ClamXav for Mac

ClamXav for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 82 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.6.4
  • Total Downloads:
    118,978
  • Date Added:
    July 02, 2014
  • File Size:
    20.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    411
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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ClamXav for Mac is an open-source virus checker. Available from the App Store and many download locations, ClamXav for Mac installs quickly. The app is free, but donations through Paypal are requested.

ClamXav for Mac has a simple interface that displays a set of basic scan options and a larger window to show infected or suspect files. With updated definitions downloaded automatically, ClamXav for Mac can monitor your Mac in real-time, or you can install and run it on an existing system. To scan specific files or folders, simply drag them onto the ClamXav for Mac icon (handy for USB devices, for example). Files that are picked up as suspect can be quarantined or deleted. You can use wildcards to specify allowed files and file types.

We tested ClamXav for Mac on identical MacBook Pro devices, one with ClamXav for Mac installed and the other running a well-known (and expensive) antivirus package. Both picked up all our seeded apps with virus or Trojan signatures embedded in them, although ClamXav for Mac did flag a few normal files that the commercial app missed. By marking them as safe, we ensured that they were ignored in future scans. The only issue we noticed with ClamXav for Mac is the update frequency of the definitions files, which sometimes lagged the commercial products by a few days, but this is not a major concern. All in all, ClamXav for Mac worked well, and since it costs nothing, it should be a major consideration for those without AV protection.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"from questionable to without doubt"

July 02, 2014  |  By hudsonw

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.6.4

Pros

I installed the latest version but it continuously ask to update the virus definitions: ask, update, ask, update, ... till infinity.

Cons

If the previous version was questionable, the latest version is surely worse.

Summary

don't, just don't

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5 stars

"All time great Antivirus software!"

April 25, 2014  |  By Karyl

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.6.2

Pros

Free, easy to install, runs well, does what it is supposed to do.

Cons

None. It is a solid program.

Summary

Get it!

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5 stars

"ClamXav scanner is awesome !"

February 04, 2014  |  By meljakob

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.6.2

Pros

Easy to download-install , runs great & fast , it pin pints all in detail . What other "famed" Mac scanners missed in scanning files , ClamXav always have found if any malware was present ! Thankfully this time around my computer is clean . A big Thank you to the developer :)

Cons

None that I can relate to .

Summary

I strongly recommend this software to any Mac user .

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2 stars

"What is iy supposed to do?"

October 15, 2013  |  By revchuck

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.6.1

Pros

None. Nothing.

Cons

everything

Summary

???

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5 stars

"Mac users - A necessity!"

January 23, 2013  |  By Jim Babcock

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.3.4

Pros

Extremely small footprint

Cons

Issues with quarantine of emails

Summary

I have used ClamXav since 2005. Mark Allan, a very talented Scot, designed and developed this UI to the open source clamav. I use it so that I will never forward any file that contains a Mac or PC signature to a friend . Plus, my iMac is Malware-free at all times no matter where I roam.

I suggest getting the Web site version that includes Sentry (not available in App Store), a 24/7 watcher of ANY file I or any app might download!

I also use an optional email script that scans every message + attachment BEFORE it is loaded into my Inbox.

Jim Babcock (Mac user since 1991)

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5 stars

"Comment only"

January 15, 2013  |  By drumsandmusic

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.3.4

Pros

This is only a comment not a review.

Cons

This is only a comment not a review.

Summary

Why does this not have an icon?
Editors, could you please add an icon? Find it e.g. here: http://macupdate.com/app/mac/15850/clamxav

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5 stars

"Very easy to use and works"

January 09, 2013  |  By bobwd2

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.3.4

Pros

this is a fine tool to have in your security arsenal . ive used it for years. simple , effective and free. where can you find that nowadays ??

Cons

free Sophos has caught more.

Summary

ill use ClamX as long as they supprt my OS.

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2 stars

"decent for free software"

September 26, 2012  |  By prah80

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.3.2

Pros

free
it does quarantine viruses

Cons

new version not compatible with mac 10.8, virus definitions refuses to update, thereby severely limiting its usefulness

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5 stars

"Easy-to-use virus protection program"

July 21, 2012  |  By ltsilver

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.3.1

Pros

Easy to use. Works in background.

Cons

Slows working a bit.

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3 stars

"Never found a thing. Sentry crashes."

May 12, 2012  |  By Danihilist

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.2.5

Pros

Seems to work, but hard to tell since it's never caught anything in the 8 years of use.
Not too heavy on resource usage.
Free. Donations encouraged.

Cons

Fairly light on resource usage.
Sentry started crashing, often, in the past few days. Maybe too many sites open in tabs for it to handle? Don't know. It's up to date.

Summary

Hard to judge an anti-malware product when it's never caught any. Have had Camino and Opera 'hijacked/spoofed' twice in the years that I've used Clam XAV.
Glad it's free in a society where most things one buys causes one to subscribe to payments and then spend more money to further use the products, like television, smart phones, computer systems, etcetera.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.6.4
  • ClamAV engine updated 0.98.4
  • ClamXav now supports going full screen on OS X 10.7+
  • Fixed issue where ClamXav might incorrectly report a file being moved to quarantine
  • Fixed issue where ClamXav would crash if the RunFreshclam tool was missing
  • Fixed issue where clamdscan gets stuck in a loop using 100% CPU
  • Improvements for OS X 10.10 Yosemite
General
Publisher Mark Allan
Publisher web site http://www.markallan.co.uk/
Release Date July 02, 2014
Date Added July 02, 2014
Version 2.6.4
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 20.84MB
File Name ClamXav_2.6.4.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 118,978
Downloads Last Week 411
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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