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Intego Removal Guide

What is Intego?

Intego – powerful antivirus for Mac with the arsenal of various functions

Intego Mac securityIntego Mac Internet Security is a reliable security suite for Mac OS X and macOS

Intego is a reliable security software that is exclusively developed for Mac OS and Mac OS X. It consists of two elements: VirusBarrier X9 and NetBarrier X9, both of which have a different function. The program combines the most important security modules, including full-featured firewall, data-protection, anti-spam, anti-phishing, and anti-virus that are essential for virus protection for Mac. The anti-malware program can be obtained on the official website, although it can also establish itself via software bundling.

Software bundling[1] is a widely-practiced marketing tactic used all over the world. It does benefit companies as well as users who may be interested in the software. Nevertheless, people usually do not pay enough attention to the installation process and install additional programs unintentionally. Due to this reason (mainly, because the program appeared “out of nowhere”), some users may call this software “Intego virus,” which is entirely not true. However, Intego antivirus is there to help you protect against viruses, and not cause them.

Name Intego
Suitable for This piece of software works as antimalware and is suitable for Mac OS and Mac OS X-based machines
Modules The entire package consists of two different elements that are NetBarrier X9 and VirusBarrier X9
Price You can purchase the entire licensed version for €33.05 a year. The tool is also a subscription-based program, so if you do not cancel it, you will automatically pay the same amount of money every year
Pros If you get this product, you will be provided with advanced protection from cyber threats, your data will be kept safe, junk cleaned from the system, speed improved
Spreading You can get this type of software from its official website or you can receive the product in a bundle of other software
Removal If you have decided not to keep this app, although it can benefit you in various ways, you can remove it easily by following the guidelines that have been provided at the end of this article

Main facts about Intego

Intego was firstly established in 1997 and explicitly focused on Macs, unlike many other anti-malware software companies, who highly preferred Windows as their main goal. The latest software release is called Intego Mac Internet Security X9 which includes two modules: VirusBarrier X9 and NetBarrier X9. VirusBarrier X9 focuses on protecting the Mac from malware, while NetBarrier X9 is and can protect your network from intruders and bad actors.

The software can be downloaded on the official website, and it has a free trial which lasts 30 days. Users need to purchase then the full licensed version, which costs €33.05 a year. This is a subscription-based product, so if users want to cancel it, they need to do it before the full year goes by. Considering you get two modules with two separate functions – the price is really decent. Besides, do not forget that Intego developers need to earn money to fund their research in malware.

Intego Washing Machine cleanupIntego's Washing machine feature can clear your Mac from junk and speed it up

Installing software on the system

Intego VirusBarrier and other modules are installed in just a few minutes. The process requires a system restart to be finalized. However, just like we mentioned in the beginning, the software can also be installed as a component of other programs. You can easily spot this addition to your program if you opt for Custom or Advanced installation of the software. However, if you are in a hurry of downloading needed tool, you may end up with the unexpected appearance of this Mac antivirus. As a result, you may think that you are infected, but you are not.

After the software is installed, users are prompted to pick their coverage level, which can be chosen from:

  • Minimum level – protection from malware only
  • Standard level – an added protection from Windows malware
  • Maximum level – scan of ZIP files and other archives

For most users, the Standard level should suffice, although picking Maximum level will not harm anyone, and will improve Mac's security.

Once the coverage level is chosen, the program is ready. There is a convenient overlay added, which explains all the functionality of each of the function. This feature can be hidden with a simple mouse click, and then enabled again by clicking Information icon if needed.

Intego lists all the partitions on the left side of the window – users can scan quick or full scan for each of these drives. Users can also schedule scans in the main window, as well as control real-time protection feature.

Intego installationIntego installation is a straight-forward procedure which takes only few minutes

Program's anti-malware feature explained

Soon after the installation is complete, Intego Mac Internet security performs a full system scan. If any threats are found, the program quarantines the infected files, removes them, and attempts to repair the damage caused to files on the computer.

Additionally, the program is capable of scanning all incoming e-mails and USB drives automatically, as soon as they are connected to the Mac. What is more, the anti-phishing feature can help users battle dubious spam emails that may install malware or trick users into spending money on useless products.

