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Is scanning VIRUS needed on Linux Distros?

What's a good malware scanner for Ubuntu?


I just suspect something strange on my system, so I wondered if is there a malware scanner.

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    malware!! in linux? – crodjer Dec 23 '10 at 12:48
  • You dont need any malware/virus scanner for ubuntu. – karthick87 Dec 23 '10 at 13:07
  • rootkits exist and are malware. check the duplicate for details on virus scanners. – ImaginaryRobots Dec 23 '10 at 17:37

there aren't many malwares on Linux in general as most programs you'll ever download and install are open-source and, if there is, the program will most likely have a very short lifespan; so there is no need for a malware scanner.

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    In an isolated system, potentially true. But what if he's connected to a network? The responsible thing (certainly in a corporate environment) to do is to ensure that you're not a carrier of malware (files passing through the system), even if not affected by it. – finley Dec 23 '10 at 12:32
  • in all honesty, from experience I can say, most of the risk to windows systems would come from a malicious person, not a malicious program. I was in networked environments for a long time (years) without infecting a single windows computer, yet I was able to go around collecting windows viruses (Even tried to run them on wine, but they failed to work because of missing features) - I never was able to pass them on to anyone by just sitting on the network, and I was able to show people the lack of risk from running linux. no need for antimalware except on a server. – RolandiXor Dec 23 '10 at 12:58

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