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Posted 11-20-2011 at 06:02 PM by neonsignal
Updated 11-20-2011 at 06:03 PM by neonsignal

Although malware has not been the same problem to the same degree on Linux as on other operating systems, it is still possible to run a virus scanner.

A straightforward one is clamav, which is in the repositories of many distros. Typically the install will set up a cron job to grab daily virus signature list updates (this can be disabled by removing /etc/cron.d/clamav-freshclam). The signature list can also be updated manually:
To scan a file, just run from the command line:
clamscan file
Or to recursively scan a directory:
clamscan -r directory
Since clamscan looks for malware from all operating systems, not just Linux, it is most commonly used as a mail scanner.

There are also various GUI front ends.
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