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I decided to install ClamXav. I was in Schedule Preferences, and at the bottom section, to set up schedule scans, it said "Drag items into the box below to scan on schedule." I could not find at all where to drag the items from. Where do I drag them from?
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I've never seen a reason to install an Anti-virus on any of my Macs....but I would assume it's probably setup to scan single files. For instance, if someone emails you and has an attatched file, you drag the file over to the anti-virus and it will scan that file or folder.

Try dragging an individual file into the box the describe.

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You can drag your HD, a folder, or a file to have it scan on a schedule. You can also scan "on demand" the same way. I even scan my wife's computer over our home wireless network with it from my computer. Mine is set up to simply scan downloads and mail attachments. It does it without impacting performance.

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Thanks...What I did was click on my HD and dragged down copies of all of the folders, Application, System, Users, etc. to the box that set's up scheduling. I tried to drag down my HD under Devices, but that didn't work. I believe what I did will work.
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Hopefully you're enjoying all that time you're wasting.
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Hopefully you're enjoying all that time you're wasting.



Agreed. The last thing I'd ever want to install on my Macbook is an anti-virus...

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I tried to drag down my HD under Devices, but that didn't work.
That's because it's not the "real thing". It's like an alias that points to the actual device. That's what all those things are in the "Sidebar" of your Finder window. In Finder > Preferences > Sidebar, you can select what shows there. Or, you can drag things from the right side of any window onto the Sidebar. If you drag something from the Sidebar, it will vanish in a virtual puff of smoke. But don't worry, just do one of the above to put it back.
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Hopefully you're enjoying all that time you're wasting.
Please understand.....I come from a Windows environment, and have always been heavy into security. I just feel better having an AV installed. I hope that I am wasting my time. I do understand your point though.
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Well you will know where to look when your computer slows down with AV. This is not Windows and there are no Mac OS X viruses.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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It's comparable to taping a padlock to your iPhone.

Yeah it's a good security...but it's not going to accomplish anything other than slow you down

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Well you will know where to look when your computer slows down with AV. This is not Windows and there are no Mac OS X viruses.
OK.....I have to get windows out of my mind when using the Mac. How do I uninstall it? I believe that I also have to uninstall the AV engine. It may have said something about that during the install. Thanks.
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Download an application called "AppCleaner"

It will help to ensure you remove anything necessary when you decided to delete an application.

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Download an application called "AppCleaner"

It will help to ensure you remove anything necessary when you decided to delete an application.
I already moved the Application to the Trash, and emptied the Trash. Should that have uninstalled it, or do I still need AppCleaner?

EDIT: Sorry, I did this before I read your last post.
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I guess just check /user/"you"/library and see if there are any files left behind by it. Otherwise you should be good.

You could also go to system prefrences>Accounts>Login Items and see if it has anything on start-up.

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It not only scans for virii, but mine has caught a few phishing attempts. And, I've already stated that it does not impact your machine's performance - it only runs when it is needed, not continuously. Like I said, I have it set to only check email attachments and my downloads folder - the 2 most likely sources for trouble. Also, remember that your Mac can send Windows virii to a Windows machine.

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