How To Install ClamAV on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install ClamAV on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install ClamAV on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ClamAV is an open-source (GPL) antivirus engine designed for detecting viruses, malware, and other malicious threats on Linux. It’s easy to use and best for Linux based Web and Mail server.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation of ClamAV on a Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) server.

Install ClamAV on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing ClamAV on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

ClamAV is available in the Ubuntu repositories, you can install using the following command:

sudo apt install clamav

Update virus database with Freshclam:

sudo freshclam

It’ll take a few minutes to complete. When it’s done, restart the service:

sudo systemctl start clamav-freshclam

Try to scan:

clamscan --infected --remove --recursive /home

Step 3. Installing ClamTK.

ClamTK package provides GUI window, This is useful for desktop user:

sudo apt install clamtk

Install ClamAV on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Congratulations! You have successfully installed ClamAV. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing ClamAV open source antivirus engine in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official ClamAV website.

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