Women in Technology

Hear us Roar

  What Is ClamXav (and do Mac users really need antivirus)
Subject:   Virex 7.2?
Date:   2005-08-19 18:31:41
From:   rbannon@mac.com
I'm using Virex 7.2 and it seems that Network Associates updates their definition files often. Now I am wondering if I should dump Virex for ClamAV.

Some may remember the mysterious clamav account when they upgraded to Tiger, and I'm also wondering if that's still an issue.

Full Threads Oldest First

Showing messages 1 through 4 of 4.

  • Virex 7.2?
    2005-09-02 11:25:20  josephcarter [View]

    ClamAV managed to pretty much beat the competition hands down in recent comparisons of Windows AV programs. I can't imagine that Virex is many times better than any of those.

    I'm consdiering installing this just to assist in spam filtering my email. ;)
    • FJ de Kermadec photo Virex 7.2?
      2005-09-03 03:04:55  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]


      ClamXav is indeed a good companion to analyze e-mail. For example, you can add the Mail Downloads folder to the ClamXav Sentry watchlist for additional protection but be sure to give the Sentry enough time to analyze files before you open them!

  • FJ de Kermadec photo Virex 7.2?
    2005-08-20 02:57:27  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]


    First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to post, I really do appreciate it!

    While it is difficult to assess which of ClamXav or Virex will work best for you, I do not think that both applications would interact with each other in a damaging fashion as long as any automatic or background scanning feature is turned off.

    Regarding the Clamav user account, I do not think that it should be the cause of any concern either as it will, unless used, dutifully sleep on your machine. Mark Allan is aware of the existence of the account and there was talk on the ClamXav forums to re-use it as part of the installation process of the application.

    I hope this answers your question and, needless to say, remain at your entire disposition to provide you with any additional information you may deem useful.

    Truly yours,
    • Virex 7.2?
      2005-11-28 04:12:12  Heteronymous [View]

      This is an old thread, but what's the "hubbub" about there being a clamav account in Tiger Client ? There's been a "www" account in probably all past OS X client iterations.

      The system accounts have a password of: *

      As most here should know, this means you can't log in to a machine using said account.