Jay Daniels jaydanie at
Tue Jun 30 02:40:21 UTC 2009

Graham Todd wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Jun 2009 14:57:31 -0700
> Thomas <valhalla2100 at> wrote:
>> Are you sure that there is no need for anti-virus & trojans
>> protections? I am now using Ubuntu because my other computer, which
>> had the Comcast provided McAfee (sp) on it was hit.  Since that awful
>> time I learned first from my neighbor that her computer was infected
>> in the same week and learned of two others. One who was using Norton.
> [snipped]
> Most viruses and trojans are written for Windows systems.  You *could*
> get a Windows virus on your computer and to avoid sending it to a
> Windows user, you might think about installing something like ClamAV,
> which is very efficient.  My wife uses the Windows version, ClamWin, on
> her Windows box to great effect. But then you might take the view that
> Windows users should look out for their own security.
> It is theoretically possible for a Linux virus to be produced, but
> AFAIK there are none "in the wild", and the way Linux  So the answer is
> that there is no need for anti-virus software on your computer, but you
> may choose to run it to assist other (Windows) users.

All the major anti-virus companies have "Linux Virus" protection 
available or in the pipe.


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