Does BitDefender scan separate files? And is it safe for my system?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Adewallo, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Adewallo macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2017

    I have Malwarebytes Anti-Malware already installed, but heard about this:
    I only want scanner to sometimes use - not real time. Scanner that would allow me to scan specific files - like files from external hard drive I want to put to my Mac's hard drive.

    1) Can BitDefender scan single image, video and other files?
    2) Is BitDefender legitimate respected software or could it mess up my system in any way?
  2. Bubble99 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2015
    Microsoft Security Essentials is lot better than BitDefender or AVG.

    It not as good as Norton security but better than BitDefender or AVG.

    If you have PC you better of with Microsoft Security Essentials or Norton.
  3. prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    I use BitDefender in a similar scenario as you suggest, that is, on a part-time basis and not as a real time scanner (which is not needed).

    You can use “Scan a Custom Location” to scan whatever you would like.

    Yes, it is legitimate software, it would not be in the App. Store if it was not. It will not mess up your system, it only runs when you want it to.
  4. thomasareed macrumors member


    Aug 24, 2015
    Don't be so sure. There are loads of junk and scam apps in the App Store. Do a search in the App Store for "adware" and you'll find that most of the results are scam "adware removal" apps that don't really work as advertised.

    In the case of Bitdefender, that is a legit app.
  5. Adewallo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2017
    That's not good news about App Store... O_O

    But about BitDefender:
    1) I can safely download it and run whenever I want to scan some files
    2) It will not damage my system
    3) It will not install malicious stuff
    4) It will not spy on me, my personal files and data?
  6. prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    As both thomasareed and myself have stated, BitDefender is a legitimate app.

    With regard to your questions:

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. No
    4. No

    As for malware detection, you are already running what most people on this forum recommend.

    I have now been using Mac's for 8 years (previously I was a Windows user).......old Windows habits die hard, particularly when it comes to virus scanning etc. But, in those 8 years I have never found any malware on my system.

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