Antivirus for Linux

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  1. Football

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    In my hard drive I have installed Windows XP Professional in one partition and I would like also to install Linux Ubuntu in the other. My question is if you recommend me using an anti-virus software. If so, which one? Please recommend FREE antiviruses with talking points.
    Thank you in advance.
     
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    AFAIK, clamAV's detection rate is not really good.
     
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    You can run Anti-virus in Linux, but it's not essential like it is in Windows. Linux has far less Malware problems.
     
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    tu run AV in Linux is good because you can top spreading infected files that may arrive to you :D

    for example somebody send you an infected file and he doesnt know it is infected then you forward the file o_O to somebody else

    better have an AV so you prevent yourself from sending infected files even they dont harm Linux
     
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    wow what's happening,are Linux users actually admitting there are viruses out there that can infect their machines?
     
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    I would just run one of the free AVs on your XP partition/setup and nothing more. The best of the free is probably Avira, with Avast a close 2nd, and least effective is AVG.
     
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    Actually is not secret nor something new that every OS can be infected, including Linux.

    The major point is that the most of the malware writers(if we can call them "good" guys for not attacking Linux ) are focused to Windows, because they want to proof that Even the best claimed and most used OS can be hacked, no matter what material and human resources does own MS.

    But nowdoys is dangerous even for Linux users as there are pages that are trying to steal all the personal data including credit card or bank information from your PC. (The "bad" guys which are driven for money).
     
  13. tlu

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    You're missing the point. No AV protects against XSS. Generally, you don't need an AV under Linux if you install only software from the official repositories. Nevertheless, I use clamav to check my emails just to make sure that I won't forward an infected one to my friends.

    Avira AV for Unix/Linux can be found on http://www.free-av.de/en/download/download_servers.php
     
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    I just wanted to give an general idea for his comment. If you read carefully you can understand what i've want to say.
    That was one of my points, but i didn't mentioned it.
     
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    Does clamav offer real-time protection?
     
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    Not that I know of, no. I know I'm using it from time to time from a usb-stick as a portable version for Windows.
     
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    WIth Sudown and AppArmor on Linux with a free AV, you have a security level Mac and Windows users can only dream of. :oops:
     
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    A (free) AV is not even needed. With SELinux you can tighten your system even more then with AppArmor :thumb:
     
  22. tlu

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    Well, you suggested that any OS can get infected, even Linux. I disagree - provided that you don't work/surf as root (no Linux user does that but nearly all Windows users do) and that you don't install software from 3rd party websites but rather stick to the repositories.

    The examples you mentioned have nothing to do with Linux but are Internet-related risks due to browser vulnerabilities.
     
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    PC Tools iAnitivirus is for MacOS. *nix is not officially supported.

     
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    They focus on Windows because it's on 98% of computers, not because of anything else. If OSX was on the majority of computers, that would be their prime focus.
     
  25. tonyseeking

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    You don't need an AV in Ubuntu.

    Whoever tells you that you do, have a windows mind-set and are ignorant about how Ubuntu exactly works.

    Virus cannot "live" in Ubuntu and will never infect you.

    However, if you want to protect friends who use Windows and you send them an email attachment you got from someone else, then you may want to consider not sending attachments to your friends.

    I have been using Linux since early 1990's and never ever been "infected" with anything.

    And in addition, you should only be using apt-get anyway, which means you only get stuff from the ubuntu depositories.
     
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