Re: Best AV Program for Linux?
You won't even with an anti-virus program, squire.
Originally Posted by altirisx
Anti-virus companies don't keep a team of Linux virus experts on their payroll for the eventuality that there will be a Linux virus - they'd be paying $60,000 a person per year, for no return (there have been no Linux viruses for several years now). As a result, anti-virus programs don't detect Linux viruses, even when one comes out eventually.
Whenever a Linux virus comes out, it doesn't propogate very far. I doubt anyone on Ubuntu Forums has ever had a Linux virus.
You're just as safe without anti-virus, as with one*. Therefore, don't bother.
*I'd probably even say the same thing about Windows, but for a different reason: Even with anti-malware software, on Windows you'll never be able to get rid of all the malware except by erasing your hard disk. There's more malware written for Windows every day than there is detected by the world's anti-virus companies. Every day, the concept of "buy this anti-virus package and you'll be safe" gets more and more stupid.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.