Virus Scanner in cPanel to the rescue

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Virus Scanner in cPanel is the best way to steer away from viruses and malware.

At Bobcares, we offer solutions for every query, big and small, as a part of our Server Management Service.

Let’s take a look at how our Support Team recently helped a customer use Virus Scanner in cPanel to keep viruses and malware away.

All about Virus Scanner in cPanel

The Virus Scanners is responsible for scanning files for trojan horses, viruses as well as other types of malware. We can use it to scan files in public web and FTP directories, email files, or even the entire account.

However, it is not installed by default on managed VPS as well as managed Dedicated servers. Our Support Techs recommend getting it installed for protection from any kind of malware and virus.

What does Virus Scanner in cPanel look for?

The Virus Scanner searched for trojan horses, viruses, malware, and other threats. Furthermore, it gets this done with the help of databases from other sources like:

  • ClamAV
  • R-fx Networks
  • A2 Hosting’s custom virus definitions database

How to run a scan via Virus Scanner in cPanel?

  1. First, we have to log in to cPanel.
  2. Then, we will head to the Advanced section and select Virus Scanner.
  3. After that, we have to navigate to Start a New Scan and choose the directory we want to scan.
    • Scan Mail:
      This scans your mail directory in the account for viruses in incoming as well outgoing email messages.

    • Scan Entire Home Directory:
      This scans all the files in the account.

    • Scan Public Web Space:
      This scans the public_html directory of the account for infected website files. Our Support Techs recommend running this frequently to check for known viruses.

    • Scan Public FTP Space:
      This scans the public_ftp directory in the account for infected files. We need to run this scan only if we share files via FTP.

  4. Next, if the scan turns up any infected files, we have to choose one of the following options to indicate what has to be done with the infected files:
    • Quarantine:
      This option involves moving the infected file to the quarantine directory. We can find the directory at /home/username/quarantine_clamavconnector, where the username is the account username.

    • Destroy:
      This option involves deleting the infected file.

    • Ignore:
      This option leaves the infected file unchanged.

  5. Finally, we will click Process Cleanup to complete the virus scan process.

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In essence, the skilled Support Engineers at Bobcares demonstrated how to run a scan with the help of Virus Scanner in cPanel.


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