Newbie still confused about potential for virus problems on Ubuntu

Faizan Kazi faizan.s.kazi at
Sun Apr 26 17:23:49 UTC 2009

Im no security expert, but as far as i know, viruses do not affect Ubuntu,
or other linux operating systems. spyware and other malware is not really
much of an issue either.

you can use these anti virus softwares, and they will help you remove
infections plaguing your windows drives! theoretically viruses can even
affect your wine installation or windows virtualizations in linux, but
complete removal of wine (sudo rm -rf ~/.wine) [NOTE: this command will
remove your wine installation and cause loss of your wine data], or those
virtualized systems will effectively remove those infected windows


On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 11:02 PM, Ed Oneill <kodiack91 at> wrote:

> I have clam av  but was told it is only for e_mail? and I am running avg
> free but want to try avast also!
> What is the chances of virus problem on ubuntu 8.10 if used to surf
> web,open e-mail and
> fileshare with transmission ? Am I correct thinking the Ubuntu os is not in
> danger only a windows based system I would interact with  is at risk and
> that is the reason to use virus scanners? Does clam av,avast,bitt defender
> and avg scan the whole system or do they only scan the windows based files
> It seems clam does not scan my shared files from windows and Avg shows
> errors and says it can not open Ubuntu os files it only scans shared
> files/folders!
> Has anyone useing Ubuntu had virus issues and how would you know what are
> some of the possible problems if they exist ?
> Thank You !
> Ed
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