ClamXav for Mac

ClamXav for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
  • Total Downloads:
  • Date Added:
    November 21, 2012
  • File Size:
  • Downloads Last Week:
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8

Editors' Review


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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1 stars

"from questionable to without doubt"

July 02, 2014  |  By hudsonw

 |  Version: ClamXav 2.6.4


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


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


don't, just don't

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.3.4
Fix for ClamXav Sentry crashes
Fix for Sentry not logging to the right place
Publisher Mark Allan
Publisher web site
Release Date November 21, 2012
Date Added November 21, 2012
Version 2.3.4
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 20.84MB
File Name ClamXav_2.6.4.dmg
Total Downloads 112,274
Downloads Last Week 410
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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