This article applies to all Ubuntu versions
Why do I need anti-virus software?
To scan files locally, over your network, or going outside your network. For example, via email.
Windows viruses may potentially run via Wine.
Discovered GNU/Linux malware are mitigated.
Open Source Antivirus
Proprietary Antivirus Offering Ubuntu Support
Avast Core Security. As per the vendor's website, this supports Ubuntu 16.04 and above.
GRAVITYZONE ENTERPRISE SECURITY. As per the vendor, supports Ubuntu 12.04 and above.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus Business Edition for Linux Desktop Vendor advertises Ubuntu support (other products for mail and file servers available).
F-PROT Antivirus for Linux Workstations - for home use. Please see XFProt.
Panda Cloud Cleaner Requires Facebook login.
Sophos Antivirus for Linux As per the vendor's website, 16.04 LTS and 18.04 LTS are supported.
Symantec Endpoint Protection Vendor advertises Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 support.
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.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BitDefender - Community page for BitDefender
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Antivirus/Avira - Community page for Avira