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Bitdefender Takes Industry Lead in Security for Mac

Bitdefender, the innovative antivirus software provider, has expanded its industry-leading status to the Mac operating system, achieving perfect results in testing by independent security analysis firm AV-TEST.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac caught 100 percent of the OSX malware samples thrown at it in AV-TEST’s August round of trials in on-demand scanning and 100 percent in on-access scanning. Meanwhile, it registered zero false positives. The test marks AV-TEST’s first round of trials on Mac home user products.

“Bitdefender has brought its tradition of excellence to the field of Mac security,” said AV-TEST CEO Andreas Marx. “In our debut testing for the Mac operating system, Bitdefender has set a very high bar for the industry, setting a score that literally cannot be beat.”

The results placed it at the top of the 18 Mac security software systems subjected to AV-TEST’s scrutiny, including Norton Internet Security, Kaspersky Internet Security, Trend Micro Titanium and others. Bitdefender handily beat the group average score of 80.8 percent in on-demand scanning and 57.5 percent in on-access scanning.

The company also ranked at the top in usability testing, with analysts copying 7.6 GBs of files in 17.5 seconds while using Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac. On an average of all 18 products tested, the file copy took 45.1 seconds.

“We are delighted every time our products are submitted to rigorous testing by independent experts,” said Bitdefender Product Manager Mihaela Masdrag. “The results speak for themselves. We’re particularly pleased with this round of testing – it proves that we’ve extended our industry lead from areas such as Windows and Android to the realm of the Mac as well.”

Earlier this year, AV-TEST announced Bitdefender won its Best Protection and Best Performance awards for 2013, becoming the first company to win both at the same time. AV-Comparatives, the world’s other major independent testing organization, also granted Bitdefender its Proactive Protection Award and PC Mag has given the company multiple Editor’s Choice awards.

About Bitdefender®

Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. The company is an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection since 2001. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.

Top international testing organizations and world-renowned software reviewers acknowledge Bitdefender as a provider of the world’s most effective antimalware solutions. In January 2014, Bitdefender won top honors from AV-TEST, becoming the first solution to win “Best Protection” and “Best Performance” simultaneously. Bitdefender has also confirmed its industry leadership status with titles including “Best Antivirus of 2014” and two Editor’s Choice awards from PCMAG, and 2013 Editor’s Choice from CNET.

For more information about Bitdefender products, visit the security press room. Bitdefender also publishes the HOTforSecurity blog, with stories from the underworld of internet fraud, scams and malicious software.

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