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There are a bunch of free (and some non-free) virus scanners for linux. Fprot, clamav, openantivirus.org are free ones I can think of off the top of my head. Clamav is popular for e-mail virus scanning. I also use it with samba to do virus scanning on my samba shares any time a file is touched.
Distribution: CentOS 3.3-4, OpenBSD 3.3, Fedora Core 4, Ubuntu, Novell Open Enterprise Server
So you know, all linux "anti-virus" programs scan for is windows virii. Due to the linux secure-by-design architecture, a "virus" couldn't really harm the system, only files that the current user has access to. I hear people talk of linux "anti-virus" software and get a kick out of it. The only place it needs to be installed is file and email servers. Other than that, your fine. If you want to check it out, look into clamav.
both clamAV and F-Prot have GUI front ends, but IMHO the F-Prot GUI is more intuitive and easier to figure out for a newbie and someone coming from the windows world.
yes as mentioned above unless you are running an e-mail server or a file server, or just want to use a more powerful free viruses scanner to check windows systems in your LAN there is no need to have a viruses scanner on your system.
i do run F-Prot on all of my home systems and ClamAV on my e-mail/web server. both are very very powerful and effective at what they do. since i have moved over to running my e-mail via linux and using ClamAV i have not had 1 single e-mail virus get past my server. in the last 3 months it has caught close to 400 viruses and removed those e-mails.