ClamXav
ClamXav 2.6.2
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ClamXav is a free virus checker for OS X. It uses the tried, tested, and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

I hope you like and use ClamXav a lot and that it helps keep you and your friends/colleagues virus-free. Although I'm providing ClamXav for free, I am increasingly spending more and more time developing it and would really appreciate if you would consider making a donation please. All donations (no matter how small) are gratefully received and would be a huge incentive to help me work on future versions of ClamXav, but more importantly I
What's New
Version 2.6.2:

  • ClamAV engine updated 0.98.1 *
  • Added ability to force engine re-installation by holding option/alt key at launch
  • Added ability to download additional signatures from ClamXav.com for greater protection **
* If you have edited freshclam.conf and clamd.conf by hand, your old files are inside /tmp
PLEASE compare the files as clamd.conf is different.
If you don't know what any of that means, you can probably ignore it!

** If you compile your own ClamAV, this requires the RunFreshclam tool

Version 2.6.2:

  • ClamAV engine updated 0.98.1 *
  • Added ability to force engine re-installation by holding option/alt key at launch
  • Added ability to download additional signatures from ClamXav.com for greater protection **
* If you have edited freshclam.conf and clamd.conf by hand, your old files are inside /tmp
PLEASE compare the files as more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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Cowicide commented on 27 Jan 2014
>Added ability to download additional signatures from ClamXav.com for greater protection

How do we do this?
[Version 2.6.2]


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mayax reviewed on 25 Jan 2014
Get the latest AV detection comparison chart here:

http://securityspread.com/detection-rate-results/

I keep wondering if my AV is good enough, and every now and then check macupdate to see what users are recommending; but never know who or what to believe. Anyway, I came across this website and thought I'd share it with people that would like a more conclusive update and comparison between numerous AVs.
[Version 2.6.1]

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dachkater replied on 26 Jan 2014
Thanks, but these are the most useless PDFs I have ever seen. You'd need an industrial chart plotter to render then in a readable fashion. They would be better off posting the Excel original so I can show/hide columns, etc.
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mayax replied on 26 Jan 2014
I agree, it's massive. But I just saved it and was able to go through it a lot quicker. Besides, the numerical results are displayed near the very bottom for the listed malware; and at the bottom for the detected traces. So for a very basic idea, you can just compare those numbers.

And just for the record, I uninstalled ClamXav yesterday (after using it for several months), and downloaded Avast, and was annoyed to find Okaz.A--an installer trojan, I believe.
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tjekov37 replied on 27 Jan 2014
Yes. Thank You :-) And we can view that ClamXAv is bullll.......it !!! Sorry, but test its Pro !!!!!!
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 24 Jan 2014
It has really bad documentation, error correction and support.
I was finally able to fix it through trial and error.
I had downloaded all the databases, but no way of knowing where to put them (.cvd files), because none existed anywhere on my drive to see where to copy them.
One last effort, I deleted the entire folder; /usr/local/clamXax
That fixed it, even though this makes no sense from the errors in the log. (before deleting it, I had also tried changing the permissions, but that hadn't worked either.)
The program needs better error handling at least. Some kind of reset to automatically do what I did. Just delete the folder that most users probably wouldn't find.
Hopefully this information can help other people.
[Version 2.6.1]

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RavenNevermore replied on 26 Jan 2014
On my Mac the folder is: /usr/local/clamXav
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Mac Os X 4ever commented on 24 Jan 2014
Doesn't work at all. Unable to update, and won't run without the update.

ClamAV update process started at Fri Jan 24 18:46:55 2014
nonblock_connect: connect(): fd=6 errno=61: Connection refused
Can't connect to port 80 of host database.clamav.net (IP: 150.214.142.197)
Trying host database.clamav.net (200.236.31.1)...
nonblock_connect: connect(): fd=6 errno=61: Connection refused
Can't connect to port 80 of host database.clamav.net (IP: 200.236.31.1)
Trying host database.clamav.net (78.46.84.244)...
nonblock_connect: connect(): fd=6 errno=61: Connection refused
Can't connect to port 80 of host database.clamav.net (IP: 78.46.84.244)
Trying host database.clamav.net (65.19.179.67)...
nonblock_connect: connect(): fd=6 errno=61: Connection refused
Can't connect to port 80 of host database.clamav.net (IP: 65.19.179.67)
Trying host database.clamav.net (194.186.47.19)...
nonblock_connect: connect(): fd=6 errno=61: Connection refused
Can't connect to port 80 of host database.clamav.net (IP: 194.186.47.19)
Trying host database.clamav.net (209.198.147.20)...
nonblock_connect: connect(): fd=6 errno=61: Connection refused
Can't connect to port 80 of host database.clamav.net (IP: 209.198.147.20)
WARNING: Can't download main.cvd from database.clamav.net
Trying again in 5 secs...
[Version 2.6.1]


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Holgorio reviewed on 22 Oct 2013
ClamXav 2.6.1 has been issued to fix something for 32-bit Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Also there were some tips mentioned if you CAN'T SCAN under v. 2.6. So, let's go for the new version.
[Version 2.6.1]


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Razz reviewed on 27 Aug 2013
I have tested CLAMav and Sophos against the same directory of files and Sophos finds the files where CLAMav doesn't.

