Intego VirusBarrier X8 for Mac builds a line of defense against viruses, Trojans, and other forms of malware online and offline, having the capability to do both on-demand and scheduled scanning. Overall, it's a potent antivirus, but not the most accessible.
Minimalistic and intuitive interface: Intego VirusBarrier X8 takes out the difficulty of configuring and using a malware protection software -- you can just drag and drop folders you want to scan to the left side panel of the application's main interface. All the essential settings for real-time scanning and scheduled scanning are available at the bottom of the UI.
Can detect Windows malware: This ability of Intego VirusBarrier X8 for Mac is great for those who regularly use both Windows and Mac computers. It can prevent your Mac from serving as a malware carrier or the source of infection in a network.
Malware detection notification: If you set Intego VirusBarrier X8 to automatically run scans even when you're away from your Mac or while somebody else is using your Mac, you will be informed if there have been viruses or malware detected via email.
Profiles: You can create profiles for different network connections to customize the kind of protection you need for your computer. You can set it to automatically switch profiles as your Mac connects to different networks, or you can switch profiles manually.
Not available on the App Store: A malware protection software that does not meet Apple's official App Store standards seems less trusty.
Requires a lot of space: This antivirus requires a whopping 1.5GB of HD space.
With its good scanning features and notifications, Intego VirusBarrier X8 looks like a capable malware protection option but is held back by its price and huge install size. There are cheaper, smaller, more viable solutions on the App Store.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Intego VirusBarrier X8 for Mac 10.8.1.
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Intego VirusBarrier X8 provides around-the-clock protection against the growing number of malware threats targeting Macs. It detects viruses, malware, Trojan horses, and other threats and shields you from them so you can use your Mac with your safety and privacy intact. Intego VirusBarrier X8 scans files whenever they're accessed and automatically checks for the latest updates to make sure you're protected against the newest Mac threats as well as any Windows threats. Intego VirusBarrier X8 not only protects you from existing Mac threats, it detects all known PC-based malware so you don't spread infected files to friends, family, or work colleagues. Your iOS devices are an open doorway to transmitting infected files and malware onto your Mac and Windows systems. VirusBarrier X8 scans iOS devices whenever they're plugged into your computer to make sure that no infected files that you received via email will pass onto your Mac or Windows machines.
Powerful firewall, anti-virus and anti-malware package. Interface is clean and efficient to use.
I've used this for years but have been forced to other solutions. It just doesn't work with Yosemite and when my MacBook Pro sleeps it crashes the system. When I try to power it on it hangs on the gray boot screen. Only way to boot my Mac is to restart in safe mode and uninstall Intego. I've tried everything like just installing anti-virus and it doesn't matter. Worse yet Intego has not responded to support requests. Their license model is annoying if you have multiple machines because it is hard to keep track of licenses.
This was a great product but I can't recommend it. Lack of support, stability issues with Yosemite and price has moved me to look for other options out there.
I've been using Virus Barries X8 for a few years and never had any issues. All of a sudden last month, my iMac started shutting off randomly, just blacking out, sometimes needing Yosemite reinstalled because it wouldn't boot back up. Noticed one particular instance it happened almost instantly when the automatic virus scan started. Tried uninstalling but problem continued. Brought it into Apple, they could not find any problems with the iMac. Reinstalled Virus Barrier to see if it was a fluke and lo and behold, problem started again a few days after reinstallation. Just happened again a half hour ago instantaneously when virus scan started. Uninstalled again and will never put it back on my iMac again. Does anyone know if this can cause permanent damage to my system even though I uninstalled it? Thanks.
Having just upgraded to yosemite I too have just realized it was not supported. Your right, no word back from Intego and poor support. Mercifully my subscription expires this month anyways so thank you for your insights. Might I ask what anti-malware option you chose in the end? I'm now on the hunt. and 2. How does on un-install the old software if its taking up so much space I may as well bin it. - Kindest thanks
It crashes a lot when scanning and my macbook pro which is new. Resource Hog Way too expensive! Go with AVG it is free
It was taking up so many resources I ended up just uninstalling it. For the cost there are much better alternatives out there. I ended up going with AVG which was free and have no problems at all. It even detected a windows virus that Intego missed.
Then disaster struck. A little explanation required. I had a problem with my 1 year old custom built iMac. I took it to the Apple Store. They damaged it and gave me a brand new iMac with more memory. They installed my data onto the new computer, and everything seemed fine. However, when performing my daily quick scan, the scanning froze, along with the rest of the computer. I had to force quit it and then it wouldn't start up. I almost had to take it back to the Apple Store, because the advisors could not get Mavericks to reinstall. Finally, after a couple of hours, I got a senior advisor and managed to get it reinstalled. Next day, same thing. I went right to the senior advisor and we got it reinstalled, faster this time. I uninstalled Virus Barrier and no more problem.
I downloaded and installed a new, hopefully, uncorrupted Virus Barrier, but turned off the automatic scanning. I'll keep my fingers crossed and see if the problem is solved.
The senior advisor told me that because this type of software is always on, to protect against viruses and malware, and goes into all computer's systems, that this sort of thing can happen. Let's hope it doesn't happen to you, or to me, again.
Compared to X6... NONE! Really messed up the system after the download!
VB 2013 made for the computer user that needs a program which needs minimal configuration. VB2013 has no personal INFORMATION PROTECTION that was part version X6. VB 2013 has no outright product strength. During the upgrade download, it really messed up the system after following the download instructions on their website. Customer service sucks. ie: Filled out a complaint form and someone will contact you! NEVER HAPPENED! Email rec'd listed a phone # to call, no one ever answered... (please leave your name and phone # and some will return your call!) again no return calls!.
Look to a Company that has online assistance! A reputable customer service center.
Easy to install. Light footprint on my new Macbook Air. Clean user interface. Definitely a set up and forget about it type of antivirus. Protects me from Mac malware, Windows malware, Linux malware, malicious scripts, hacking tools, keyloggers. Includes option for behavioral analysis that "dynamically inspects running applications and warns you when inappropriate behavior is detected." Also scans archives, emails, iPhone, iPod and iPad for malware.
If you like tinkering with different tools and av options, after configuring preferences and turning on real-time scanning there isn't much else to play around with.
I recently switched from using Windows to a Mac. My Windows XP computer finally died on me but I've always enjoyed using my iPhone and iPad so I opted to go for the MacBook Air (so I can sync everything together). Problem is it only seemed like a natural shift from Windows to Mac since I have the iphone but I'm still sort of a newbie to OSX. On my old Windows desktop I used to run Norton or Spyware Doctor (for anti-spyware). But after looking into the differences between Windows and Mac internet threats I found that Windows software might not be the best option for use on my Mac. (From what I understand Macs can't get Windows malware. but I could be wrong?) Anyways after researching more I found Intego and installed the trial for their Mac Internet Security with VirusBarrier 2013, which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 and what I needed. I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed! It runs very light in the background, and I can even work on other stuff while it's scanning. I like the user interface especially, basically from set up to scan it is way easy to use. So after almost two months using it I'm definitely open to recommending virus barrier 2013 to others -- it is an excellent product!
I work as an IT consultant, and I've cleaned up hundreds of infected PCs - and never had to clean up a single Mac that was infected with anything. There are very, very few instances of Mac malware, and as far as I know not a single case in the wild of a true virus that sreads mac to mac exists. Malware that piggybacks on pirated software is real, rare, only affects the person who downloaded the pirated program, and is automatically cleaned up by Apple's updates. I consider antivirus products for OSX to be a scam.