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Is there any antivirus or any sort of scanner available for Linux so that one can insure the security of system and is it so that Ubuntu is hack-proof?

If not than what are the basic steps which a new Ubuntu user keep in mind for security concern.

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Nothing is hack proof. what are you specifically afraid of? Ubuntu is secure as it is, given that you don't go around fiddling with unknown software. Also look at the questions under Related ----> – Uri Herrera Aug 26 '12 at 15:13
It is safe to assume your system is virus free. Really. – Cumulus007 Aug 26 '12 at 15:56
Also refer Ubuntu's Basic Security guide , plus this seems to Answer your question – atenz Aug 26 '12 at 17:09
clamav, chkrootkit, rkhunter – jet Aug 26 '12 at 17:30
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Setup a Virtual Machine using Virtualbox or VMWare and install Backtrack. Once Backtrack is setup and installed, configure Nessus. Once Nessus is installed access it via a browser and scan the Ubuntu system. Nessus will provide a report on any security vulnerabilities it finds. Keep in mind it won't find everything. I would also recommend consulting the CIS benchmarks for further securing your Ubuntu instances.

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