Bitdefender Virus Scanner

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321.2 MB
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Current version
Bitdefender SRL
Last update
2 years ago
Version OS
10.10 or later
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User Reviews for Bitdefender Virus Scanner

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3 years ago, UncleEliot
Disappointed with unapproved VPN install
I've been a user for several year and the product works ok even if a bit clunky at times (I disabled real-time scanning on my MacBook because it used too many resources). I was very disappointed when an update installed their VPN software without opt-in and start nagging me to buy it after every reboot. I'm happy to pay a subscription for security software but installing other softare without approval is unacceptable and feels more like the malware I'm trying to avoid. I'm going to find a different product.
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6 years ago, “Bob” Dobbs
It works great and the one here is FREE!
Bitdefender has a paid version, yes, but this version is not the one that costs money, this version is 100% FREE! “Bitdefender Virus Scanner”, the thing you see here, is the free one. “Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac” (from their website) and “Bitdefender Virus Scanner Plus” (from the Mac App Store) both cost money. Oh and they also have something else free on their website called “Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for Mac” but it can only remove TWO adware programs, “Genieo" and “Vsearch”, not a very long list, although to be fair, those are the most common ones. Anyway the point is, there are some other reviews here which are rather negative and complain about being ripped off out of money. Well none of those apply to this product because it is completely free, right here in the Mac App Store it is listed as free, sure there is a “Plus” version that costs money but if you get this free version you will NOT be charged anything. I am trying this along with the free version of Malwarebytes Antimalware, hopefully using both of them can clean up my Mac from an infection of some malware.
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2 years ago, Ricky163838
Worked perfect for me
I had somehow gotten malware on my Mac that caused every single safari page i opened to redirect to Bing, making it nearly impossible to use safari because even after i typed in a search it would clear it and just launch bing. Very annoying. I tried a few other apps that did not work or promised to work after charging me. I tried EVERYTHING to clear it without an app as well. I then came across this app. I downloaded it and after about 5 minutes of setup, I had it run a deep system search on my Mac (I strongly encourage you do the same if you have a similar issue. It took about an hour but it searched EVERYTHING on my mac for viruses. Much more thorough than the regular system search option). After I ran the deep system search I restarted my mac and boom the problem was all gone. Very appreciative of this free app.
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2 years ago, Skaaii
mediocre detection, plus no right-click menu
I was previously using avira, then avast but now that I did a fresh install on a new machine, I thought of trying something different, with bitdefender. Because I'm the gatekeeper for security at a few firms, I have a few old bits of malware I sometimes use to test apps. Of the 30 files I had, this program detected 24, which is mediocre (no antivirus is 100%, but some get closer). None of the malware samples I have are even zero-day, with some being 3-5 years old, more than enough time for a virus scanner to detect them. What really turned me off was that this program doesn't even have right-click access, which makes scanning incoming files so easy! Once you use an app that has right-click access, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it. In all, this app is just too limited for my tastes. For now I'll go back to avg. Maybe I'll look for something else later and rate it.
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1 year ago, Red Pilette
Another Hot Mess SAAS
I'll start with I'm a Mac user and downloaded this app a year ago. The software worked fine. Why does it get a 1star review? Removing this antivirus is like trying to get rid of a virus manually. My partner has Sophos, so I decided to move to that antivirus at the end of my BitDefender subscription. At the T-10 days mark, I deleted the payment method and the account. I then attempted to remove the software. The unistaller didn't work, nor did their additional methodology. I contacted support, but they were cluless what to do to remove it from a MAc if those three methods didn't work. So they escalated the ticket to their "engineers". I never heard back from Bitdefender. So I manually went through every file on my mac and deleted bitdefender. It took a day with countless restarts, but it worked. Yesterday was Sunday. I got 3 emails letting me know my subscription had ended. Followed by 2 more emails telling me they had accepted payment and a confirmation of payments. Remember when I said I deleted payment info and the account? I had to spend time requesting a refund, then confirming I requested the refund. I don't actually know if I will get the refund or if I will need to dispute the charge. Do not do business with these people if you may in the future change your mind about the software.
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3 years ago, Carrot Consumer
Viruses are gone, I can now rest easy!
I knew I had downloaded one of these sucker viruses. I had tryed to search downloads, and finder, but to no avail. The virus had hidden itself within my ammassed amount of files. This virus was running rampant on the computer, It was slowing down the applacations and was always on my screen. But Bitdefender fixed all of that! It ran a fully fledged deep scan on the computer, not only did I have a virus, I had four of them! Apparently those other 3 viruses were studying my search patterns and selling data. Who knows what they would've sold about me if these Viruses were still ravaging the computer. Thank you Bitdefender for protecting my computer! Edit : My good review is now gone. In litterally a day, the viruses were back. I thought the whole purpose of the program was to DELETE the viruses? This is truely a shame.
