BullGuard Mac Antivirus Review
While Macs are less likely to become infected with malware than Windows, they aren’t invincible. If you have noticed your Mac behaving strangely, or you just want to be sure your device is clean, maybe it’s time to shop around for anti-virus for Mac. Below you will find a review of anti-malware software BullGuard based on 6 criteria: protection, effect on device’s performance, user interface, extra features, compatibility, and price. These are the most important criteria to take into account when choosing the right anti-virus program for your Mac.
BullGuard anti-virus for Mac review
BullGuard is definitely not the most famous anti-virus program, but it is not inferior when it comes to malware detection/removal. It has received numerous awards and certificates from independent testing labs for its malware detection rates. Overall, it is a powerful security tool that will keep your computer running as it should. However, while BullGuard does support Mac, it’s not the platform it focuses on. BullGuard for Mac provides sufficient protection against malware, but lacks extra features that would make it a reliable security tool.
BullGuard protection for Macs
BullGuard protects Mac computers from all kinds of malware, from spyware to ransomware. It also has real-time protection which will warn you about incoming malware and deal with it before it can cause any damage. BullGuard usually performs relatively well in various tests, and has a high malware detection rate. It should provide sufficient protection from malware for your Mac.
BullGuard for Mac Pros & Cons
- High malware detection rates;
- Easy to use.
- No extra features available in the Mac version;
- Expensive if you wish to use BullGuard solely on a Mac.
Effect on device’s performance
Because anti-virus programs can use a lot of system resources when scanning/removing malware, it can sometimes cause your system to slow down and act sluggishly. Some anti-virus programs affected a device’s performance to the point that users would schedule scans for when they are not using their computers. BullGuard for Mac shouldn’t put a strain on your Mac, even when it’s running a full scan of your system. If you leave it running in the background, you should barely notice.
A user-friendly interface is essential to an anti-virus program because users will not use it if it’s too complicated. BullGuard has a very simple interface, and is user-friendly. But in the case of BullGuard, it’s not an advantage. The reason the interface is so simple is because there are no additional features available, and users can only use the scan function.
BullGuard for Mac does not offer any extra features, and provides only the bare minimum protection. There is a VPN available, but it comes at an extra price of €56.24/year (non-promotional price is €74.99/year). A virtual private network (VPN) is a useful tool that helps you browse more securely, privately, and allows you to bypass geo-restrictions.
BullGuard is compatible with: (It does not currently support iOS.)
- Mac OS X El Capitan,
- macOS Sierra,
- macOS High Sierra,
- macOS Mojave.
BullGuard has 3 subscription plans available, but only two of them support Mac computers. Mac protection essentially comes as an extra feature for those purchasing a subscription for Windows, as there are no Mac oriented versions of BullGuard.
- BullGuard Internet Security for Mac. This is the cheaper option, available for the promotional price of €29.97/year (the usual price is €59.95/year). You get protection from malware for up to 3 devices (PC, Mac, Android), a safe browsing feature, game booster, vulnerability scanner, 24/7 support, PC Tune Up, encrypted cloud backup, a firewall, and parental control. However, these features are unavailable for Mac computers.
- BullGuard Premium Protection for Mac. This is the premium version, available for the promotional price of €35.98 (the usual price is €89.95). In addition to the features available in the other subscription plan, you also get a home network scanner, and identity protection. However, these features are unavailable for Mac computers.
As usual, we must warn you that the promotional prices are valid for one year only, unless you choose a two, or a three year subscription plan. After that, you would be charged the full sum. You should also keep in mind that when subscribing to an anti-virus program, you usually sign up for automatic renewal. That means you will be billed automatically once your subscription period ends. If you do not wish to be billed again, make sure you cancel your subscription prior to its end date.
If you are unhappy with the program and wish to get your money back, BullGuard offers a 30-day money back guarantee. There is also a 30-day free trial if you want to try out the program.
While BullGuard is a powerful anti-virus program with highly useful features for Windows computers, it leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to protecting Mac devices. BullGuard focuses on Windows computers, and only provides the bare minimum for Macs, with no additional features.
If you’re planning to use BullGuard on a Mac only, it definitely is not worth the price. BullGuard anti-virus is only a good deal when you primarily want to use it on Windows devices. If you’re looking for a reliable security program for your Mac computer, BullGuard is not it.