I’ve been testing out Intego’s VirusBarrier X6 on my Mac for about a month now. Cost is $50/year and you can download it straight from Intego’s website.
Here’s what I like and don’t like about VirusBarrier.
Initial setup and first use
The install process was easy. I set up an initial scan fairly easily too, which took quite a long time to scan over 500GB of content. I just let it run overnight (and made sure my computer was set not to go to sleep).
The interface is confusing, as there are lots of buttons and it’s unclear what each one does, or what the difference is between various buttons. I didn’t read any manuals or help, but shouldn’t I be able to figure out the basics on my own?
Does it catch stuff?
VirusBarrier is supposed to warn you if you go to malicious websites, block any application that tries to send a signal out to its maker, and prevent infection by viruses, worms, and other malware, as well as anybody trying to hack in to your computer.
I don’t know if it does any of this, because it didn’t catch anything on my computer over the whole month. So its effectiveness is hard to evaluate.
VirusBarrier X6 is easy to install and run the basics, although way too complicated to set for more unusual uses (scheduling, firewall rules, web surfing protection, and lots more options). As it did not find any problem files, emails, or connections, I don’t know if it’s doing its job.
Next I’m going to try another Mac anti-virus application, for comparison.