of websites, so your children aren’t exposed to objectionable content. You can also set up a specific list of approved websites, so your kids can access them without accidentally running into a filter.
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 fast-scan-speedIntego Mac Premium bundle X9 performs well but scan speed is average
READ ” BEST MAC ANTIVIRUS 2016

 

VERDICT
Our verdict is based on the full Intego X9 bundle and its ability to detect and clean viruses, malware and phishing elements. A great interface , fully packed with all features one could possibly ask for and fair scan speed and detection complete a trustworthy Antivirus application .
Malware is detected with a high rate of accuracy. It saves you from phishing attempts. Computer performance is not heavily influenced and it looks and works as a true Mac application. Its features are extensive. It provides a lot more then most other Mac security software applications: a backup utility, parental controls. Washing Machine and scan connected  iOS devices. Intego Mac Premium bundle X9 is one of the best internet security products for Mac. If you are serious about your internet and computer protection, this is a great security bundle.
5 STARs

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