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Old 26. Jun 2013, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It seems to be generally recognised in all I've read about Linux that I don't need to worry about viruses etc. However in browsing the screen dumps of other's desktops I see that many of those posted by Midnight Cowboy show antivirus software in use.

I wondered whether members on this forum do or don't use antivirus/malware software, what their reasons are for their choices and what software they use.

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Old 27. Jun 2013, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They're mostly for checking for malware that may pass onto a Windows system (or WINE). You can clean drives as well.

I don't see the point except for servers, gateways, and the like. VirusTotal and Metascan Online (80 MB limit) takes care of whatever I download. There are better tools for cleaning drives available on Windows and AV LiveCD's.

Just stick to trustworthy repositories, and you're safe.
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Old 27. Jun 2013, 01:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What J.L. says is correct. Many users new to Linux however still "feel the need" for an antivirus. Most are passive scanners but Comodo offers real time protection too. Since I'm using Linux 95% of the time, I also find having Comodo useful as an instant check for what Windows users might be encountering. Be prepared though that it will eat CPU and for general users is completely unnecessary.
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For a dual booter its unfortunate but necessary for transferring files. Comodo fills a niche for making the process automatic.
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Old 27. Jun 2013, 01:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Linux is NOT immune to viruses. It is just that Windows, being more prolific, is a bigger target.
Given that Linux is more prevalent in the server market, most viruses are actually passed on by Linux Systems. Those servers really should be forced to use AV products.
If I am downloading, using Linux, utilities for my portable toolbox, or for my own Windows, for use in repairing client systems whether Linux or Windows, I always scan them before adding them.
If I'm using Windows ALL downloads get scanned before they are allowed to be permanently saved.

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Linux is NOT immune to viruses.
I accept that Windows viruses are passed to Windows users en mass via Linux powered servers, but which virus can I get that will affect my Linux system that I would need a Linux antivirus for? To my knowledge there are only a few rootkits that could affect Linux and these would need user assistance (such as running as root) in order to get planted.
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