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7 years ago, Dfom
Easy to install, use and VERY effective
I have used Bitdefender for years (Mac only). I am very impressed how Bitdefender has continually improved the ease of installation, updating and use. Very impressive how Bitdefender has reduced the virus deep scan time over the years. If you keep your OS updates current, regularly back ups using Time Machine, run adware and popup blockers in Safari, only download approved software from the App Store, and frequently update and run Bitdefender deep scans, you will significantly decrease your risk of malware exposure. There are no 100% full-proof security solutions, but conscientious and committed user security practices including Bitdefender come close.
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7 years ago, squash4dave
Works great
I downloaded Bitdefender a couple of days ago. I also downloaded Antivirus Zap at the same time. Both seem to work great. I wanted to be able to use both, to see if they both pick up any infected files. They both did, after doing a scan earlier today. Not sure if they were all the same files that they found, though. Next time, I’ll check to compare them both. In any case, they both are picing up adware and trogjans, as well as malware, so I’m happy with the results.
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7 years ago, Fiber Artist 1
Having enormous trouble getting updates to download!
Having enormous trouble getting updates to download! Tried all sorts of trick when getting error messages. Sometimes able to passby the error messages and succeed in downloading the updates. All the tricks failed at my last attempt which has prompted me to say something here! We need help! It really is not working properly anymore. And just tried to get through to Support and yes the site came up on ;my browser but I could not find the product that I have listed and therefore the site would not allow me to go forward and report my problems and get help. This is NOT good at all!
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6 years ago, Argon_man
Worked well until recently.
I’ve used this scanner since my switch to Apple proucts with good results. Now, Bitdefender won’t update its virus definitions with an error message that there is no internet signal. This after updating for hours using line-of-sight WiFi @ 145Mbps. I’m sure I don’t know the reason but am curious if other users have run into this dilemna recently.
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6 years ago, brian.mcgroarty
False positives and mishandles Time Machine's local snapshots
The “deep system scan” doesn’t understand Time Machine local snapshots, and scans through the entire set of backups as if they were separate instances of a file. The result is that a scan takes *forever* and each false positive will show up literally dozens of times in a given scan. God save you if you’re running this on battery power. The scans also reported eBook files *about* malware as if they were malware. Presumably it was triggered by finding key text strings, but these were not in a context where they would execute. I’m glad I tried the eval before buying.
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7 years ago, Michael Jonas, Scottsdale AZ
Works Perfectly
I’m always amazed at negative reviews of products/apps that I find extremely effective. Bit Defender (paid version) is outstanding. Updates smoothly, uses very little resources to run, and most importantly, detects and removes “bad stuff.” It just detected the Elmedia Proton Trojan and deleted it. Several major on-line publications said that the only way to clean out the trojan was to reinstall the OSX. Not correct — BD cleaned my Mac Mini completely and only required a simple reboot.
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3 years ago, Ane358.,:
Nothing but problems and slow customer support
My son was blocked out of his work pay portal for half a month because bitdefender decided his company website needed blocked for his protection and wouldn't let us approve the site (Their authorization tool simply didn't work). Tech support was 'meh' with no "How'd we do?" That was on our network... We had even more problems when we loaded their app on my laptop. I couldn't work online for 3 days while I spent hours on the phone with them just trying to get it uninstalled... They now rank as one of my top 2 most dispised tech companies.
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6 years ago, Cnut123
Works Great For Me and Always Has
Bitdefender is very good for being a free product. I have used this software for 3 years on two of my Macs and I have not felt the need to invest in any other protection. This protects my Mac adequetly fine. If malware is found it is put in a quarantine folder so you can delete the corrupt files. I usually run weekly or monthly scans depending on my usage. Works great.
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4 years ago, Bob Stocking
Does a great job
I've been using Bitdefender a lot over the years. I'm thankful for the free verson. The first thing this software does is update the virus database. It then scan the files. This takes quite a while. Some software takes a few seconds. I like that it takes time to scan the system.
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4 years ago, AlexMania3000
Can't uninstll in Catalina
Thought I'd try the free version. Decided it wasn't for me (no biggie on that and not deserving a poor rating). There is no uninstaller for Catalina and the website is useless giving two options, neither of which work. I now have to go through a massive library / containers / everywhere search to find all the places where it inserted itself so I can get rif of it. That is certainly worth zero stars. Very poor form for a program to not allow itself to be removed. It's like getting a tattoo. Make sure you wanna keep it forever.
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7 years ago, Bellsebub
Never completes. Just crashes half way through
Sadly, it is completely unusable… I have a terabyte drive from my windows machine that I know is infected with something, so I want to scan it on my mac so that I have no cross contamination… it starts scanning just fine, and fined hundreds of things to delete or quarantine… but instead of finishing it crashes… and all of those items are now still on the harddrive. There is not ‘quarantine folder’ or anything for me to just delete, etc. The drive is still infected. I would really like this to work! Arg.
