Full Featured; Streamlined Performance
With some antivirus developers, a Mac antivirus offering is an afterthought. But at Intego, Mac security is their core business and that focus translates into a higher quality product. Intego closely monitors security events impacting Mac OS users, thus they tend to be one of the first to add detection for new Mac malware and Mac-vulnerable exploits.
Intego VirusBarrier X5 sports a sleek, modern interface that's an improvement over the boring box windows of most other programs. The fresh look is backed up with on-access realtime scanning, a Trusted Zone to exclude files/folders from scans, and scans for iPod and iPhone touch malware. VirusBarrier can scan for Windows malware, which helps to prevent inadvertent spread in mixed environments. Mac-only users can disable the Windows malware scanning if desired. Email scanning (on send/receive) is also included, along with a quarantine feature, behavior analysis, scanning of compressed files and archives, and all the other features we expect to find in our Windows antivirus protection but too seldom find in Mac antivirus software offerings.
System performance is excellent; VirusBarrier maintains a very unobtrusive background presence - though it would be nice if the dock icon could be disabled during install. On the plus side, you can drag new or suspect files to the dock icon for a quick scan.
Intego VirusBarrier supports Mac OS X version 10.4 and higher. Supported languages include English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Corporate users can contact Intego directly for multi-seat discounts; standard licenses are avaialable via their website. A single license is approximately $70USD.