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I've just installed ubuntu on my laptop to run alongside windows seven and was wondering about anti virus, malware etc.

Question, Do I need to install separate anti-virus / malware for ubuntu or will my current one cover both

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marked as duplicate by Mitch, Eric Carvalho, txwikinger, user68186, Raja May 23 '13 at 12:33

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Take a look at Can Ubuntu get viruses?. Best Answer explains it. – Meintjes May 23 '13 at 11:41

Your windows antivirus would not be able to scan the linux partitions and hence would be useless.

However, I should point out that Linux has much lower chances of any virus attacks to work. (you still need to be careful). So if you want to, you can search in Ubuntu Software Center for antivirus and you shall get some decent options. Else google for some good linux antivirus.

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To go as far as to say that linux is virus-attack free by nature is exaggerated. No software is perfect and there always is the possibility for maleware doing some damage, although it is unlikely compared to windows. The risk of social engineering attacks is much greater. – ortang May 23 '13 at 12:33

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