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Old 07-17-2003, 05:18 PM   #1
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Does Linux Require Virus Protection?

Does linux require virus Protection?
Old 07-17-2003, 05:32 PM   #2
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But should you insist on using some there is a peice of software called OpenAntiVirus from, it should help.

Note: I dont actually use any, but I have heard of that before.
Old 07-17-2003, 05:32 PM   #3
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Read this great response from unSpawn:

And also this post that links to a great article about viruses on Linux:

Maybe these will help you answer your question. You can also try performing a search for virus on the site, it should turn up many threads asking along the same question with answers, etc.
Old 07-17-2003, 06:32 PM   #4
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I would like to hook up a question here, virus related... What if I use wine or wineX to install a program which is actually a virus?. I wanna do and see what happens, but I am always afraid to do so... This might sound silly but, with more and more windows emulators (I know, wine is not an emulator tecnicaly speaking, but does praticaly the very same thing.... you know, potato, potata....) would that become a hole for virus spreading in Linux?.
If sounds dumb or have already been answered, sorry
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Lol, actually that could be quite funny, as it'll think it's on a windows drive, and maybe hose your virtual windows drive, but cant affect the linux filesystem, coz it isnt written to navigate it. Think how the slashes go the other way, and that permissions would halt any maliticious code anyway.
I wonder if wine provides enough for those with built in smtp engines to work? A wine windows setup doesnt have outlook or explorer by default, so probably very little can happen.
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People who are frustrated with computer viruses and spyware are constantly told to buy. Don't worry visited to my website i.e search-and-destroy
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no, but if you must have it try clamav
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Closing - this thread is 5 years old and we have plenty of newer ones out there.

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