ClamXav

Free virus checker using the ClamAV engine

As the popularity of Macs increases, it's inevitable that they will become the target of viruses and although the risk is still small, you haven't got much to lose by installing a free virus checker like ClamXav. View full description

PROS

  • Simple clear interface
  • Scans individual files or entire system
  • Scheduled scans

CONS

  • Scanning is very slow
  • Lengthy installation
  • ClamAV engine requires script to remove it

Good
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As the popularity of Macs increases, it's inevitable that they will become the target of viruses and although the risk is still small, you haven't got much to lose by installing a free virus checker like ClamXav.

ClamXav is a free virus checker which can perform full system scans or analyze specific folders. The latest release has seen a much improved interface mainly due to the move away from Java and to Objective-C. Installation of ClamXav is a bit lengthy as it also requires installing the ClamAV engine which also requires a script (included in the installation file) to remove it.

The interface of ClamXav is simple and straightforward. You can schedule automatic system scans to be performed regularly, by setting the day of the week and hour at which you want ClamXav to start its analysis. It's obviously best to schedule full scans while you're not using your Mac because as with most virus checker, it can slow down your system somewhat. In fact, scanning in general is very slow with ClamXav although for checking individual files it's fine. Probably the best way to use ClamXav is via the "Sentry" which makes ClamXav monitor for changes in individual files and folders rather than performing slow regular system scans.

If you use it sparingly, ClamXav is a pretty good free virus checker with a regularly updated database although speed is not its forte.

Changes

  • Fix for ClamXav Sentry crashes.
  • Fix for Sentry not logging to the right place.
ClamXav

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ClamXav 2.5

User reviews about ClamXav

  • ADTM

    by ADTM

    "Perfect if you work a lot with external mobile devices"

    When working with mixed platforms it catches most of the viruses and worms which are common in Windows environments. ...   More.

  • almwebdesigns

    by almwebdesigns

    "Didn't Work"

    Didn't work for me :o( Got an error message, see below. I don't know if I have a virus but someone has been hacking...   More.

  • "Great, but..."

    I really like this program, but I have 1 problem: When I search for viruses, this message appears: "ERROR: '...   More.

  • tj072986

    by tj072986

    "ClamXav is actally an Oyster!"

    ClamXav is a very valuable asset to my Mac OSx operating system. It seems strange the title I chose, but i thought it...   More.

  • phoneixs

    by phoneixs

    "Muy bueno y gratuito, sitio alternativo de descarga"

    Muy buen antivirus, y además ¡¡Gratuito!! Aunque en Mac OS casi no necesitemos antivirus nunca está demás tener uno ...   More.

  • catherinetodd

    by catherinetodd

    "ClamXav is a great program!"

    ClamXav is a great program even though Macs rarely get viruses. I used it the first time I downloaded it, and it fou...   More.