How do I scan for viruses with ClamAV?

How do I scan for viruses with ClamAV?

At first you have to update the virus definitions with:

sudo freshclam

Then you can scan for viruses.

clamscan OPTIONS File/Folder 

If necessary start with root permissions: sudo clamscan.

Examples:

  • To check all files on the computer, displaying the name of each file:
    clamscan -r /
    
  • To check all files on the computer, but only display infected files and ring a bell when found:
    clamscan -r --bell -i /
    
  • To scan all files on the computer but only display infected files when found and have this run in the background:
    clamscan -r -i / &
    

    Note – Display background process’s status by running the jobs command.

  • To check files in the all users home directories:
    clamscan -r /home
    
  • To check files in the USER home directory and move infected files to another folder:
    clamscan -r --move=/home/USER/VIRUS /home/USER
    
  • To check files in the USER home directory and remove infected files (WARNING: Files are gone.):
    clamscan -r --remove /home/USER
    
  • To see more options:
    clamscan --help
    

 

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