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Sophos Antivirus For Linux


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#16 paul88ks

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 11:59 PM

Thanks again Hollowface- I was not scrolling through the EULA as per their instructions.Mission Accomplished.Sophos Installed.Now I will read your tutorial,maybe even print it out! What a pain in the you know what- but thanks again! I now have Sophos,which I've used on my Windows machine,and ClamAV.Hopefully I will never need either one on my Linux machine!-- Paul



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Posted 23 June 2015 - 12:03 AM

Glad you've got it working. :)



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Posted 23 June 2015 - 01:07 AM

Paul, am glad that you now have Sophos for Linux! :thumbup2:

 

More security corporations are seeing potential in Linux, and others like ESET has supported it for some time. Both names are huge ones in the industry, there's even a 100% Free version of a Sophos OS that can turn a desktop of mid-grade specs into a powerful hardware Firewall. The only additional hardware needed is a PCI or PCIe outbound Network card, depending on PC capabilities, to attach the Router to. The cable or DSL modem goes into the inbound connection of the native card. 

 

Once all is setup, it becomes a Firewall appliance, for not only personal security, also to control the content & times that their children can access the Internet & also the content that guests can access. This lessens the chance of infection by far while also maintaining total control over their network. Example, we all know that Yahoo content has a lot to do with infected computers, therefore any Yahoo.com sites can be blocked by the Administrator for the protection of all computers on the network. 

 

Sophos is a huge name in the IT industry & I'm glad that they freely gave Linux users this option. While all functions aren't active (or in real time) for Linux users, that's the tradeoff for a no cost option. It will more than meet the needs for most all home Linux users, and if I didn't have an ESET subscription, would use it myself, and likely will on one Linux Mint install very soon. 

 

Hollowface, Thanks for the Tutorial and assisting others along the way, you've gone beyond the distance in creating it. :)

 

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 03:36 AM

Cat- I might mention that i had to unwrap the tarball by using the "open as administrator"  within the "Archive Manager" I will go back and write down exactly the steps I took to do it. Even with that done,if Hollowface had not helped me with the install I would have never figured it out.Linux Mint will not recognize debian install commands,which quickly became apparent. Sudo is the way to go! 

 

As I said earlier,even though the chances of getting infected on a Linux machine are very small,it's nice to know it is there.I've used sophos on my Windows machine for a long time and love it.And with ClamAV it's double the insurance,firewall enabled of course!I also use ESET and love it.

 

Again- Kudos to Hollowface for the great article!! Paul



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Posted 26 June 2015 - 12:45 AM

Hi guys, I dont understand this, when taking a look at the Sophos website everything seemed to point towards needing a server. Could someone clarify please?
 

In any case, I have a link for the cofiguration guide if not already posted and needed by someone.

Sophos Linux Anti Virus Configuration Guide : https://www.sophos.com/en-us/medialibrary/PDFs/documentation/savl_9_cgeng.pdf



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Posted 26 June 2015 - 01:10 AM

Sophos does officially support mainly operating systems that are popular on servers, but you don't need a server. You can install it on your home computer if you like.



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Posted 26 June 2015 - 03:57 AM

Okay, thanks for the clarification Hollowface.

Looks like there is a bit too getting this to work for a beginner like myself , however, an opportunity to use an anti virus product for Linux that is both free and actually scans for Linux infections (as opposed to say ESETS product that only scans your Linux OS for Windows infections) is too good to pass up.

I am going to have a crack at installing and using it - if you see a large mushroom cloud appearing on your horizon - you will know that something went wrong.....


Edited by The Uprightman, 26 June 2015 - 03:58 AM.


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Posted 26 June 2015 - 09:14 PM

The Uprightman- if I can figure out how to install Sophos anybody can!!! We are all here to help!

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 11:31 PM

Okay, thanks for the clarification Hollowface.

Looks like there is a bit too getting this to work for a beginner like myself , however, an opportunity to use an anti virus product for Linux that is both free and actually scans for Linux infections (as opposed to say ESETS product that only scans your Linux OS for Windows infections) is too good to pass up.

I am going to have a crack at installing and using it - if you see a large mushroom cloud appearing on your horizon - you will know that something went wrong.....

 

The Uprightman, the ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Linux is a full featured product, not only scanning for Linux threats, also Windows & Mac ones as well. More information on the product page. 

