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Old 07-03-2009, 03:57 PM   #1
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recommend a good anti virus program


please recommend an anti virus program
i have heard of:
avast
clamav
avg
are any of these good? is there any better?

thank you
 
Old 07-03-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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Clamav worked for me until I realised there was no need for it (yet) under Linux.
 
Old 07-03-2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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Nowadays, AVs are mostly the same, they all check for known signatures and that's about it. In linux you are not going to have much virus problems for the time being, though.

Clamav is the one that will offer the best integration with most linux software. Avast is ok as a standalone checker to check your files manually. The rest is just marketing.
 
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
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please recommend an anti virus program
i have heard of:
avast
clamav
avg
are any of these good? is there any better?

thank you
You need is for what? To filter or clean a M$ based product?

Define your problem a little better. GNU/Linux is not M$ so why the worry for a anti virus?
 
Old 07-03-2009, 08:26 PM   #5
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Nowadays, AVs are mostly the same, they all check for known signatures and that's about it.
If engine or sig quality is low so will be the result.


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Clamav is the one that will offer the best integration with most linux software. (..) The rest is just marketing.
By all means, if integration is the only crucial criterium, else I'd suggest running some tests yourself.
 
Old 07-04-2009, 02:32 AM   #6
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thanks everyone
i know you really don't anti virus for linux but i always like to have it just in case.
thanks for the help
 
Old 07-04-2009, 09:19 AM   #7
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thanks everyone
i know you really don't anti virus for linux but i always like to have it just in case.
thanks for the help
Virus is not a problem with GNU/Linux. You should worry more about rootkits. 'chrootkit' is a good one to start using.

'Tripwire' is another utility that you might find useful.
 
  


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