Updating ClamWin

Updating ClamWin essentially consists of two parts: Obtaining the latest Anti-Virus updates, and also applying updates to the actual software itself. Updates to the Anti-Virus definitions are typically performed automatically. Updates to the program typically are performed after the software performs a check and then announces, through a message notification, that a new version is available. The user then needs to obtain the newer version of the software manually. These alerts about a new version are enabled by having a checkbox checked, which is checked by default, and that checkbox can be found on the “Internet Updates” tab of “ClamWin Preferences”. It is called “Notify About New ClamWin Releases”. Typically the new versions of the software include bug fixes, include other stability increases, and/or change how malware is detected so that hopefully more malware can be successfully detected. Therefore, these updates are generally recommended.

If a notification window...

... pops up, selecting Download will cause ClamWin to open up the default web browser, and may go to a URL such as “http://www.clamwin.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=132&version=0.95.3&source=sf” (where the quotes are not part of the URL, and the version number given reflects the installed version number).

Updates may be obtained outside of the main ClamWin software by obtaining http://database.clamav.net/main.cvd and http://database.clamav.net/daily.cvd and then those files may be applied by placing those files into the location which ClamWin uses. ClamWin shows and specifies this location in the “ClamWin Preferences” on the tab called “File Locations”. The value of this may be C:\ProgramData\.clamwin\db or “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\.clamwin\db”. There is also a FreshClam.exe (in the bin\ subdirectory under where the program was installed) and it has command line parameters --daemon, --install, and --uninstall, as well as others shown with --help.