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Clamav: working?


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#1 altonius

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:25 PM

Hey,

       I downloaded Clamav anti-virus from the package manager in my Lubuntu unit. Now, I don't see it  anywhere in "preferences", "System Tools" or "Accessories". I do see it in the "Task Manager" but it always shows 0% use of C.P.U.

      So, can anyone tell me if that is as it should be? Or is there something I'm not seeing. 

      Would appreciate any info, thanks.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:52 PM

You run it in the Terminal Window as super user, just type your password and hit ENTER when prompted.   sudo apt-get install clamav   downloads it.  sudo freshclam    will update it.

clamscan -r  will scan.  I remember clamscan -r /   does the whole PC if I remember. I'm sure other's have the codes to type in the Terminal Window.   If you want a graphical version you get ClamTK. i prefer the clamav in the terminal scanner only though. I know LuBuntu is much like Mint. I haven't used Ubuntu or those others in a few years.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:17 PM

The core of Lubuntu is based on Linux and Ubuntu.

You install it like most Linux software that comes as source code, by running the following commands as root:

./configure
make
make install

installing clamav-0.98.3
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Posted 28 June 2014 - 10:41 PM

 I downloaded Clamav anti-virus from the package manager in my Lubuntu unit  I don't see it  anywhere in "preferences", "System Tools" or "Accessories".

You downloaded Clam Av to use it you need to open terminal and type. If you want to do it thru a GUI you can install Clam TK.
 
 
ClamTK is the graphical interface for ClamAV, you cannot use ClamTk without having ClamAV installed previously.
 
Open terminal and type or copy and paste the code. With the sudo command you will be asked for your "root" password.
 
When installing any software I always like yo update my Linux first.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

To install Clam Antivirus: ( Command Line)

sudo apt-get install clamav

This will install ClamAV and the GUI frontend ClamTK

sudo apt-get install clamav clamtk

(Providing that your /etc/apt/sources.list file is up to date, you will get a recent version of Clam antivirus installed on your machine.)
 
To update your virus definitions:

freshclam

To check files in your home directory:

clamscan  

To check files in the entire home directory:

clamscan -r /home

To check files on the entire drive (displaying everything):

clamscan -r /

To check files on the entire drive but only display infected files and ring a bell when found:

clamscan -r --bell --mbox -i /

To force update the ClamAV virus database in the terminal you can use the command

sudo freshclam

Edited by NickAu1, 28 June 2014 - 10:57 PM.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:42 PM

Thanks to all who posted on this. I think I've got it all straightened out now.

If I'm understanding this correctly, ClamAv is not a real-time AV, is that the case?



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:28 PM

Yes, it's more a scanner to check with manually. I do it from time to time. Never have found anything in Linux distros I've scanned over the years.  Only 1 or 2 "errors" that weren't infections. Using Linux in a "standard desktop" account is the best way to go, not in the "Administration" account. 



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 04:25 PM

Just like ClamWin Free Antivirus, ClamAV does not include an on-access real-time scanner which means you need to manually scan a file in order to detect any malware.

You may want to read Top 5 Misconceptions about ClamAV
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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:15 PM

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