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4 years ago, alabemos
Has anyone actually read the terms of use?
Bit defender may be a great program. I guess I'll never find out. After attempting to read the extremely long terms of use, written in indecipherable legalese, I decided I wasn't able to agrree to it. You may be signing over rights to your firstborn without knowing it! I had my mac read the terms to me, and it took maybe twenty minutes or so. Really, Bit Defender? You can't do better than that?
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3 years ago, Ming Xuan
Seriously needs an update
This app used to be useful but now is nothing more but a plecebo. I have used it countless times and I compared it to Malwarebytes and the latter was able to find two pieces of maleware while "Bit defender" finds and removes nothing. please update your Mac free app. This is an obvious scam and wont contribute to mac OS health overall. The "loading update" bar is probably just an animation and nothing more. You guys need to update this thing and make the free version actually work, otherwise what's the point?
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5 years ago, Johnorsue
Nipped Adware in the Bud
I had picked up a pesky popup adware. It would pop up and want to delete my photo duplicates. I couldn't close it but I could drag the App from the App Folder to the trash. I was able to get rid of all the leftover bits this app put into many folders using Bitdefender. I'm a believer.
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3 months ago, 4thbg
Causes Mac crashes after 14.4 update.
After 5 years plus of no issues, after the Sonoma 14.4 update it causes freezing, crashing, etc. Doesn't play well with apps like Photos if you have editing plugins, etc. I'm sure they were part of the Alpha team, how did these issues get missed? Dissapointing.
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7 years ago, Quirkyme
Customer Service is HORRIBLE
Purchased the product last year. Renewed this year on their website. Big mistake! They stopped my subscription, stating that I had disputed the charge with my bank (which I had not). Been going around and around with Bitdefender for over a month and they are unable to resolve the situation, so now I have disputed the charge. To add insult to injury I can’t uninstall this bleeping program from my laptop…. and am concerned it will interfere with another antivirus program.
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7 years ago, Uncertain1
Nothing found?
After an hour plus to download v3.8, no virus or malware found. How can this be that my computer has escaped all the antivirus and malware programs that everyone else gets? Not sure if Bitdefender is working, or if just a pretty icon, after deep system scan, and nothing found.
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3 years ago, Carterhead
Stay away unless you're 100% absolutely sure it will work because the uninstall software they provide will not work for MBP M1 and the VPN configuration is locked in and will reinstall. Applecare won't help to remove it even with an active subscription. Netgear is offering this free trial with thier awful newer router with the Bitdefender VPN and anti-virus installed in it. Trashed my network for quite some time and still working to get it removed.
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7 years ago, stolendreams
Great deal !!!
This app works very smooth and quick , perfect for a Mac which probably only needs on demand scanning . Update’s are very substantial and Bitdefender has the reputation and strong database . You just can’t beat it !!! Highly recommended !!!!
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12 months ago, IIITripIII
Works Good For Me!
Free and efficient. Most times it just catches things in email, seems that is the only place my Mac seems to have things lurking, typcially spam/junk. No complaints!
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7 years ago, Kona17
Works Well, is non invasive, Quarantines infected files as well.
I am impressed as Bit Defender caught several malicious programs and even malicious windows executable files lurking on transferred usb drives. The Deep system scan can run in the background. It also has a quick scan feature and ability to scan user selected files, disks, or folders. It is non invasive and doesn’t cause disk permission problems. It’s very easy to use. Get it you’ll be glad you did.
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6 years ago, Rebeca
You get what you pay for!
Free Bitdefender did a pretty good job of cleaning up my mac, and found some spyware, but it didn't detect a pervasive Adware I couldn't get rid of. I had to use the upgraded paid version of Bitdefender to get that. This version is free and not bad, but it doesn't get everything. Buy the paid version.
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7 years ago, 5JJC
will not update.
I keep getting a pop up notification that the app 3.7 needs to be updated. However, when I open system updates, version 3.7 won't update then directs me to try to update in my purchases page. Again will not update AND I cannot open the app itself in applications to scan and update. I have to restart my iMac to open version 3.7 so there is no bux fixes in 3.8.
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6 years ago, gman-one
Scanning no longer works
Scanning no longer works (neither Critical, Deep nor Custom). They all appear to initiate, then immediately report that they completed. The Deep Scan for sure used to take at least 30 minutes on my Mac…now it’s immediate??? Safe to say it’s not working an longer.
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5 years ago, -Syre-
I'm truthfully unsure if this actually helps or not. the raiting here is "meh" while some reviews are raving. I cant tell if its added lag or reduced it or helped clear files or just reads everything without me knowing..
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6 years ago, Wm.
Seemed to finish too fast...
