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Old 09-18-2006, 02:46 PM   #1
dsyebert
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Anti-Virus Software... do I need it???


Okay, so maybe it's a stupid question, maybe it's not. I have never heard of anyone running any AV software in Linux unitl I saw an ad for ClamAV in a Linux mag a few weeks ago. I recently switched to Linux from Win XP and didn't think I needed to worry about it. So please tell me, do I? If I do, is ClamAV any good or is there something better?
 
Old 09-18-2006, 02:54 PM   #2
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the only time you may want anti-virus software to run inside Linux is if you have a Linux mail server to protect windows desktop/workstations, other than that anti-virus software is mostly useless as Linux is immune to Windows based viruses
 
Old 09-18-2006, 03:35 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dsyebert
Okay, so maybe it's a stupid question, maybe it's not. I have never heard of anyone running any AV software in Linux unitl I saw an ad for ClamAV in a Linux mag a few weeks ago. I recently switched to Linux from Win XP and didn't think I needed to worry about it. So please tell me, do I? If I do, is ClamAV any good or is there something better?
The reason why an AV software in Linux is not as important as in Windows is that you don't log in to the root account for your daily work or, let's say, pick up your e-mail from a POP3 server. That means, even if you would get a message that contained a virus and you accidentally startet it, the system would not be affected, because to install any software system wide, you need root permissions. That makes a virus for Linux pretty much ineffective, and that's why you don't need AV software, as long as you are very careful about using the root account.
But if you want to try a good one, I'd recommend f-prot
http://www.f-prot.com/products/home_use/linux/
This one also offers a script for kmail to run a virus check on messages.

Tanja

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Old 09-18-2006, 03:36 PM   #4
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There have been 1000000000 threads discussing this problem.
Check similar threads on bottom of page, or use search.

Anyway, true, there are MOSTLY no Linux viruses. You may or may not need an anti-virus depending on how you use your system. True, ClamAV is mostly used for checking mail, but it is not limited to that. True, most users use anti-viruses to scan for windows viruses, but not only for that.

Conclusion: it's up to you. If you see a linux virus, let me know about it, I'm curious to see it.
 
  


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