View Full Version : How to check for spyware

February 10th, 2010, 01:09 PM
Hi, I am new to Ubuntu and have just purchased a 7 month Acer netbook from ebay, is there any software i can download to check for any malicious programs that could have been installed on my new netbook (keyloggers etc) before i start to use it and connect it up to my home broadband, Any help and advice is very welcome and thanks in advance. :D

February 10th, 2010, 01:17 PM
Security in Linux is different than in Windows. Here's a good resource to help you understand the differences:


February 10th, 2010, 01:56 PM
I would install Ubuntu from fresh on it.


February 10th, 2010, 02:42 PM
Must agree, once a laptop is out of your sight you have no control over what may or may not have been loaded so purchasing a pre-loved kit could be a bit of a pain. Fresh install is the only way to go. IMHO antivirus, antispyware & antimalware applications are not needed when using Ubuntu*.

February 10th, 2010, 02:45 PM
+ 1 for the fresh install. Better safe than sorry.Here's another link for Security (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Security). If you need any help on installing and configuring, feel free to ask.

February 10th, 2010, 09:39 PM
Hi all thanks for all of your advice and feedback i think a fresh install will be the way forward as you say its beter safe than sorry. Thanks once again. :p