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Old 08-31-2006, 03:02 AM   #1
Artex
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I was wondering if there are any antivirus or anti spyware programs for linux and if it is even neccesary. I just read a few articles about viruses for linux/unix but both stated that the possability of getting a virus for linux is very small. Also, were would be a good place to start as far as learning about linux and how it works and how to use it properly? Any feedback would help!

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Old 08-31-2006, 03:34 AM   #2
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I was wondering if there are any antivirus or anti spyware programs for linux and if it is even neccesary. I just read a few articles about viruses for linux/unix but both stated that the possability of getting a virus for linux is very small.
This is a commonly covered subject here. Use the search button for security, viruses and trojans


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Also, were would be a good place to start as far as learning about linux and how it works and how to use it properly? Any feedback would help!
There are many different sources on this topic. Rute is a good place to start learning commands and syntax. I also use an O'Reilly pocket book on Linux a lot.
 
Old 08-31-2006, 10:53 PM   #3
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If you are looking for an anti-virus software use calmav. As mentioned you will find this question asked under the security forum.
 
Old 09-01-2006, 12:00 PM   #4
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I was wondering if there are any antivirus or anti spyware programs for linux...
Yes.
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...and if it is even neccesary.
Sort of. Most Linux based virus checkers look for Windows viruses.
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I just read a few articles about viruses for linux/unix but both stated that the possability of getting a virus for linux is very small.
As long as you don't log on as the root user, viruses can't install themselves in Linux. The root user account is intended for setup and infrequent config file adjustments. Always use a non-root user account for regular computer use.
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a good place to start as far as learning about linux and how it works and how to use it properly?
I found the Red Hat 9 Linux Bible by Negus useful. He has also written Bibles for Fedora Core and perhaps other distros.
 
  


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