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 Post subject: Question: Is anyone using antivirus software? (On Linux)
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:34 am 
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Question was.... Is anyone using antivirus software?
(On Linux, at a different group)

List of Linux computer viruses
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ... er_viruses

KlamAV has included directory of threats built in.

My answer is yes absolutely. If you can't seem to get Clam for Linux
working, go to System> Synaptics and type in Clam as search word. Mark
for installation ALL that apply and click Apply to install them. The
simple Clam download is basically an empty shell. You need like the
fresh clam etc to get the definitions and as well you need to open
Preferences and set Updates to every hour all the way up to once a day.
Once a day is generally sufficient. They will install silently in the
back ground on log in session daily. If you simply click HOME - this is
much like a quick scan of all the usual targets.

Yes, getting hit with malware is rare on Linux but not so much anymore.
Companies do not spend zillions of dollars making a Linux antimalware
solution with Real Time Protection - YES - Real Time Protection such as
ESET Announces ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Linux
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)
"Given the importance of consumer and business usage of Linux, it is
essential to equip users with advanced security software to protect
against cyber-attacks," said Richard Marko, CEO of ESET. “With ESET
NOD32 Antivirus for Linux, ESET's protection is ...

ESET File Security for Linux receives VB100 award [perfect scores
against malware]
BRATISLAVA - ESET File Security 3.0.20 for Linux has received a “VB100”,
the award from Virus Bulletin, UK's independent testing antivirus
authority. ...

Simple or average users sometimes have the attitude of "your not going
to drag that windows crap into here - Linux users - are you ? ".... but
they do not realize you may be performing financial transactions or are
a webmaster and even using FTP to websites etc. These type users WELCOME
such products for confidence and peace of mind in Safe Computing for
like $30 to $40 USD yearly. I myself have tried the 30 day evaluation of
ESET (best windows at over 59 VB100 Awards, labs can't lie) for Linux
and am seriously impressed and will be using it permanently on my Linux
Netbook. I have tried free AVG - as Clam has only a very fair as opposed
to excellent detection rating. It completely bogged down the system so
bad I could not navigate the computer system. Fighting fighting fighting
just to get rid of it ! Finally !

Again, the average user is not even aware of the great botnet plague of
the which the Linux operating system has been used as well as
windooooze. Freely in Linux there is pipelining and torrents and so on
that are weapons in botnet payloads. There is the infamous IRC Chat
Relay used for botmasters and botherders to communicate clandestinely
beyond legal authorities in too many cases. In fact as a windows die
hard user switching over to Linux - it was like duhh---- where do you
think it all came from. They have no compunction about decompiling
software to reengineer it for malware strikes and payload deliveries.
The Open Source community needs to be protected by us as they many times
do not have the resources for legalities as do the billionare windows
security firms. Read about tunneling to circumvent firewall policies.
This is another area of pipelining. Originally, IPv4 allocation was
running out as Windows Vista was released with IPv6 native. All these
type communications by malware writers into new Vista users over IPv6
tunneling and pipelining was sticking out like a sore thumb and actually
only the stupid would attempt it and like at a softer target such as
some unpatched software in the system. That was about the last hope of
fresh air in a malware free internet since about the day the first virus
went public. Gone.

So, do I use antivirus on Linux... are you kidding me ? You NEVER
operate ANY computer without antivirus as minimum security defense.
Anyone who tells you different is either security ignorant (newbie
novice user) or is intentionally socially engineering you to
circumvention of your personal computing security solution (add suite)
to make you their mark (IDTheft etc). There is no in between. This is
black and white. This is the "cyber ghetto" that used to be called that
wonderful information super highway known as the world wide web - WWW
.... The more Linux gets used, the more it will look like all the Mac
attacks going on and getting worst by the day.

For the average user - If you practice Safe Practices (don't go to shady
places on net, don't do shady downloads, etc) and you use Clam or Klam
and at least scan weekly or monthly you are fairly safe. NO argument
there. Fairly safe. Notice that does not say you are protected. You need
a Linux antimalware product with Real Time Protection (heuristics) to be

It depends on what you have to loose and was my reason for this reply. I
don't say "Shut Up" to all those that want to call this "snake oil" and
hey dude you are an unwelcomed alarmist spreading FUD
<,_uncertainty_and_doubt> ==== I say
"Wake Up" and history reveals you are a fool who's money is soon parted.
Ask the victims.

I qualify my answer as advancing to IT Security Home/Small Business and
Amatuer Forensics (Computer)....
(webmaster). The former are generally those the Microsoft threatened to
sue for damages during their last "Vista Bashing" episodes of entire
proven lies about Computing Security and Vista itself.

Simple answer... hey guy get Clam AV at Software Repositiory (in System
> Ubuntu Software) built into Linux and use it once and a while and
your good to go for now. Try the more advanced stuff when you are ready
or feel the need to. Simple. Understand no malware written for windows
or others works on Linux and vice versa - different operating system code.

gerald philly pa usa

On 5/25/2011 5:12 PM, xxxx wrote:
> Here's an Ubuntu-specific list of every known (to them) virus/worm.
> Read the comments on each; you're pretty immune to all of them

Malware Removal / Amatuer Forensics

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