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July 1st, 2010, 10:30 PM
I have been told that Ubuntu doesn't need antivirus software, since there are few to no viruses out there for Linux-based systems, but what about spyware, adware, and trojans? Does it get those? And if so, are there any programs for Ubuntu out there that can stop them?

July 1st, 2010, 10:35 PM
You might want to read http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=510812

Artificial Intelligence
July 1st, 2010, 10:35 PM
Just clean your browser cache once-in-a-while.
When downloading software - Keep to the official stuff you find in repositories and from site you trust.
Oh and don't start applications/games/whatever as a superuser (sudo/su). Only when it's needed.

Then you should be fine.

July 1st, 2010, 10:35 PM
No need to worry about any of them... As simple as that!

July 1st, 2010, 11:10 PM
This article (http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/index.php?page=virus) could be of interest to you. It explains things in great detail in an easy to understand manner.

July 2nd, 2010, 03:20 AM
If you are running behind a Firewall, you should be fine. There are Linux viruses and such out there but the vast majority of them are targeted at servers not PC's.

July 2nd, 2010, 03:22 AM
Be smart about what you allow on your computer and what you open, and the need for anti-malware products reduces significantly.