If you are getting this error message, you probably haven’t updated default config file yet.
~# nano /etc/freshclam.conf
You need to comment the Example line – this is the usual mistake people forget, it’s rarely mentioned in google discussions ..
# Comment or remove the line below. Example
# Comment or remove the line below. # Example
Next uncomment these 2 lines
DatabaseDirectory /var/lib/clamav UpdateLogFile /var/log/freshclam.log
And run freshclam. That will update the database.
~# /usr/bin/freshclam ClamAV update process started at Wed Jan 11 08:24:05 2017 main.cvd is up to date (version: 57, sigs: 4218790, f-level: 60, builder: amishhammer) daily.cvd is up to date (version: 22872, sigs: 1320094, f-level: 63, builder: neo) bytecode.cld is up to date (version: 285, sigs: 57, f-level: 63, builder: bbaker)
It’s best to set up cron job that runs this update for you, e.g.
15 1 * * * /usr/bin/freshclam