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Old 08-03-2016, 05:55 PM   #1
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Are there any practical a/v and anti spyware softwares for Xubuntu?


I have this brokerage account and the company's website guarantees against fraudlulent withdrawls IF I have certain conditions met, including having anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed.

I know there's Clam AV but isn't that only a scanner? And is there any anti-spyware software for Linux?

Thanks.
 
Old 08-03-2016, 06:24 PM   #2
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You might want to have a look here.
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-li...irus-programs/
 
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:15 PM   #3
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Maybe consider contacting them about that?
That you're using a Linux OS that diminished the odds of ever obtaining malware (like repositories with signed software, not using a admin account, etc), that you don't download software from websites and see if you can get a exception in writing.

If that fails just go with tripwire or something. It detects changes in your filesystem after installed in specified directories. Most antivirus "for linux" from what I understand simply scan for windows viruses
 
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:46 PM   #4
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You might want to have a look here.
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-li...irus-programs/
Thanks offgridguy. Yeah, those are scanners I think but I don't think there's a live a/v for Linux anyway. I'll get one of those at least. Then I'll at least be able to tell them I have something. Appreciate it.
 
Old 08-03-2016, 10:49 PM   #5
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Maybe consider contacting them about that?
That you're using a Linux OS that diminished the odds of ever obtaining malware (like repositories with signed software, not using a admin account, etc), that you don't download software from websites and see if you can get a exception in writing.

If that fails just go with tripwire or something. It detects changes in your filesystem after installed in specified directories. Most antivirus "for linux" from what I understand simply scan for windows viruses
Thanks Sefyir. Good thinking about the written exception. Brilliant. And really it's not like Linux is that rare. I'll see what they say. And I'll check out tripwire. Thanks a lot.
 
Old 08-04-2016, 04:43 AM   #6
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Sophos Antivirus for Linux provides on-access scanning (I have it installed but have only configured it for on-demand scanning).

https://www.sophos.com/en-us/product...for-linux.aspx

It takes a wee while to set up (let me know if you do decide to try it and I'll post my notes) but there's documentation here: https://www.sophos.com/en-us/support...for-linux.aspx.

Ignore any mention of a GUI. This was removed at some point in v.9 and it is now command-line only.
 
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:09 AM   #7
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IF I have certain conditions met, including having anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed.
I know there's Clam AV but isn't that only a scanner? And is there any anti-spyware software for Linux?
Gregg: It is my experience that the 'guys' who told you this likely don't know the difference between anti-virus and anti-spyware
so it is my opinion that "Clam Anti-Virus" fits the bill perfectly.

ClamAV® is an open source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats.
says http://www.clamav.net/

Get some!

Last edited by Habitual; 08-04-2016 at 09:11 AM.
 
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Old 08-04-2016, 12:39 PM   #8
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+1 for clamav
 
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Old 08-04-2016, 12:56 PM   #9
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Sophos Antivirus for Linux provides on-access scanning (I have it installed but have only configured it for on-demand scanning).

https://www.sophos.com/en-us/product...for-linux.aspx

It takes a wee while to set up (let me know if you do decide to try it and I'll post my notes) but there's documentation here: https://www.sophos.com/en-us/support...for-linux.aspx.

Ignore any mention of a GUI. This was removed at some point in v.9 and it is now command-line only.
Thanks hydrurga. I remember looking at Sophos a while back and thinking it was great but then when I tried to get it they had not made it readily available. I'll investigate it again and contact you for your notes (thanks for the offer) if I decide to go ahead with it.
 
Old 08-04-2016, 12:58 PM   #10
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Gregg: It is my experience that the 'guys' who told you this likely don't know the difference between anti-virus and anti-spyware
so it is my opinion that "Clam Anti-Virus" fits the bill perfectly.

ClamAV® is an open source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats.
says http://www.clamav.net/

Get some!
Thanks Habitual. I'm definitely getting Clam. And yeah, I'm amazed at how little some of the tech people (working at these big companies) know about tech.
 
Old 08-04-2016, 12:58 PM   #11
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+1 for clamav
Thanks Erik. Yeah, I'm getting it.
 
Old 08-04-2016, 02:01 PM   #12
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Thanks Habitual. I'm definitely getting Clam. And yeah, I'm amazed at how little some of the tech people (working at these big companies) know about tech.
No worries. And if they ask about your OS, I usually reply with "Not Windows" and leave it at that.
Sad is I know more about their stuff than they do. Seriously.
Level I tech support. Ugh, what an education.
 
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:23 PM   #13
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Thanks Habitual. I'm definitely getting Clam.
Hi Gregg...

If you're still using Xubuntu, probably the easiest way to install it is through Synaptic. Be sure to also grab the "clamtk" package if you want to use ClamAV with a GUI (Graphical User Interface.)

Regards...
 
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Old 08-04-2016, 04:11 PM   #14
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I have this brokerage account and the company's website guarantees against fraudlulent withdrawls IF I have certain conditions met, including having anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed.

I know there's Clam AV but isn't that only a scanner? And is there any anti-spyware software for Linux?

Thanks.
Once you decide one or more products, I'd ask them if they meet the conditions to cover you under the guarantee, and, if so, get it in writing.
 
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Old 08-05-2016, 01:55 PM   #15
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Hi Gregg...

If you're still using Xubuntu, probably the easiest way to install it is through Synaptic. Be sure to also grab the "clamtk" package if you want to use ClamAV with a GUI (Graphical User Interface.)

Regards...
Thanks ardvark. I got it the way you said (synaptic). Only thing is it says "The antivirus signatures are outdated." Then when I click on the Update feature it say the updates are set to automatic. Know what's up with that?

And I scanned my Home folder (which has like 5GB of stuff in it) and Clam scanned it instantly and found no threats. And I mean instantly. It can't possibly scan that fast. (Or can it?) So what's going on?
 
  


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