Version: 2.6.1 (304) || Release Date: 2013-10-07 || License: Freeware App Owner: neko

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

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Note this software has a problem with symlinks/aliases so the vendor actively suggests you don't scan the whole hard drive:

Bit of a deal breaker for antivirus software if it can't scan your whole hard drive... I guess not an issue if you don't use symlinks(?).

After using macs for all 18+ years of my life, I have never once encountered a virus. I'll run it every few months just in case.

ClamXav 1.1.1 with ClamAV 0.95.1 backend available at

I am using ClamX every couple of monhs to clean Word macro-viruses from clients machines. Macs can get affected by these viruses also. They do not do any damage per se but you pass them on to other users which in turn are usually not very happy. So there´s your need for anti-virus protection on the mac.

So... if we don't have any viruses, how do we confirm that this software actually works? I mean, what exactly does it do and do we even need it?

do I need an antivirus on My Mac? Don't think so, but have clamxav.. for just in case :)

Slower than Molasses on a cold morning... but hey, it's free!