What Is ClamXav (and do Mac users really need antivirus)
Subject:   No, they don't
Date:   2005-08-21 12:31:38
From:   F.J.
Response to: No, they don't


First of all, thank you for sharing your feelings with us! :^)

As you can see, this article discusses ClamXav, an open-source-based anti-virus application. While its author encourages donations, the application can be used free of charge. Also, it does not install kernel extensions and has optional background scanning capabilities.

Any application can, of course, under some circumstances, encounter (or cause) issues. Nevertheless, I feel Clamav and ClamXav address both negative points you mention above.


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  • No, they don't
    2005-08-21 20:08:35  pmccann [View]

    And more to the point, ruling that "there are no mac viruses, so no one needs AV software" is all well and good if you work in an all Mac environment. But for lots of people there's a little thing called "Windows" that lives on the same networks, and while we can work to lower the number of such beasts it's going to take a while to reduce it to zero. When sending files to Windows users it's certainly polite to not be pushing viruses, so many Mac users would like a way to ensure that that doesn't happen (**). ClamXAV is great for that: run it on-demand if you like, or just check Mail. It's low key, doesn't force itself on the user, and allows you to play nicely with others.

    What more could you ask?

    (**) Yes, the Windows machines should all have up to date AV software and definitions, but I'd still rather not be one of the users in the network who's passing on infected files. Management double-speak can easily turn that on its head in order to blame the Mac users for spreading the thing.

    • No, they don't
      2005-08-21 20:09:59  pmccann [View]

      Gack, I see the lower case paragraph tags now...