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Bitdefender Total Security: Specs
Malware protection: Adequate
System impact, background: Miniscule
System impact, scans: High
macOS compatibility: 10.12
Browser extensions: Yes
Hardened/secure browser: No
Blocks Potentially Unwanted Apps: Yes
Parental controls: No
Ransomware rollback of encrypted files: No
Password manager: No
Scan scheduling: Yes
Webcam protection: No
System Optimizer: No
Support options: Phone, email, live chat
Phone: Yes (9AM to 3PM: ET)
Chat window: Yes 4AM to 6:30PM; ET)
With a focus firmly on the basics of Mac malware eradication and online identity security, Malware Premium + Privacy for Mac eschews the popular concept of a comprehensive security suite for a more discerning approach to defense.
While the program combines ultrafast scanning with a global VPN that five users can use to anonymously connect to the online world, Malwarebytes Premium + Privacy does without a password manager, parental controls and a firewall. Further, the effectiveness of Malwarebytes protection is questionable because the software examines only a small portion of your computer’s files and it has not been subjected to third-party evaluation.
Our Malwarebytes Premium + Privacy review will help you decide if it’s one of the best Mac antivirus software solutions available or not quite enough to protect you online.
Malwarebytes Premium + Privacy review: Costs and what’s covered
The Malwarebytes Free program starts out with lots of extras that others reserve for paid packages. There’s a big drawback, though, because it’s a trial that limits the use of its major components (like the Browser Guard browser extension for blocking potentially dangerous sites) to 30 days. This leaves the free malware scanner as the only tool with lasting impact on security.
To keep using the full package, you need to step up to the company’s Premium plan for $45 for a single Mac or $80 a year to cover five systems. Fully cross platform, it has software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Chrome OS. It uses the same scanning engine as the free version.
The Premium + Privacy plan adds the company’s