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#1 C_C_


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 02:02 PM



      I recently installed Lubuntu 14.04.1.  As a home user I am not sure if I need antivuris software.  I am not importing anything from my former operating system Windows Xp to Lubuntu. Already have    Lubuntu software center installed. If free antivirus software is needed  what is the brand is best and where can I get it from.  thank you.   

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#2 NickAu


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 03:32 PM

You do not need Antivirus on Linux. The only reason you may need it is if you share files with windows. I say Windows should handle it's own scanning.
 However if you still feel you want one use Clam AV.


Clam AntiVirus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

To install Clam AV and its Graphical interface Clam TK you can use this command from the command line:
sudo apt-get install clamav clamtk

To use Clam AV from terminal.

At first you have to update the virus definitions with:
sudo freshclam

Then you can scan for viruses.
clamscan OPTIONS File/Folder


To check all files on the computer, displaying the name of each file:
clamscan -r /

  • To check all files on the computer, but only display infected files and ring a bell when found:
    clamscan -r --bell -i /

  • To check files in the all users home directories:
    clamscan -r /home

  • To check files in the USER home directory and move infected files to another folder:
    clamscan -r --move=/home/USER/VIRUS /home/USER

  • To check files in the USER home directory and remove infected files (WARNING: Files are gone.):
    clamscan -r --remove /home/USER

  • To see more options:
    clamscan --help

Edited by NickAu1, 30 November 2014 - 05:08 PM.

#3 Al1000


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 05:13 AM

HTG Explains: Why You Dont Need an Antivirus On Linux (and When You Do)

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