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Mac OS X
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ClamXav - Lightweight and efficient antivirus application
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Viruses and other malicious programs are a constant threat, regardless of what platform you decide to use. There are hundreds of antivirus solutions for the Windows operating system, but if you wish to protect your Mac, ClamXav will satisfy your needs. Based on the popular ClamAV antivirus engine, this lightweight utility has many advantages to offer. It is capable of identifying both Windows and Mac threats, it can automatically scan new data and it can be configured as an active or passive security measure. What's more, ClamXav is distributed completely free of charge and it takes only one or two minutes to have it up and running.

ClamXav can be installed like any other Mac OS X application, but you must also install the ClamAV engine separately, before using the application. Fortunately, the procedure does not involve anything more complex than just following a wizard's instructions. When everything is ready, you can start enjoying the application's clean and simple functionality without any distractions.

The user interface resembles a standard Finder window. It displays a few common locations, like the Users or Documents folders, on its left side, where you can add any other local folder yourself. Selecting one or more folders and clicking a Start button is sufficient to begin a scanning process. If detected, infected files will be listed on the right side of the interface, where you can also find a summary of the scanning process, once it is complete. If you want more details, you can open a scan log, on a separate window, on which you will find an overall status for individual files.

Additional features can be found in the application's Preferences menu. It includes everything you would expect from an antivirus application. For example, you can enable automatic updates, set up a quarantine folder, exclude files with specific characteristics or schedule automatic scans. The Sentry feature is another advantage of ClamXav. If you target one or more folders, with the Sentry function, the application will monitor them at all times and it will automatically scan any new file you add to these folders. Furthermore, the application can be set to scan inserted memory devices and to delete or quarantine infected files automatically.

Pros:
ClamXav provides an intuitive user interface, as well as a clean and simple functionality. It can be set to scan specific folders, to monitor them and to scan new files automatically. The application is offered free of charge and it doesn't take long to get it up and running.

Cons:
The application doesn't come with any warranty, so backing up important data is advised. Fortunately, it doesn't present any greater risks than other antivirus programs.

When it comes to protecting a Mac against the latest virus threats, you can do everything with minimum effort, thanks to ClamXav's straightforward and easy to understand functionality.

You can download ClamXav free here.
About the author: Frederick Barton
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ClamXav Editor's Review Rating
ClamXav has been reviewed by Frederick Barton on 15 Jul 2014. Based on the user interface, features and complexity, Findmysoft has rated ClamXav 5 out of 5 stars, naming it Essential
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