The file in question is infected with the Mal/DrodZp-A virus.

Note that the test performed was conducted using the most recently available virus definition file for both progams.

Note also that this virus is not new. It's been around for a year or so.
[Version 2.5]

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Razz replied on 27 Aug 2013
ClamXav*
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Razz replied on 28 Aug 2013
Update: When I moved the offending email message and attachment to the mail trash, ClamXav detected the virus!

It did not, however, detect it when it was in the Mail Downloads folder.

Go figure.
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Frank-O'Connor reviewed on 27 Aug 2013
Does what it says, and does it quickly, unobtrusively and without fuss - unlike some other commercial packages I have used. Updates definitions with dispatch, and is generally my pick for virus protection on the Mac.
Now, I don't have too many problems not running an anti-virus package on the Mac side of things ... as aside from a few Mac OS7 to MacOS9 viruses, and the odd worm and trojan that has affected MacOS X the Mac has historically not been the target of too many threats - so for me, ClamXav is more a courtesy for certifying files I'm sending to Windows and Linux users than staving off any incipient threat to my system.
That said, I've donated to the developer three times because I am impressed with this package ... I especially like its ability not to get in my way (which the commercial packages seem to do in spades.)
[Version 2.5]


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GeoProf commented on 11 Aug 2013
Someone at work asked me if ClamXav scans inside .rar files. Before I tell her that it does, as per the claim on ClamAV's website that it has "support for numerous archivers (Zip,Rar,OLE,etc,etc),” I thought i’d check here to confirm if ClamXav does, in fact, scan inside RAR archives. Anyone?
[Version 2.3.6]

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Okuyukashī replied on 26 Aug 2013
Try contacting the dev through the support forums. He's been active and hopefully he will reply fast enough. ~ Cheers!
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Okuyukashī replied on 26 Aug 2013
http://www.clamxav.com/BB/
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Psychiatry reviewed on 14 Jul 2013
My bad. ClamXav is available in the Mac App Store. Great software.
[Version 2.3.6]

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Psychiatry replied on 14 Jul 2013
But the Mac App Store version is limited to scanning only the logged on User's files, not other files in the computer. The direct download is better.
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Psychiatry replied on 14 Jul 2013
From the developer:

What are the differences between the version of ClamXav available to download here and the version on the Mac App Store?
• The App Store version doesn't contain ClamXav Sentry, so it is not able to watch your computer for new files and scan them as they arrive.
• There is no engine installation phase as the App Store requirements stipulate that everything must be self-contained within the app.
• Virus definition updates are downloaded on a per-user basis.
Updates to the ClamXav app itself are taken care of via the Mac App Store.
• Mac OS X 10.6 or greater is required.
• You cannot use ClamXav Sentry to monitor your hard drive and scan new files as they arrive
• You cannot use bring your own installation of the ClamAV engine.

The Mac App Store version is crippled. Thus I recommend the direct download from the developer's site.
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GeoProf replied on 27 Aug 2013
You’re right, Psychiatry. Put another way, Apple has its collective head up its collective arse regarding the crApp Store. Oddly though, it may be a good thing in the long run because it shows noobs — those at whom the crApp Store is aimed (or targeted) — what a repressive, patronizing and halfassed software distribution scheme it really is. But, we can’t relax our public and persistent criticism in venues like this and others, lest the crApp Store’s current tyrannical model succeed at becoming the industry standard simply by virtue of our apathy.
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WordWeaver replied on 18 Jan 2014
I think it is ridiculous that the Mac App Store cripples ClamXav in this way. It is precisely because ClamXav automatically scans email attachments and other Internet downloads that I enjoy using it. In my view, ClamXav Sentry is the best part of the package,and gives one peace of mind. While I understand Apple's interest in protecting Mac and iOS users, I feel that this was a poor decision on their part.
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Psychiatry replied on 27 Jan 2014
It is NOT ridiculous that the Mac App store has rules that maintains a high security level - for which apps like ClamXav have to be limited in scope.

To allow the full capabilities of CalmXav, the Mac App store has to open the possibility of Malware. Obviously this is not acceptable to consumers.

Mac OS X gives you the option of turning on security or not. You obviously have to be at a significantly lower level of security to run the full capabilities of ClamXav.

