Based in Seattle, Washington, and founded in 1997, Intego produces software to combat viruses, malware and other harmful invaders from causing havoc to people’s computers. The company touts itself as being “the only company focusing solely on security for Macs and other Apple products.” The company’s software is also intended to give people a safer experiencing surfing and conducting work and business on the Internet.


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The Good

  • Many products
  • Great malware detection
  • Simple installation

Intego offers a full range of products, not merely one software solution. Based on their needs and preferences, customers have the ability to choose from among six products, each engineered to provide some level of protection to the person’s computer or device. Regardless of the issue you’re having with your Mac, Intego will have a solution. You won’t be disappointed with the selection.

If malware detection and protection is your primary concern, Intego’s software is one of your best bets in the industry. You’ll be hard-pressed to find something better among the competitors in this regard. Within four of the six products is a feature called Virus Barrier X8. This handy tool runs scans automatically, even in the event you’re not there in front of your computer. It will even run if another user is at the controls. And, if malware is found, you’ll be notified by email that viruses have been detected.

Another exciting feature that customers love is Net Barrier X8, an addition that comes with four of Intego’s software solutions. Net Barrier X8 sets out to block suspicious applications from gaining access to your Mac, and it does so quite effectively.

Downloading the software is a simple, painless process. All it takes is the click of a few buttons and entering the product code. You’ll be off and running without any trouble in no time. Intego takes the frustration out of what sometimes can be an annoying process.

Intego’s software will scan all files on computer as you use them, and it does so in the background, so you won’t be disturbed and so you can continue with your work. And here’s another plus: Intego’s software has little or no effect on the speed of your computer. You can run the virus scans, and your computer will run as fast as it does normally.

The Bad

  • Large size
  • Not available on the app store
  • Expensive

There isn’t much to nitpick on with Intego. The software does eat up a lot of space—1.5GB of hard drive space to be exact. Also, the software is not available on the Apple App Store.

Intego’s software costs at least $39.99, which is a little steeper than most. There is, however, a free trial that customers can consider.
The only other negative aspect of Intego that was found is that the software does not have a web-scanning component

The Bottom Line

Intego doesn’t produce the best antivirus software, but it can hold its own. Intego offers strong malware detection capabilities, along with other features for customers to choose what best fits their needs. If you are willing and able to pay a little more than the competition, Intego is a fine choice and is definitely worth a try.


  • Mac Internet Security X8-$39.99
  • Mac Premium Bundle X8-$69.99
  • Family Protector-$39.99
  • Family Protector Secure X8-$59.99
  • Mac Washing Machine-$29.99
  • Mac Washing Machine Secure X8-$55.99

Free Trial Offer

Yes, customers may choose a free trial. When they do so, they will receive an email and link where they can download the trial software.

Mobile Protection

Only services Mac computers, not iPhones.


  • Firewall
  • Parental controls
  • Web filtering
  • Malicious URL protection
  • Antivirus/anti-malware scanning
  • No social network protection
  • Email protection
  • Data shredder: harmful data is erased upon detection


Intego’s software has been AV-tested and has been found to give 98.3% malware protection.

Tune-up and speed

Intego’s software helps speed up your downloading and increase web surfing significantly.

Time in Business

Founded in 1997.


As stated above, the company’s headquarters are in Seattle, Washington.

Customer Service

Customers receive free technical support for any issues they are having. Customers may also post questions on a community page. Questions may also be asked via email or phone during business hours.

System Requirements

  • 1.5GB of hard drive space
  •  Mac computer with Intel Core Duo processor

Operating Systems Supported

  • Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10

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