Graham Perrin
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Graham Perrin reviewed on 17 Jul 2010
Of the products that I am testing on Mac OS X 10.6.4:

* ClamXav and ClamXav Sentry
* Kaspersky Anti-Virus
* ProtectMacAntiVirus
* Sophos Anti-Virus
* VIPRE Enterprise

- ProtectMacAntiVirus 1.1.3 is probably the easiest to use, the most Mac-like.

Re: the building blocks, reliable information about the effectiveness of the 'Threat Data Module' is not easy to find, so for this particular review I have to give only 2/5 for value.

At we might gain clarification (from ProtectMac Ltd.) about key differences between ClamXav and ProtectMac AntiVirus.
[Version 1.1.3]

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Graham Perrin commented on 17 Jul 2010
building blocks visualised at

Graham Perrin replied on 17 Jul 2010

> intercepting … any … email attachment that is extracted

Implicit in that sentence:

* e-mail messages are not scanned.

That's not a criticism of the software - it does what it says on the box - but at or it could be clearer that only extracted attachments (not the messages from which extraction is made) are scanned.

Graham Perrin reviewed on 17 Jul 2010
Forums to be aware of:
- for the released version
- for the beta version.

The levels of support provided, to users of both versions, are remarkably good.

For a product that's not open source, I see pleasing levels of transparency.


Graham Perrin reviewed on 26 Jun 2009
Very savvy use of WebArchive and other technologies.

It's a long, long time since I saw such potential in an application.

I have a few suggestions for improvement, one of which I'll make public:

- support for System Services.

The other suggestions, I'll make privately.
[Version 1.21]


Graham Perrin reviewed on 09 Dec 2006
Features: 2 (poor), especially compared with:

a) Schubert|it PDF Browser Plugin, which offers me greater flexibility

b) Apple Preview, which lets me annotate PDF.

Ease of use: I wavered between 2 and 1 (worst). Interaction with other applications is lacklustre. Ulimately I'm slapping it down to 1 because it actively restricts me from adding comments. Adobe, please understand that comments tend to be for my own benefit, rarely for the benefit of others in a workflow.

Value: 1 (worst). The application is buggy. The help, when I sought it, was unhelpful, contradictory and buggy. Every minute wasted devalued the product.

Stability: 5 (best), but I'm discounting this from my overall score because a developer with the experience and clout of Adobe should never produce an unstable application.

My overall score of 1 (worst) reflects my opinion that for their flagship technology, Adobe should have presented a bug-free and exceptionally appealing product. As they fail to do this, so my inclination to purchase their 'fuller-featured' products drops close to zero.

For my more detailed review, please see
[Version 8.0]

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