Clamxav scan summary??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Constancex, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. Constancex macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2013
    I downloaded clamxav and scanned my mbp that I got today,

    My results were:
    ----------- SCAN SUMMARY -----------
    Known viruses: 2553168
    Engine version: 0.97.8
    Scanned directories: 3397
    Scanned files: 8978
    Infected files: 0
    Data scanned: 8202.57 MB
    Data read: 6884.09 MB (ratio 1.19:1)
    Time: 404.867 sec (6 m 44 s)

    No infected files were found."

    I'm quite confused on the known viruses part,
    What does that mean?
  2. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2012
    B'more or Less
    It means all the virus definitions which ClamXAV scans for. This gets updated every time you open ClamXAV.

    The key thing is Infected files: 0 and No infected files were found.

    So you're okay. :)
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    ClamXav scans for both OS X and Windows malware. While there has never been any OS X virus in the wild, there are plenty for Windows.

    Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.

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