Mac security firm Intego has announced the launch of the malware scanner VirusBarrier iOS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Based on its VirusBarrier X6 anti-malware tool, it said that VirusBarrier iOS allows users of iOS devices to scan files such as Microsoft Word and Excel documents, PDFs, HTML and JavaScript files attached to email messages in the cloud for malware that could affect Macs or Windows PCs.

According to the company, VirusBarrier iOS allows users to scan email attachments and files they have accessed on an iOS device, or files on remote locations such as MobileMe, Dropbox, web servers or WebDav disks. However due to the design of iOS, it is not possible to scan files automatically or to run scheduled scans.

VirusBarrier iOS is available from Apple's App Store and requires a device running iOS 4.0 or later.