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:
    2.3.4
  • Total Downloads:
    119,923
  • Date Added:
    November 21, 2012
  • File Size:
    20.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    422
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8

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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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.3.4
Fix for ClamXav Sentry crashes
Fix for Sentry not logging to the right place
General
Publisher Mark Allan
Publisher web site http://www.markallan.co.uk/
Release Date November 21, 2012
Date Added November 21, 2012
Version 2.3.4
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 20.84MB
File Name ClamXav_2.6.4.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 119,923
Downloads Last Week 422
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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