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Are you worried about viruses?

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#1 bmike1


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 11:25 PM

I want to run a survey tell us how long you've run Linux and if you are worried you'll be infected by a virus and if you scan your OS and tell us why/why not


over ten years- not worried- never scan- whenever I scan I get false-positives

Edited by bmike1, 24 January 2015 - 11:29 PM.

A/V Software? I don't need A/V software. I've run Linux since '98 w/o A/V software and have never had a virus. I never even had a firewall until '01 when I began to get routers with firewalls pre installed. With Linux if a vulnerability is detected a fix is quickly found and then upon your next update the vulnerability is patched.  If you must worry about viruses  on a Linux system only worry about them in the sense that you can infect a windows user. I recommend Linux Mint or, if you need a lighter weight operating system that fits on a cd, MX14 or AntiX.

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 11:24 AM

I've only been on linux a little over a year.  Still learning.  I tried an antivirus ( I think clam, but on a live disk) once on 2 or 3 partitons, I forget how many operating systems I had then.  It didn't show any problems.  I have most everything backed up (I'm not quite up to date, never up to speed) and a separate partition for files, plus I update regularly.  I think I'm fairly save.  

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 12:41 PM

No I'm not worried about getting a virus although I have had one before. The ancient TPLink router I was using at the time, and on which I had left the password as "admin," was compromised and both Windows and Ubuntu were infected. (This was when XP was still supported, and I had only just started using Ubuntu - probably Feb/March last year). Although I'm not sure to what extent Ubuntu was compromised, and on reflection, the damage could have been limited to Adobe flash player, although at the time I just re-installed everything. Then of course it happened again, and I finally realised that the router was the problem.

Now I have a much better router and password, so there's much less chance of that happening again.

I have F-Prot on Puppy on a USB stick, and more recently installed clamav to Kubuntu, both primarily for scanning my Windows partition. However I decided to scan Kubuntu just after I installed clamav, since it was there, and it found two Windows viruses that I had downloaded as email attachments, and subsequently forgotten about. I had saved one of them at the time so that I could upload it to VirusTotal, and the other one was still in a compressed ThunderBird directory.

But even with viruses on my computer I wasn't worried about getting infected, because Windows executable files won't execute in Linux, and Windows can't read the Linux partition that the viruses were saved on.

I also have clamav with clamtk on LXLE on my laptop, but that's only because they came with it. The only thing I've done with it so far is edit /etc/clamav/freshclam.conf and change "Checks 24" to "Checks 0", to stop it trying to update itself 24 times each day!

I'll probably keep some sort of anti-virus software on Linux for as long as I have Windows. The last time I scanned a Linux partition was the time I mentioned above, just after installing clamav when it found those two Windows viruses, which must have been at least a month ago. I'll probably scan some Linux partition at some point again, because old habits are hard to break, and using command line applications is still a bit of a novelty.

Edited by Al1000, 25 January 2015 - 12:44 PM.

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 04:14 PM


and it found two Windows viruses that I had downloaded as email attachments

I have 2 versions of ransomware that I downloaded and play with LOL.


So am I worried about viruses.... NO.

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Posted 25 January 2015 - 06:38 PM

Good stuff guys, I need to know as much about the basics as possible.


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