Another tactic that Malware developers have done is to buy legitimate apps from their developers and then add malware to them. Without telling you, your formerly secure app is now insecure. If ClamXav's developer sold it unknowingly to a malware developer, then you are instantly insecure. This is happening all the time on the Android market. This is why Apple's security model is a better solution for nearly everyone who doesn't have technology saavy.
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Fishscale reviewed on 20 Jun 2013
Obviously from all the great reviews and comments spanning years there is no debate that this GUI front-end to clamav is very well maintained and performs so.

You have your generous and contributing developers like Mr. Allan who give back to the mac community and provide users with top-notch experiences for free while other developers encouraged by the mac app store look to swindle their customers with $0.99 applications that aren't worth the disk space they consume.

What is amazing is that ClamXav is also on the mac app store! The developer is maintaining TWO separate versions, both for free! I hear developers make excuses all the time that they can't afford to maintain two versions so now only one is maintained, the one on the mas. Mr. Allan does it very nicely and even offers the MAS version through direct download! Can't beat that...

We must also remember it is not free to list an application on mas as one must buy a developer certificate and I am sure Apple has thrown in other costs as well. Truly a rare gem we have, great application coupled with a great developer who cares more about the end product and users than turning a profit. If you use this app, please donate so we can show developers that those of us who enjoy quality software are appreciative and willing to show our appreciation in the form of a donation. It is not asked of us but why give $0.99 to a developer who will never respond to your queries or update the application when you can donate to Mr. Allan and know that you will be supporting a whorthwhile and well cared for product. No brainer, support developers with a great attitude. Support ClamXav!
[Version 2.3.6]

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Psychiatry replied on 14 Jul 2013
ClamXav is ineligible to be sold in the Mac App Store. It obviously looks throughout your hard drive in all files. This means it fails the requirement for sandboxing - the limitations on where apps can look at and modify files.
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Quorm had trouble on 14 Mar 2013
ClamXav has so many false positives with email that it is nearly useless for me. Almost every valid, verified message from my banks and credit card companies pop up as "phishing" messages. If there were a way to exclude messages from a given sender, it would be useful.
[Version 2.3.4]


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Paul Cook had trouble on 11 Apr 2012
Generally this is a great program worthy of lots of praise to the developer. However, there is one minor thing that has me confused.

I scanned a Mac and found some malware. It shows up in the ClamXav window. But, I can find no record of it in either of the log files.

Am I missing something here?
[Version 2.2.4]


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Endie had trouble on 22 Jun 2011
Tried it today for the first time, but ClamXav doesn't recognize the ClamAV engine after install. It asks me to install it again and again...

My System: 10.4.11/PPC (G4 MDD 1,25 Dual)
[Version 2.2]


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Aikwaar had trouble on 11 Sep 2010
I used this nice soft a long time, but it started not working for me anymore for some months.

When start this app (ClamXav 2.0.7) the window will appear: "Alert. Please download the latest virus definitions before continuing." When I press "Update Now.", the app will tell that "Definitions already up-to-date", and all starts all over again with "Alert. Please download the latest virus definitions before continuing". So endless loop...

The similar (not to say exactly the same) problem started with previous version where choosing "Update Definitions" gave "Starting update… Update Finished", but actually the database wasn't updated, and a reason "sudo: no tty present and no askpass program specified" was displayed.

Any ideas how to get this great app work again?
[Version 2.0.7]


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2ktz had trouble on 17 Jul 2010
i am having trouble getting this to scan my hd...had no probs until today...have just tried scanning for the 5th time today

every time it quits unexpectedly after a few mins into scanning

anyone else had this prob?

can anyone advise please
[Version 2.0.6]

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Graham Perrin commented on 17 Jul 2010
Better to seek advice from the developer(s) and from the user community at
http://markallan.co.uk/BB/viewforum.php?f=1
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2ktz commented on 18 Aug 2010
i can't find anything to explain why when i scan my hard drive it quits unexpectedly with options on screen to relaunch etc, i have looked through developers site and forum and can't find some sort of explanation....has any one else had this problem i can't work out why it has suddenly started to do this ONLY to scans involving my HD everything else works fine...

anyone advise please
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Sidetracked had trouble on 27 Jun 2010
Have had and loved ClamX for years. Donated several times. Recently (finally) updated to Snow Leopard from 10.4.11. Updated to ClamX 2.0.6. For whatever reason cannot complete virus definition updates. Starts then stops, then I get an 'error 54' code. Then a request to try again (ad infinitum) Have uninstalled and re-installed both the program and engine several times, along with posting on the ClamX forum, but so far no luck. Also no luck tracking down what the error codes mean. Wondering if anyone here has any ideas how to get this unstuck?
[Version 2.0.6]

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Graham Perrin replied on 17 Jul 2010
> posting on the ClamX forum

