How to use Clamav(antivirus)

Asked by Omar. P on 2009-08-25

I got clamav and I can't seem to find it. Is it a program? Does it get rid of viruses or just looks for viruses?

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Tom (tom6) said : #2

ClamAv like almost every antivirus looks for infected files and can quarantine or delete them. If it does that to a system-file then you will need to rplace the file - for linux that's fairly easy but for Windows it might be a bit more tricky to get an uninfected replacement that works on your machine.

There is only 1 antivirus i know of that claims to be able to remove a virus leaving the infected file uninfected but i haven't used it on a Windows system and the antivirus hasn't been updated since before Vista was launched so i really doubt its can do what it claims.

As Marcobra said i too would recommend getting "clamtk" because it's a good front-end giving a nice gui to help with using clamscan. I used to prefer using clamscan from the command-line
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal
try typing

clamscan --help

to get a quick help cheat-sheet on how to use that. The gui has a very "retro" look but does use the ultra-latest clamscan very effectively and helps make most of the tasks much easier.

I hope this helps!
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Ps i assume you have seen this guide?
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Antivirus

Omar. P (omar.p) said : #3

ok, how do scan though?

Omar. P (omar.p) said : #4

wait, I found out. Thank you though.

Tom (tom6) said : #5

Brilliant, nicely done :)))
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