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Old 02-10-2009, 02:30 AM   #1
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Virus Scanner?


I am dual booting Vista and Ubuntu 8.10 I was wondering if there is any good anti virus programs out there where I can install it on linux and keep viruses off of Linux (the very few there are), and also wondering if I can scan my window's files too while I am on Linux, is it possible to do so?

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Old 02-10-2009, 03:35 AM   #2
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There aren't any viruses for Linux "in the wild". However, you could hypothetically infect your Windows set up by transferring files that you've d-loaded while in Linux. You can scan any files (Linux or Windows) with Avast for Linux. Works very well. Get it here:

http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-for-l...rkstation.html

Have fun!
 
Old 02-10-2009, 03:47 AM   #3
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take a look at clamav
However, perhaps you can search LQ for threads about virus scanners.
There are many.

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Old 02-10-2009, 04:19 AM   #4
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There are a couple rootkit scanners for Linux. They will look for patterns, the md5sums of commands like ps and suspicious processes.

http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com/2006/1...otkits-in.html
 
Old 02-11-2009, 03:33 AM   #5
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Thanks all for your responses I am downloading avast right now and and reading into the root kits stuff. I just have one more question should I be worrying about spy ware, add aware, or any thing I should be concerned about my systems security using Linux.
 
Old 02-11-2009, 06:57 AM   #6
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I tend to load the following:

clamav
clamav-base
clamav-daemon
freshclam
clamtk

and all the support files. The daemon is resident, and clamtk is the flashy gui.

The commandline invocation, BTW, is clamscan, where as root is issue:

clamscan -i -r /
which will alert to virii, and recursively scan the filesystem.

Display manager viruses are quite prolific right now, as people tend to want virtual blindness. Go figure...
 
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You might want to use the "noscript" add on for Firefox.
 
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clamscan -i -r /
which will alert to virii, and recursively scan the filesystem.
FYI, the plural of virus is viruses not virii because the word virus is not a Roman or Greek word but a modern one.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 04:43 AM   #9
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FYI, the plural of virus is viruses not virii because the word virus is not a Roman or Greek word but a modern one.
The word is from the Latin virus referring to poison and other noxious substances, first used in English in 1392.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virus#Etymology
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:21 AM   #10
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The word is from the Latin virus referring to poison and other noxious substances, first used in English in 1392.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virus#Etymology
Cheers,
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Yeah, I figured something like that. I didn't even realize I had done that, as both are acceptable usage forms, that is, virii and viruses.

Curious, that one, as it's a biological detriment, and computers really don't even get sick, just become inoperable or some other state of malfunction.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 06:38 AM   #11
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Clam is good but it is usually used on mail servers. If you need to scan your complete hard drive without booting from it you can look into trinityhome.org. It has options of using four AVs. I keep it usually and it is a nice tool if your windows system ever get affected with memory resident virus and you need to clean it without even booting Windows.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 07:53 AM   #12
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You can try clam or one of the others, but I wouldn't bother.

There are very few viruses for Linux and if you install most of your software from the repositories (Ubuntu's in your case) you should be safe.

Mons
 
Old 02-12-2009, 10:05 PM   #13
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Yeah, I figured something like that. I didn't even realize I had done that, as both are acceptable usage forms, that is, virii and viruses.

Curious, that one, as it's a biological detriment, and computers really don't even get sick, just become inoperable or some other state of malfunction.
From the last line of the first paragraph of the reference:
Quote:
The plural of virus is "viruses".
I didn't remember the explanation correctly from the time I looked it up in the dictionary. The classic word didn't have a plural form. The new usage (biological) is considered a modern word with the plural form of viruses. The computer term is adapted from the biological term.

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Old 02-13-2009, 07:34 AM   #14
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From the last line of the first paragraph of the reference:


I didn't remember the explanation correctly from the time I looked it up in the dictionary. The classic word didn't have a plural form. The new usage (biological) is considered a modern word with the plural form of viruses. The computer term is adapted from the biological term.
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/virii

I agree, it's not a grammatically correct form; but, it's not my convention. This is just what hackers and bug-designers like to use.

You know, I didn't even know the word "Virii" is the L. Plural of men. Vir+i=mens, no. Just men instead of man.
 
  


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