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Desktop Virus Scanner for Ubuntu

The first question you may ask is why a virus scanner for Linux? Well, the level of sharing that is done between Windows computers and Linux computers suggests that it may be a nice option to be able to scan files and directories to protect your Windows machines. In addition, if you are using Wine to run Windows computers you will need to verify that those files are not infected. Who knows, there may be a time when Linux is also dealing with virus activity as well, yes I know there are a few active Linux viruses now.

I found this easy to install and use graphical tool that many will like, called clamtk.

In order to install ClamTK in Ubuntu 8.04 open Synaptic Package Manager and search for clamav. Once you have a list install these programs:

clamtk
clamav
clamav-base
clamav-daemon
clamav-freshclam

Here are some quick ways to scan with various options.

Type of Scan Command
Scan a File Ctrl+F
Quick Home Scan Ctrl+Q
Full Home Scan Ctrl+Z
Scan a Directory Ctrl+D
Recursive Scan Ctrl+R

Your virus signatures automatically update every hour…nice feature.

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  1. July 13, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Seems to be true for Mint 7 (based on the Ubuntu 9.04 core) Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. NABrAdLey
    November 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I’m trying it for Karmic…I think I gotta worm!!!

  3. May 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Hello,

    Do someone know if it’s working with kubuntu ?
    I think it’s working but I didn’t try yet.

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