 

http://www.eset.com/me/home/products/antivirus-linux/

 

It's not free, yet I'm in my 2nd year of using it, though for the most part, Linux is great for not getting infected, there's no 100% guarantee of anything. There were a couple of Windows threats found, where I had downloaded these to place on a Flash drive, yet there's also been a couple of times when it closed Web pages on Google Chrome on Linux Mint that posed threats. This is very common & frequent on a Windows OS, yet a rarity on a Linux desktop, having used the brand since 2010 after both Avast, followed by MSE, let me down on Windows 7. 

 

ESET protects a wide range of OS's, though the brand is most known for Windows protection, there's offerings for other platforms also. 

 

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 12:11 AM

Thanks for the clarification on ESET'S product Cat1092. I mistakenly thought that it simply scanned for Windows infections so did not see any point in purchasing and using it.

ESET would be my preference (no convoluted installation and set up process) over Sophos so might go ahead and purchase their product.

Thanks again.

 


Edited by The Uprightman, 27 June 2015 - 12:18 AM.


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Posted 27 June 2015 - 12:38 AM

If you're interested in ESET I've written a tutorial on that too, though not nearly as detailed. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/579410/recommended-linux-applications-and-how-to-install-them/page-2#entry3737560



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Posted 27 June 2015 - 12:42 AM

Thank you Hollowface, you are a great help  - your detailed instructions must have taken some time to compile so thank you for your time and effort to help. :thumbup2:



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Posted 27 June 2015 - 01:01 AM


Thank you Hollowface, you are a great help

 

I try. :)



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Posted 27 June 2015 - 01:43 AM

Hollowface-Cat- The Uprightman - I was checking out the ESET website- they are a little expensive don't you think? I have 3 -soon to be 4 computers.Can you recommend something that is not quite a hit to the wallet?



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Posted 27 June 2015 - 01:48 AM

Out of all of the AV protection options that I've tried on Linux Mint, have found the ESET option the easiest to use. 

 

They also provide a .deb installer that makes things easier, some may find the need in Permissions to place a check in the box to 'Allow executing file as a program', otherwise it won't run. This is the way that I installed, long before hollowface provided a tutorial. 

 

I do suggest to try before purchase, one gets a fully functional 30 day no-obligation Trial license, though the length of this can change at any time at the discretion of ESET. That's what I initially did, to keep from burning an activation & ensure the product suited my needs. 

 

ESET also has first class Customer Support if needed, there's been only one time in nearly 5 years that I had to contact them & that was to ask a question, there were no issues with the software. I had purchased a 3 device license pack on promo at the Newegg site for ESET Internet Security for an unbelievable $19.99. The catch was it was in 2 year old packaging, this doesn't affect the license key inside. One can just download the Live installer, or the Full one, of the current version & then activate with that key. Have purchased four ESET packages in such a manner (3 devices) & never paid more than $24.99 shipped. 

 

Once activated & registered on the first device with the included activation key, one will get an email with license details to install on the other computers. 

 

I've never paid full price for any brand of security, Newegg always has low cost licenses of many brands, one a Bitdefender Sphere (unlimited devices) for $20/1 Year, that I've not seen since. That was where I also purchase my first Emsisoft Anti Malware licenses at $9.99 each (OEM packaging), an EAM CD in a white sleeve, wished I had purchased the max of five, though I did get 2 copies, never have seen that brand on the Newegg site since. Maybe it was to introduce Emsisoft to US customers. 

 

While I have seen the ESET unilicense packages (5 devices) on promo for $39.99, never have purchased it, though for a person or family with different brands of OS's, it's a perfect fit. So was Bitdefender Sphere, only it was Windows & Mac, not Linux. Yet it served me well for a year at a fantastic cost ($100 less than the price on the Bitdefender site). 

 

Still intend to get Sophos installed on one of my Linux installs, am working on another computer at the moment. 

 

 

 

Hollowface-Cat- The Uprightman - I was checking out the ESET website- they are a little expensive don't you think? I have 3 -soon to be 4 computers.Can you recommend something that is not quite a hit to the wallet?

 

Paul, go to the Newegg site, sign up for their promo emails, and you'll get these 3-5 times weekly. More if you purchase something every now & then. 

 

As mentioned above, I was able to get those steep discounts because I had promo codes, which we're not allowed to post on this forum, yet there's no harm in telling one how to obtain these for their personal use. Promo codes are tied to the email addresses sent to anyway, so non-subscribers can't take advantage, even if they wanted to. 

 

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