how to scan a file for virus before activating it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shitoyama, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. shitoyama macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2011
    how to scan a file for virus before activating it?i have downloaded clamxav and iantivirus
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Open ClamXav and drag the file into the window.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You don't need any 3rd party antivirus software to protect Mac OS X from malware. No viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any, since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Also, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion have anti-malware protection built in, further reducing the need for 3rd party antivirus apps.
    If you still want to run antivirus, ClamXav is a decent choice. I wouldn't recommend iAntiVirus.
  4. shitoyama thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2011
    i am using torrent so i want to scan the torrent first before using it,for safety
  5. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Virus protection probably wouldn't help you with a torrent. Can't scan what's not downloaded yet.
  6. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    Secondary click the item and select "Scan with ClamXav."

    ClamXav will launch and scan the item.

    Set ClamXav to update upon launching.
  7. ThomasBoss macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2011
    1st of all, having two anti-viruses always leads to trouble, you must uninstall one (keep clamxav)

    2nd of all, at this point in time there are no viruses for Mac OS X, a few trojans but no viruses and there is really no point for an antivirus

    GGJstudios is right. Common sense is the best weapon, for example if when you download a movie it asks for your password obviously you know something is up and to delete it or if the size is significantly smaller/bigger than what it should be.
  8. shitoyama thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2011

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