Mac Premium Bundle X9 is Intego’s all-in-one antivirus, anti-phishing, and anti-spyware program for MacOS. It also features a cleaner and parental controls. Has Intego’s decision to focus exclusively on developing solutions for Mac given it the edge over the competition?
Premium Bundle X9 incorporates VirusBarrier X9, the company’s virus and malware detection tool which has been in production for over ten years. The tool features continuous filesystem monitoring, automatically scanning files as they are created. Interestingly, the program is configured not to delete malware by default. Instead, potentially malicious files are moved into quarantine as soon as they are detected and notifications appear later. I personally liked this approach—the system keeps running at full speed, and viruses are quarantined as they are encountered. The company has adopted a similar approach for definitions updates: without user customization, they occur automatically.
How good is its protection? Intego has a long list of awards and certifications from leading independent testing laboratories, including AV-Comparatives, AV Test, and MacWorld. It certainly quarantined my test Mac malware samples without difficulty. In fact, detects and removes almost 100% of macOS malware.
One nice feature of Intego is its ability to detect viruses intended to corrupt Windows and Linux, but users can disable this option. For somebody who frequently downloads those kinds of files for a Mac, it’s great to ensure that the host doesn’t get infected. It’s also nice to scan files that you’re sending to Windows or Linux users as attachments in order to not inadvertently spread malware. Intego also automatically scans and detects malware received on other iOS devices whenever they are connected to the computer.
The only thing missing is a native browser extension. Although most browsers contain some tools for preventing access to known phishing URLs, a proprietary browser extension that integrates with a program provides additional protection.
In addition to the virus scanner, Premium Bundle X9 contains the following features:
NetBarrier X9: NetBarrier provides complete two-way firewall network protection, preventing unauthorized access from other machines on the network and blocking malicious outbound connection attempts. Like Windows, Mac OS X contains a built-in firewall, but NetBarrier is easier to use. It also optimizes the firewall setting for the type of connection you’re using and will choose the most appropriate level of protection (such as your home or a café). I took my laptop to an airport terminal and the settings had automatically tightened; a pop-up window even asked whether I wanted to allow a Skype connection.
Washing Machine: This junk-removal tool removes files that may be slowing down your Mac. It found a sizable 950MB worth of “junk” in my test, which was mostly made up of caches from video and audio editing programs and web browser. Great cleaners allow you to see the results before choosing to delete or keep, and Intego organized its list into categories such as “caches,” “logs,” and “tools.” There’s also a handy slider which allows you to choose whether you want the program to provide a “safe” or “aggressive” list of files for removal.
Content Barrier: Additionally, Protection Bundle includes a parental control tool to protect children online. It also includes a time-limit function so you can control the amount of time that your children are spending online. Additionally, you can configure the program to take automatic screenshots or generate a keylog whenever your children’s user accounts are using certain applications like chat tools. This is a great feature if you are concerned that your children could be meeting potentially dangerous individuals.
Additionally, the Premium Bundle includes Personal Backup 10.9 for automatic backup of files and folders to local or cloud storage devices.
Ease of Use
Intego Premium Bundle X9 is a joy to set up and use. All the components are available as one installation package. The tool is well-designed and focuses on producing as few notifications as possible.
Intego provides comprehensive support starting with a detailed knowledge base of both simple and advanced tutorials for getting the most out of the product. A ticketing system allows you to get in touch with their agents if required. Users can submit a malware sample for their team to inspect, and they can log in to track the status of their request. The company also provides live chat support and telephone support in the US, France, and Japan.
Intego Premium Bundle X9 is available with one- and two-year licenses for between one and five devices. Opting for protection against Windows viruses adds a slight surcharge. There’s a 30-day free trial for users who want to evaluate it before purchasing, but in my opinion, the price is fair given the wealth of tools.