Protect Your Mac With ClamXav
ClamXav is a free graphical front-end for the open source ClamAV virus checker. It updates virus definitions daily and is popular among open-source proponents. Clamxav’s interface provides a number of settings and preferences. For new users of this program, it may be a bit confusing to perform the usual operations such as scheduling scans for your Mac as well as making sure that threats are quarantined.
This virus checker has a simple interface that contains all controls in one central window. The settings include some options and controls but majority of what you will need to use the program is in the main window.
ClamXav can detect all types of viruses on a Mac. As soon as it detects these threats, it will give you the option to delete the infected files. It may also be quarantined if you want. During scans, your Mac can be operated normally although there may be some times when slowdowns are noticeable as ClamXav scans large files. This usually happens when you switch or launch applications during the scan process. Additionally, the program has a feature that allows you to scan volumes that are attached to your Mac. With this program, you may need to schedule scans and update virus definitions as it is not set up to check the updates by default. You might miss the latest threats if this step will not be performed
Another important point at issue is the mail handling. If the program detects a virus in your mail inbox, it will not delete just the suspicious mail, but it will move the entire inbox file in quarantine. Although the program will still warn you as soon as it detects and infected mail file that may lead to a possibility of mail loss if it is quarantined.
The most recent version of ClamXav (2.0.8) offers fixes for problems that were discovered in the previous versions. We listed these updates below:
* Scanning engine updated to ClamAV 0.96.4 *
* Offers better stability during scan.
* Resolved the issue giving “Error creating tmp directory” on scan after installation.
* Resolved issue where ClamXav Sentry was incorrectly scanning files with similar names to folders being watched.
* If you have edited freshclam.conf and clamd.conf manually, you can find your these files inside /tmp
Overall, ClamXav is a good anti virus application that will definitely keep your Mac safe from threats and viruses. It may not offer all the other features that are offered by expensive anti-virus programs but it can give you what you need. Lastly, this may be downloaded for free.