CleanMyMac vs. ClamXav

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by twilliams9476, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. twilliams9476 macrumors member

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    I have downloaded both CleanMyMac and ClamXav. Which would ya'll suggest using? Do the 2 programs do different jobs? If so, should I give one up for something else? I know that OS is pretty much impervious to most viruses, but I have been hit by viruses before, and those few instances have turned me into a very cautious person. Can ya'll give me some advice? Thanks! :):)
     
  2. R94N macrumors 68020

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    I think ClamXav is more popular, but personally I've never used it. I've used CleanMyMac though; it's a very capable program but you can only clean so much with the free version before you have you buy the full version. I think ClamXav is free.
     
  3. twilliams9476 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have the full version of CleanMyMac. It works perfectly! I was just wondering since I already have CleanMyMac if I really needed ClamXav. Also, do both of these programs basically do the same thing?
     
  4. R94N macrumors 68020

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    No, I don't think so.

    Yes, I think so. In fact I think CleanMyMac is better. You need the paid version though, because the free version can only clean a certain amount before it completely stops working and prompts you to buy the full version.
     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    Strangely NO, but that is only according to their respective websites, which are publicly available. One seems to be an AV (Anti-Virus) software, the other is described as "system cleaning" software.
    One is for protection, one is for cleaning. And if you really need an AV software is up to you, I run no such dren software on any of my Macs and am still enjoying the experience.


    CleanMyMac

    CleanMyMac represents sophisticated all-in-one-suite utility that helps keep your Mac clean and healthy.
    With just two simple clicks you can delete useless files that basically pile up and waste your valuable disk space.
    CleanMyMac allows enjoying smooth system performance combining such vital features as
    Slim Universal Binaries, Clean Unneeded Languages, Logs Rotation, Clean Caches, Quick and Secure Erase, Application Uninstallation, and Killing Trash Left From Buried Applications.
    CleanMyMac can save gigabytes of disk space and enhance your computer speed. Go ahead and give it a shot! Your Mac will definitely be grateful!

    Any application running on your Mac leaves numerous support files, which won't just get to Trash once you remove the app.
    CleanMyMac will locate and erase all “leftovers” from your system files to enable you to easily install and uninstall new programs whenever you need.
    The more junk files are stored on your Mac the slower it will work. Processes of saving and storing unnecessary files take your priceless time.
    Using CleanMyMac will professionally help your Mac reduce the amount of operations required for your online and offline activities.


    copied from http://macpaw.com/cleanmymac



    ClamXav

    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.

    Back in the days before OS X, the number of viruses which attacked Macintosh users totalled somewhere between about 60 and 80.
    Today, the number of viruses actively attacking OS X users is...NONE!
    However, this doesn't mean we should get complacent about checking incoming email attachments or web downloads, for two reasons.
    Firstly, there's no guarantee that we Mac users will continue to enjoy the status quo, but more importantly, the majority of the computing world use machines running MS Windows,
    for which an enormous quantity of viruses exist, so we must be vigilant in checking the files we pass on to our friends and colleagues etc.
    For example, if you're a wise person and you've turned MS Office's macro support off then you're not going to notice that virus which is hiding inside this month's edition of Extreme Ironing.doc, which your friend sent you.
    If you then forward that document to a less wise person who has not turned off the macro support, then you have most likely just sent him a shiny new Pandora's Box
    with a sign saying "Open this end"!


    copied from http://www.clamxav.com/
     
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  7. miicah macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't bother with Clam, but cleanmymac seems kind of useful.
     
  8. brassguy98 macrumors newbie

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    I use Clam on all of my macs. Also have Sophos on the macbook and macbook pro through my work. I've been very happen with Clam. It found a .troj file I had inadvertantly come across and took care of it fine. When I scanned the computer again with Sophos, nothing was detected, so I guess Clam did it's job.
     

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