[Howto] Install the ClamAV antivirus for Linux Mint.

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[Howto] Install the ClamAV antivirus for Linux Mint.

Postby meteorrock on Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:50 pm

Do you know how some advice NOT to install an antivirus for Linux distros like our Linux Mint? As most virus target a Windows OS? Does not mean there is NO virus for Linux, expecially if you are using a Java Runtime Environment on the internet for gaming or browsing the web. Doing some research online, I have found there is an OPEN source project that does just this. They develop an antivirus software for linux. These developers are from those that write kernels for linux like Linus Torvalds himself along with developers from linux.org. So if they are using this antivirus for their linux distros I am going to do the same :) I will be posting a short tutorial for installing this nice antivirus along with its User interface if you want to use a GUI for your antivirus. There website is at this link here for source. http://www.clamav.net/lang/en/



Install clamav in Linux Mint.

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sudo apt-get update

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sudo apt-get install clamav clamav-daemon clamav-freshclam


The above will get the CLI (command line interface) program for ClamAV along with it daemon and its tools. What is a dameon? In multitasking computer operating systems, a daemon is a computer program that runs as a background process, rather than being under the direct control of an interactive user.

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This will complete the basic scanner installation.

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Now for a GTK frontend for the Clam AntiVirus scanner, that will use your GTK engines on Linux Mint by default:

If you want to install GTK frontend for the Clam AntiVirus scanner in Linux Mint, you can install avscan or clamtk. I went with Clamtk as that GUI has a real nice interface, and I love bells and whistles on my linux mint.

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sudo apt-get install clamtk



Thats all you need to install this great antivirus program for Linux Mint. Check your menu box and you will find it now listed in your Menu box if you are using the MATE desktop enviroment or the Cinnamon Desktop environment.

Out of all of the Linux Antivirus I tried yesterday, this one is by far the EASIEST and most pretty antivirus for Linux, and its developed by the Open source community. I tried Avira, Avast, and Comodo antivirus and they all want you to build a kernel module or other tools for their use. And their User interface is bland and ugly.

Hope this helps :
Last edited by meteorrock on Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:49 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Re: [Howto] Install the ClamAV antivirus for Linux Mint.

Postby Phoenix Rising on Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:31 pm

thanks meteorrock =) This is good stuff.


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Re: [Howto] Install the ClamAV antivirus for Linux Mint.

Postby soup2511 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:53 pm

Why wouldn't I want to just install clamtk using the software center or
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Re: [Howto] Install the ClamAV antivirus for Linux Mint.

Postby Phoenix Rising on Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:04 pm

I just text [meteorrock] and she said those other tools are needed for clam AV for the dameon tools and your GUI front if you want them =) . The fresh clam dependency is for the automatic updates. If you want to old school the app you can run it in the terminal she said. GTG school lunch here is up.

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Re: [Howto] Install the ClamAV antivirus for Linux Mint.

Postby ame177674 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:38 am

Yes,this is nice. But does Clamav scan malware/rookit under linux ? or it only scan the windows virus under linux file system (like a antivirus in file server )?
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Re: [Howto] Install the ClamAV antivirus for Linux Mint.

Postby ldtexan on Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:35 am

i to am a newbie to linux and have concerns about virus attacks.

When i try to install ClamAV i get the following error messages....

Package clamav is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'clamav' has no installation candidate
E: Unable to locate package clamav-daemon
E: Unable to locate package clamav-freshclam

and also the follwing when trying to install clamtk

sudo apt-get install clamtk
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package clamtk

i appreciate any help anyone can provide,
thank you
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