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Avast – Free Antivirus for Linux

Avast Antivirus Linux EditionAvast free antivirus, have been protecting millions of PC users from malicious software’s like Trojan’s, Viruses and other Potentially Unwanted or Malicious Program’s. Avast Free antivirus having got outstanding detection abilities and high performance makes it one of the best option of free Antivirus software for Windows. Having got this positive feedback from all windows users avast bring about the avast! Linux Home Edition which is a free antivirus for home non-commercial use.

Avast Linux Home Edition has got a very simple user interface which allows manual scanning of the selected folder for viruses.

Avast antivirus for LinuxAvast – Linux Home Edition User Interface

The simple User Interface will enable even the beginner level users to select their area of interest to perform the virus scan and to perform a manual update of the virus database. For a medium level user, if he wants to make changes like excluding certain files from scanning, these changes can be made from the preferences option in the Tools menu.

For advanced users avast also provides command line scanner which enables the user to scan using the console without using much of the system resources. The scanner features archive/packed file scanning, infected file deletion or repair. The output of the scanner can be written to a report file. It also supports a special stdin/stdout mode which makes it work as a filter (pipe).

The simplest way to use the command line scanner is

avast <location to be scanned>

If the location to be scanned is not specified it will scan the current directory. The complete syntax for using the command line scanner is

avast <location to be scanned> <options>

The various options for the avast command line scanner are,

-_, –console

This option makes the scanner work in stdin/stdout (filter) mode

-a, –testall

This option tells the scanner to test all files, regardless of extension or content.

-b, –blockdevices

This option tells the scanner to scan block devices.

-c, –testfull

this option tells the scanner to scan entire files.

-d, –directory

This command will make the scanner scan only directory content and it will not scan sub-directories.

-i, –ignoretype

This option tells the scanner to ignore virus targeting

-n, –nostats

This option disables display of statistics in the scanner output.

-p, –continue=NUMBER

This option allows the scanner to perform an action automatically. The various actions that can be set to perform are

1 – to delete the infected file

3 – to repair the infected file.

4 – enable the user to specify what to do.

-r, –report=[*]FILE

This option enables to write output of the scanner to a report file, ‘*’ for OK results.

-t, –archivetype[=ARCHIVE_LIST]

This option enable the scanner to scan inside archives. The parameter ARCHIVE_LIST can be `Z(zip)’, `G(gzip)’, `B(bzip2)`, `T(tar)’, `I(mime)’, `J(arj)’, `R(rar)’, `X(exec)’, `O(zoo)’, `Q(arc)’, `H(lha)’, `F(tnef)’, `V(cpio)’, `K(chm)’, `P(rpm)’, `Y(iso)’, `D(dbx)’, `6(sis)’, `U(ole)’, `C(cab)’, `E(ace)’, `1(install)’, `W(winexec)’, `A(all)’ or `N(none)’

-v, –viruslist[=PATTERN]

This option shows list of virus/worm names matching the PATTERN string, and quit.

-h, –help

Displays help and exits.


Display how to use the scanner and exits.

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