Install ClamAV Linux Antivirus on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04 Desktp

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 simplicity, you can also install the front-end (GUI) client on Ubuntu by running the commands below.

sudo apt install clamtk

After installing the GUI client, you can then go to the Dash / Activities Overviews and search for ClamTk. Open the client and begin setting up ClamAV for your desktop.

That’s it!

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