This article describes how to use the virus scanner in cPanel to scan your account files for viruses, trojan horses, and other types of malware. You can scan e-mail files, files in public web and FTP directories, or your entire account.
By default, the cPanel virus scanner is not installed on Cloud and Dedicated servers. If you have one of these account types and would like this feature installed, please open a support ticket, and we will install it for you.
What the Virus Scanner Looks for
The virus scanner in cPanel searches for viruses, trojan horses, malware, and other threats. It does this by using databases from several sources:
ClamAV: Clam AntiVirus is an open-source program that can detect a wide variety of threats. For more information about ClamAV, please visit http://www.clamav.net.
In the Advanced section of the cPanel home screen, click Virus Scanner.
Under Start a New Scan, select which directory you want to scan:
Scan Mail: This option scans the mail directory in your account, looking for viruses in incoming and outgoing e-mail messages
You should run this scan if one of your recipients reports receiving a virus from you
Scan Entire Home Directory: This option scans all of the files in your account
Scan Public Web Space: This option scans the public_html directory in your account, looking for infected website files
You should run this scan frequently to check if any of your website files are infected with known viruses
Scan Public FTP Space: This option scans the public_ftp directory in your account, looking for infected files
You only need to run this scan if you share files using FTP.
Click Scan Now
If there are a lot of files in the directory, the scan may take some time to complete
If the virus scan finds any infected files, you can specify what to do with the files:
Quarantine: When this option is selected, the virus scanner moves the file to the quarantine directory. The quarantine directory is located at/home/username/quarantine_clamavconnector, where the username represents your account username.
Destroy: When this option is selected, the virus scanner deletes the infected file
Ignore: When this option is selected, the virus scanner leaves the infected file unchanged.
To complete the virus scan process, click Process Cleanup.