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Ive just installed Avast anti virus software (1.0.8 free version) on Debian 4.0 with KDE 3.5 and i cant find out if and if so how it runs as a daemon, and if its not, how to make it run like a daemon. Thanks in advance
i have read somewhere that avast has on access scanning
I don't know. Spose you'll find it in the product specs. On access scanning is one of those things often stripped from "free" products to "help" you decide to buy the commercial version.
On access scanning is one of those things often stripped from "free" products to "help" you decide to buy the commercial version.
No this is not what Avast is like, it is free for personal use and has on access scanning. And i believe the linux version is totally free. But i don't know what distro you have but there's surely a program on your box that allows you to view the services started at boot time.
But i don't see the point of installing a virus scanner on linux, it does scan your windows drive doesn't it? Because there are almost no threads of virusses on linux right?
And the windows free version has on access scanning
Aren't you implying more than is the case? It doesn't explicitly say so on their "Free avast! Linux Home Edition" page. And AFAIK here a "kernel" just means "scan engine" functionality, not "complete AV product".
Look, my English is too poor, I beg your perdon for it, but I read all the posts and i didn't understand if it has Avast! free for home users for linux or not. I visited the Avast home page in the link posted here and I didn't find avast for linux to run on desktops, just for servers and not free, just a try version. But I would like to install in my desktop the free version avast for home users, as they are for windows. Why avast desktops just for windows users? Thanks in advance.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you're dual-booting with W""""""s, viruses can get into your NTFS files through Linux. (Yes, one did.) Re Avast for Linux, which I have now installed, it works just like the other version, loading its updates when you first start your system (yes, it makes its own connection), scanning everything that comes in when you're connecting and while you're connected. You can ask it at any time to do a scan of what you have stored: that's how I found a virus in my Windows archives. It's free, and it works, at the cost of a few minutes at system startup. USE IT, before Linux gets blamed for letting viruses into the other system.
Well viruses cannot execute or copy themselves on linux so it still won't make any sense that you have a virus scanner on linux. And if you're just paranoia about viruses then unmount your NTFS partitions in linux. I don't see the problem. I dual-boot with Windows and linux too and I don't have any problems with viruses and yes, i use avast! on windows not on linux.