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alvinmoneypit
December 8th, 2009, 01:44 PM
Folks,

Do I need an antivirus for Ubuntu? I've read some of the tutorials and looked through a few dozen of these threads, but haven't seen it mentioned. If not, why?

blazemore
December 8th, 2009, 01:46 PM
If you're on a network with Windows machines, you could potentially pass a virus on to them. This isn't a problem if they are running antivirus
However, I never run an antivirus and I haven't run into any problems.

IMO, in a word

No.

JamesParnell
December 8th, 2009, 01:48 PM
Most viruses are used to screw over windows users, and although you may still get the files that have viruses in, they wont do anything to us smart people, you can have an anti virus installed rto delete any unwanted infected files, but as they are infected under windows, are not problematic to you.

I have no AV in myself, but each to his own.

JamesParnell
December 8th, 2009, 01:49 PM
again you beat me to it!

MelDJ
December 8th, 2009, 01:51 PM
Folks,

looked through a few dozen of these threads, but haven't seen it mentioned.

go to the community cafe-recurring discussions and you will see it a lot ;)

ukripper
December 8th, 2009, 01:53 PM
Folks,

Do I need an antivirus for Ubuntu? I've read some of the tutorials and looked through a few dozen of these threads, but haven't seen it mentioned. If not, why?

If that psychologically makes you secure then i suggest you go for it. But just for ubuntu you don't need antivirus as yet.

OrangeCrate
December 8th, 2009, 02:23 PM
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/security

EssexEagle
December 8th, 2009, 02:42 PM
go to the community cafe-recurring discussions and you will see it a lot ;)

+1

It's quite hard NOT to find this discussed on Ubuntu websites, particularly this one...

cartisdm
December 8th, 2009, 02:51 PM
No, quite simply you don't need one installed. One of the things I hate about AV programs is them running in the background and taking up resources. Don't stress about virus, if you have anything of value on your system be more concerned about getting an external harddrive for backing up everything on a regular basis. It's much more likely to have a harddrive crash on you...

dgoosens
December 8th, 2009, 02:56 PM
+1

It's quite hard NOT to find this discussed on Ubuntu websites, particularly this one...

I agree...
same for Firewalls (just in case...)

Defiant Rat
December 8th, 2009, 02:59 PM
go to the community cafe-recurring discussions and you will see it a lot ;)

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1335156

bumanie
December 8th, 2009, 03:13 PM
This is worth reading (http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/index.php?page=virus).

alvinmoneypit
December 9th, 2009, 02:14 AM
Thanks to all those who responded.

I've read that Ubuntu was less vulnerable to viruses, but since I really hadn't seen it discussed in my obvious limited experience, I thought I'd better ask.

OrangeCrate
December 9th, 2009, 02:18 AM
Thanks to all those who responded.

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Your welcome.

:)

ssulaco
December 9th, 2009, 04:49 AM
This is worth reading (http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/index.php?page=virus).
I concur,bumanie,this is a must read for people who think malware writers are just targetting Windows.and why Linux is so hard to crack.