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ClamAV (Install and Configure) [Windows]

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    What is ClamAV?
    Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV) is one of these open-source software that stands out for its capabilities and efficiency. ClamAV was initially created for the UNIX operating system but is currently available for Windows, AIX, BSD, HP-UX, Linux, macOS, OpenVMS, OSF (Tru64), and Solaris. It can detect, quarantine, and remove all types of malware, including trojans, worms, rootkits, and others.

    What Does ClamAV Do?
    The key responsibility of ClamAV is to integrate with mail servers for attachment scanning and is a framework that provides a protection engine that can be attached to a Message Transfer Agent (MTA) such as Sendmail, PostFix, and others. It is an outstanding email gateway antivirus that Internet service providers (ISP), telecom service providers, and web hosting organizations use. Many AV gateway suppliers, such as Barracuda, and OS vendors like Apple also employ it.

    ClamAV has a command-line scanner, an automatic database updater, and a scalable multi-threaded daemon powered by a shared library-based antivirus engine. If the ClamAV scanner detects a potential security threat, it flags the file so you may take the necessary action.

    How to Install ClamAV for Windows

    1. Download and Extract ClamAV Daemon for Windows.
      1. https://www.clamav.net/downloads
    2. Install ClamAV
    3. Go to …
      • This PC
        • Local Disk (c:)
          • Program Files
            • ClamAV
              • conf_examples
    4. Copy …
      1. clam.conf.sample
      2. freshclam.conf.sample
    5. Paste the files to your desktop.
    6. Go to …
      1. https://www.sublimetext.com/download
    7. Click
      1. portable version
      2. save to desktop
    8. Extract the files with a right-click.
    9. Open the newly extracted file.
    10. Open sublime_text.exe
    11. File
      • Open File…
        • Desktop
          • clamd.conf.sample
          • freshclam.conf.sample
    12. Change …
      • Line 8 in both files from Example to # Example
      • Save both files
    13. Change file names
      • freshclam.conf.sample
        • freshclam.conf
      • clamd.conf.sample
        • clamd.conf
    14. Cut (hold CTRL to select more than one file)
      • clamd.conf
      • freshclam.conf
    15. Paste the files in …
      • This PC
        • Local Disk (C:)
          • Program Files
            • ClamAV
    16. Choose …
      • 🛡 Continue
        • You will see this twice
    17. Go to …
      • Start
        • Command Prompt [Make sure to hold shift and “Run as administrator”]
          • User Access Control [Yes]
    18. Type …
      • cd c:\Program Files\ClamAV
      • freshclam
        • This updates the virus database
      • clamd –install-service
        • This starts the service that should auto update the database
    19. To scan your whole C drive
      • clamscan -r C:\ > %userprofile%\Desktop\clamscan_log.txt
        • Make sure to change %userprofile% to the user you are logged in as. This should create a text file and save it to the desktop. After creating the file, it will scan your whole drive. This might take hours and when it is done, all the info will be saved to the file, for later viewing.

    If you are looking for a gui for ClamAV and Windows, you can try ClamWin, I haven’t tested this, but it seems good.

    Website: https://clamwin.com/


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