linux and antivirus

New Linux users must have noticed this. There are antivirus available in the repos. You might question, “But wasn’t I promised that linux is virus free? That was an important reason for me to switch from Windows to Linux.” Well, the hard truth is Linux does have its own category of viruses. But, the part that will make you happy is that, unless you are *dumb*, a Linux virus cannot survive in the hostile environment it is provided with.

Hostile Environment?

You must have noticed that Linux expects you to use Super User privileges with care and it is better not to log in using root access. This is to avoid virus spread. Without your permission the virus cannot survive and I bet you are not dumb to let virus survive! There are similarities between the computer virus and the biological virus. Both viruses are tagged successful or dangerous, if its multiplication rate is greater than it’s depletion rate. In Windows, achieving this is easy, but Linux thanks to its security, is not. So the virus has a hostile environment in Linux, and hence doesn’t survive!

But then why antivirus?

There is a virus in Linux, and it is clever. It is called Bliss and we can talk about it later. It is experimental and has no harmful intentions I believe. The need for antivirus is to ensure that you don’t end up infecting your friends computers that are running Windows. Hence you need to make sure that files you have downloaded and those you receive or send to friends are not infected. Of course you are safe, but you need to ensure the safety of your friends still stuck with Windows. Hence Antivirus. Moreover you may be dual booting. So if your Windows gets infected, you can boot into Linux and scan your Windows partitions to easily remove the troubling code!

You can also help friends with having their USB repaired. A virus I encountered few days make disables the USB, hence making it unable to use. It is not recognized by Windows. So plug into Linux (it will be detected! Presto!), scan, clean and save your friend!

What do I use?

I use Avast! Home Linux. You can download it from here. Also since the registration key is needed for it to work. You may get it from here. Do note that the registration key is available for free.

For Ubuntu AMD64 architecture users…

Since there is no link for downloading a .deb package for AMD64 architecture, hence download the i386 architecture package and force install it. Use this code to install.

sudo dpkg –force-architecture -i avast4workstation_1.2.0-2_i386.deb

And to run the installed avast antivirus run this

linux32 avastgui &

Enter the registration key for first time use. And start removing those hiding inactive virus files.

Many thanks to the HOW-TO I found in the Ubuntu Forums for the force installation irrespective of the architecture. I am unable to retrace the link at the moment.

Hope this post was helpful for you. What do you think about, Linux and antivirus?

4 thoughts on “Linux and Antivirus

  • September 29, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    well I think this is all bullshit. if you use a good antivirus program such as kaspersky, you wont need a second operating system. so why use ubuntu?

  • April 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Recommend Search-and-destroy Antispyware to anyone.
    I would like to recommend Search-and-destroy Antispyware to anyone that wants a good scan for their computer. I tired many other scanners in the past but so far I like this one the best. It’s cheaper than many of the others and it cost less. What more can you ask for? The antispyware solution from Search-and-destroy found at Search-and-destroy, is a great option whether you use your computer for work or personal use. It will keep it clear and clean of antispyware that bogs down your PC and causes it to be sluggish and annoying.

  • January 5, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Yea,I think there is about 15 viruses that can attack linux and thumbs up for a good post and eye opener.

  • January 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Awesome! Thank you! Ubuntu ftw!


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