Linux mint - is an anti virus necessary ?

Posted on 2012-09-21
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
Is it Necessary ?

Are There any available ?
Question by:fcek
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    by:Ashok Dewan
    Actually, There are some viruses which do effect linux OS . But as comparatively to Windows OS is less vulnerable to viruses. If you do visit trusted sites and always check files carefully after connecting pendrive. If you are beginner is linux then you should install. its depend upon you how you use this OS. virus sources is from untrusted websites and unknown email attachment and pendrives. You should always check your pendrive files. Are these files familiar to you, If not familiar then delete it.
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    Generally, you'll probably be comfortable running Linux without it.  For Linux systems ....Patching... is a must! Use the right user:group, access permission, turn off unwanted services, disable unused modules, tune/hardening  server,  hide configuration files, restrict access, firewall/dmz ....etc.

    You could check out ClamAV, rkhunter, chkrootkit, avg scanners and others ...

    On my Linux mail server; I run  Clamav, which has reduced dramatically the amount of annoying and potentially dangerous mail sent through my server to protect my windows office environment . Clam AntiVirus is a GPL anti-virus toolkit for Unix.

    Author Comment

    User is a Linux Noob Im not far off that myself.

    Avast bombed with an error - uninstalled / reinstalled - same - forget Avast.

    Whats the easiest AV pref with a GUI for Linux?


    Also what file to install from options offered ? Im only really used to .exe installs !
    is one extension usually easier than another?

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    My option is to have an Antivirus on each OS (even a Mac). Nothing is safe! If this is a business network you can also use a Router with Antivirus and Firewall for more Security. But this will only protect from online threats.

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    Author Comment

    Avast error after update ....

    An error occurred in Avast! engine.  Invalid Argument.

    Happened on two PCS with mins.

    Avast be gone ....

    Author Comment

    With MINT I meant.  (not mins )

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