Install maldet malware scan on server

You can install maldet malware scan on Linux server by following the below steps,
Go to,

Download the tarfile using the command below,


Now extract the file ,

tar -xvf maldetect-current.tar.gz

Change the directory where extracted files located,

cd maldetect-1.4.2

Install the maldet using the script,


Maldet will be successfully installed after the installation process completes.

Now you can scan your server manually using maldet scan commands. For that use the command below,

maldet -a /

You can change the location of scan by changing the fields after maldet -a

For example to scan the location /home/ you can use the command as,

maldet -a  /home/

If you wanted to run a malware scan on /home, you can do so with:

maldet -a /home/?

The above command will scan all files and directories within the /home directory.

Below is a sample output of above command:

root@server [~]# maldet -a /home/?
Linux Malware Detect v1.4.2
maldet(5196): {scan} signatures loaded: 10727 (8823 MD5 / 1904 HEX)
maldet(5196): {scan} building file list for /home/*, this might take 
maldet(5196): {scan} file list completed, found 14974 files...
maldet(5196): {scan} found ClamAV clamscan binary, using as scanner 
maldet(5196): {scan} scan of /home/* (18264 files) in progress...

maldet(5196): {scan} scan completed on /home/*: files 18264, malware 
hits 0, cleaned hits 0
maldet(5196): {scan} scan report saved, to view run: 
maldet --report 031515-1147.5196
root@server [~]#

Also you can set maldet to run scan daily on your server and get the reports on mail. For more information about how to set maldet daily scan click here .