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April 15th, 2010, 11:33 AM
hi there i`m a newby to ubuntu how do i install and update the antivirus? i downloaded it using ubuntu geek help but the console is saying the package is missing.
i also need help on editing my root password.

April 15th, 2010, 12:34 PM
Whatever ubuntu-geek help was used, you forgot to link to it, which makes it irrelevant for now.;) To install clam:

sudo apt-get install clamav clamtk

and to update:


The root password in Ubuntu in blank, but for all intents and purposes, your user password is the one to use.

April 15th, 2010, 01:48 PM
thanks for the help, could you advise also on setting the clam to update on its own without me typing in the command from time to time?

April 15th, 2010, 02:25 PM
Sure. From 'man freshclam':

(2) Run as a daemon and check 2 times per day for new database:

freshclam -d -c 2

Jan Greeff
April 24th, 2010, 10:28 AM
I have installed Clam av on my Ubuntu 9.10 via the terminal but how do I get it to work?

April 24th, 2010, 05:04 PM
Just curious?
Do many people use clamav?

April 24th, 2010, 06:41 PM
why not? I use it on all my linux installs, just to check this and that sometimes. I have also the windows version on my usb stick as portable version, to carry some small tool for such purposes with me.

April 24th, 2010, 08:19 PM
I have installed Clam av on my Ubuntu 9.10 via the terminal but how do I get it to work?

Simply you run from a xterm: clamscan

In order to update the virus database you have to run: sudo freshclam

July 23rd, 2010, 02:10 PM
my clamav is no longer updating its giving this message " your time stamp is in the future"