Internet Security X8
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Internet Security X8 keeps you safe. You're not immune to network attacks and malware just because you use a Mac. There are people working day and night to compromise your network, steal personal information and develop malware and viruses that can wreak havoc on your computer and files. Protect against all these threats with one bundle from Intego: Mac Internet Security 2013.

Virus Barrier:
  • Keeps your computer free of malware such as Mac viruses, Windows viruses, Unix viruses, Microsoft Word and Excel macro viruses, Trojan horses, worms,
What's New
Version 10.8.1:
  • Updated firewall and antivirus UI
  • Revised firewall visualizations
  • Additional exception rules
  • Low-priority virus scan setting
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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ver. 10.x:
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Rob123 reviewed on 08 Apr 2014
Why not some advanced mode maintained with ALL the granular settings from good old x6 version ?

In Netbarrier and Virusbarrier they have added some advanced settings back in version 10.8.1 but I have bad feeling about a company making this kind of "roadmaps"

I had fine/detailed control in version x6 ...
[Version 10.8.1]


Pepper131 commented on 08 Mar 2014
no update since 2/27/2014 ?
[Version 10.7.4]


Timmyb commented on 26 Oct 2013
Phones home at system boot even when the data collection preference and autoupdate are disabled.
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[Version 10.7.4]



iTalk8 reviewed on 01 Aug 2013
Why did I uninstall Internet Security 2013 10.7.3

I was a happy user of NetBarrier X5 and as a result, I decided to purchase the next version, VirusBarrier X6. However, soon after my purchase, Intego launched Internet Security 2013, and I was qualified to upgrade to the latest version believing that I would get all the features of the previous versions plus new features or at least the improved version of its firewall, NetBarrier.

I downloaded Internet Security 2013 and went through the installation process. I selected “Home” among other options “Work” and “Public” to set up NetBarrier 2013 on my new MacBook Air with Mountain Lion as the operating system. The first thing that disappointed me was the boring Interface, so plain that I felt I hadn’t actually installed anything. To be on the positive side, I tried to ignore the visual part of the software and let it run to see how it would act as a security application.

To my surprise, NetBarrier 2013 part of the Internet Security 2013, didn’t show any warnings or pop-ups whenever an application needed to use my network. The pervious version, NetBarrier X5 always displayed a warning and asked me if I want to allow or block the connection. I continued using NetBarrier 2103 for a week, no warnings, no pop-ups. I decided to change my initial setting from “Home” to “Work’” and that’s when the NetBarrier became active and popped up some warnings, which I used to see while using NetBarrier X5.

However the new version is quite buggy and doesn’t provide the same level of protection, which I used to get from NetBarrier X5.

Here are some of the problems with the new version, NetBarrier 2013.

1. The interface of the new version is quite plain and boring. It doesn’t offer much visually and less interactive than the previous versions. Would you buy a car just for its engine? Wouldn’t you consider its shape, color, interior and exterior design? What an iPhone or an iPad would be without their beautiful and colorful application icons and interfaces?

2. NetBarrier 2103 doesn’t provide much security if you select “Home” as your initial setup.
3. When trying to block a connection(s) to specific domains, the “Once” button didn’t work on Mountain Lion, very frustrating, so I couldn’t block the connection.

4. NetBarrier Monitor window is too big and not resizable, so I couldn't leave it on to monitor my network activity.

5. On the configuration tab, you only see the names of your applications not their icons. It puts a lot of strain on your eyes while trying to configure each connection. I accidentally allowed some connections instead of blocking them, and I realized it after a week. I want to see the application Icons on the left side of the configuration tab like the previous version of NetBarrier, and I want to be able to drag an application icon to the configuration tab with the choice of “Allow”, “Block” or “Ask”.

6. I couldn’t delete any rules on the configuration tab, very annoying!

7. Some of the best and critical features of NetBarrier are not existing in the new version:

- No Data Vault where you can protect your credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and your passwords. Peace of mind!
- No Ad Banner Filter
- No Cookie Filter
- No Information Hiding Option, etc.

I also agree with other reviewers: Frankhh24, Cerniuk. Raven., Snaporaz, Zx81, and I believe that the new version doesn’t offer much, therefore I decided to uninstall Internet Security 2103 and reinstall the previous version VirusBarrier X6 and will keep using it until my subscription expires. I have already started looking for other options.
[Version 10.7.3]



Frankhh24 reviewed on 24 Jul 2013
I loved to use Netbarrier and Virusbarrier until version x6. Lastly Intego split up back Virusbarrier into Virusbarrier and Netbarrier and called the package Internet Security 2013. With this Intego radically cut back the versatility and the attributes that were so important: fine tuning and manual configuration.
Now especially Netbarrier is not more than a tool for keeping things simple. But the life (and the internet) is by far not as simple. To make things worse both Virusbarrier and Netbarrier need a lot of memory and cpu-load.
Conclusion: I am now looking for alternatives.
[Version 10.7.3]



Cerniuk reviewed on 18 Mar 2013
Have been a fan for longer than I care to admit. I used and loved NetBarrier under Mac OS 9. The ultimate firewall with passive countermeasures.

VirusBarrier forced the virus software and instituted an expiration on your firewall unless you made your 'protection payments'. (Waza-matter-you, eh?)

15 year later, Intego's software is drooling, dragging one leg and yelling at imaginary people in cross walks. A full frontal software lobotomy in look, feel, and function.

