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ClamXav: Installation and Basic Use

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Installing ClamXav

  1. Navigate to www.clamxav.com and click on the 'Download' button on the top right of the page.
     
  2. Wait until the download finishes and then go to your 'Download' folder and find the ClamXav.dmg file.
     ClamXav in Downloads
  3. Double click on the ClamXav.dmg and then drag the 'ClamXav' icon into the 'Applications' folder.
    Drag ClamXav to Application folder when the drive is mounted 
  4. Double click on the 'Applications' folder icon and then find the ClamXav application and double click on it to run.
    Find ClamXav in your Applications folder 
  5. Click the 'OK' button after reading the agreement that pops up.
     ClamXav Alert, please press OK if you wish to accept the risks
  6. Once ClamXav opens up, before running any scans, click on the 'Update Definitions' button on the toolbar.
     Find Update Definitions in the top of the window
  7. At this point you should see a message that reads ' Starting update...'
    Starting update... 
  8. Wait until you see a message that read 'Update Finished'
    Update Finishing  
  9. Now you should have ClamXav ready and up to date for protecting your computer. It is recommended that you also configure sentry to help protect your computer at all times.

Configuring Sentry Scan (Recommended)

This is a recommend step as part of using ClamXav as this allows for extra protection at all times while using your computer.

  1. From the main ClamXav window, click on the ‘Preferences’ button in the top right
    ClamXav preferences is in the upper right corner 
  2. Click on the ‘Sentry’ tab
     Within General Preferences, find Sentry in the upper right corner
  3. Check the box next to ‘Launch ClamXav Sentry when you log in to this computer’
     In sentry preferences, find the plus symbol and the check box for Launch ClamXav Sentry when you log into this computer
  4. Click on the ‘+’ button to add folders to be watched
  5. Select any folders that you would like to be watched
  6. We highly recommend that you add the ‘Users’ folder to the Sentry watchlist
  7. Click on ‘OK’ to finalize your changes
     

Running a Quick Scan

  1. Click on the 'Start Scan' button on the top left corner of the window.
     Click star scan in the upper left corner
  2. Select the files that you want to scan and then click the 'Open' button on the bottom right corner.
    Find the files you wish to scan 
  3. You should now see a message that says 'Starting Scan...'
    You may start to see below the log will initiate the scan 
  4. Wait until you see a message entitle 'Scan Summary' and make sure that it either found no infected files or it moved the infected files to the trash. If it did find infected files, go ahead and right click (ctrl + click) on the trash can icon on the desktop and select empty trash.
     Scan Summary should show up in the log
  5. Now you have finished a quick scan.


Running a Full Scan

  1. Click on the 'Start Scan' button on the top left corner of the window.
    Find Start Scan in the upper left corner of the window 
  2. Select your harddrive (usually MacOSX or MacHD) and select all of the folders that appear (Applications, Library, System, and Users).
     Find the folders you want to scan
  3. Then the 'Open' button on the bottom right corner.Find the Folder you wish to select to do a scan for
  4. You should now see a message that says 'Starting Scan...'
    Starting Scan log is located in the bottom
  5. Wait until you see a message entitle 'Scan Summary' and make sure that it either found no infected files or it moved the infected files to the trash. If it did find infected files, go ahead and right click (ctrl + click) on the trash can icon on the desktop and select empty trash.
    Down below, there should be a dialogue box with SCAN SUMMARY when the scan is complete 
  6. Now you have finished a full scan.

 

Uninstalling ClamXav

  1. Quit out of ClamXav and you will want to make sure that the program is not  running in the background by going to the Apple menu in the top left of the screen and click on the 'Force Quit' option.
    Find ClamXav in the utility bar on the top of the screen, and press Quit ClamXav
  2. In the 'Force Quit' menu check to see if ClamXav is in the list of running programs, if it is click on the ClamXav entry and select the 'Force Quit' button.
    When the Force Quit Applications open, find ClamXav and click Force Quit 
  3. Next is to make sure that the ClamXav is not set to start up when log into your computer by opening System Preferences and clicking on 'Users & Groups' and than clicking on the 'Login Items' section.
    In the System Preferences, find Users & Groups 
     Press Login Items when you're viewing the user
  4. If you see that ClamXav exists in there you will need to remove it by unlocking the panel using the padlock icon at the bottom left corner of the screen. Then you will need to click on the ClamXav entry and selecting the '-' button. This should remove the entry from your start ups and you may just exit out of those windows.
     If you see the program in there, press the minus to take it out of the login items
  5. Now you will have to fully remove ClamXav from your computer, to do this you will need to download the original install file from clamxav.com and double click on the downloaded file. There will be a script called 'ClamAv Engine Remove' which you will need to run by double clicking. Once the script finishes you will have completely removed the application.
    When you redownload the installer and mount the drive, you'll find the REMOVER script.

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