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I am really enjoying myself with my new toy,ie Linux Ubuntu 11-10 which I have installed in a rescued tower and it seems to have everything except Antivirus Software within the OS. What is the recommended compatible Antivirus program most suitable to operating with Ubuntu? I notice that other members have been enquiring about this, I will see if I can find the answers given to their questions.
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You don't really need "anti-virus" software for Linux.... Yes, viruses exist, but good luck actually "getting" a virus. It is up to you though... Honestly, I have clamav installed on my system to scan my customer's hard drives, since everyone who comes to me runs windows. Have a look here - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-li...irus-programs/
This is also covered all over the internet also, I recommend searching on google and these forums, and see what other people say in other threads.
It's rather hard to actually get a virus on linux in the wild - possible sure, but there are so few because the number of people on linux is very small compared to windows.
Even clam AV, which is one of the most highly recommended antiviruses on linux, scans mostly for windows viruses (the reasoning being so you don't pass along a virus to your friends/family/coworkers etc).
That said it's worth having if you're worried about infecting others, and I'd vote for clamAV which I've used from time to time for a while.