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Anti-virus/malware and firewalls in Ubuntu


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#1 lanzd

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 10:44 PM

Hello, I was just wondering what anti-virus and anti-Malware people use in Ubuntu. Does Spybot S&D/MBAM work in Ubuntu? Also, I know Ubuntu has a built in firewall, but I was wondering if there is a Comodo equivalent in Ubuntu anyway.

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 11:29 PM

Anti-virus/anti-malware software is not [usually] needed in Linux due to the lack of viruses and malware out there for Linux (probably because of its small market share). However, you can't really hurt anything by installing an AV. Personally, I installed the on-demand Linux version of Avast.

You might find the following articles interesting:
http://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/8261-note-to-new-linux-users-no-antivirus-needed
http://ubuntulinuxhelp.com/does-ubuntu-linux-really-need-antivirus-software/

As for a firewall, I use Firestarter (probably available in your repository/package manager).

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 03:44 PM

I use Firestarter also, it is indeed in the Ubuntu repositories. The IPtables do the firewall duty, and Firestarter is a GUI where you can customize as you please.

I really don't see any need for Spybot S&D or MBAM. Spybot is supposed to run well with WINE, but I don't believe MBAM will run in Linux.

The main possible security threat for Linux I've read about is rootkits. There are two scanners I use in conjunction ( found in the repositories ) -

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:02 PM

Spybot may run in WINE, but, if so, it will only scan your WINE installation and Windows programs installed there. No Windows anti-malware scanners can scan your Linux file system, nor would you want them to.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:36 PM

Exactly. :)
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Posted 15 August 2011 - 06:40 PM

All right, thank you all. I just got a chance to get on my computer today, but I'm going to go read those articles now and I'll download and play with the firewall configurations.

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