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Install ClamAV Linux Antivirus On Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 / 18.04 Desktp

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ClamAV, an open source antivirus engine for detecting and removing trojans, viruses, malware and other threats can easily be installed on Ubuntu to help protect your systems… You don’t usually hear antivirus and Linux in the same sentence… however, in today’s environments, viruses and malicious threats can live anywhere…

 

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install ClamAV on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 systems…

 

ClamAV is by design, versatile…. it supports multiple file formats and multiple signature languages that most viruses use to exploit systems… It performs multi-threaded scans, and include a command-line utility for on demand file scanning and signatures updates..

 

When you’re ready to install ClamAV, continue with the steps below

 

On Uubntu desktop, open your terminal by press the Ctrl — Alt — T keys on your keyboard… this should open the terminal…

 

When the terminal opens, type the commands below to install ClamAV

 

sudo apt install clamav clamav-daemon

 

Now that ClamAV is installed, you can use the command line terminal to scan for viruses and malware…. to test out, run the commands below to scan your home folder…

 

clamscan --infected --remove --recursive /home

 

You should get a summary after a successful scan…

 

----------- SCAN SUMMARY -----------

Known viruses: 6541075

Engine version: 0.99.4

Scanned directories: 136

Scanned files: 401

Infected files: 0

Data scanned: 63.20 MB

Data read: 43.88 MB (ratio 1.44:1)

Time: 23.938 sec (0 m 23 s)

To scan for infected files and folder on the entire sysstem, you can run the commands below

 

sudo clamscan --infected --remove --recursive /

 

For downloading Clamav virus definitions..

sudo freshclam

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