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Old 06-12-2008, 08:25 PM   #1
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M$ anti-virus for Linux


I was wondering if there was a good Anti-Virus program that would run on a Linux LiveCD. I have been a Linux user for over 9 years, I couldn't even tell you the name of one AV program. The reason I needed one now is that I want to make a custom version of Parted Magic that had a AV program on it. I would prefer it to be vary simple to use. I know about Trinity Rescue Kit having an AV program, but you really need to know what you are doing with that one. I want to give this custom disk to people who don't know anything about Linux so they can easly repair there Windows system. I like the way they put together Parted Magic and would like to build on that.
 
Old 06-12-2008, 08:50 PM   #2
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Maybe this?

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 7.5 for Linux
http://free.grisoft.com/ww.download?prd=afl#tba1
 
Old 06-12-2008, 09:09 PM   #3
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You could also look at clamAV (a linux "standard").
 
Old 06-12-2008, 09:11 PM   #4
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http://avast.com/

They have a free linux version too. You'll have to check their license about redistribution and such though.
 
Old 06-13-2008, 11:45 AM   #5
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I know about Clamav and I like the idea it's open source, however I don't think it's easy enough for Windows people. I like it, but some people are afraid of the command line. I'll need to check out AVD and avast. I don't care about the legalities of giving it away, I'm only giving it to my friends and family. Someone I know got a virus that they could not remove because the hard drive was in use, so I though it would be a great time to use a liveCD to fix it.
 
Old 06-13-2008, 12:24 PM   #6
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If they are that picky about using something that works just because it's text based you can always use a frontend, like klamav.
 
Old 06-13-2008, 04:01 PM   #7
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I believe Knoppix has CLAMAV on it..
 
Old 06-14-2008, 02:35 PM   #8
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How about ClamTK? It's a gui for ClamAV. I use CentOS 5, and it installs with the package manager, pirut, ClamAV and ClamTK, both as rpm's. It's about as point-and-click as you can get.
clamtk 3.09
ClamTk is a GUI front-end for the ClamAV antivirus using gtk2-perl.
http://clamtk.sf.net
 
Old 06-15-2008, 05:14 PM   #9
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Will ClamTK handle removing a virus from the mdr or the Bios? I read that ClamAV was primarily a program for mail servers and such. I also read somewhere that it will only delete the affected files.
 
Old 06-15-2008, 08:55 PM   #10
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I think f-protect is still available too, though it's non-free. I run clamav on my samba servers at work to scan the Win32 files I keep on them. I get a *lot* of false positives, seems like different ones every time I upgrade. This week it's telling me the openoffice installer is adware. Before that half the hp print drivers were trojans. But better some false positives than missed viruses (and it has caught a few).

Couldn't tell you about bios or mbr viruses, though; I'd check their website.
 
Old 06-16-2008, 03:58 AM   #11
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Couldn't tell you about bios or mbr viruses, though; I'd check their website.
Note that, for a virus to be installed on the mbr, it first needs to be run on the target machine. Most virus are windows based products so they will not affect the linux machine itself.

In any case, to remove a virus from the mbr is as easy as to reinstall the boot loader (on x86, usually grub or lilo). You can save the mbr as well using dd and then dump it back if needed.
 
Old 06-16-2008, 06:22 AM   #12
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At my former work place there was this bootable USB disk that wiped any and all HDs securely when you booted from the stick. It's the best WinDuhs/virus remover ever.
 
  


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