Thank a lot. I am learning introduction to Linux subject for my IT course. That 
is why I wanna try out clamAV. I am learning. Thanks for your tips. I try the 
clam.exe –help. But it does not help much. Maybe you can improve the 
documentation for the application.

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From: Micah Snyder (micasnyd)<>
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:14 PM
To: ClamAV users ML<>
Subject: Re: [clamav-users] Please guide me

Hi Teo Peishen,

ClamAV is a command-line based program so the learning curve is a little high 
for setup.  One of our goals going forwards after our next version release is 
to make ClamAV easier to work with, but for the time being it’s a little 
cumbersome.  If you’re fairly adept with command line programs on Windows or 
Linux, stay around and try out ClamAV.  If you’re just looking for a free 
antivirus product that works out-of-the-box, you may want to try Immunet.

If you want to keep playing with ClamAV on Windows, I recommend using 
ClamAV-0.100.0-beta.  This version has configuration files that are written 
with Windows in mind (older versions have the Unix ones which won’t work 
without modification).  The 0.100.0-beta version also sets up the database 
directory for you.

The basics of ClamAV usage are:
1. Configure the virus definition updater, Freshclam.
a. Start by copying the C:\Program 
to C:\Program Files\ClamAV\freshclam.conf.
b. Modify C:\Program Files\ClamAV\freshclam.conf to remove or comment out the 
“Example” line.
This line exists to force users to read the configuration files themselves so 
they don’t make assumptions about the way ClamAV is configured.  I realize it’s 
not a friendly way to do that and we’re investigating ways to improve 
configuration set up in the future.   Again, if you’re using ClamAV 0.99.3 or 
older, you’ll have to modify a lot of fields in the configuration file such as 
the file paths so they make sense for Windows.

2 (0.99.3 only). On ClamAV v0.99.3 and earlier you may need to create the 
C:\Program Files\ClamAV\\database directory by hand.  In v0.100.0-beta, the 
database directory should already exist.

3. Freshclam is the program to update your virus definitions, and it’s time to 
update those definitions.  Open an elevated command prompt:
a. Open the Start menu.
b. Type “cmd”.
c. Right click on “cmd.exe” and select “Run as Administrator”
d. Using the elevated command prompt, run freshclam.exe. This will update your 
virus definitions.  The command is something like:
C:\Users\Micah> "C:\Program Files\ClamAV\freshclam.exe"

4. Now you can scan stuff.  Keep the command prompt open.  You’ll want it to 
run scans.  You basically have 2 options for how to scan stuff.
a. You can scan things directly using Clamscan.exe.  It may take a minute for 
the virus definitions to load before the scan begins.
Example usage:
C:\Users\Micah> "C:\Program Files\ClamAV\clamscan.exe” 
b. -or- You can scan things indirectly, by running the ClamD.exe scanning 
engine continuously, and [in a different command prompt] trigger scans using 
ClamDScan.exe.  This option has the benefit of loading the virus definition 
database once when you start ClamD.exe, and then any file or directory you scan 
with ClamDScan.exe will be scanned immediately.
To use ClamD.exe, you will need to set up the clamd.conf file in the same way 
you set up freshclam.conf.
Example usage:
C:\Users\Micah> "C:\Program Files\ClamAV\clamd.exe”
In another cmd.exe:
C:\Users\Micah> "C:\Program Files\ClamAV\clamdscan.exe” 

That’s it for the basics.
For more information about how to use each of the ClamAV programs, use the 
“--help” command line options.
Do please note that the default configuration for ClamAV will notify you about 
infected files, but it will not quarantine or delete them by default.


Micah Snyder
Software Engineer
Cisco Systems, Inc.

On Feb 13, 2018, at 4:18 AM, Al Varnell 
<<>> wrote:

Cisco is the developer of Immunet, which uses ClamAV, so not really third party.

ClamXAV (3rd party) user

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 01:14 AM, teo peishen wrote:

So, you suggest the third party software instead of open source software?

From: Al Varnell
I suspect you will find the Immunet <> or ClamWin 
<> versions much easier to setup and use with your setup.

ClamXAV user

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 12:58 AM, teo peishen wrote:

I download from here.
The win64 version.

From: Al Varnell
First off, which of these versions did you download and install 

And then did you look through the applicable installation documentation 


On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 11:45 PM, teo peishen wrote:

I am running windows 10. I download clamav installer from your website. After 
running the installer, the installer create a file in my program files. About 
next, how to run it conf and download database and set it as service. I am 
totally lost and there are no information on the web. I wish someone can help 
me . Thanks.

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