(i) This article applies to all Ubuntu versions

Why do I need anti-virus software?

  • You are required to have a virus scanner installed by the terms of use of the company you work for or are doing business with.
  • To scan files locally, over your network, or going outside your network. For example, via email.

  • Windows viruses may potentially run via Wine.

  • Discovered linux viruses are mitigated.

Open Source Antivirus

Free Supported Versions of Proprietary Antivirus

Other Free Versions of Proprietary Antivirus

This is a vendor category where an expectation is set differently to the above.

Reasons Linux is less prone to malware

  • Programs are run as normal user, not root user
  • Open source - more eyes on the system source code
  • Diverse system configurations
  • Less malware actors overall focus on linux. However, proficient malware actors do target linux.

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Antivirus (last edited 2017-07-05 14:05:17 by penalvch)