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Updating clam antivirus in ubuntu

Again maceguo, maybe this experience will help you (or perhaps others): As stated in my last post to this thread, my problem in that the virus definition updates are not successfully downloaded from any of the mirror sites.The response when running the command sudo freshclam -v from a terminal is (for example): Ignoring mirror 1.218 (has connected too many times with an outdated version). By enabling unsupported updates this problem is solved (at the expense of using now an unsupported version of Clam AV).Clam AV is a free open source cross-platform antivirus engine.It comes with multi-threaded scanner daemon, command line utilities for on demand file scanning and automatic signature updates.Thanks I am pretty sure that when you install clamav it also installs freshclam and that is run at boot each time, or at least daily, so there should not be any reason to update manually. ajgreeny thanks for your reply and may be i expressed the wrong idea.my idea is to download the update virus files as *from the clamav webpage and save it on a local directory.As a work around, I collect the database files from the site: At least I get and bytecode.cvd, as seems to come once when you install Clam AV and remains valid for that version.

Did you install Clam AV from the Software Centre (official repositories) or from a third-party?

On the next update you run you get now the newer and unsupported version of Clam AV and, for me, virus definition updates occur without any problems.

Hi, whenever I try to update my Clam AV antivirus in the terminal, it says "Clam AV 0.98.7 is outdated and I need 0.99 Clam AV." I have tried everything but I cannot upgrade my Clam AV Antivirus and I put every command I thought of in the terminal. WARNING: Local version: 0.98.7 Recommended version: 0.99 DON'T PANIC! You are aware that if you keep the virus definitions up to date it doesn't matter that you are running a slightly older version of clamav?

freshclam may do more then simply download the newest files..may also then process these files so that the information they contain is now usable by Clam AV when you request a scan).

I am not sure about this point, perhaps some other person can comment.


  1. To update the ClamAV database do sudo freshclam. NAME freshclam - update virus databases SYNOPSIS freshclam options DESCRIPTION freshclam is a virus database update tool for ClamAV. For offline update, you can also directly download virus definition from database main, daily and then put.

  2. ClamTK. If all this console stuff is simply too much for you, you can also install an additional package called “clamtk” that is basically a gtk-2 GUI for ClamAV. sudo apt-get install clamtk. Scan for viruses with ClamTK. From the ClamTK top panel options menu, you can choose any directory or file to.

  3. Jun 18, 2016. ClamAV is a free open source cross-platform antivirus comes with multi-threaded scanner daemon, command line utilities for on demand file scanning and automatic signature application was developed for Unix and various third parties have developed versions of ClamAV to work on.

  4. Sep 29, 2015. Today we will install ClamAV on our Ubuntu 14.04 Linux distribution. The process is almost similar for other Linux distributions. Let's began. We all know about Antivirus. Right? Antivirus is a computer program which detect and heal viruses from our computers/servers/workstations.

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