ClamAV Antivirus Scanner For Linux (Review + Installation + Usage)
ClamAV is an open source antivirus software which is used in a variety of situations including email scanning, web scanning, and endpoint security. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and an advanced tool for automatic database updates. Yup, ClamAV is a command line tool only but then there is a graphical tool ClamAV available to manage ClamAV. ClamAV is also cross-platform and is available for a host of desktop OSes including Windows and MacOS.
- Command-line scanner
- Milter interface for sendmail
- Advanced database updater with support for scripted updates and digital signatures
- Virus database updated multiple times per day
- Built-in support for all standard mail file formats
- Built-in support for various archive formats, including Zip, RAR, Dmg, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, OLE2, Cabinet, CHM, BinHex, SIS and others
- Built-in support for ELF executables and Portable Executable files packed with UPX, FSG, Petite, NsPack, wwpack32, MEW, Upack and obfuscated with SUE, Y0da Cryptor and others
- Built-in support for popular document formats including MS Office and Mac Office files, HTML, Flash, RTF and PDF
- The second section is the history section which provides users with details about previous scans. There is also a quarantine section from where you check for infected files that have been quarantined from scans.
- The third section is the updates section. This is where new virus definitions may be imported to ClamAV. Upon installing ClamAV, the very first thing you are required to do is to load the latest virus definitions by clicking on Updates.
- And the last section is the analysis section. This is where you start your ClamAV scans.