An antivirus program for Linux is ClamAV. ClamAV – I think it’s the most used antivirus software for Linux. Free and open source, it scans both Linux files and, most importantly, Windows files (mounted partitions, other hard drives, USB devices). ClamAV works through the command line, which could be a little complicated for an average user. Fortunately, there is a tool called ClamTK that offers a simple and simple graphical interface for using ClamAV. This guide will show you how to install ClamAV and use the ClamTK graphical tool to manage it.
You will find ClamTK in package managers from most distributions. For example, Ubuntu users will find it in the Software Center and openSUSE users will find it in Yast. Use the graphics desktop for your distribution to locate and run the ClamTK package. The process is slightly different depending on the desktop and distribution environment. For example, to load ClamTK in Ubuntu open Dash and look for ClamTK. In the Xubuntu, click the menu icon in the upper left corner and enter ClamTK in the search box.
The main application is divided into four sections:
1. Configuration is used to configure how you want ClamAV to work.
2. History lets you see the results of previous scans.
3. Updates allow you to import new viral definitions.
4. The analysis shows you how to start scanning.
Before virus scan, upload updated virus definitions. Click Update, and then click O.K to check the updates. The latest virus definitions will be downloaded. ClamAV has settings that allow you to customize how it is running. For example, when you choose a folder you want to scan, you might want just to scan that folder rather than sub directories, or try scanning very large files, which will take longer to process. To change your settings, click Icon Settings. Placing the cursor over each checkbox will show a suggestion explaining the purpose of each option. The first four checkboxes allow you to recursively scan for passwords, large files, hidden files, and scanning folders.
The other two checkboxes update and switch how the icons work within the app (for example, if you need to click once or twice). To scan for viruses, click the Scan an icon file or Scan an icon folder. As a starting point, click the Scan a Folder icon. You will see a Browse dialog box. Choose the drive you want to scan (for example, Windows Drive) and click O.K. ClamAV will recursively search through folders, depending on settings, searching for suspicious items.
ClamAV does not claim to offer 100% protection, but no antivirus software can make this claim. However, ClamAV is effective. In Redcore Linux you can install the ClamAV antivirus that is one of the best and most used on GNU Linux systems. Installing this program can be done by the Sisyphus GUI or terminal manager.
1. Install from the Sisyphus program manager
Go to “Menu – System Tools – Sisyphus GUI“. Once you click on the application to open it, you will see a small window where you must enter the root password and only then will the application manager open. In the search box, type ClamAV and clamTK, when the application appears click it and then click on the “Install package” button, which is the first one on the right.
2. Terminal installation
Start the terminal from “Menu – System Tools – QTerminal“. The first thing you need to do is log in as root (root) after which you enter the antivirus installation commands.
sudo sisyphus install clamav clamtk