Scan Your Linux System with Malware Detect/maldet – Easy Installation Steps

Install maldet
Maldet is an efficient Malware Detect virus scanner for Linux. This article will help you to know how to install maldet and scan your system with maldet.

Maldet – It is an efficient Malware Detect virus scanner for Linux. Please follow the below steps to install the maldet on your system.
Go to “/opt” and download the latest “maldet” source and untar it.

cd /opt
tar -xvf maldetect-current.tar.gz
cd maldetect-1.4.2


Install the maldet using the “” shell script.



Now open a new screen session and scan the whole system by running the below command.

maldet -a /


( Please note that this will take hours to complete depending on the disk usage in your system, which is why we are running it in a screen session. )
You can detach and enter to screen session any time and check the status frequently.
If the scan is complete. You will get a result as shown below.

Linux Malware Detect v1.4.2
(C) 2002-2013, R-fx Networks <>
(C) 2013, Ryan MacDonald <>
inotifywait (C) 2007, Rohan McGovern <>
This program may be freely redistributed under the terms of the GNU GPL v2.
maldet(20920): {scan} signatures loaded: 11272 (9404 MD5 / 1868 HEX)
maldet(20920): {scan} building file list for /, this might take awhile...
/usr/bin/find: /proc/20974/task/20974/fdinfo/4: No such file or directory
/usr/bin/find: /proc/20974/fdinfo/4: No such file or directory
maldet(20920): {scan} file list completed, found 271615 files...
maldet(20920): {scan} 271615/271615 files scanned: 12 hits 0 cleaned
maldet(20920): {scan} scan completed on /: files 271615, malware hits 12, cleaned hits 0
maldet(20920): {scan} scan report saved, to view run: maldet --report 051913-1142.20920
maldet(20920): {scan} quarantine is disabled! set quar_hits=1 in conf.maldet or to quarantine results run: maldet -q 051913-1142.20920


From the result, you will get the scan report ID. In this case, the scan report ID is – 051913-1142.20920. Run the below command to view the detailed report.

maldet --report 051913-1142.20920


You can put the infected files to quarantine by running the below command.

maldet -q 051913-1142.20920


( Please note that these files will be removed from your system within 14 days. )
That’s it!! You have completed the maldet scan. Your system is now malware-free.

So that’s how you install maldet in your Linux system.

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