Resource: Keep your computer clean with ClamAV

Being part of the WWW also means putting your system at risk. There are many antivirus programs available - but which one is the best? After having used several different programs, we recommend ClamAV.

Windows Users
Clam “provides a high performance mutli-threaded scanning daemon, command line utilities for on demand file scanning, and an intelligent tool for automatic signature updates.” What does this mean? - It will thoroughly scan your system for any malware and get rid of it.

Mac Users
Yes, ok - we don’t often get viruses. But that doesn’t mean OSX is invincible. Few viruses have been known to crawl into systems - and for that we recommend you use ClamXav. It is a free antivirus software for Mac OSX, and it uses ClamAV’s popular open-source antivirus engine.

Seriously, if you have a Mac, do this now.

Apparently my MacBook Pro at work was infected with malware from an email that I never opened or even saw. It went straight to the junk folder, but it was too late. My laptop was running slow and hard drive space started disappearing.

I discovered the culprit by downloading a free anti virus app called ClamXav from the App Store. It caught the offending file and quarantined it. I deleted it, but it must have a rewrite code built in because it came back the next day. And that’s when I noticed the HD space disappearing. Who knows what they were using my computer for… and I really don’t want to know.

Bottom line: if you own a Mac, download ClamXav (recommended by my IT guys) and run it. It caught things that the big boys didn’t. If you like it, you can make a donation to the developer, like I did.

EDIT: As a result, I’m having to slash and burn my hard drive and pray to Steve Jobs that my Time Machine isn’t infected.