Free on-demand anti-virus and malware protection for your Mac!

Made by the Mac experts at Intego, VirusBarrier Scanner is a free antivirus and malware removal tool for Mac. Choose between maximum protection to easily scan all files on your Mac which belong to you, or essential protection to scan locations where malware is commonly found. Or manually scan a specific location such as your own document folders.

Intego VirusBarrier Scanner is based on the current Mac anti-malware scanning engine found in VirusBarrier X9. It can scan your computer on a periodic basis or when you request to perform a scan.


• Simple to use, designed specifically for the App Store
• Detects Mac and Windows malware to prevent your Mac from acting as a carrier
• Automatic virus definition updates prior to scans
• Scans for malware automatically or on-demand in all available locations
• Scans for viruses in emails for popular clients
• Quarantine or delete dangerous files

What’s New

Version 1.0.3

This update improves overall stability, supports general compatibility issues, and addresses a number of other minor issues.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
78 Ratings
78 Ratings
AlisonJill77 ,

Great, but...

I have an early 2015 MacBook Pro (2.9 GHz Intel Core, 16 GB memory). The virus scan is great; however, as others have said, my computer slows down a bit (moves in spurts while the scan runs), and my machine gets hot. Like others, I occasionally have to stop the scan if I'm doing important work in which I need the computer to run smoothly. I sometimes have to do a hard reboot to stop the sputtering from happening.

Beyond that, the scanner is great!

Marianco ,

Highly Recommended Virus Scanner from a Great Company

Since MacOS Malware is relatively rare compared to PC Malware, I did not want an app that runs all the time, taking up memory and CPU time, potentially slowing down my Mac.

Intego's Virusbarrier Scanner is great in that it allows MANUAL malware scanning. You use it when you want to or when needed.

I like the fact that it quarantines malware that it finds to prevent infection of your Mac. It then allows you to delete or possibly repair the files. I prefer to delete them.

The app is FREE. And the malware definitions are actively updated.

It is great enough to warrant some price to Intego to help keep it updated - say $4.99 to make it an impulse buy.

Pat081 ,


I love this app because it appears by itself when I first turn my computer on. It does its thing in the background, doesn’t heat up my computer’s battery, and silently waits in the background for me to notice its findings, and then closes. Very obedient!!!


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OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor
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