Steven Davies-Morris sdavmor at
Tue Jun 17 17:58:00 UTC 2008

NoOp wrote:
> On 06/17/2008 05:32 AM, Bart Silverstrim wrote:
>> Graham Watkins wrote:
>>> Andrea Monaco wrote:
>>>> Can you suggest me a good Ubuntu antivirus?
> [snip]
>>> Clamav, with Avscan for a front-end works for me. Many argue that 
>>> anti-virus software is unecessary for pure linux systems because all 
>>> viruses (virii?) are written for Windows and they might be right.  
>>> However, this may not be true forever and I think it's best not to be  
>>> too complacent.
>> Only if there's a vulnerability would you need to worry about it. A 
>> program, which a virus is, would only have access to what the user has 
>> access to or it's not a virus. Don't run as root and you shouldn't need 
>> to worry about a virus installing itself into the system area.
> As it is becoming more common to install Ubuntu as an 'application' on a
> windows system via WUBI, and to share files across NTFS etc., and to
> have dual-boot & virtual systems whereby a windows system can read/write
> to the linux drive/partition, it's probably a good idea to use an AV.
> In addition to clamav, I've been pretty happy with AVG:

I use AVG on the couple of Windows boxes in my house, and on the 
VirtualBox Windows on my Ubuntu machine "just in case".
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