AV-Test found[2] that Intego VirusBarrier can protect the machine from 100 percent of Mac OS malware, as well as identify and flag up 99 percent of potentially unwanted programs. Malware protection is critical indeed, as it can right-out destroy your computer. However, protection from PUPs is important as well, as it can clutter your Mac, display unwanted advertisements and even lead to severe infections.

Intego anti-virusIntego antivirus can protect your computer with on-demand and scheduled scans

NetBarrier – an effective tool to protect your network

The NetBarrier is a firewall utility which capable of protecting the network from intruders. There are three modes offered by Intego:

  • Public Hotspot – blocks all the connections from the internet or the network, as well as all file-sharing and server-related features;
  • Work Hotspot – allows incoming connections from trusted networks, and file-sharing is permitted only with the approval;
  • Home Hotspot – allows incoming connections, and file-sharing is enabled automatically

Users can pick whichever they want to use, and change the setting at any time. Users who possess advanced knowledge of Firewall can create exceptions, allow an only specific type of connections, and modify other options in Advanced settings, although this functionality is not required for a regular user.

Intego Mac Internet SecurityInternet Security feature can protect your network from intruders

More useful features included to Intego

Besides the necessary anti-virus function, Intego is also capable of many other things. Content barrier allows software to block potentially harmful emails, links, and social media messages. This content might not only harm your Mac but also swindle sensitive information about you, which can be used for illegal purposes.

The Personal Backup feature is an extremely important one, as well. As security experts[3] note, backups are vital for any modern computer user, as, for example, ransomware can lock up personal files and make them unusable. Some crypto-malware is decryptable; however, in most cases, security researchers usually take sometime before they can crack the malicious code and release official decryptor. In this case, back-ups are the only reliable feature that can save your personal files.

Washing Machine can clean all junk from your Mac OS X, reclaim disk space, and speed it up significantly. This feature can remove duplicates that sometimes can be accidentally created, clear caches, downloads, logs, trash, and even organize your desktop.

Using antivirus is important as Mac viruses do exist

Mac users are still dealing with a misconception about the myth that Macs cannot obtain malware. However, it is far from the truth, and Macintosh systems have proven to be affected by vulnerabilities and malware, just as it recently happened with “mshelper” which abuses computer's resources and makes the battery to run out extraordinary fast. Most likely, the cyber threat is created to mine cryptocurrency.

Cybercrooks are in a rush to gain monetary benefit off of innocent users, and it does not matter which way they do it – be it survey or tech support scams, browser hijackers, adware, crypto miners[4] or even ransomware. As a result, even senior E-Threat Analyst, Bogdan Botezatualso, is quick to answer[5] the question “Can Macs get viruses?”

The answer is definitely, yes. There have been incidents, and there will be more

Therefore, Mac users should be aware of dangers online and think about an appropriate way to protect their systems. Intego is a perfect tool to detect and eliminate these dubious apps and protect your Mac from harm.

Remove Intego from your programs if you are not scared of Mac malware

If you suddenly noticed this program installed on your system and you did not implement it purposely, it must have entered via another software installer. Typically, users do not pay much attention when installing freeware and pick Recommended or Quick installation mode. Nevertheless, you should be attentive as some suggested programs may be useful, while others may be pure adware which will clutter your browser with ads and redirect to suspicious websites.

Those who found this software “out of nowhere” may want to remove Intego from their systems. Unlike potentially unwanted programs, this security software is easy to uninstall. Simply follow our guide below and get rid of VirusBarrier and similar components that are typically included to the program.

While you might want to perform full Intego removal from your system, (e.g. you do not wish to pay for the licensed version after the trial period of 30 days expires) consider how useful the application is at first. We highly recommend refraining from uninstalling it.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Fortect Happiness
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Compatible with Microsoft Windows Compatible with macOS
What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of Intego. Follow these steps

Delete from macOS

If you want to uninstall Intego from your Mac OS X, follow these simple steps

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Intego registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting system tools

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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