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Old 01-03-2007, 12:28 PM   #1
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avast antivirus


I was going to download avast free antivirus for windows (I have unfortunately a scanner that won't work under linux) and I stumbled on "avast free antivirus for linux". I was surprised. I thought linux was completely virus-free. Was I wrong? I have been surfing the internet for over 2 years with no antivirus and no problems...
 
Old 01-03-2007, 12:36 PM   #2
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AntiVirus exists on linux for the sole purpose of scanning files you're going to send to your Windows buddies. Your machine can't be infected, but it can be a carrier. So you might get a cute forward that's really a virus. It won't bother you, but when you send it to your Mom she'll be in trouble...
 
Old 01-03-2007, 01:47 PM   #3
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Good for scanning shared files in a Samba setup for example too
 
Old 01-04-2007, 01:41 AM   #4
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Also we aren't completely virus free. Almost completely, but not totally. There are still a few out there, but the comparatively small user base and diverse file locations for files makes it harder on malware writers.
 
Old 01-04-2007, 10:44 AM   #5
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You dont need virus software unless you run like a linux web-server for microsoft.com or something
 
Old 01-04-2007, 01:17 PM   #6
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Ok, thank you everybody for the answers.

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Old 01-04-2007, 03:47 PM   #7
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ps - have a look at clamav as well
 
Old 04-27-2007, 04:51 AM   #8
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avast antivirus

Quote:
Originally Posted by pljvaldez
AntiVirus exists on linux for the sole purpose of scanning files you're going to send to your Windows buddies.
My PC can boot several Windows (FAT32 and NTFS) partitions and, recently, an OpenSuse 10.2 partition. I am still completely new to Linux and trying hard to understand the directory/file structure in order to learn where to store and retrieve my data. At the moment I tend to use my old FAT32 structure for that purpose.

Now when sending data to friends would require prior antivirus scanning, wouldn't storing the data on a FAT32 partition or loading windows-generated FAT32 data into Linux require antivirus scanning as well?
 
  


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