View Full Version : [SOLVED] Clam Anti-Virus Software?

February 15th, 2010, 07:51 PM

My computer is independent. It is not part of a network,so I'm not connected with anybody using Windows.

I'm setting up Thunderbird(or Evolution,I'm undecided.) from Gmail.

I'm guessing I have to set up a port exception through my router and Gufw firewall.

Do I need an anti virus program?


Thank you.

February 15th, 2010, 08:50 PM
Clam Antivirus.

Although for the most part, you won't need a virus scanner, but install Clam AntiVirus anyways.

February 15th, 2010, 08:55 PM
I'm guessing I have to set up a port exception through my router and Gufw firewall.

What for ?

Do I need an anti virus program?

Not to protect yourself, but if you are passing files through email to windows users, you might. I wouldn't however.


February 15th, 2010, 09:21 PM
Thank you.



It says,in part,

The Reality

If you are going to trade files in a Windows world, you'll need to scan those files for viruses. You won't get infected, but you may help infect someone else. There are two ways to do this:

1. Run all the files through a server which checks for you. GMail, Yahoo mail, and Hotmail all have wonderful checking software.

Since it will go through GMail,I'm going to forgo the Clam program and hope for the best.

February 16th, 2010, 06:07 AM
I've been using a Linux variant for most of what I do for about 6 years, I haven't felt the need to run a virus scanner in that time.

February 16th, 2010, 06:22 AM
I've seen a cross section of opinions here on the forums. At the end of the day, it's up to you to decide how to protect your system from nasty stuff that comes in.

Being careful what you click is a good place to start. For myself, the main reasons for having AV tools available are that (a) my ISP wants me to take steps to make sure I don't send malware by email, and (b) I use Windows for some of the stuff I do and have had some malware come my way through devices like mp3 players and even a camcorder!

(The machine that infected the HDD camcorder has since had its borked copy of XP cleaned up somewhat. If it was my machine, it would have been backup followed by a clean install, but that wasn't an option.)