ESET Antivirus for Linux?

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  1. lucygrl

    lucygrl Registered Member

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    Just wondering if anyone has tried ESET Antivirus for Linux and what is their opinion? I saw they were active here on the forum so Im going to buy a copy and give it a run for 12 months.

    thankyou.
     
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    What distro are you going to test it on? I've thought about maybe getting it at times but heard that it has possible issues with SELinux.

    Let me know how it goes.
     
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    Ill try it on Ubuntu on one computer and Linux Mint on the other. I do not use SELinux as I use Apparmor. Ill try the 30 day trial and if Im happy Ill make the purchase. The money is not an issue for me.
     
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    Why do you feel the need to use an AV on linux?
     
  6. lucygrl

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    Our Org comes under constant attack, so anything I can do to increase the level of security is an added advantage. I know some people say you do not need antivirus, and I honestly have no idea on the subject, but unless someone here can explain to me that it some way it would be even more dangerous to use an antivirus/antimalware, then Ill go on the side of safety.
     
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    Question, if a virus targetting a Linux machine does find its way into the computer, how does this usually happen?
     
  8. Veeshush

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    Let's not forget how Krebs even got into computer security- from a linux worm:
    https://krebsonsecurity.com/about/

    http://www.welivesecurity.com/ also reports happenings.

    I feel there's legit reasons. I think people are a lot less likely to get infected by malware on a Linux system just because most is aimed at Windows- and people have said that for years. But no OS is immune to vulnerabilities.

    But, I wouldn't also want to have to disable SELinux/Apparmor for any AV to run.
     
  9. lucygrl

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    Does the ESET antivirus disable Apparmor?
     
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    On a side note, was just wondering, what is the size of say Windows 7 attack surface compared to say Ubuntu?
     
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    You'd have to see, I really have no idea how well that stuff plays together. I've never installed an AV on Linux myself, but that's also why I'm curious to see how it turns out for you.
     
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    It would be nice if someone from ESET could answer some questions here.
     
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    fprot works well for me and their Linux version is free. It isn't on-access and there's no GUI if those are things you're looking for.
     
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    Does a virus written for Linux attack all distros or is it a case of the attacker needing to write a virus per each distro? So for example, if there is a virus that attacks Ubuntu, it cant attack Debian?
     
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    Viruses for Linux are very rare and you shouldn't worry about them at all. Stick with the official repositories, have strong passwords, configure a firewall, don't run java on your browser, etc. We're on Linux, not Windows.
    And regarding the broken theory that "if you share files with windows users you should somehow protect them": No. It's their system, and therefore their responsibility to protect it. It's not my fault that they use Windows afterall.
     
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    I'm running the trial on a PC with xubuntu installed. It works really good and it's light too. Only problem is there is no right-click scan for a single file.
     
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    Do you have Apparmor installed?
     
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    I have to say that I have been running Linux now for around 5 months on around 20 computers with no antivirus and from what I can tell from running clamav, etc...there has been no virus in any computer. I do put a lot down to better security proceedures, and addons such as no script.
     
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    I have no idea what it is, since I'm still rather new to linux, but I can see that the following are installed:
    User-space parser utility for AppArmor
    AppArmor library Perl bindings
    Changehat AppArmor library
     
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    i don't even feel the need for an anti-virus on Windows.
    less alone on Linux.
     
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    Yeah, because Windows is SOOOO secure! :D LOL
     
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    it's as secure as the user running it.

    i haven't been using resident antivirus programs on Windows for years.
     
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