[clamav-users] Unclear how to proceed after Windows install

Kevin Lin klin at sourcefire.com
Fri Feb 13 13:41:03 EST 2015

The clamav-0.98.6-win32.msi simply installs the bare-bones for ClamAV on
Windows which comprises of a number of command line programs. This means
that there are no GUIs and it's generally for technical specialists.

If you're interested in acquiring a ClamAV variant that includes a GUI,
some programs you could look into are ClamWin and Immunent. ClamWin is a
third-party derivative of ClamAV and Immunent is a first-party derivative
but mileage may vary with either.

As for solving the "Please define server type (local and/or TCP)" error,
'clamd' is the a daemon that listens on a socket for files to scan and can
be run in the background. In order for 'clamd' to function, the
specifications of the socket it uses must be defined.

   - If you are using TCP, you need to set the "TCPSocket" and "TCPAddr"
   options in clamd.conf. "TCPSocket" is required and "TCPAddr" may
provide some
   degree of protection from the outside world.
   - Local sockets (UNIX sockets) are not supported for the Windows

When using 'clamd', it is recommended you use 'clamdscan' alongside
it. 'clamscan'
is also a stand-alone scanner.

For additional information for program usage, you can read the program's
help message or query its manpage.


On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 1:13 PM, Jonathan Coles <jcoles0727 at rogers.com>

> I installed clamav-0.98.6-win32.msi on Windows. It added nothing to the
> Start menu. After searching the registry I found clamav executables in
> C:\Program Files\Sourcefire Inc\ClamAV, but they are all command-line
> programs.
> Your manual clamdoc.pdf is relevant only to Linux.
> I have used Clam-Tk on Linux and it works well -- easy to install, easy to
> use. I'm surprised at this baffling Windows version of the program.
> Even with access to the clamd.conf man page on Linux (not provided in
> Windows) I could not figure out how to fix the "Please define server type
> (local and/or TCP)" error. The conf file options require specialist
> knowledge that few Windows end users would have.
> Do I have the wrong package? Or, is the Windows version of ClamAV just a
> bare-bones toolkit for technical specialists?
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