--As you recall from our last episode, ClamAV was essentially worthless for detecting and removing the current 11 malware for Mac OS X. However, hope appeared last week thanks to the persistence of Mark Allan, the developer of the ClamXav GUI application, and myself.
I wrote a series of posts over at the ClamXav Forum last week that revved up some interest in sorting out the problem with ClamAV. I found out that a number of people, including Mark Allan himself, had submitted MOSX malware to the ClamAV project, using the official protocol, and had been entirely ignored. From my experience, there are a number of plain old dickheads over at the ClamAV project who resist any improvement in MOSX support. You have to wonder what goes on in some people's heads.
However, Mark Allan and I chatted about the situation and he was inspired to try once again to contact someone sane over at the ClamAV group. And he SUCCEEDED. I could not be more pleased.
Mark is now working with the ClamAV project to provide them with Mac OS X malware. The resulting malware definitions will then be integrated into ClamAV. If this relationship works out, and Mark is able to continue his freely given dedication to Mac OS X security, we should soon see and continue to see ClamAV as a free useful tool for Mac OS X users.
You can read about and download ClamXav, Mark Allan's free Mac OS X GUI version of ClamAV, HERE. Donations are welcome. You can join in on the ClamXav Forum discussions THERE.