How to use Ubuntu ClamAV to scan for malware?

by caesar_kertzmann , in category: Security , a year ago

How to use Ubuntu ClamAV to scan for malware?

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by benny_schoen , a year ago


ClamAV is a popular open-source antivirus software available for Ubuntu Linux. Here are the steps to use ClamAV to scan for malware:

  1. Open a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T.
  2. Install ClamAV if you haven't already installed it. You can do this by running the following command in the terminal:sudo apt-get install clamav
  3. Update ClamAV virus definitions by running the following command:sudo freshclam
  4. Once the virus definitions are updated, you can run a scan on your system. You can scan your entire system by running the following command:sudo clamscan -r / This will scan your entire system recursively and report any infected files.Alternatively, you can scan a specific directory by replacing the / in the command with the path of the directory you want to scan. For example, to scan the /home directory, you would run:sudo clamscan -r /home
  5. The scanning process may take a while depending on the size of your system or directory being scanned. Once the scan is complete, you will see a summary of the results. If any infected files are found, ClamAV will report them and prompt you for action.

That's it! You have now used ClamAV to scan for malware on your Ubuntu Linux system.