I have installed Clam AV antivirus for Ubuntu. I read this Ubuntu Forums thread

As per the instructions there I ran sudo apt-get install clamav, but the apapplication is not visible in my dashboard.

I am very new to Linux

How can I see the GUI of ClamAV and access it or uninstall it?

Or, can anybody suggest an effective open source antivirus application for Ubuntu?

  • ClamAV doesn't come with a GUI by default. For a GUI, see the Graphical user interface section of this answer. – kiri Feb 1 '14 at 6:38

First of all note that you don't need antivirus for linux. Check the answer for this question Linux Anti-Virus

For clamav it comes with noGUI but to do it in command line :

To Install Clamav

sudo apt-get install clamav 

To update pattern files

sudo freshclam

To scan all your filesystem and remove infected files

sudo clamscan --infected --remove --recursive /

To download test virus

wget http://www.eicar.org/download/eicar.com 

To uninstall

sudo apt-get remove clamav

But you can use a frontend GUI that works with calmav called AntiVirus Scanner(avscan). you can download from here.

Moreover there are many GUI frontends for calmav. you can check this menu here and choose one of them but i advise you by the one above(avscan)

If you want to use other GUI i advise to use comodo.Comodo has a free, modern, easy to use anti-virus program for various GNU/Linux distributions including Ubuntu 12.04.x.y 32 and 64 bit LTS. The graphical user interface is easy to learn how to use.

  • Thanks Maythux, if i install avscan, do i have to uninstall clam av. if so please help how to uninstall it. – Auro_user239244 Feb 1 '14 at 11:30
  • @Auro_user239244 You don't have to uninstall calmav since avscan is just a GUI frontend and it cant standalone. It uses calmav. I also stated in my answer how to uninstall check it – Maythux Feb 1 '14 at 11:34

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