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clamav – How To

  • Install 
    sudo apt-get install clamav
  • Terminal

    At first you have to update the virus definitions with:

    sudo freshclam
    

    Then you can scan for viruses.

    clamscan OPTIONS File/Folder 
    

    If necessary start with root permissions: sudo clamscan.

    Examples:

    • To check all files on the computer, displaying the name of each file:
      clamscan -r /
      
    • To check all files on the computer, but only display infected files and ring a bell when found:
      clamscan -r --bell -i /
      
    • To scan all files on the computer but only display infected files when found and have this run in the background:
      clamscan -r -i / &
      

      Note – Display background process’s status by running the jobs command.

    • To check files in the all users home directories:
      clamscan -r /home
      
    • To check files in the USER home directory and move infected files to another folder:
      clamscan -r --move=/home/USER/VIRUS /home/USER
      
    • To check files in the USER home directory and remove infected files (WARNING: Files are gone.):
      clamscan -r --remove /home/USER
      
    • To see more options:
      clamscan --help