How To: Scan a Hard Drive with Fedora 8 Live CD

I had downloaded the i386 version of the Fedora 8 Live CD. Since I already had it downloaded and burned to a CD, I decided to use this to scan a laptop’s drive for viruses. There is probably an easier way, but I thought this would be a good exercise.

Once booted, open a terminal and run the following commands:

su -
yum install gcc zlib zlib-devel make

Then, I downloaded clamav from the SourceForge website. The version I downloaded was 0.92rc2. Firefox automatically saves files to the Desktop, and so, I just let it do its thing.

Next, back in the terminal window, I compiled the program:

cd /home/fedora/Desktop
tar -xzvvf clamav*.tar.gz
cd clamav*
useradd clamav
make install

Then, I had to update the configuration files. You can do this from the terminal with:

sed -e 's/^Example$/#Example/i' /usr/local/etc/freshclam.conf > freshclam.conf
mv -f freshclam.conf /usr/local/etc/freshclam.conf
sed -e 's/^Example$/#Example/i' /usr/local/etc/clamd.conf > clamd.conf
mv -f clamd.conf /usr/local/etc/clamd.conf

Next, download the most recent virus definitions.


Finally, do your scan (You may need to mount it first).

clamscan /media/disk

One thought on “How To: Scan a Hard Drive with Fedora 8 Live CD

  1. You didn’t mention -r at the end of clamscan /media/disk
    So that it scans recursively. I didn’t the first time and it scanned nothing, lol
    Then I realised it didn’t scan inside of any folders.

    Thanks for the info though, I never used Clam AV and had no idea what I was doing before I read this.

    oh I’m in a LiveCD of Ubuntu 8.10, Maybe FC does scan recursively without -r

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