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Old 08-14-2003, 05:09 PM   #1
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antivirus with windows viruses?

i was just reading some posts about antivirus programs for linux, and i decided to download fprot, although i haven't given it a try yet.

my question is this: do any of the antivirus programs for linux include windows virus definitions? my reasons are that, for instance, if i have reason to believe that a disk/flash drive/document or even my windows partition may possibly be infected by a virus, i would like to be able safely scan it in linux, knowing that it can uncover any windows viruses without any danger of being infected.

anyone heard of anything like this? any idea how up to date the definitions for such programs are? i.e., if i were to download one, would i be able to scan a disk for the blaster virus with it?

on a related question, but much more basic (i.e. stupid), is it possible to get virii from a cd? say, for instance, you burn a cd while a virus is on your computer and then pass that cd on to someone else.

thanks a lot for any help.
Old 08-14-2003, 11:29 PM   #2
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Lightbulb It should

It should find any virus that they have in the difinitions including windoze. I use f-prot just to make sure I don't send a e-mail with one by accident. From what I have read there are very very few Linux viruses out there because the systems are very secure. They are not bullet proof but very secure.
Just like any virus software, keep it updated. I updated mine after the latest virus warning with msblaster.
The windoze viruses should not run on Linux unless you run 'wine' or something that can run the program. If you can run a windoze program in linux you need to be careful that you don't spread it. It should not 'infect' your Linux system though regardless. The biggest concern is spreading it.
You can update your definitions from the command line. There are instructions on the website to do that. I use the command "f-prot /*" to scan. This scans everything and lets you know if there were any infections.
If you burn a virus on the CD, yes it will spread if run or even accessed in some cases on a windoze system. It should not affect Linux but can spread if you send it somehow.

Hope this helps. I'm no expert but you didn't get any other response. Something MAY be better than nothing.

Old 08-14-2003, 11:56 PM   #3
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thanks a lot. that's exactly what i was looking for. i just got some time now, so i'm about to mess with f-prot for the first time right now.
Old 08-15-2003, 12:08 AM   #4
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update problems

any clue why i can't get "" to work? i viewed the man file on it, and i think i'm doing it right. i just ran it exactly like i typed it just now, and it says command not found. i tried a few variants, too (i.e. no hyphen, no s, etc) and those didn't work either.
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use this:

this works for me.
Old 08-15-2003, 12:47 PM   #6
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Well you can always implement more than one virus scanner. Like I've configured a couple of mailservers using ClamAV, F-Port, etc. Also ensure your virus signature databases are updated frequently.


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