If you own a Mac, you’re less likely to have a virus scanner than a Windows user. For many years, Mac users have relied on the fact that Macs just weren’t that widespread, and that meant most malicious attacks were targeted at Windows machines.

Times are changing, and  is one of many antivirus programs aimed specifically at Mac users. It’s free, and it’s built around ClamAV, so it has the support of a well established open source community. ClamXav is designed to be lightweight and non-intrusive. Users can quickly quarantine or trash a file with a click, and the Sentry service acts as a constant disk monitor without dragging performance down. All in all, ClamXav is ideal for Mac users who want simple protection and minimum fuss.

Key benefits include:

  • Scheduled updates and definition downloads, making it less likely that your work will be interrupted.
  • A list of favourite scan locations.
  • An easy-to-edit exclusions database that’s easy for a novice to get to grips with.
  • Scanning of all files or a small sub-section.

The following updates have been undertaken in this latest version of ClamXav:

  • Can now stop Sentry from the ClamXav menu as well as starting it.
  • Fixed crash in scheduler for OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.
  • Fixed issue with animated Dock icon using inordinate amounts of CPU usage.
  • Scan log now shows the date/time correct for your own timezone.
  • Fixed links from ClamXav to the online documentation.
  • ClamXav Sentry specific updates.
  • Properly honours the exclusion settings in ClamXav’s preferences.
  • Properly honours the “scan email” settings in ClamXav’s preferences.
  • Support for Fast User Switching (finally!)
  • Scan log now shows the date/time correct for your own timezone.
  • Checks clamd periodically and restarts it if necessary.
  • Stops clamd on quit to fix slow shutdown issue on OS X 10.10 .
  • Improved stability particularly on 10.6.
  • Fixed intermittent crash when user selects “Never Scan” in the large volume prompt.
  • Menu now animates regardless of how quickly the scan completes.
  • Stopped unimportant log messages from filling up system.log.

While viruses aren’t yet a pressing problem for Mac users, one malicious attack could wipe your data for good. Don’t leave it to chance. You can download ClamXav from FileHippo.com, today.

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SOURCE: http://filehippo.com/mac/download_clamxav/