Apple has decided to eliminate the category of anti-virus and anti-malware products from the App Store, according to security firm Intego.  The company announced this week that Apple informed them of their decision after pulling their app ‘VirusBarrier for iOS.’

“To be clear, this wasn’t an action directed specifically at Intego, we were one of several companies affected by Apple’s decision,” writes Intego’s Jeff Erwin. Erwin adds that users will continue to get virus definition updates, but there will be no more updates to the app.

Apple’s decision to do away with such apps shouldn’t surprise anyone. App Store-submitted software is given very limited access to the iOS filesystem, meaning an anti-malware application would have a very small and relatively unimportant area to scan for viruses.

In fact it’s this so-called “walled garden” approach—which many have criticized Apple for—that makes iOS relatively free of malware in the first place. Cisco issued a security report in 2014 claiming that 99% of mobile malware was aimed at the far-more-open Android.

All of this being said, it’s odd that Apple only just now decided to pull Intego’s app—it’s been in the App Store since 2011. And given that they just pushed out a major iOS 8 update, it’s understandable that they—like many other developers—are frustrated with the process.

Source: Intego via 9to5Mac

  • John Smith

    Hmmm…. Maybe apple is doing this to allow its own viruses on our devices on the belhalf of nsa, cia, MI5, etc

    • Chris

      An app like this wouldn’t be able to find it anyway as it would beyond the file system apps have access to.

      • Justin de Vreugd


  • Sleaka J

    Good, the less shit that does nothing on the App Store, the better.

    • Favna

      Well said. The amount of oblivious people is already too damn high in this world.

    • I totally agree with you on that being nothing more than snake oil. I however am so pissed off I just got a DUI after I bought a breathalyzer app on the App Store. I blew into it and everything and it said I was sober! Lol

  • Ned Scott

    Good on Apple. I would consider these apps a scam. They can only scan within their small sandbox. The only way those apps could catch a virus is if it was loaded through one of those apps in the first place.

  • Chris Wagers

    Yea I wish they would have done this sooner. I’ve bought 2 things off the App Store that I thought would work great but then I realized the web version did way more. Luckily the companies gave me a refund or the key for the web version. Just wish it would have been sooner.

  • Kyle Warwick-Mathieu

    I never bothered with anti-virus apps on iOS of Mac to begin with for two reasons
    1) Macs don’t get viruses (much)
    2) I don’t want to install a resource hog onto my devices

    • Buzz { Light:Year; }

      Love how you used much
      Shows your maturity other people would be like macs don’t get viruses and this and that

      • Kyle Warwick-Mathieu

        Technically speaking any computer can get a virus just as long as the correct exploit is found. A jailbreak can also be called a virus because all a virus does is run third party code (or unsigned code) and alters the way a system works.

      • Buzz { Light:Year; }

        True but a virus is harmful i dunno if jb without any tweaks

  • nonchalont

    Well the jailbreak community welcomes you.

  • Haha, never knew this even existed, would never think of installing it on official iOS in the first place. These are just scam apps considering no app can alter the data of other apps.

    • Rowan09

      I was going to say the same thing.