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bilbo.san
May 7th, 2008, 05:23 PM
Hey
I have heard that Ubuntu is quite quite safe against threats, so I guess installing an AV should not bother me at all... but again, I am new with Ubuntu, so I dont know.

Can you please advise?

I would hate to also have an AntiVirus slowing the system down like many do with XP.

Thanks

Whiffle
May 7th, 2008, 05:26 PM
Been using linux 6 years, never felt the need for antivirus. Heck, there are hardly any viruses out there for linux anyway. I would say don't worry about it.

wolfen69
May 7th, 2008, 05:26 PM
if you are going to be sharing files from ubuntu to windows (especially P2P files) you might want to consider it. otherwise no.

subzero316
May 7th, 2008, 05:30 PM
As fas as linux is concerned you wont need any anti-virus . Since installation and most stuff require rootpermissions you wont have to bother . There are a few viruses search form em in wikipedia jus a few . But since most operations require root permission you`ll get infected only if the binaries of the package are infected which wont happen as you get s/w only from good sources.

But you might wanna install FIRESTARTER its a firewall . You can monitor the incoming connections.So Don`t worry Linux is not Windows to get infected.If you still want to have an antivirus S/W for linuX try AVAST consumes low memory but i wound advice it as it is unnecessary . Here`s The <<---Link To Avast---->> (http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-for-linux-workstation.html)

eragon100
May 7th, 2008, 05:31 PM
There are no viruses for linux, but if you give something you have downloaded to a friend who has windows, it would be a good idea to scan it first, because it might have a virus but you wouldn't notice it because it's written for windows. This is true for windows applications, music and so on and so on.

I recommend AVG free edition for linux 7.5, since it has a .deb installation and an easy GUI. Since it doesn't have life scan or something no processes are run slowing down your system unless you ask it to start, and when you stop it those processes are gone :KS

bilbo.san
May 7th, 2008, 05:33 PM
Well... I might be sharing stuff from Ubuntu to Windows... but if it is between my machines, I could always scan it on windows.
You are right!... I should not worry about it.

Thanks
b.

Steveway
May 7th, 2008, 05:33 PM
As fas as linux is concerned you wont need any anti-virus . Since installation and most stuff require rootpermissions you wont have to bother . There are a few viruses search form em in wikipedia jus a few . But since most operations require root permission you`ll get infected only if the binaries of the package are infected which wont happen as you get s/w only from good sources.

But you might wanna install FIRESTARTER its a firewall . You can monitor the incoming connections.So Don`t worry Linux is not Windows to get infected.

It has been said again and again; Firestarter is NOT a firewall!
It's just a frontend to IPtables, the inbuilt firewall.
Having Firestarter or anything of that sort installed gives people wrong impressions of security.

jimv
May 7th, 2008, 05:48 PM
To be honest, I don't even run an antivirus on my Windows box. If you go to reputable websites (not crack,serial,warez, or porn sites), and don't open email attachments that you aren't expecting, then you should be ok on pretty much any OS.

spiderbatdad
May 7th, 2008, 05:52 PM
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=510812

Security thread.