Question was: Is anyone using antivirus software on Linux ?

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
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 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  <,_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


Bad Opinion) Windows Vista for Better [than Linux] Security? I Don’t Think So

Bad Opinion) Windows Vista for Better [than Linux] Security? I Don’t Think So.
The National Security Agency (NSA) recently published a report, “Best Practices for Keeping Your Home Network Secure” (PDF) in which it makes numerous recommendations designed to help home computer users avoid malware and other common problems……
Perhaps and probably Linux is safer than Windows XP would have been a better truthful article here. Linux has been listed at least once as one of the most vurnable systems, and that not by opinion.
The simplest cut to the chase as showing this article as uninformed and not correct are the two following information links. These deal with malware called rootkits which, if infected on Windows, is one of only a couple reasons for ever re-installing Windows – wiping the disk. In fact, a rootkit infection is the only time Microsoft ever offered reinstalling Windows after wiping the disk as only solution aside from Windows 7 users loosing their administrator password.
So the message is that rootkits can run on Linux and can NOT run on Vista (safer)…
What You Need to Know About Linux Rootkits Rootkits are a way attackers hide their tracks and keep access to the machines they control. The good rootkits are very hard to detect and remove. They can be running on ones computer and no one can even know they have been running. Read more to learn how to detect them on your system.
3/25/2011 2:49 PM
Read more | Open in browser
Linux under attack: Compromised SSH keys lead to rootkit
Aug 26, 2008 ….. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has issued a warning for what it calls “active attacks” against Linux-based computing infrastructures using compromised SSH keys. The attack appears to initially use stolen SSH keys to gain access to a system, and then uses local kernel exploits to gain root access……
ROOTKITS UNABLE TO RUN ON VISTA… – Vista’s UAC spots rootkits, tests find
Our Government (USA) made a correct decision.
Another point in real world to consider, however, is how many “zero days” has a system had. There has been a handful over ten years in Windows. Linux has had a few…
Red Gecko: New Linux Zero-Day Flaw
Jul 20, 2009 … New Linux Zero-Day Flaw. For all you Linux users who thumb your noses at Microsoft’s history of vulnerability and large attack surface, …
US-CERT Current Activity – Linux Root Access Vulnerabilities
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Microsoft Security Essentials (free antimalware program from Microsoft) Testings

Microsoft Security Essentials Struggles in New Antivirus Tests
In Q1 2011 Security Essentials 2.0 (MSE) performed well at the least demanding test,
that of spotting malware drawn from the industry-agreed Wildlist selection, scoring 100 percent. It also put in a good performance …

“….In Q1 2011 Security Essentials 2.0 (MSE) performed well at the least demanding test, that of spotting malware drawn from the industry-agreed Wildlist selection, scoring 100 percent. It also put in a good performance against a large group of recent malware samples selected by AV-Test itself, with a creditable score of 97 percent detection.
However, the product’s performance deteriorated sharply when pitted against 107 recent zero-day malware web and email malware attacks, described by AV-Test as ‘real-world’ testing’, spotting only half. The product’s performance in ‘dynamic detection testing’ – noticing malware on or post-execution – was also modest at only 45 percent. …..”
[NOTES….. I promote Microsoft Essentials as a quality product in the free stuff line. That is because they have won the VB100 Award (perfect scores all) and are West Coast Labs Certified. When considering non-quality products that have not achieved any certifications or these independent world lab awards (totally respected worldwide) – then you realize their detection rate is generally down around 55 to 85 percent detections. Anything a good deal above a 90 percent detection rate is considered a quality product and has achieved certifications either presently or in past days and ongoing – which certifications and awards are actually 100 percent scores. The idea goes, once a product has achieved these awards – they will continue in the excellence of the product ongoing – with that goal for the next sheduled or unsheduled test on them.
From the security stand point either from industry or community, the hardest thing is to get many users to even install and then use antivirus and antispyware programs. Those demanding state of the art protection know too well that 99 percent detection is just not cutting it. So on the one hand, Microsoft Essentials need continually be “promoted” as many users will refuse to pay for a product and others may try an antimalware program for the first time if it is free. Microsoft Essentials (formerly Windows OneCare shareware) has proven its colors twice, in the least, with perfect scores at VB100 and West Coast Labs. There is NO way to call it a crap program all of a sudden.
I believe this article reflects that it is Recession Times and there may have been some cutbacks temporarily (and since it is a free program) or in the over all picture that Microsoft is dragging heels here. The bottom line is you get what you pay for and that reflects on any irresponsible computer operator (user). I have never fathomed why someone will spend up to 2 or 3 thousand dollars on a desktop or laptop and then suddenly totally reject a simple 40 to 50 dollars a year to protect it. If “working” as a free helper in tech-help or malware removal help type forums and groups – you see that all too often.
The reason for my comments are that many, many – too many – users are not aware of the cyber criminal underground sharks out there that are going to talk many newbies into dumping Microsoft Essentials or any other quality free program such as Comodo (which has indeed just won the prestigious VB100 Award and is free) with some bullcrap line as “it is a piece of crap taking up valuable resources – I would dump it”. You also see that too many times in the community help areas. Nightmarish ! They actually go for it ! ….sheesh.

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