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    Re: Avast anti virus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yezinki View Post
    How do I update AV engine & GUI version of Clamav since it's not auto updating on startup?

    AV definitions are current.

    Thanks.
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    Question Re: Avast anti virus?

    Code:
    vaio@VGC-LS1:~$ $ whereis freshclam 
    $: command not found
    vaio@VGC-LS1:~$ whereis freshclam 
    freshclam: /usr/bin/freshclam /usr/bin/X11/freshclam /usr/share/man/man1/freshclam.1.gz
    vaio@VGC-LS1:~$ whereis clamscan
    clamscan: /usr/bin/clamscan /usr/bin/X11/clamscan /usr/share/man/man1/clamscan.1.gz
    vaio@VGC-LS1:~$  gpg --verify clamav-X.XX.tar.gz.sig
    gpg: directory `/home/vaio/.gnupg' created
    gpg: new configuration file `/home/vaio/.gnupg/gpg.conf' created
    gpg: WARNING: options in `/home/vaio/.gnupg/gpg.conf' are not yet active during this run
    gpg: keyring `/home/vaio/.gnupg/pubring.gpg' created
    gpg: can't open `clamav-X.XX.tar.gz.sig'
    gpg: verify signatures failed: file open error
    vaio@VGC-LS1:~$
    Thanks but what does this signify?
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    Re: Avast anti virus?

    What are you trying to do anyway? From what I'm seeing you're verifying the downloaded ClamAV package, which is needed ONLY if you download ClamAV manually from the repository (also, you're not doing it right)

    Also, to reply to your question, last time I checked ClamAV updates itself. If you want, you can set ClamAV to update from the GUI.

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    Question Re: Avast anti virus?

    Quote Originally Posted by zombifier25 View Post
    What are you trying to do anyway? From what I'm seeing you're verifying the downloaded ClamAV package, which is needed ONLY if you download ClamAV manually from the repository (also, you're not doing it right)

    Also, to reply to your question, last time I checked ClamAV updates itself. If you want, you can set ClamAV to update from the GUI.

    Thanks zombifier25, correct I downloaded from repository & Ubuntu center....what should I do now?
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    Question Re: Avast anti virus?

    Virus scanner startup preferences > Check for AV engine updates, GUI Updates & Open DNS servers all 3 checked?
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    Re: Avast anti virus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yezinki View Post
    Thanks all for posting your experienced views, shall go with Clam AV since it's only Ubuntu on the machine.
    One of the nicest things about Linux is how robust it is against viruses. I agree with CharlesA. Why install AV at all? It is a huge resource hog and is one of the reasons that Windows runs so poorly. When I moved to Linux, one of the best things about the move was not having to deal with AV any more. At first, you feel awfully exposed, until you realize that Windows has habituated us into feeling that its lousy security is the norm. In Linux, good security is the norm (as should be the case in Windows from the start), and AV is (in my opinion) a pointless layer of unnecessary sludge. Having said that, you may wish to install it simply to avoid passing on any Windows virus that you receive to Windows users further downstream. Clam does this by staying on the lookout for e-mails you receive that may contain Windows viruses. However, since such viruses cannot infect your computer, this is really just a public service and not a benefit to you.

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    Question Re: Avast anti virus?

    Thanks I agree with your views.

    What command should I type in terminal to get rid of Clam AV altogether?
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    Re: Avast anti virus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yezinki View Post
    Thanks I agree with your views.

    What command should I type in terminal to get rid of Clam AV altogether?
    It depends on how you installed it. If you installed it from the repos, it should be easy to remove via apt-get.
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    Re: Avast anti virus?

    Quote Originally Posted by thatguruguy View Post
    Why would you? Why not use ClamAV?
    Because ClamAV is rubbish?

    You don't really need antivirus on a Linux desktop IMO, but if you did need one, you can do better than ropey old ClamAV.
    Last edited by Paqman; October 5th, 2012 at 03:16 PM.

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    Re: Avast anti virus?

    I agree with Paqman, I never run antivirus on my linux machines and have never run into an issue.

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