How do I know if ClamAv is actively running?
I installed it with
sudo aptitude install clamav
But I don't see it anywhere and am not sure if it's actually doing anything.
ClamAV is designed to be an on-demand scanner, and will only run when you invoke it to run (which mean you probably won't see any of its processes if you did not manually invoke it). Also, when you installed the clamav package, you only installed the command-line scanner and scanning engine.
If you want to install the full package of ClamAV, I suggest you use this
A breakdown of what package does what :
With all these packages installed, ClamAV should perform like most other AV packages. Like alex said, once you installed these packages, running ps should allow you to see the ClamAV daemon running.
Try searching for the process associated with ClamAv. You can use top or ps to find it. There's a bit more information about the processes that ClamAV uses in this article; it's a bit old, but maybe it can guide you in the right direction.