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Old 10-04-2014, 08:56 AM   #1
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Smile Antivirus for ubuntu


Good Morning Linux Community

Just wondering what is the best antivirus for ubuntu.
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:06 AM   #2
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there is afaik only one.. clamav.. but normaly (if you dont run a mailserver for windows clients) you dont need a antivirus in linux.
 
Old 10-04-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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Is there any particular reason you think you need an antivirus for Ubuntu? This may help us to give you the best advice.
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Old 10-12-2014, 01:16 PM   #4
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Hi

Thank you for responding to my question about an anti virus. I am not concerned so much for myself as my windows friends. That's why I thought it might be prudent to have an anti virus on my Linux computer. Take Care and thanks again.

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Hi

Thank you for responding to my question about an anti virus. I am not concerned so much for myself as my windows friends. That's why I thought it might be prudent to have an anti virus on my Linux computer. Take Care and thanks again.
 
Old 10-12-2014, 09:48 PM   #5
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Clamav would be the choice for that purpose. It's available in the Ubuntu Software Center.
 
Old 10-12-2014, 10:28 PM   #6
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it might be prudent to have an anti virus on my Linux computer
http://www.whylinuxisbetter.net/item...ndex.php?lang=
 
Old 10-13-2014, 04:35 AM   #7
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i scan my .mozilla folder via cron job on my box, to see if there are any browser exploits around.
one good thing to do would be using clamav unofficial sigs, meaning signatures from commercial antivirus companies, i cant give more info about that cus im in the process of setting em up myself.
 
Old 10-25-2014, 06:40 PM   #8
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Also found Comodo anti-virus for Linux.
https://www.comodo.com/home/internet...-for-linux.php
Hope that helps in choosing antivirus you want to use.
 
Old 10-25-2014, 08:18 PM   #9
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AV for Linux

Anyone who tell you AV is not needed on Linux has never had to clean, reload, or replace a virus corrupted Linux server.
Some people will tell you Disaster Recovery planning and expense is wasted time. Until they experience a disaster.

There are several choices, but CLAMAV has never let me down. I recommend it. If you want a list of others, Google will get you there. Do NOT stop with AV. Just as there are non-virus threats in the Windows world, there are non-virus threasts in the Linux world. Run a root-kit detector, and have a backup of all critical settings and data: refresh backups often. A log summary and intrusion detection tool may also serve you well, but only if you plan to pay attention.

Successful exploits are not rare, but not as common for Linux as for Windows. They do exist, and some are nasty. That a higher percentage of your Linux friends are free of attack issue may make you feel good, but not so much when something nasty has just erased all of your music and sent your last vacation photos off to China. It happens.

Protect yourself, and enjoy life.
 
Old 10-26-2014, 07:07 AM   #10
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i NEVER seen a virus for linux in my life, afaik there are none.. could you please name one/some wpeckham??
 
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:17 AM   #11
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wpeckham - linux servers are hacked often, but clamav is not that good for servers, because clamav's signatures contain known malware. More specifically, 99.9..% windows malware.

For servers, there is software for hardening (Pax/GrSecurity kernel, chroot for world facing services) and auditing (rkhunter, chkrootkit, aide).

Last edited by cepheus11; 10-26-2014 at 05:44 PM.
 
Old 10-26-2014, 05:40 PM   #12
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Anyone who tell you AV is not needed on Linux has never had to clean, reload, or replace a virus corrupted Linux server
dude...are you spreadin FUD...?
 
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:15 AM   #13
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i think he is gor0
 
Old 10-27-2014, 09:42 PM   #14
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+Stuferus: I am not on a first name basis with any virus. In the early years (I have been pro since 1985) I often never learned tag names. I just recovered data and restored productivity in a more secure manner.

+cepheus11: yes, which is why I mentioned the non-virus vectors and additional precautions. The OP also mentioned that he major concern was for his Windows friends. Detecting and preventing transmission of Windows virii at his Linux box is intended to help them, and this CLAMAV an appropriate precuation.

+gor0: No. Having been in this business longer than most people, perhaps I know some things that not all do. I do not spread FUD.

+Stuferus: see above.

Ganymede: I would like to add one more thing. I do run rootkit detectors and AV on my servers. I run ONLY AV on my laptop. I have reloaded this laptop with a different version of Linux on the average of three times per year for the last 5.5 years. (Today it is running ARCH, last month it ran VSIDO) IF you are going to reload a machine anyway, and do not have critical data to protect, the level of protection described by hardening and threat detection, capture and containment, and elimination may be overkill. If you DO run without protection, keep in mind that data running through your machine is always at risk. Only you can decide what level of risk is acceptable.
 
Old 10-28-2014, 02:39 PM   #15
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This is a video by a network security analyst who got hit with malware on his home machine in 2011. It was Ubuntu and the culprit was firefox and adobe flash. So never assume you are immunue just because it is linux. However, in the end he does not feel AV scans are useful for linux desktop (unless wanting to prevent spreading window viruses).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94QsgdXnsmU
 
  


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