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Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 review: Good for Macs, waiting for multi-OS improvements

Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 review: Good for Macs, waiting for multi-OS improvements

It’s not that common to find full-featured security suites for the Mac. Quite often major antivirus makers provide a stripped-down version of their Windows product with notable bells and whistles missing. Not so with Intego’s Mac Premium Bundle X9, a security solution purpose-built for Apple users. This top-tier suite has a variety of solid tools that any Mac user would be happy to use.

But is that enough to recommend this product?

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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Intego’s VirusBarrier. 

Last time we looked at Intego’s security offerings, we felt there were a few weaknesses that just didn’t address modern security needs well enough. Nearly two years later, some of those weaknesses are still there, some are gone, and others will be addressed in the coming months.

Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 comes as a collection of security-focused programs, including NetUpdate (definition updates), ContentBarrier (parental controls), NetBarrier (firewall), Personal Backup, VirusBarrier (antivirus), and Washing Machine (duplicate file finder and general file system utility).

That’s quite a package, and the pricing isn’t too terrible. A year of Premium X9 is $70 for a single Mac, while five Macs for a year costs $120. That’s not as good as the big players that offer first-term pricing of $100 for 10 devices. The price after that first term can go up dramatically, however. Intego told us that the promotional pricing remains at renewal date, meaning the company doesn’t jack up the price after the first term. That’s fantastic.

What about security?

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VirusBarrier does not quarantine files by default. Instead it asks the user what to do.

The key issue for any premium security bundle is how well it protects computers. Intego’s Mac malware protection is top notch. AV-Test most recently took a look at Intego in June 2019 when it earned a 100 percent detection rate for Mac malware based on 557 samples. 

AV-Comparatives looked at Intego’s VirusBarrier around the same time as AV-Test. That testing house also gave Intego a 100 percent rating against Mac malware based on 585 samples. AV-Comparatives also throws Windows malware against Mac packages to see how they fair. VirusBarrier got a zero rating meaning it wasn’t tested.

We asked Intego about this, and a company representative explained that Windows malware detection is currently very minimal. It can detect malicious macros for Microsoft Office, for example, but it cannot detect the newest Windows malware on any given week.

via Macworld https://www.macworld.com/article/3534053/intego-mac-premium-bundle-x9-antivirus-review.html#tk.rss_all
link : https://www.macworld.com/article/3534053/intego-mac-premium-bundle-x9-antivirus-review.html#tk.rss_all
April 9, 2020 at 01:08PM

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