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Old 11-17-2008, 08:17 AM   #1
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Do i need anti-virus software on Linux?

Just about to set up my first system.

Is it true that I don't need to worry about this? or is it an urban myth?
Old 11-17-2008, 08:20 AM   #2
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I have been using Linux at home and at work for over 5 years. I have never had a virus or any other kind of malicious SW issue. I have never used anti-virus SW.

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You really don't need it. But if you have Window$ machines on your network, it may help prevent transmission of viruses that don't affect Linux to Window$ where they can have their effects. What I think is more important is a properly configured firewall and to use a rootkit scanner like rkhunter or chkrootkit, these are more likely to be a potential issue.
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Thanks for the guidance
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i've also not had any virusses in the last few years of using linux - however for our clients we either use a commercial version Trend Micro's Viruswall or we use the open source clamav.


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