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ClamXav 2.8.1

Mark Allan has issued ClamXav 2.8.1 with a big change for the Mac virus scanner — it’s no longer free. Now released through Canimaan Software Ltd. (of which Allan is the owner and lead developer), ClamXav costs $29.95 (though it’s discounted by 25 percent to $22.46 for a limited time). Allan notes that “by charging for ClamXav I will finally have the resources to devote to it and give it the attention it deserves,” including regular updates and fast turnaround of bug fixes. If you’ve previously supported ClamXav via a donation before 26 June 2015, you are eligible for a free personal license.

Version 2.8 brings Yosemite-inspired Retina toolbar icons, ensures ClamXav and Sentry correctly exclude the quarantine folder from scanning, updates the ClamAV engine to version 0.98.7, fixes a bug with the animated Dock icon that caused inordinate amounts of CPU usage, correctly honors the exclusion settings in ClamXav’s preferences, and improves stability (particularly for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard). ($29.95 new, 20.9 MB, release notes, 10.6+)

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