How to use the Safe Files feature in Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Ransomware is malicious software that seeks to encrypt files and hold them for ransom. Users must pay the hackers to regain access to files like pictures, videos, or important documents.

Using the latest technology, Bitdefender ensures system integrity by protecting critical system areas against ransomware attacks without impacting the system. Bitdefender Safe Files guards your personal information and allows you to choose which apps can make changes to the protected files and which ones cannot.

The Bitdefender Safe Files wizard appears as soon as you install Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac on your Macintosh.

By default, the following folders are protected:





Note: Custom folders can be protected only for current users as those are considered the most vulnerable locations. External drives, system and app files cannot be added to the Safe Files list. 

Folders protected with the Safe Files feature in Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac


To access Safe Files:

• Open the main Bitdefender window and go to the Protection tab.

• Go to the Anti-Ransomware tab.

You can add files to the protected environment by using the following method:

• Click on Protected Files

• Click the button labeled with the plus sign (+), located under the protected files list

• Choose the file, folder or volume to be protected in case ransomware attacks will try access them.


You will be informed each time an unknown app with an unusual behavior will try to modify the files you added. Click Allow or Block to add it to the Managed Applications list. To add an application to the list:

• Click on the Application Access button.

• Click Add (+).

Application Access in Safe Files

• Select the apps you want to manage.

• Click Open.

• If necessary, type an administrator username and password, then click OK to confirm the changes.

If, for example, you block Microsoft Word , the app will no longer be able to modify any files or save documents in the protected locations.