Antivirus Live CD or USB drives come in handy at times when your computer is infected with a virus and other malware. Majority of virus work only in Windows OS. This malware can’t damage a Linux system because they can’t be executed in the Linux environment.

By using Linux OS, you are already reducing the virus risk to the minimum, but things become complicated to control in a dual boot PC with Windows in it. You don’t want your machine to be a medium for transferring the malware to your friends’ PC.

Here is how you can quickly create an Antivirus Live CD/USB drive which uses the popular ClamAV scanner engine. ClamAV is an open source (GPL) anti-virus engine used widely for situations including email scanning, web scanning, and endpoint security. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and an advanced tool for automatic database updates.

Creating ClamAV Antivirus Live USB drive

Step 1) Download the latest ISO image from below link:

Download Antivirus Live CD ISO

Step 2) For burning the ISO image to a USB flash drive, I suggest to use UNetbootin. It is a free application and works on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

Download UNetbootin

Step 2) Insert a blank USB flash drive to the USB port of your PC. I suggest using a minimum of 512MB capacity. The USB drive will be completely formatted in the process.

Step 3) Launch UNetbootin.

Step 4) Select “Diskimage” radio button and “ISO” from the drop-down list. Then browse and select the Antivirus ISO image. You should browse through / > Home > username > Downloads.

READ  How to create Manjaro Linux Live USB drive in Windows PC

Select “Type” as “USB Drive”. You should automatically see the flash drive mounted. If not mounted, you may have plugged in the USB drive after launching the app. Simply relaunch the app and you should be fine. Click OK when you are done.

UNetbootin settings for making Antivirus USB drive
UNetbootin settings for making Antivirus USB drive

Wait for the process to finish. Congrats! Your Antivirus Live USB drive should be ready for use.

Using the Antivirus Live USB Drive to scan and remove malware

1) Plug in the USB drive to the USB port and boot into it.

2) For the majority of users, the default video driver should work.

Booting into Antivirus USB drive
Booting into Antivirus USB drive

3) Select your preferred language and proceed.

4) You will see a prompt that there is no root password and asks you if you want to set one. Enter ‘y’ and type in a root password.

5) You should go through setting a time zone.

6) Type “antivir” and press enter.

7) You should see three choices: (1) Scan your computer against virus (2) Update Virus signature databases (3) Update your ClamAV software.

Options
Options

I recommend to first enter (3) and (2) to make sure ClamAV engine and virus signatures are updated which is crucial for security as new virus updates are added on daily basis.

8) Finally, enter (1) to scan your computer for malware. You will be presented with 3 more options on what to be done just in case malware is found. I recommend (3) which is moving the infected file to quarantine.  That way you will know which files are infected.

Scan Options
Scan Options

The process of scanning is slow and could take several hours for a larger size hard disk.

READ  How to create a Fedora Games Live USB drive in Linux
Previous articleFirefox 63 released, here is how to install or upgrade
Next articleUbuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo” Release Date and New Features
Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of FOSSLinux.com. I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of