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Install Clamav (Clam Antivirus) On Ubuntu

This short, simple tutorial will explain how to install and use Clamav with Ubuntu.

To install Clamav,

Install Clam AV
root# sudo apt-get install clamav
Install Clam AV Automated Package
root:# sudo apt-get install clamav-daemon

Clam AV Usage

To use Clamav, 

1) Open the terminal
2) Run a scan
Scan the home directory and recursive files and folders.
root# clamscan -r /home
Scan everything
root# clamscan -r /

Output Sample:

----------- SCAN SUMMARY -----------
Known viruses: 2304039
Engine version: 0.97.8
Scanned directories: 29545
Scanned files: 111854
Infected files: 0
Total errors: 18080
Data scanned: 3206.81 MB
Data read: 6249.99 MB (ratio 0.51:1)
Time: 307.823 sec (5 m 7 s)

Clam GUI

If you want a gui for Clam you can download it from sourceforge. The current download url is

To install the gui tool,

1) Download the file and save it.
2) Open the terminal.
3) Go to the download folder.# cd /home/user/Downloads
4) Run the command for the specific version:
root# sudo dpkg -i clamtk_4.44-1_all.deb