I am considering using ClamAV virus scanner is it safe to use?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by theprizerevealed, May 10, 2019.

  1. theprizerevealed macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2016
  2. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    It’s fine, but Malwarebytes is too, and is the forum darling for good reason. It does the job and uses very few system resources.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Should be as safe to use as anything else (although don't they charge for it these days?)

    IMHO there isn't much use for it, unless you are scanning Office files or email attachments before sharing with Windows users
    Which is something I guess

    You can run the free Malwarebytes occasionally to search for malware on your Mac, although I have never found any

    Plenty of threads on AV usage around here, so I won't belabor that
  4. theprizerevealed thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2016
    There is a version called ClamXAv that is paid and I guess offers a graphical user interface. The Clamav version does not mention whether there is a GUI. When I used it on Ubuntu Linux then I was able to download UI for it. I was hoping the versions shown in the links would provide a GUI but now that you mention it then I don't see that they say anything about that.....How can I check for sure?

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  5. niji, May 10, 2019
    Last edited: May 10, 2019

    niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003

    i have been using it since it was actually freeware.
    now its a paid app, but even much better than before.
    its now ultra fast, and very complete malware* definitions.
    can just keep it in yr menu bar and run it every so often as i do, or, it can operate in the background as well.

    a lot of malware protection is actually malware in and of itself as far as i am concerned.
    ClamAV is light, simple, just works, never gets in the way, doesn't slow yr machine down.

    also, its not russian in any way. :)

    people to whom you send email to expect you to do at least the above.
    mac heads who are always on about "no virus" on macs miss the point - anyone who works for a living receives email originating from across all operating systems, all over the world, and all kinds of machines. its not an "if" situation. you are dangerous, and non-respectful of your working colleagues if you dont use something to filter it all out.

    *edited, thanks.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Unless you work on files imported/created in Windows, you don't need ANY anti-virus software on a Mac.

    There has NEVER been a single Mac OS X "virus" discovered "in the wild".
    Not. A. Single. One. Ever.

    Having said that, you DO need adware/malware/crapware protection.
    MalwareBytes provides this, and it's FREE. You DO NOT need to "upgrade" to the paid version -- the free version does the same thing.

    I can see where folks who exchange Windows-created files on a Mac (which could "come across" infected with a Windows virus) -might- need virus protection to "clean out" those files before they are sent back to Windows.

    But... that's about the only use case I can see for anti-virus software on a Mac.
  7. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    For Windows?
  8. Appleboy60013 macrumors newbie


    May 2, 2019
    Cary Illinois
    I have never used an anti virus program on any of my Mac's or for that matter any of my iOS devices, and now use my MacBook Pro for work since I refuse to use the windows 10 laptop that the office provides and although the office manager is trying to demand me to use an anti virus on my Mac, I told him absolutely not, and if he wants work to get done by me to go away now.
  9. mrex, Jun 4, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2019

    mrex macrumors 68040


    Jul 16, 2014
    I would give you three choices:
    1. Use the machine we gave it to you to do jobs we ask you to do.
    2. If we let you use and you choose to use your own machine at work, you have to install antivirus software.
    3. If you refuse both above, find a new job.

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