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Do I need to have 'antivirus software' installed?

I thought that there was no need to scan for viruses either in Ubuntu or any Linux distros until I found virus scanner packages 'clamtk' and 'klamav' in Ubuntu software center yesterday. This leads ...
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What is the Ubuntu “built in virus protection”?

At ubuntu.com there is this "only in ubuntu" that says "Built in virus protection": What is the Ubuntu built it protection? What is the program in charge of this and how does it work?
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Can a Windows virus transfer to Ubuntu?

Before I removed Windows 7 from my computer and replaced it with Ubuntu, I had over 257 threats that never would go away. I don't know if the trojan horse I had also could transfer over to Ubuntu. Can ...
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Is there any guarantee that software from Launchpad PPAs is free from viruses and backdoor threats?

As Linux continues to grow and develop, and the more we use Linux, the greater the threat from viruses. We also know that a virus/threat in Linux (if any) would have difficulty running or spreading ...
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What if I run a virus/trojan Windows EXE on Ubuntu with Wine?

I've got a file said to contain information I was looking for. Unfortunately it is an executable instead of DOC (as it was meant to be) and the site I've download it from looks suspicious for me. If I ...
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Do Wine Viruses only work while Wine is running?

I heard Linux can get viruses through Wine,and I was curious if the viruses work only while Wine is running. In other words, could I stop a virus from doing it's thing by just quitting Wine?
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Where can I look for malware that may have been installed on my machine?

I want to analyze my ubuntu box to detect if it was been hacked. My question is: what are all the place where to look to discover if some malicious software are started ? The following is some kind of ...
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How do I scan for viruses with ClamAV?

I installed ClamAV via Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) with: sudo apt-get install clamav but how can I scan for viruses?
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Unexpected Arabic messages below mouse pointer in LibreOffice - a virus?

This is weird. Today I opened an excel file with LibreOffice. Suddenly I saw the mouse changed color, and stuck to it was a message in Arabic, which changed every second in a loop. I can actually ...
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Should I be concerned about the Linux.Darlloz worm?

As an Ubuntu user, any tips on how Linux.Darlloz could affect Ubuntu and ways to prevent it?
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Remove RECYCLER directory from virus infected flash drive

Before you advise me on the option of saving my files and formatting the drive using gparted, please understand that I could have done that hours back and that would have taken only a few minutes. ...
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How to detect and remove a Linux trojan?

I recently (re)stumbled upon this: Linux Trojan Goes Unnoticed For Almost A Year (Unreal IRCd) Yes, I know that adding some random PPA/software from an untrusted source is asking for trouble (or ...
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How do I clear everything (data, viruses) from a thumbdrive?

Say I used some thumbdrive on a public Windows computer and I copy some data to my Ubuntu computer with it. I cannot be completely sure that the Windows computer was clean, and it might have put ...
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Ubuntu vulnerable to malware sites?

I just browsed a site a while ago that was flagged as an "attack site" or has malware, but Firefox didn't warn before I went into it. Only when I opened a new tab with another page from the site did ...
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How to deal with malware on my laptop?

I am fairly certain that my Ubuntu 13.10 laptop is infected with some sort of malware. Every once in a while, I find a process /lib/sshd (owned by root) running and consuming lots of cpu. It is not ...
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Is there a virus scanner for scanning Windows files?

I use Ubuntu as a file server, is there a virus scanner on Ubuntu for scanning Windows files? Since most of the files are saved on the server, this greatly help minimize the spread of viruses. ...
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Popup ad virus on both chrome and firefox

A pop-up ad box appears whatever site I am opening. Tried resetting settings, disabling extensions, removing all users on chrome. It seems it is not about chrome since same thing happens on Firefox ...
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Ubuntu installed alongside an infected Windows system

My antivirus scan has found something on Windows 7. No information yet what it is. However I was thinking of installing Ubuntu alongside Windows. Could that be dangerous in terms of Ubuntu catching ...
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Will a Ubuntu LiveCD be affected by a BIOS virus?

If I boot from Ubuntu DVD I notice that there are two options: Run from DVD without installing it. Install Ubuntu. My question is, If the PC has a BIOS virus and the first option is chosen — ...
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An exe file that I want to run on linux made for windows comes up as a Trojan on VirusTotal - how would I run it without it affecting my system?

Is there any way that I can run this program on my Linux system without possibly getting a virus?
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Where should I start in tracking down Firefox malware

Switched my sister to Ubuntu because I got tired of re-installing the other OS every 6 months. Now she managed to get some malware in her Firefox on Ubuntu. Without access to the computer (or when I ...
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watchdog/0 process using all my CPU suddenly

I have a fresh installation of Ubuntu 12.04, I have been running it for about a week. Suddenly today I noticed my computer freezes every 5 seconds. I restarted the computer and I still get this. I ...
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Why aren't viruses an issue? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I need to have antivirus software installed on a Linux distro? I'm using ubuntu right now and I think it's really good. Really. But I'm wondering about viruses. I ...
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Is it risky to download a script with a http://goo.gl/ link?

Following the advise of an answer in Ask Ubuntu, I downloaded and ran a script with a URL starting by http://goo.gl/ Is it risky to use such file? could it be a virus or something else? If yes, what ...
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Did I Somehow Get Infected with Spyware or Virus?

So I Was trying to Install Ubuntu restricted Extras, and well this poped up in the terminal. www.actingcareersnow.comCasting Calls For Kids & Teens. Audition Now! Ages 9 to 29. [1] 3241 ...
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Strange window popping on Gnome

A couple of days ago, when I came back to my computer after a couple of hours, the following window was on my desktop: The title bar said "gnome-screensaver-dialog". That's it. I just clicked OK, ...
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Hand of Thief malware?

