Today you will know some good security options to protect your Linux operating system or to use as a tool for removing viruses from other systems.
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Using antivirus on Linux is purely optional, but it can be useful in some cases, such as scanning someone else's USB sticks or Windows parties if you use Dual Boot with Microsoft Windows. Whatever your reason today we will know good options for Antivrus software for Linux.
5 – ClamAV for Linux
This is one of the few, if not the only, open source antivirus we have, it's even in the Ubuntu Program Center and in the repository of many Linux distros. Allows specific scanning of system directories, which can be useful for scanning a thumb drive or partition.
If you use Ubuntu look for it in the Program Center.
4 – BitDefender for Linux
This antivirus, a very popular brand in the Windows world, has the same features as the ClamAV but in open source, it is present for package-based distros .debsuch as Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint is also available for distros based on .rpm, such as Fedora, openSUSE, and Red Hat.
Please note that in the Link above there are instructions to install on all supported distros by simply choosing between .deb and .rpm.
3 – Comodo Antivrus for Linux
This other very popular brand in the Windows world, the Antivirus Comodo It is one of the oldest antivirus to date on the market, and Comodo Group, the company behind the solution, was founded there in 1998.
This is a very interesting solution because in addition to the ordinary scans it also has an extension that allows you to scan email servers as well, something that can be interesting to avoid spam and other pests.
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It is also worth mentioning that there is official support for major Linux distros: Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, Debian, openSUSE, SUSE Enterprise, Red Hat Enterprise and CentOS.
2 – Avast for Linux
I consider Avast one of the best free antivirus solutions for Windows, whenever someone using Windows asks for my opinion on the subject it is my recommended. Recently, some of my students and I did a lab test with the most popular antivirus in the industry for Windows, and Avast was the winner by eliminating all 6,500 viruses we had deployed on the test machine.
The Linux version is clearly dedicated to servers, this is very clear on the program download page, the officially supported systems are: CentOS 6, Debian 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Ubuntu LTS 12.4, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, OpenSUSE 13.1, however, can be installed on derivatives of these distros but not supported by Avast.
Unlike the Windows version which has a free, albeit more limited version, the Linux version requires a 30-day trial order and must be purchased later.
1 – ESET NOD32
I chose to leave the NOD32 firstly because it is an antivirus that has a strong name in the market and has a great Linux desktop client and can be used on both servers and conventional desktops.
It is also capable of generating usage statistics, unfortunately it is not free but has a trial version, if you like you can buy it later.
The program supports Red Hat, Mandriva (???), Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu and SUSE distributions.
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The purpose of this article is not to boast or suggest that Linux is more vulnerable or something, because it really isn't (read the Linux virus article suggested at the beginning of the text), but knowing these options may be helpful, As a user concerned about extraneous drives, a computer maintenance professional who can use the solutions to remove viruses from Windows disks or for you who takes care of servers and wants an extra security guarantee.
If you are the typical "common user" you most likely do not need antivirus on Linux (at least for now, you never know) but it is good to know the options if necessary.
The market for Linux Desktop security solutions is not very developed and comprehensive for obvious reasons, formerly there was a version of Avira for Linux Desktop that was discontinued due to lack of users …
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