For those who really want an AV ...

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by Ocky, Aug 11, 2009.

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  1. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

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    I have tried clamav and Avast, and must say that for me Avast is
    preferable. It runs much lighter and there have not been any false
    positives to date - except for instance my Ubuntu OS .iso which is
    listed as a "decompression bomb" but I think that is to be expected.
    (Compressed archives).

    To install Avast on Ubuntu:-

    1) Download the deb file http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-for-linux-workstation.html
    2) Get the free registration code.
    3) Install.
    4) To get the icons in Applications menu:-
    cd /usr/lib/avast4workstation/share/avast/desktop
    sudo ./install-desktop-entries.sh install
    5) Launch Avast and enter code.
    6) Run a scan.
    ... Or better, run one of these commands in the terminal:

    avast -ar*Scan (where -a is the default scan all files/archives
    and -r*Scan outputs the results to the file 'Scan'. The * includes
    results that are OK).

    sudo avast -cr*Scan (as above but really thorough and therefore
    also somewhat slower).

    I usually go to the directory I want to scan and just right click>
    'Open in Terminal' and then enter the command(s) .. (nautilus-open-terminal
    is a package available in Synaptic).

    Type man avast for all the details pertaining to usage. The GUI is
    self explanatory, you can exclude files etc. etc.

    PS. I scan rarely and mainly before sending something by email to
    friends using Windows.

    Regards.
     
  2. NormanF

    NormanF Registered Member

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    Its unnecessary. Viruses are a danger on systems running in a root acount. In Unix and Mac, its impossible. I haven't see the need for any anti-virus on those... yet.
     
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