Anyone know anything about the Hand of Thief malware that has been announced for sale on an apparent underground cyber crime forum? It is said that is has been tested to work on Ubuntu! Should I be ...
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Is Java installed by default?

I'm asking this because Libre Office was pre-installed and some of it's features require Java. I don't want Java because of a malicious remote administration tool (RAT) called jRAT and there are also ...
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“Successful su for user by root” - suspicious entries in my /var/log/auth.log?

This post on reddit made me go through my logs. That's when I discovered the following entries which appeared on two non-subsequent days. "user" is my user account. Aug 4 22:50:37 UbuntuSystem sudo: ...
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What additional security measures should I apply for Ubuntu?

So on my Windows 7 install, I've got multiple free malware/virus scanners and a firewall up. But I've heard that Ubuntu (or Linux in general) is much more secure by default. So what additional ...
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How to check if my system is infected with the “Turla” trojan?

As many have heard/read the news, a module of the state-sponsored trojan malware named "Turla" was recently discovered which infects Linux hosts: (News from ArsTechnica) (News from OMG-Ubuntu) ...
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Can a virus spread through DOSBox in Ubuntu?

I have a virus in several DOSBox msdos games. It doesn't seem to be affecting the Ubuntu files, but is spreading amongst my dosfiles that were opened in DOSBox. I don't know how to control this in the ...
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How do I disinfect Ubuntu that is running a virus?

My 12.04 system has just been infected with a virus and it is self-replicating a load of rubbish directories in the /proc/ area. This may crash my computer completely soon. I cannot delete any of ...
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What do sapd, skysapd, sksapd, and ksapd do?

Does anyone know what sapd, skysapd, sksapd, ksapd do? Are they viruses? I tried clamav it didn't recognized them as viruses. I also realized that my /etc/rc.local has multiple copies of this: ...
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Could Autorun Virus, affect my PC via Wine?

I have installed wine and i am afraid that viruses will affect my PC now. I will not open any other .exe file other than mine one (which i use everyday)
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Trojan in Ubuntu? DigiNotar

On Wednesday, I installed an old copy of Ubuntu 10.04LTS onto a pristine desktop PC that I built w/ brand new hardware--DSL modem, too--except for the CPU. Then, I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 from ...
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Should Ubuntu users be concerned about “Operation Windigo”?

Should desktop users of Ubuntu (and other Linux distros) be concerned about the malware-infection drive described as "Operation Windigo"? What threat does it pose to us immediately and are there any ...
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Is there more risk of malware when using WUBI?

What would happen when I got a malware in my windows file system, or everywhere else. Is it affect on the Ubuntu OS? Can I get a virus or any malware as I use Ubuntu, and it may affect on the Windows ...
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Running Malwarebytes under Wine 1.2.2

How can I get Malwarebytes to run with wine under 10.04? I have wine version 1.2.2 at default settings. Is there anything specific I need to do in order to get Malwarebytes to run? I am using the ...
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What makes Ubuntu harder for viruses to infect [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the Ubuntu “built in virus protection”? One question I get asked a lot is why there are no viruses on Ubuntu (Linux in general). Even though it is ...
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Root kit advice on ubuntu

I've been a Windows user for many years but recently Avast was bringing up 100's of Rootkit infected files. So I decided to make the switch to Ubuntu to wipe everything, and I’m quite enjoying the ...
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Virus detected with ClamTK (Possible infection?)

I did a routine scan of my system, with ClamTK. The the anti-virus reported 3 detections. The names of the three detections are: 1.[PUA.Phishing.Bank] 2.[PUA.Phishing.Bank] 3.[PUA.Script.Packed-1] ...
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Many ads pages are opening on Firefox while navigating [closed]

I have Ubuntu 13.04 and Firefox 24. Lately I'm having this issue on Firefox, some ads pages like "thelotter" are opening in new tab while visiting some sites. I have many addons that blocks ads, ...
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Malware in Ubuntu 13.10? [closed]

This is the situation I'm dealing with: I plugged my USB in my laptop, then I created a folder within it, and nautilus stopped working for a while, I unplugged the USB and plugged back in, BUT this ...
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Are Virus/rootkits via ubuntu updates possible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is the system kept secure? What security policies exist in place for packages and scripts? I fear that just like on Windows there might be ways to catch a ...
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Can ubuntu be compromised?

My main reason for switching over here from Windows was because with the release of Windows 10, the VP of Microsoft wrote in the ToS (Yes, I read this with my very own eyes while installing it) that ...
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Using linux/ubuntu to combat windows flash drive malware?

I had asked this question on ITSecurity @ Stack Exchange also. There may not be may linux distro users in ITSec, but obviously there are many here. So, I think that it might be appropriate to put that ...
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How to scan my flash drives for Windows viruses while on Linux? (Not ClamAV) [closed]

I know that maybe it sounds like a duplicate but it isn't because I see that the other questions describe totally different situations than mine. Apart from the other users, I don't have a Windows ...
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How do I know if an app is safe to use?

Is there any reliable way to know if something that you install is safe? There are virus scanners like clamtk, but those only seem to focus on Windows files. Should I be concerned about viruses / ...
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Malware and Backdoor detection Shell Script

I'm trying to build a shell script which can automatically detect malware, backdoors and rootkits and I'm trying to research for it. I found some of the things like find . -name “*.js” | xargs grep ...