I use my Linux Mint VM for most of my internet activity. Because of this I like to install an antivirus on that VM so that I can scan files before I transfer them to the Windows host.
To be clear, I do this to protect Windows, not Linux Mint.
I use ClamAV:
“Clam AntiVirus (ClamAV) is a free software, cross-platform and open-source antivirus software toolkit able to detect many types of malicious software, including viruses.”
Let’s Install It
We are going to install ClamTk:
“ClamTk is a graphical front-end for ClamAV using Perl and Gtk libraries. It is designed to be an easy-to-use, lightweight, on-demand antivirus scanner for Linux systems.”
Open Software Manager
Installing Clamtk and Clamav-daemon will get you everything you need
You can configure this to your liking.
In Linux Mint Cinnamon I can find no option to right-click scan a directory from the Nemo file manager so you must do so from this window.
If you see the “An update is available” notice at the bottom, this refers to ClamTk itself not virus definitions. You can manually download and install it from the ClamTk website but you will lose the ability to right-click and scan a file. This is a feature I desire so I will stick with the Mint installed version.
The virus database is supposed to be updated automatically. However, I want to get the update ASAP so you open up a terminal and enter the following commands:
sudo systemctl stop clamav-freshclam [press ENTER]
sudo freshclam [press ENTER]
sudo systemctl start clamav-freshclam [press ENTER]
Scan a directory
Scan a file