ClamXav 2.0.5 Beta

by admin December 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm

ClamXav is a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

Back in the days before OS X, the number of viruses which attacked Macintosh users totalled somewhere between about 60 and 80. Today, the number of viruses actively attacking OS X users is…NONE! However, this doesn’t mean we should get complacent about checking incoming email attachments or web downloads. There’s no guarantee that we Mac users will continue to enjoy the status quo, but more importantly, the majority of the computing world use machines running MS Windows, for which an enormous quantity of viruses exist, so we must be vigilant in checking the files we pass on to our friends and colleagues etc.

Don’t forget, if you run VirtualPC you can still become infected and lose valuable data on your Mac even though technically you’re running Windows inside a sandbox. VPC will run any application you tell it to, virus or no virus, it doesn’t know the difference. You can protect yourself slightly by not using VPC’s “shared folders”, but that’s a useful feature which you shouldn’t have to be without.

ClamXav is fully Universal which means that it will run on 10.4 and 10.5 on both PPC and Intel Macs.

Download: ClamXav 1.1.1 with ClamAV 0.95.2 backend

Download: ClamXav 2.0.5 Beta