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View Poll Results: Do you run an antivirus program on linux?
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Old 06-14-2005, 01:19 AM   #1
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Antivirus survey: Do you run an antivirus program on linux?

Do you run an antivirus program on linux? If you do, which?

I'm trying to determine how many linux users actually feel the need to run it, and which are the most popular AV programs.

Thank you for your time,

Old 06-14-2005, 01:58 AM   #2
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Do you run an antivirus program on linux? No.

I did run ClamAV for a while but didn't really see the point. I read all of my emails as text with the HTML turned off.

Unless you are 1) running a server with a mail client or 2) dual booting with windows; I do not think there is really a good reason to run an AV app under Linux.
Old 06-14-2005, 02:46 AM   #3
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No, I'm only checking the logs perodically and sometimes I run rkhunter and chkrootkit.
Old 06-14-2005, 02:59 AM   #4
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Yes, I do! But it's more for fun than anything else...

I use ClamAV with KlamAV fontend for my KDE-user; It is also installed as Virus checker for Kmail. That is one my notebook a.k.a. primary work machine. I have disabled it on my testing machine, as well as on my fileserver - though I should change that...

I admit that it is merely a precaution, as I am messing a lot on the internet with and public, directly accessible IP...
Just my 2 cents

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Anti-virus software is used if you are using SAMBA. The possiblity of the virus to infect Linux is very, very low that makes winning the lottery or getting struck by lightning ten times a sure thing. Windows viruses can not run on Linux, but if you run WINE as a server, Linux can be infected. Most of the viruses will just fail in WINE.
Old 06-14-2005, 09:20 AM   #6
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I never used antivirus software when I had Windows desktops and never got infected. I never used Outlook or the like, never opened attachments from unknown people or people I even know at times and always downloaded files from trusted sites.
Old 06-14-2005, 09:39 AM   #7
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Windows viruses can not run on Linux, but if you run WINE as a server, Linux can be infected.
Old 06-14-2005, 11:05 AM   #8
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Yes I do, though I wouldn't say that makes me secure. I have a samba server to share files with other computers in my home and I also scan my mails.

I use things like tripwire, root-kit checkers and study my logs for system security
Old 06-14-2005, 12:29 PM   #9
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We have a SAMBA server at work on which we run AntiVir ( ) on, we also use AntiVir in association with Postfix/spamassasin/Amavisd-new for email virus filters, all of this is of course to keep those fragile windows puters safe from the nasty internet

Old 06-15-2005, 12:38 AM   #10
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Did I say that Linux can run viruses from WINE or you just completely got confused of the operators that I used.
Old 06-15-2005, 07:56 PM   #11
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Never have used it, don't have any plans to do so.
Old 06-16-2005, 02:24 PM   #12
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i run AV software, but not for my linux boxes. i run it to scan files that maybe sent to windows boxes. in other words i use clamav on my mail server and f-prot on my samba server to protect windows systems, not linux boxes.
Old 06-16-2005, 02:40 PM   #13
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I haven`t used any of the antivirus apps, I just don`t download any unknown apps form any unknown source. Thats ALL

Old 06-16-2005, 02:47 PM   #14
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Heh, I love this concept.

No, I don't even run Clam AV. (I have images and HTML blocked from emails.)

Here's a screen shot of me trying to open the "Osama Found Dead" virus which showed up last year around this time:

I enjoy the few "Microsoft Service Pack" items which pass through my spam traps and end up in my inbox.

Check the link in my sig as to why I don't run a virus scanner...
Old 06-16-2005, 02:51 PM   #15
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no. I dont have any windows boxes or mailservers so there is no point. I feel quite secure with how my network is set up


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