Anti-Virus for Mac OS X?

Some people would argue that you don’t need anti-virus software for your Mac, but I would disagree. In the past, the Mac OS’s lack of popularity has made it not worth the effort for those writing virus software. As the Mac OS is now more popular than ever on campus, those computers and devices make a much more attractive target.

While there are many good commercial solutions for protecting your Mac, a new freely available anti-virus solution for Mac OS X has been released. ClamXav uses the popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine to assist in it’s virus detection. This allows ClamXav to scan for both Mac and Windows OS based viruses. Even better… It’s FREE.

If you want to try it out, you can download it from the Mac App Store or the developer’s website. Currently the developer is not had any reports of conflicts with current anti-virus software, so if you are currently using another solution, you can try this with minimal risk.


About Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and, for much of his career at the University, had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at
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