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Old 10-09-2003, 07:16 PM   #1
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A Virus Scanner for Linux??


Hey, I was just wondering if a virus scanner would be useful on a linux box. Or do most of the viruses out there affect only Windoze and Mac machines.

If I should be scanning my downloads, then is there a good virus scanner that anyone can recommend
 
Old 10-09-2003, 07:18 PM   #2
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There are virus scans for linux out there, but you are much better off spending your time configuring security on your computer since the chances of getting a virus on linux are extremely small.
 
Old 10-09-2003, 07:23 PM   #3
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well there isn't much of a need, but if you really want one you can do a search on this fourm about the topic at hand, and you'll find that this question has been asked/answered many of times, with many different suggestions given....but let me just leave you with a known fact ..
As of 2001, there was more than 30,000 viruses that affected windows, and only 18 known virus in Linux....but now a days if you want a somewhat approximation of how many there is, you will just double the figures i have given....as there is over 60,000 for windows and in the ballpark figure of around ~50 for linux...
oh and p.s. macs have basically the same threat as we linux users...
 
Old 10-10-2003, 10:36 AM   #4
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That's what I thought, thanks
 
Old 10-10-2003, 11:02 AM   #5
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Even though viruses and worms for Linux are very rare it's not a bad idea to go with a virus scanner. Take for instance the Samba scenario: If you run Samba and let Windows users write and read from your disks it's quite probable that a virus will end up on your hard drive at one time or another. By not running a virus scanner you could be letting the virus spread to other Samba users. Or you could forward an email with an infected attachment. In both scenarios it's *your* fault.

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Old 10-10-2003, 11:04 AM   #6
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hmmm

Could you recommend one to me??

Or could I wine mcafee??
 
Old 10-10-2003, 11:34 AM   #7
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f-prot, works great for me...
 
Old 10-10-2003, 11:52 AM   #8
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I highly recommend ClamAV.

http://clamav.sourceforge.net/

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