ClamWin Free Antivirus Configuration Guide

ClamWin is a free (as in free beer) antivirus program for Windows. It is open source and is licensed under the GNU General Public License of the Free Software Foundation.

ClamWin includes a scanning scheduler, an automatic virus definition database updater, and a standalone virus scanner. It can, likewise, be integrated with Microsoft Windows Explorer and Microsoft Outlook. It does not, however, have an on-access scanning or real-time scanning feature.

Step 1. Install ClamWin Free Antivirus Program
  1. Dowload the latest ClamWin installer. The lastest version is available here.
  2. Run the ClamWin installer.
  3. The ClamWin Antivirus Setup Wizard pops up. Click Next.
  4. The License Agreement window opens. Select the I accept the agreement radio button. Click Next.
  5. The Select Installation Options window opens. Select the Anyone who uses this computer (all users) radio button. Click Next.
  6. The Select Destination Location window opens. Click Next.
  7. The Select Components window opens. Select the Integration with Windows Explorer and Integration with Microsoft Outlook check boxes. Click Next.

  1. The Select Start Menu Folder window opens. Click Next.
  2. The Select Additional Tasks window opens. Deselect the Download Virus Database Files. (Do Not Select if you connect via a Proxy Server) check box. Click Next.

  1. The Ready to Install window opens. Click Install.
  2. ClamWin installation may take a few minutes. Click Finish.
Step 2: Configure Proxy Settings
  1. Click the Proxy tab
  2. Fill up the fields as follows and click OK: Proxy Server:
    Port: 3128

Step 3: Configure Automatic Virus Updates
  1. Launch the ClamWin antivirus program.
  2. Click Tools -> Preferences
  3. Click the Internet Updates tab.
  4. Select the Enable Automatic Virus Database Updates check box.
  5. Fill up the fields as follows: Download Site:
    Update Frequency: Daily
    Time: 03:00 PM

  1. Select the Update Virus Database On Logon check box.
  2. Click OK.
Step 4: Update The Virus Database
  1. Click Tools -> Download Virus Database Update
  2. Or simply click on the Update icon. Once completed, click Close.
  3. You can now scan your hard drives and folders for infected files. Click Scan.
Step 5 (Recommended): Configure Virus Scan Scheduler
  1. Click the Scheduled Scans tab
  2. Click Add
  3. In the Schedule section, type in the following: Scanning Frequency: Daily
    Time: 09:00:00 AM
  4. In the Scan Folder field, Click on the drop down menu.

  1. Select the hard drive you want to scan (i.e. C:\)
  2. In the Description Field type in a brief description (i.e. Drive C)
  3. Click on the Activate This Schedule check box. Click OK.

  1. Repeat the procedure for the other hard drives or partitions.
  2. Click OK.