Newbie still confused about potential for virus problems on Ubuntu

wirechief silvermachineman at
Sun Apr 26 17:38:18 UTC 2009

Please tell that to the makers of rkhunter and all the various linux
programs designed
to find these things that do not bother linux, tell the people who
make clamav they
are wasting their time making anti-virus for linux, maybe they could
spend it making
money on windows systems, do you think you can convince them ?

On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 1:23 PM, Faizan Kazi <faizan.s.kazi at> wrote:
> Hi!
> 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
> installations.
> ~fez
> 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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