What to do when encountering technical issues on Bitdefender for Mac? (How to generate a BDProfiler log)

There are very rare situations when Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac encounters issues that are impeding the product to work as designed. In these cases we need to perform certain steps, to see why the product’s functions are not performing as they should.

In order to troubleshoot and solve any issues that may appear with Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac on your system, every user who submits a request to the Customer Care Department should provide us with the following:

• a detailed description of the encountered issue

• a screenshot (if applicable) of the exact error message that appears – How to take a screenshot

• a BDProfiler log


 

How to generate a BDProfiler log

 

1. Download the BDProfiler tool from this location.

2. Follow this step only if your Mac runs Mojave 10.14 or Catalina 10.15. Skip directly to step 3 if you have older macOS versions.

On macOS Mojave

• click on the Apple icon the upper-left corner of the screen and select System Preferences

• open Privacy & Security

• access the Privacy tab

• select Full Disk Access in the left-side column

• click on the lock in the lower-left corner of the screen and type an administrator username and password. This is necessary in order to make changes

• click on the [ + ] icon and select the Terminal app from the /Applications/Utilities folder. Then click on Open and close the window.

 

On macOS Catalina

• click on the Apple icon the upper-left corner of the screen and select System Preferences

• open Privacy & Security

• access the Privacy tab

• select Full Disk Access in the left-side column

• click on the lock in the lower-left corner of the screen and type an administrator username and password. This is necessary in order to make changes

• click on the [ + ] icon and select the Terminal app from the /Applications/Utilities folder. Then click on Open and close the window.

• open Terminal from the /Applications/Utilities folder and type in the command chmod +x 

• then drag & drop BDProfiler.tool inside the Terminal window

3. Open the Downloads folder.

 

4. Right-click on BDProfiler.tool and select Open.

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5. If you are prompted with the message displayed below, simply click on Open.

NOTE: If you are prompted to Get XCode, you can cancel that notification. XCode is not necessary for BDProfiler tool to run.

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6. It will open a Terminal window and it will ask you if you want to provide the administrator password. Type in Y in order to continue the process.

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7. After entering the password, please let it run for a couple of minutes until you will see written: Process Completed.

NOTE: You won’t get feedback when you type in the password. Type it and press Enter/Return . Don’t worry if you receive the message Sorry, try again. You probably missed a character. Retype the password and press Return/Enter.

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8. Reply back to us (via the open ticket you have) by sending the file: Bitdefenderprofile_output.zip that was generated on your desktop as an attachment to the e-mail.

NOTE: If you only have a file named alaa.plist instead of BitdefenderProfile_output.zip, it means the process was incomplete. Try again to generate the log.

 

If you’re using macOS Mojave 10.14 or later, you should remove Full Disk Access for the Terminal app:

• click on the Apple icon the upper-left corner of the screen and select System preferences

• select Privacy & Security

• go to the Privacy tab

• in the left-side column, select Full Disk Access

• click on the lock in the lower-left corner of the screen and type an administrator username and password

• select the Terminal app, then click the  button below. Then close the window.


 

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