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Old 04-17-2004, 03:24 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Virus Scanner and Firewall?

I am a total n00b to Linux and want to get as far away from M$ as possible.

Is there a virus scanner and firewall that is easy to configure and use that I can install?

Thanks in advance
Old 04-17-2004, 03:52 PM   #2
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Virus? What's one of them?

For a firewall there's lokkit or ipchains (and iptables). Seriously, you don't need a virus scanner unless:
1. You're gonna be generous and scan your mail before sending it out to windows users, or
2. You're just a bit paranoid and feel safer with one.

There are only a handful of linux viruses, none of which are harmful unless you're stupid enough to run everything as root. Essentially, if you only run as a normal user you'll be fine.
Old 04-18-2004, 07:04 AM   #3
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For the firewall :
- guarddog ( for KDE users)
- firestarter.
both are quite easy to use and are working perfectly.

For the virus scanner:
- Dr web.
I've never used it.

I hope that will help you.
Old 04-18-2004, 07:48 AM   #4
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Linux comes with a firewall called iptables.

as root (give the 'su -' command to become root)
give the command 'iptables -L' to view your current firewall rules.

however, being a newbie you probably will want to use a wizzard
and graphical interface to help you setup your firewall.

i would recomend firestarter, (also recomended by Komakino just above)
i havnt tried guarddog.


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