Question on AV/AS Scanning Linux Partition

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by yeow, Mar 9, 2007.

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  1. yeow

    yeow Registered Member

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    Hi, I've recently installed linux/ubuntu (as dual boot) on my winXP home pc. I also have FS-Driver installed which enables winXP to read & write to my linux partition. So when I do full scans, they currently include the ext3 partition.

    My question:
    The signatures for AV/AS apps installed on winXP - do they also apply to Linux? If they don't apply, I should exclude the linux partition for future scans.

    P.S. I'm not knowledgeable abt AV/AS technology, or linux, or even windows for that matter!! So pardon my asking.

    Thanks,
    yeow
     
  2. pcalvert

    pcalvert Registered Member

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    Personally, I wouldn't bother. What I would do is the opposite. I would get a virus scanner for Linux, like F-Prot for Linux, and use it to scan your Windows XP partition. Not to replace your existing antivirus, of course, but to supplement it.

    Phil
     
  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    No need to scan the Linux partitions. Different file systems, different ways the things work. The only way you can have a Windows-harmful exe on your Linux partition is if you download or copy one there.
    Mrk
     
  4. Alphalutra1

    Alphalutra1 Registered Member

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    I would not bother, since linux really doesn't have any spyware or viruses in the wild, and it will also save you considerable time while scanning ;)

    Cheers,

    Alphalutra1
     
  5. wir.sing

    wir.sing Registered Member

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    If you want to be sure I would recommend you to run your future scans of the windows partition from Ubuntu. The other way round, scanning your Linux partition from Windows has no point to it, as there aren't really any viruses around for Linux.

    If you want a good scanner to install in Linux to scan your Windows drive, I would recomment you Avira Antivir. You could even activate the OnAccess part of it in Ubuntu if you want to.
     
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