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Karlof
January 2nd, 2011, 12:37 PM
Hi forum

I get very confused regarding antivirus for linux

Some experts say you must have antivirus ,others you dont

as a newbie, what am I to do to really protect my system.

bioterror
January 2nd, 2011, 12:43 PM
Hi forum

I get very confused regarding antivirus for linux

Some experts say you must have antivirus ,others you dont

as a newbie, what am I to do to really protect my system.

You need Antivirus on linux only for the Windows Partitions if you have them, so that you can scan and keep 'em clean.

Otherwise: No need to worry.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Linuxvirus

expatCM
January 2nd, 2011, 12:43 PM
If you forward a lot of jokes to Windows users .... be nice, kill the virus payload. If not .... no major concern.

gmenfan83
January 2nd, 2011, 01:05 PM
If you forward a lot of jokes to Windows users .... be nice, kill the virus payload. If not .... no major concern.
what would be a good program to scan something we would send or share prior to sending?Also can they be set to auto-scan so we wouldnt have to remember to do so?

expatCM
January 2nd, 2011, 01:22 PM
This article may help you out.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Antivirus

None are perfect at all. AVG Free may be good but only because they keep their definitions well updated and have a good research team.

howefield
January 2nd, 2011, 01:26 PM
AVG Free may be good but only because they keep their definitions well updated and have a good research team.

But doesn't have a GUI - it's command line driven. Not that that's a bad thing, just pointing it out for those who may be unaware.

Paqman
January 2nd, 2011, 02:01 PM
You already have an excellent antivirus package installed. It's called the Linux kernel.

Just make sure your machine is kept up-to-date with security updates and you won't have to worry about viruses.

theozzlives
January 2nd, 2011, 02:07 PM
I like clamav for scanning Windows machines, alas, it also command line driven.

gmenfan83
January 2nd, 2011, 02:18 PM
I like clamav for scanning Windows machines, alas, it also command line driven.
i installed clamav daemon just for the fact that i like to be able to not possibly share and infect with a windows user....what woul;d be the command through clamav to scan for windows machine??

matt_symes
January 2nd, 2011, 02:34 PM
Hi

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ClamAV

You will be looking at something along the lines of


clamscan -r /path/to/windows/partition

Kind regards