Virus scanning

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If you don't have it already, get MacPorts. You'll also need Xcode and the Xcode command line utilities (Xcode -> Preferences -> Components).


In the terminal:

$ sudo port install clamav

Copy the example freshclam.conf and edit it:

$ cd /opt/local/etc
$ sudo cp example-freshclam.conf  freshclam.conf
$ sudo vi freshclam.conf

Remove the line:


Add mirrors lines to refer to the UK mirrors:


If it doesn't exist already, create a working directory for ClamAV and change permissions:

$ sudo mkdir /opt/local/share/clamav/
$ sudo chown -R clamav:clamav /opt/local/share/clamav/

Test it.

$ sudo freshclam


Get the latest definitions.

$ sudo freshclam

Scan your suspect file or files:

$ sudo clamscan -ir ~/Desktop/
$ sudo clamscan -ir ~/some-dir/

Note: sudo isn't always necessary, but it does eliminate potential problems with file permissions - clamscan can't scan files it can't access!

You'll get a handy summary of your scan:

----------- SCAN SUMMARY -----------
Known viruses: 2024329
Engine version: 0.97.7
Scanned directories: 0
Scanned files: 1
Infected files: 0
Data scanned: 0.12 MB
Data read: 0.07 MB (ratio 1.88:1)
Time: 8.113 sec (0 m 8 s)