Intego Mac Internet Security review, manual and guides

by Alice Woods - -

Intego Mac Internet Security X9[1] is developed by Intego.

The company was founded in 1997. Since then it has focused on developing Internet security software exclusively for Macs. The company specializes in antivirus, firewall, anti-spam, backup software, and data protection software.[2]

Intego Mac Internet Security Review

Intego is based and headquartered in the U.S. and has offices in Seattle, Washington, and Austin Texas. It also has offices in Paris, France and Nagano, Japan.[3]

The company specializes exclusively for MacOS X and macOS for home and business use.

When it comes to home products, the company provides a range of Internet security packages including Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9, Intego Mac Internet Security X9, Intego Content Barrier Secure X9, and Intego Washing Machine Secure X9.

Intego Mac Internet Security X9 is an antivirus and security suite for Macs. For new customers, the security suite retails at $49.99 for a single device for one year. The company also offers a Free 30-day trial.

Intego Mac Internet Security package includes VirusBarrier X9 and NetBarrier X9. VirusBarrier X9 is an application protecting Mac against Mac and PC malware and NetBarrier X9 protects Macs from unauthorized access.

The package is compatible with Mac OS xX 19.8 – macOS 10.13, with at least 1.5 GB of free hard disk space and an Internet connection required for NetUpdate security updates. The company supports five languages including English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Intego Mac Internet Security VirusBarrier

Test results

We tested  Intego Mac Internet Security for about two weeks using our test Mac. The installation and download of the software were quick and easy, it did not take longer than a regular antivirus.

Antivirus protection

As it was mentioned before, Intego Mac Internet Security includes Intego VirusBarrier which provides real-time antivirus protection for Mac devices. It also scans files once they are accessed. The antivirus also checks for Windows malware to prevent the malware from spreading.

The software checks for the latest updates automatically.

We had some infected files on our test antivirus protection capabilities of the software. The application detected all of the malicious files quickly and successfully removed them.

In addition, the independent German-based testing lab AV-TEST also tested the software. Intego VirusBarrier demonstrated perfect malware detection rates, as it detected 100% of 507 Mac-based widespread and prevalent malware samples. It is worth to mention that the industry average is 95.5%. The antivirus system also did not deliver any false positives.[4]

Intego Mac Internet Security Safe

Additional features

As it was mentioned before Mac Internet Security X9 includes VirusBarrier X9 and NetBarrier X9.

VirusBarrier X9 provides antivirus and AntiMalware protection against Mc and PC malware. It includes Real-Time Antivirus with Automatic Scans, Protection against both Mac and PC malware. The application also protects iPhone and iPad, thus the application scans and detects malicious files received via email.

The features include:

  • Antivirus and Anti-malware
  • On-demand malware scans, including full system scan and quick scan/
  • Scheduled scans
  • 24/7 real-time protection
  • Scans for malware contained in archive files, emails, external drives, and other iOS devices.
  • Flexible options for handling malware, including an attempt to repair, quarantine, remove or ask what to do.
  • Email notifications
  • History Logs

NetBarrier X9 offers network protection for Macs and prevents unauthorized access. The firewall feature is location-aware and protects Macs on the go. Intego also identifies and blocks untrusted devices that are trying to connect the Mac.

System-performance impact

While using the applications our team did not notice any system slowdowns, interruptions or impact on a battery life. The antivirus is extremely lightweight and has almost zero impact on system performances.

The application was also tested by the AV-TEST testing lab, and their results also show perfect Intego Mac Internet Security X9’s performance on the device, as it did not slow down the download of frequently-used applications (0%) and slowed copying of files only by 1%. The industry average is 12% and 16% respectively.

Scanning performance

Scans are pretty quick and very accurate. Whenever the program detects malicious file, it sends an email notification. The antivirus offers on-demand malware scans including s full system scan which scans the entire Mac, as well as a quick scan for daily use. In addition, users can schedule scans.

The full scan took approximately 20-40 minutes, which is faster than the industry average. The scan results are accurate and informative. Users can choose what to do with detected malware (quarantine, attempt to repair, or get an advice).

Intego Mac Internet Security NetBarrier

Customer Support

Intego offers users a very helpful and informative support page. It includes the Common Questions section and Product Support. If a user still cannot find all the answers he looks for, he can submit a support request or ask the Community a question.

User interface

Intego Mac Internet Security X9 offers a simple and straightforward interface. The application is designed to provide the best protection possible in a simple way. When it comes to NetBarrier, the firewall is easy to set up and intuitive.

The interface is simple and easy to understand. All the features are easily accessible and can be adjusted within a couple clicks. Grey and green colors dominate in the Intego interface.

Feature Score
Anti-malware protection Excellent
Security and privacy features Useful and reliable feature set
System-performance impact Minimal
Scanning performance Quick scan with no impact on a system
User interface Intuitive and simple to use

The final verdict

Intego Mac Internet Security X9 is a trustworthy and reliable antivirus protection and firewall for Macs. It offers excellent antivirus protection, so you can be sure that your Mac is protected and malware-free. What is even better, the application does not have any negative impact on a system. The feature set is focused on security and antivirus, which does not include any unnecessary features. We recommend Intego Mac Internet Security for those who want quick, smooth and reliable Internet security application.

About the author

Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Antivirus software analyst

Alice Woods is an anti-malware analyst at She is passionate about testing new pieces of software and discovering pros and cons of each program.

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