What's the URL of that post?
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Sidetracked replied on 19 Jul 2010
The URL of the ClamX Forum - as noted above - is :http://markallan.co.uk/BB/viewforum.php?f=1

BTW - my problem is resolved. It appears it was a firewall problem in the hotel I was staying at and working out of. When I returned home, all worked fine.
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Passanstoi had trouble on 27 Jun 2010
This is really a good anti-virus app on mac and the most important to me is that it's totally free :P
However,i've got the problem that it'll scan my removable disks automatically even though i have the option ''scan inserted disks'' unchecked,this adds about 60% cpu usage,so it just becomes kinda hot there...
Anyone here could help me out,hopefully?thanks you guys
[Version 2.0.6]

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Graham Perrin commented on 17 Jul 2010
Better to seek advice from the developer(s) and from the user community at
http://markallan.co.uk/BB/viewforum.php?f=1
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Holgorio had trouble on 11 Jun 2010
ClamXav 2.0.6 crashes when invoking the settings menu while antivirus signatures (.cvd) are updating. Sending crash report to Apple OKed...
This behaviour is reproducible.

First time ever installation of ClamXav, Mac OS X 10.6.3, all updates.

Anyone else?
[Version 2.0.6]


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Brazil had trouble on 10 Jun 2010
Sentry is still not launching for me,,latest osx and updates.anyone else? I miss sentry when it it is not showing up
[Version 2.0.6]

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Ponti commented on 10 Jun 2010
You have to go to ClamXav in your menu bar and open ClamXav's drop-down menu, then click on 'Launch ClamXav Sentry'; its icon will then appear in your menu bar.
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Brazil commented on 10 Jun 2010
yep, I know how to launch it but it does not appear. I also have it set to launch with reboot and still no sentry. Thanks for the reply though!
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Naman commented on 11 Jun 2010
Have you tried updating the definitions in ClamXAV before starting it? It was giving me an error that it couldn't find the ClamAV engine until after I did that.
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Graham Perrin commented on 17 Jul 2010
> also have it set to launch with reboot

If the way that you try to start Sentry is additional to (or different from) the method that's offered within ClamXav, then you may expect a problem.

Have you posted to the ClamXav forum?
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Jb4 had trouble on 21 Dec 2009
Error 52?
I've been using ClamXav for quite a while now, without difficulty. I am running OS 10.5.8. on an intel core duo iMac.
After upgrading to 2.0.5 I am unable to "update virus definitions."
I get this:

ClamAV update process started at Mon Dec 21 08:27:52 2009
Connecting via 127.0.0.1
main.cvd is up to date (version: 51, sigs: 545035, f-level: 42, builder: sven)
Connecting via 127.0.0.1
connect_error: getsockopt(SO_ERROR): fd=4 error=61: Connection refused
Can't connect to port 8228 of host 127.0.0.1 (IP: 127.0.0.1)
WARNING: getpatch: Can't download daily-10177.cdiff from database.clamav.net
ERROR: chdir_tmp: Can't create directory ./clamav-876cea3294db713c6c53a6d8f9a39b85
WARNING: Incremental update failed, trying to download daily.cvd
connect_error: getsockopt(SO_ERROR): fd=4 error=61: Connection refused
Can't connect to port 8228 of host 127.0.0.1 (IP: 127.0.0.1)
ERROR: Can't download daily.cvd from database.clamav.net
Giving up on database.clamav.net...
Update failed. Your network may be down or none of the mirrors listed in /usr/local/clamXav/etc/freshclam.conf is working. Check http://www.clamav.net/support/mirror-problem for possible reasons.

I've tried uninstalling and going back to the older version.... no change....anyone help?
I also went to the clamX site, but didn't get any ideas from there.
Thanks;
JB
[Version 2.0.5]

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Jb4 commented on 24 Dec 2009
OK, all's well.
I did the uninstall that comes with the package and that uninstalled the engine. After a re-install (with a new engine) all works as it should.

I do have to say that I love this app and kudos to the developer.

I have a PC for work and the virus detection on that one is just so boring.

Clam stuff like this is just such a hoot.... "I will quarantine infected files
..." Shades of "Hal." LOL!

Bill_Johnson rated on 17 Mar 2014

[Version 2.6.2]



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[Version 2.6.2]



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sunrocket rated on 03 Jan 2014

[Version 2.6.1]



Quisemarre rated on 21 Nov 2013

[Version 2.6.1]



Adomad rated on 09 Nov 2013

[Version 2.6.1]



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Macbond rated on 07 Oct 2013

[Version 2.6]



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AlexS2255 rated on 22 Sep 2013

[Version 2.5]



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dsimer rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 2.5]



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[Version 2.5]



bjcalvert rated on 21 Jul 2013

[Version 2.3.6]


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