I'm running avg anti virus on linux and I'm using only the terminal. So sudo avgscan / -a -H -c scans the whole disk, is there a way to scan just a specified folder (also scans for the folders within said folder)?


To launch The AVG Anti-Virus on Ubuntu, run this command from the terminal:

sudo avgctl --start

Here are some useful scanning commands:

To scan a specific folder, use this command by replacing "folder_name" with the folder you want to scan with AVG:

sudo avgscan -H /folder_name

To download an update:

sudo avgupdate -d

To update the current virus database, use one of these commands:

sudo avgupdate --priority 1 sudo avgupdate --priority 2 sudo avgupdate --priority 3 sudo avgupdate --priority 4 sudo avgupdate --priority 5

1 - Critical update

2 - Virus update

3 - Recommended update

4 - Program update (default)

5 - Optional update

To download an update:

sudo avgupdate -d

For more help about using AVG, run this command:

sudo avgscan -h

Note: To stop the scan process, press Ctrl + C in the terminal.


is there a way to scan just a specified folder

Yes, simply give it the folder path instead of the / you are using now.

For example:

sudo avgscan /home/shelby -a -H -c
  • +1 for mentioning that the full system scan was done using /, I was looking for some sort of specific command – Jaime Hablutzel Jan 23 '14 at 22:25
  1. Open a terminal
  2. To update AVG type sudo avgupdate - you then have to enter your password to get "sudo"-rights, then AVG will start updating
  3. To scan your whole system type sudo avgscan / -a -H -c --ignerrors - this scans your system (/), all of the included (and maybe compressed) files (a), in a heuristic scan mode (H), your cookies (c), and ignores the normal I/O errors (= errors you get normally as linux protects system/proc - files.

Important: When doing sudo avgscan / -a -H -c --ignerrors you have to leave blank spaces between the commands so you type sudo then blank then avgscan then blank then / then blank then -a ...... and so on.

source: http://forums.avg.com/us-en/avg-forums?sec=thread&act=show&id=218426

  • Does AVG still offer a (free) linux product? There's nothing "linux" listed under their "All Products" page – Xen2050 Feb 16 '15 at 3:35

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