How good is ClamAV?

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Hi!
Happy New Year 2016!
I interested in ClamXav but I’m not sure about ClamAV engine!? Because I can’t using Sophos Free AV on my Mac (related to my country condition, NK. Sophos can’t be updated!) I thinking about paying for ClamXav.

How good is ClamAV?

Thanks
Jim

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All I can say is clamav is often used on mail servers. But as for Mac OS and clamav, the best I can offer you is this chart: https://www.av-test.org/uploads/tx_news/1215_Erkennungsraten_mac_osx_en.png

(which seems to indicate that it’s not as good as some others although it’s the free clamav)

Besides that more information can be found here: https://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/more-security-for-mac-os-x-13-security-packages-put-to-the-test/

The question becomes: if you can’t update Sophos then will you be able to update another AV? You should obviously determine which you can before you buy it.

(And you’re quite correct that you should still be cautious with malware; no system is immune to it no matter what anyone says).

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Clam is perfectly good AV – As previously stated, it forms the backend of many “professional” email solutions A/V activities.

The clam engine is perfectly sound, assuming you’re running the current version. Like any other A/V that uses “fingerprints” of known nasties, it’s only really as good as the lists of fingerprints it has on board. The public lists are subject to the the same removal of state-actor sponsored malware fingerprints(though maybe not NK’s) as much as the commercial alternates are. Of course, lists can be augmented. Things missing can be added. The engine that drives it being open source gives opportunity for multiple independent observers to check for things that are not entirely secure.

The major difference between clam and it’s commercial counterparts is it’s open source nature. This is important when you start to consider the previous history of people who work in this field. The best A/V programmers will be the best people at writing malware. They know what to look for. In the same way the best thieves will make the best physical security systems. There’s also the conspiracy angle that creating malware gives rise to the need to the very solution they’re trying to sell you.

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