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    Question Antivirus

    I know that I don't need an antivirus, but I'm working with Windows users all the time and sending attachments, and I'm also kind of paranoid. What's the best Linux AV? I don't like ClamAV, and it's the only one in the Ubuntu repositories, so what's the best Linux antivirus?

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    Re: Antivirus

    Aunty Virus? Have a look here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Antivirus
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    Re: Antivirus

    IMO running antivirus is completely unnecessary on a Linux Desktop.
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    Re: Antivirus

    That's a plus about ubuntu. You've got a steel wall around your PC with no Windows to let any viruses in.
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    Re: Antivirus

    You know I'd been curious about the debate of "Linux anti-malware" solutions. So I did a little research on it, and tested several of the "popular" AV solutions against multiple files that should be found as malicious based on heuristics alone.

    They didn't find it, the one's that worked properly. IMO Linux AV is a complete waste of time, and if someone does decide to start writing malware for linux we're all going to be playing catch up. However, with the current state of Linux AV solutions I wouldn't bother, it's a waste of cpu time.

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    Re: Antivirus

    Quote Originally Posted by Orcris View Post
    I know that I don't need an antivirus, but I'm working with Windows users all the time and sending attachments, and I'm also kind of paranoid. What's the best Linux AV? I don't like ClamAV, and it's the only one in the Ubuntu repositories, so what's the best Linux antivirus?
    I think you are on the right track as I work with many windows computers (friends) and I would hate to think I may have infected their Windows computer from a Linux computers from mine. So I scan mine once a week to confirm I'm clean. I never had a virus yet either in windows or Linux.

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    Re: Antivirus

    Quote Originally Posted by Orcris View Post
    I know that I don't need an antivirus, but I'm working with Windows users all the time and sending attachments, and I'm also kind of paranoid. What's the best Linux AV? I don't like ClamAV, and it's the only one in the Ubuntu repositories, so what's the best Linux antivirus?
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    Re: Antivirus

    You could go try Avast anti virus. There is a freeware version and it's pretty decent. I know on Tomshardware they did a review of anti-virus thats free, you may have to do some looking to find it, but it's pretty good.

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    Re: Antivirus

    Quote Originally Posted by mikaelcrocker View Post
    You could go try Avast anti virus. There is a freeware version and it's pretty decent. I know on Tomshardware they did a review of anti-virus thats free, you may have to do some looking to find it, but it's pretty good.
    Avast is #1 in my books, for both windows and Linux.

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    Re: Antivirus

    What situation are you trying to avoid specifically? The various AV scanning engines are really going to be equally effective (which is to say, not particularly). The most that scanning a file is going to do for you is allow you to say that you've scanned it (which, sure, satisfies some compliance requirements sometimes).

    Most of the malicious attachments that I've encountered for the last several years have been crafted specifically to be malicious, and since I assume you aren't doing that before sending them, there's no risk there. The Windows users that you are sending files to probably have something in place to check all attachments and downloads, but if they don't, or if they're not up to date, then there's really nothing you can do for them.

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