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Old 07-19-2018, 04:54 PM   #1
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Linux Virus threat


I have always gone along with the idea that Linux does not need antivirus, I won't go in to all the reasons why but I'm sure we all know the arguments, however I have read recently about threats that are targeting Linux, the latest of which is a cross platform virus called Wellmess.
It seems we are not as well protected as some would have us believe.
Worryingly Antivirus software developers are still dragging their heels where Linux is concerned leaving us vulnerable.
I did have Clam on my system but it doesn't seem to be working recently. Comodo does not install properly neither does Avast. Sophos works but is difficult to use (command line only) The only one I have found that seems to work well is Eset Nod32 but it's very expensive.
So are we at risk? I'm not paranoid just careful. What do others think?
 
Old 07-19-2018, 05:28 PM   #2
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I assume you're talking about desktop rather than server (the latter has its specific issues).

Clam works fine for me on Mint 19 - what problem(s) have you been having with it?

Sophos also works fine for me. Despite being command line only, it is in fact easy to use once you make a list of commands that you need.

Unsafe practice is the greatest threat and the ways of countering that are well documented (search the internet for desktop Linux safe practice).
 
Old 07-19-2018, 08:11 PM   #3
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I've lately been using Comodo for Linux and it also seems to work fine.
 
Old 07-19-2018, 11:00 PM   #4
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clamav works fine for me.
 
Old 07-20-2018, 02:56 AM   #5
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With Clam it always used to work but recently I get the response no files scanned, no threats detected.
With Comodo it works to a point but on installation it asks for a command to be entered after installation in order to configure it but it never works & the shield stays red instead of green & this means the real time protection doesn't work, I have seen loads of people complaining about this.
 
Old 07-20-2018, 03:33 AM   #6
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There are anti-virus for Linux . Other things to consider, proper firewall configuration, installing from trusted repositories and other best practices. The rest leave it to the Almighty. If you have done the best you can and you're doing thing religiously,
 
Old 07-20-2018, 04:57 AM   #7
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With Clam it always used to work but recently I get the response no files scanned, no threats detected.
With Comodo it works to a point but on installation it asks for a command to be entered after installation in order to configure it but it never works & the shield stays red instead of green & this means the real time protection doesn't work, I have seen loads of people complaining about this.
When it comes to anti-virus programs for Linux, you're always going to be better off with a proprietary anti-virus program, when you're talking about detection rates. Clamav isn't exactly up there in the detection ratings. Sophos is a good choice or if you have the $$$, you could look at ESET as well.
 
Old 07-20-2018, 06:29 AM   #8
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I would be very grateful if someone could give me step by step instructions for the correct installation procedure for Comodo AV
 
Old 07-22-2018, 07:13 AM   #9
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I would be very grateful if someone could give me step by step instructions for the correct installation procedure for Comodo AV
If you download it from their website, it's a package for your specific distro. Install it as you would any other package. Past that, look at the Comodo forums...but asking us to type up a step-by-step guide for you isn't nice.
 
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:38 AM   #10
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I do apologise but I think I didn't make myself clear. I know how to install it, it's just that due to some sort of problem it says you have to configure it from terminal to get the real time protection to work, only every time I tried following the instructions given it fails to work & I simply wondered if anyone else had experience of this.
Sorry
 
Old 07-22-2018, 07:52 AM   #11
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I do apologise but I think I didn't make myself clear. I know how to install it, it's just that due to some sort of problem it says you have to configure it from terminal to get the real time protection to work, only every time I tried following the instructions given it fails to work & I simply wondered if anyone else had experience of this. Sorry
Ok, so you get "some sort of problem"....what, exactly, do you think we'll be able to help you with, based on that? Post the EXACT message(s), along with what version/distro of Linux you're using, and we can try to help. Also, read the "Question Guidelines" link in my posting signature. When asking for help, you need to provide details...we can't guess, and can only know what you post/say.

So when you ask for instructions on how to install something, that's all we know.
 
Old 07-23-2018, 02:17 PM   #12
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Following up from your NEW thread (where you posted the details asked for in this one), there are steps you can follow:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ed-4175545454/
 
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Old 07-23-2018, 03:24 PM   #13
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Thank you
 
Old 07-23-2018, 04:03 PM   #14
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Thanks for the link TBOne, I tried the suggestions but to no avail. I'm grateful for the help but I feel Iv'e wasted enough time with this, I am going to use Clam instead & I will just have to start manual scans now & then.
 
  


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