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Antivirus software for Linux gives you a quick way to check your drives without any risk of infecting yet another Windows machine.
Itís also a great tool to have around if you regularly help your Windows-bound friends and family recover from viruses. Remove their hard drive and plug it into your computer, or just use your Linux machine to clean their external drives.
I guess it depends on how indiscriminately you stick your stick into things. I don't really know anybody who uses windows. I would have thought the users who are at risk (Windows users) would be running anti-virus software themselves. But if it makes you happy, go for it.
as stated above there is not OS command to perform a virus scan, but there are 3rd party tools, just like in all OSs, to perform this type of operation.
Check out F-Prot they are one of the best anti-virus companies in the world. They also offer a free, as in beer, anti-virus for Linux that can scan for other OSs viruses like those that would affect Microsoft OS.