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Clam Antivirus


I usually use either BitDefender or Avast Linux edition as the antivirus software of choice on a Linux system but recently decided to give ClamAV a go to see what it was like.  I have been put off this software in the past by the complexity of having to run it from the command line (newbie clients don’t like the command line) but on further investigation it can be run with a GUI.  Said clients should be happier now.  You can also run ClamAV on Windows (it goes by the name ClamWin).

To install it in Linux Mint 12 open up a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install clamav

This will install all the dependencies that clamAV needs to run, however, it will have to be run from the command line.  To run it from a GUI type:

sudo apt-get install clamtk

This will give you a GUI similiar to the one below:

As you can see clamAV gives you the ability to scan files, folders, directories or the whole system.  When I tried this out on my Linux Mint 12 system it found 32 (yes 32!!!) infected files that Avast had missed.  I also found it to be pretty quick too when undertaking a full system scan (much faster than Avast but probably on par with BitDefender).

So if you are after decent easy to use antivirus software for Linux I would now say either BitDefender or ClamAV.  I never thought I would be saying that!!

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Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

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Linux Antivirus


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.

 

About the Author

Hi I am Chris the owner of ComTech. I provide IT Support, Laptop repairs and Computer repairs to both personal and business clients in and around Stirling. For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website www.comtech247.net where you will find my blog, testimonials, services and much more.  Start supporting a local business today so I can start supporting you.

If you found this blog useful then why not sign up to my RSS Feed for news, tutorials, views and general techie stuff!!

 

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