(somewhere in the distance, the sound of "Taps" playing)
[Version 10.7.2]


Zx81 commented on 10 Mar 2013
All those 5 stars reviews without any previous comments...
How nice!
[Version 10.7.2]



Raven. reviewed on 28 Feb 2013
Tried and delete it... Back to the old X6
[Version 10.7.2]

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Spinfish replied on 06 Mar 2013
In addition I was told that it will not delete a virus found on an external drive such as Time Machine. I have also experienced very long boot up times and crashes at restart. I would like to go back to X6 but no longer have the ap... any suggestions?

cybervision replied on 08 Mar 2013
You'll find on the update-renew page from the point latest updates. There you can download the latest version of Virusbarrier X6.


Frampkin reviewed on 19 Feb 2013
Just upgraded to the 2013 release. Awesome! Runs much faster now, I like the simple interface. Much better than the X6 version. I felt kind of stupid with the older version as I didn't know what a lot of the stuff was. Not a gear-head.
[Version 10.6.2]



raymondb reviewed on 19 Feb 2013
I recently switched from using Windows to a Mac. My Windows XP machine finally crashed and died on me but I’ve always enjoyed using my iPhone and iPad so I opted to go for the MacBook Air. Problem is it only seemed like a natural shift since I have the iphone but I’m still a newb to OS X. On my old Windows desktop I ran Symantec or Spyware Doctor (for anti-spyware) but after looking into the differences in internet threats I found that Windows software might not be the best option for my Mac. (It is my understanding that Macs can’t get infected with Windows malware. but I could be wrong?) Anyways after researching my options some more I found Intego and installed the trial for Internet Security 2013, which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 and what I needed. Now after a month using it I have to say I like it a lot! I like the user interface a lot, and set up to scan is way easy. The firewall also adds a nice extra layer of security. I definitely think this is a no brainer must-have app to me!
[Version 10.6.2]

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Laraine replied on 30 Mar 2013
Raymond, you can get infected with Windows malware/virus on your Mac only if you install Windows on it. I've used a Mac since 1 May 1986 and I still can't work out why I would want Windows!
beebeebabyblue had trouble on 05 Apr 2013
I just bought my first iMac, and discovered I bought the bundle with Parallels, Internet Security 2013, etc., and ordered the thumbdrive. This morning I installed Internet Security first (from the thumb drive). It needed to reboot the computer, but when it did I got nothing but a blank screen. I shut the computer off, restarted, and got the same thing. I then pulled out the thumb drive and the external hard drives and tried to reboot again. Same thing. Next I started hitting the function keys while rebooting, and got the message that there was no drive to boot from. Now what??? I left the computer like that and had to come to work. Please understand that I have been using pcs since the beginning of time, and am just familiarizing myself with the mac. It's set to run backups to an external drive, so hopefully what I need is still there. Do I need to run it into the Apple store? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
[Version 10.7.2]

Bill_Johnson rated on 17 Mar 2014

[Version 10.7.4]

YiHu2077 rated on 10 Mar 2014

[Version 10.7.4]

Mully rated on 07 Aug 2013

[Version 10.7.3]

NiketPatel1585 rated on 20 Jul 2013

[Version 10.7.3]


Runtime rated on 11 Jun 2013

[Version 10.7.3]

sub.versor rated on 22 May 2013

[Version 10.7.2]

ibenne01 rated on 08 Apr 2013

[Version 10.7.2]

Woet rated on 06 Apr 2013

[Version 10.7.2]

PatrickDeYoung8182 rated on 24 Mar 2013

[Version 10.7.2]

MEYERJEANCHRISTIAN7091 rated on 21 Mar 2013

[Version 10.7.2]

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Internet Security X8 keeps you safe. You're not immune to network attacks and malware just because you use a Mac. There are people working day and night to compromise your network, steal personal information and develop malware and viruses that can wreak havoc on your computer and files. Protect against all these threats with one bundle from Intego: Mac Internet Security 2013.

Virus Barrier:
  • Keeps your computer free of malware such as Mac viruses, Windows viruses, Unix viruses, Microsoft Word and Excel macro viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, adware, hacking tools, dialers, keyloggers, and scareware (fake security programs)
  • Detects Windows malware to prevent your Mac from acting as a carrier
  • On-demand malware scans, including full scans for maximum coverage of your entire Mac as well as quick scans for day-to-day use
  • Scheduled scans
  • 24/7 real-time protection that watches all file activity and makes sure you're always protected
  • Finds malware contained in archive files
  • Scans for viruses in emails for popular email clients
  • Scans for viruses on iOS devices and finds/eradicates viruses found in document directories on the devices
  • Automatically scans external drives when they are mounted
  • Flexible options for handling malware (automatically attempt to repair, quarantine malware for later action, or ask what to do on a case-by-case basis)
  • Marks trusted folders to speed up scans
  • Application behavior analysis detects suspicious behavior in running applications
  • Email notifications when malware is found
  • History logs
Net Barrier:
  • Active application list easily identifies applications using bandwidth as well as incoming vs. outgoing bandwidth for each application
  • Logical default profiles for the different kinds of networks you connect to (home, public, and work)
  • Automatic profile switching detects when the network connection changes and makes it easy to select a new profile
  • Easily blocks/allows connections for specific local devices
  • Easily configures primary network channels to/from the Internet and to/from the local network
  • Full-time application activity monitoring for anti-spyware measures
  • Helps identify rogue applications accessing the Internet to act as zombies, expose your confidential information, or act as backdoors into your computer
  • Automatic application activity notification whenever an application is trying to do something on the network (take simple actions to allow or deny the application to run or to interact with specific domains or local devices)

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