Free Virus Scan - For Linux??

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  1. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    I haven't had a Linux box up for a few years now so I just d/l and installed Fedora 5. Everything's working but I need a virus scan program for it and I don't want to pay (I will pay if that's all that's available).

    Anyone have any suggestions for a free, secure and regularly updated virus scan solution for Fedora 5?? Have you personally used this solution??

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    ClamAV, and no I haven't used it since there's not much need on GNU/Linux.. Basically all the viruses out there only infect Windows machines, and since I don't run Windows, my files are safe.

    It's useful, though, if you're sharing alot of files with Windows computers or are dual-booting with it. But the viruses generally won't infect the GNU/Linux system anyhow so..

    (there's a windows version out there too, somewhere..)
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Thanks for the suggestion.

    The thing that troubles me is that we hear about all of the viruses affecting the Win machines but don't hear about the Linux ones. Does that mean that there aren't any viruses/trojans/keyloggers out there for Linux??

    Like I said, I haven't been keeping up with Linux progression so it may have been addressed in the literature. However, just because we haven't heard of something doesn't mean it doesn't exist. (ouch, tripple negative there).
     
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    They don't come out that often (viruses) and when they do, they do get media attention (only because it's OMG GNU/Linux, not like there's ever been any serious viruses for it). You don't really have to worry about them. Keep your software up to date, especially if you're running any public daemons (apache, SSH etc) and you should be fine.
     
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    Any suggestions on how, where to look to make sure my software is up to date??
     
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    I believe FC5 has an updater called 'pup', I dunno if it runs automatically or not though.
     
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    Cool thanks....I'll check into that. Thanks for the help.
     

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