Yes you read that correct – antivirus on Linux. You must be thinking “I don’t need antivirus on Linux. You only need that on Windows!!” That is not strictly true and I shall explain why.
I run a Linux Mint 10 file and print server in the office which is connected to multiple virtual Windows machines through Virtualbox. I also have a USB pen stick and external hard drives which are used between all the machines and client computers. And here lies the issue. I am constantly transferring files from a linux based machine to windows based machines so if I get a virus on one it will be immediately be transferred to the other. When you take into account I also transfer files to clients machines you can start to see the scale of the problem. I could be spreading viruses when I am meant to be fixing the computers!!! Basically if you transfer any files you need antivirus software.
Secondly Linux is not as impregnable as you might think. Yes you are unlikely to get a virus written specifically for Linux, as you do for Windows, but believe me they are out there.
So which one should you go for? To answer that I found a great article here. On my system I use BitDefender or Avast. Both are free, however I have found that BitDefender has the more intuitive interface.
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