Downloaded an installer and scanned it. The installer was 2.2GB and this scanned it in roughly 2 seconds. I then used Virus Barrier Scanner and it opened and showed the count of files it scanned… over 3000 files and it took a bit longer than 2 seconds. Suspect BitDefender does not scan inside of “img” and “zip” files… nice. Easy place for malware to hide..
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4 years ago, Definition by character
Keeps crashing
Am not sure what happened but it keeps crashing after a few minutes of scans. Used to be great and scans well. I like it because it does not slow down my Mac. I had bought the full version before but that brought my Mac to a complete crawl. Please advise why it crashes. It has done so 3 times now that i tried to do a deep scan.
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7 years ago, Art2Matters
Was hard to update, now impossible.
Sometime ago with this version one had to start the definition update, get an error (60), then start the update again and it would work. Now it will not update at all (error 1008). No information on their website for this product for any issues. Time to look for an alternative.
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2 years ago, K Я Ø
I can't delete a damaged file from my Mac that belongs to this app that appeared when I uninstalled it, now's temporary on my desktop until I find out how to delete it because when I try to do so, it just crash followed by a text saying that I can't delete it becuase it's a damaged file, so stressful.
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5 years ago, Carter2295
Great App!
Somethings was happening where Safari kept re-opening itself after i quit it. I downloaded Bitdefender and it cleared it right up. Thanks!
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3 months ago, JOJOShaun
Many detected files cannot be cleaned or quarantined and need to be deleted manually
Many detected files cannot be cleaned or quarantined and need to be deleted manually
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5 years ago, FAHAD TSNB
Be carefull
They used to be better. They are falling behaind. They are not giving the Mac as much attntion as they used to. They are not reaady for the new Mac OS Catalina. Thier is not Safari extention (trafic light) and even thier support web page for the instruction how to add the Safar extention is old (they are even still showing thier own App old interface!!!!!).
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5 years ago, Ben Kenon
Malware- User Beware
After installing this app on my late-2013 iMac 27", the system ran much more slowly. I had tried to delete it for two years(!) without success, as it somehow gave itself admin privileges that exceeded my own. I just bought a brand new iMac, and this app is going nowhere near it. I wish I could give negative stars.
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2 years ago, Dosblade
Works great!
Odd on APPLE how PAIED unknown names getting 4 stars yet ones that we all know that work great and are free get 3 or less.. how odd. Workd great for me.. no slow downs.
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7 years ago, QuiveringFungus
Database updates are not fast enough
A new piece of macOS malware called Proton.B was discovered on Saturday, May 6, 2017. WIthin hours Apple had released an update to the macOS builtin XProtect database to block infection to Mac's. Pretty good for a weekend! However, as of May 9, 2017 at 7pm ET, BitDefender Virus Scanner with the latest virus definitions fails to detect this virus sample.
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2 years ago, ZhivagoAustin
Wow, it has taken me days and hours to try to cancel my trial and get a refund. It didn't help me with fixing any problems. It just showed me problems that I know about from free services. It doesn't help me fix anything on it's own. Not worth the money and a nightmare to cancel/fund.
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7 years ago, MikeWi...
Why Windows malware signatures?
I’ve always wondered at the size of the malware signature download. Looks like this scans Mac OS for Windows malware. My last scan found a ##.exe file that it didn’t like. Might be a lot faster if if focused on the OS that it is built for.
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2 months ago, SlowHawk
Found a virus!
Have used this for years. Has been top rated by Mac World, and is free.
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4 years ago, JazzStanford41
Keeps trying to install after being cancelled and DOES NOT WORK
Bitdefender did nothing but slow down my mac, and viruses still got through that I had to manually get rid of. It keeps trying to install after I deleted it, and I do not want it!
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1 year ago, CouldBeBetter 69
Installed this software (supposedly free), never giving them my address or signing up on their website. The next day I received an email telling me they were going to charge me in 30-days. Sorry but FREE is supposed to be FREE. Never again Bitdefender.
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5 years ago, Mr. Latta's Class
Found the malware
This free version helped me detect and cleanout dataquest malware that I couldn't locate on my own.
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7 years ago, Golf gnip
STOP stay away can’t be removed with apple help
2017 can’t remove old copies when you upgrade. Gets in your launch Daemons and launch Agents. Spent hours with apple online people. They can not remove. New program cant be installed until old removed.
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8 months ago, ibl0b
Consistantly Crashes on Sonoma
Worked fine previously. Now it consistently crashes every time I try to do a scan or download latest update. Tired of this crap. I deleted it from my mac.
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5 years ago, Kiki tom
I have been tryhing to delete it since the day it told me it was aprt of Apple official, even Apple techs can;t delete it. It's like an sea urching. Does not work, scans, says it found viruses, but i have to pay $20 to get them off my Mac, my Mac has no viruses according to teh Apple store techs's. This is the Virus
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