Question was…. Is anyone using antivirus software? (On Linux, at a different group)
List of Linux computer viruses
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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
BRATISLAVA – ESET File Security 3.0.20 for Linux has received a “VB100”,
the award from Virus Bulletin, UK’s independent testing antivirus
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 protected.
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 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear,_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)…. http://bluecollarpc.us/forensics.php (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