BullGuard Internet Security for Mac review, manual and guides

by Julie Splinters - -

BullGuard Internet Security for Mac[1] offers a strong, multi-layered protection for multiple devices.

BullGuard Internet Security is developed by a well-known Danish-based cybersecurity company BullGuard. BullGuard was established in 2001. Today the company is headquartered in London, the UK offers its products worldwide.[2]

BullGuard Internet Security for Mac Review

The company focuses on delivering advanced, next-gen security products across all the main operating systems, including Windows PCs, Macs, Android and iOS devices, cloud, and IoT devices.

BullGuard develops multi-layered security protection for home users and businesses across the globe. The company’s products are certified and awarded by all the biggest independent testing labs, including AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST and Virus Bulletin for its’ perfect malware detection rates.[3]

BullGuard offers Mac users two antivirus and Internet security packages that are compatible with both Windows PCs and Macs. Users who want to protect their Macs can choose from BullGuard Internet Security or BullGuard Premium Protection. Both packages protect multiple devices and include a license for Android security.

BullGuard Internet Security starts at about $70 for a year for a single device. The company also offers 100% Money Back Guarantee if you are not happy with the product. In addition, users can try the Internet Security package for 2 months for free.

We have already tested the BullGuard Antivirus package for Windows and Android. Now researchers at Reviewed by Pro decided to the BullGuard Internet Security suite for Mac.

BullGuard Internet Security for Mac

Test results

BullGuard does not provide antivirus for Macs severely, it is only available as a part of BullGuard Internet Security or BullGuard Premium Security. The antivirus for Mac is compatible with macOS 10.11 El Capitan or later. We tested the security suite for about 10 days in order to evaluate its’ antivirus protection and performance.

Antivirus protection

BullGuard applies next-gen advanced AntiMalware and antivirus techniques in order to keep its customer protected.

Constant innovation is central to everything we do ensure our customers have the best multi-layered protection possible against all types of viruses, malware, ransomware, and all online threats.

Once we installed the antivirus on our test Mac, then performed the full system scan. BullGuard antivirus protection missed some threats on our test Mac. After the first scan, we decided to perform an additional full system scan. The second scan revealed most of the threats and malware samples installed on our test Mac.

We would say that the antivirus protection is inconsistent.

As it was mentioned before, the company has a number of awards and certifies from the largest independent testing labs, such as AV-TEST or AV-Comparatives, however, none of them tested the BullGuard software on Macs.

BullGuard Internet protection off for Mac

Additional features

When it comes to additional features of the BullGuard Internet Security suite, the feature set looks promising, as it offers Antivirus, Anti-phishing, Anti-malware, Anti-ransomware, Behavior Engine, Safe browsing, Vulnerability Scanner, Game Booster, Firewall, Parental Control, Could Integrated Backup and PC Tune-Up. It also includes a decent feature set for Android, such as Antivirus, Antitheft, Call Manager, Mobile Security Manager, Parental Control and Cloud Integrated Backup.

However, when it comes to macOS Protection, BullGuard Internet Security offers only Antivirus features. It also provides users with free automatic updates and free 24/7 expert support.

System-performance impact and scanning performance

When it comes to the system-performance impact, BullGuard has a mediocre impact on a system. It slows down the system performances by 12-15% while working in the background. During the active scans. BullGuard Internet Security hit the test Mac by an average of 35%. The full system scan took about an hour, while the quick one was finished in about 5 minutes. However, the quick system scan did not detect any malicious icons installed.

BullGuard Antivirus for Mac Scan

BullGuard Internet Security offers Mac users a Full Scan and a Custom Scan.

Customer support

BullGuard Internet Security includes Free 24/7 Customer Support. The BullGuard technicians are ready to help users with any security issues they face, The support is available via Live Chat or E-Mail 24/7, the remote access support is also available.

User interface

The main window is very simple and indicates the health of the device. From the main window, users can perform Full Scan or Custom Scan as well as turn on/off Real-time protection.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Inconsistent
Additional features Only Antivirus feature
System-performance impact Mediocre
Scanning performance Average system scans with a mediocre impact
User interface Simple

The final verdict

BullGuard Internet Security is a decent and reliable package, however, not for Mac users. Even though it offers a decent antivirus protection against both Mac-based and Windows-based the-rats, additional features for Mac are very limited.

About the author

Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - VPN service analyst

Julie Splinters is a VPN service analyst at Reviewedbypro.com, who specializes in VPN services and anti-spyware applications. Her major of English Philology and her passion for IT helped her choose the path of an IT writer.

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