What antivirus programs are available for Ubuntu?
We previously used Symantec Endpoint Protection but it does not work in Ubuntu.
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As an alternative to proprietary antivirus solutions like Symantec AntiVirus (non-free payware) and Avast AntiVirus (non-free freeware), you might consider ClamAV, which is free open source software. You can get it in Ubuntu by installing the
clamav package. If you want a GUI for it, you can install
clamtk. You can install packages in the Software Center or using
apt-get from the command line as others have suggested (as well as other methods).
Its good to install anti-virus if you are dual booting or sometimes scan infected pen drives. The best option will be to use free Bit-defender for Linux. You must be knowing that Bit-defender one of the best or the best.
Go To this link and choose 'Request a Free License (for personal use only)' from left hand side menu. You have to fill a form for license and they will send you a key and location to download anti-virus for your system.
Open terminal and go to location where you downloaded.
Make executable and change permission (You can use full name also I used asterisk alternatively)
chmod u+x BitDefender-Antivirus-Scanner*
Install (You can use full name also I used asterisk alternatively)
The License page will open in terminal. Keep pressing space-bar till you reach end and than it will ask you to ACCEPT it. Just write
And Press ENTER
Finally it will ask if you want to install GUI pack as well. Write
And press enter
Run it like any other application on Ubuntu. When you open it there will be an option to 'SET A NEW KEY' press it and copy the key you got in E-mail.
Bit-defender will be up and running with an year license and don't forget to Update it. There is an option in program to do so automatically.
July 22 2019: Avast for Linux seems to have been discontinued.
You can use Avast for Linux.
You can download it free from the Avast for Linux web page.
ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Linux – Best for New Linux Users (Home)
Bitdefender GravityZone Business Security – Best for Businesses
Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Linux – Best for Hybrid IT Environments (Business)
Sophos Antivirus for Linux – Best for File Servers (Home + Business)
Comodo Antivirus for Linux – Best for Home Users on Older releases
F-Secure Linux Security – Best for Intrusion Detection (Business)
ClamAV - Good (Free and open source)
avast - Best for all purposes and all devices (Paid for all os(I personally use)
Why do I need anti-virus software?
Reasons Linux is less prone to malware Programs are run as normal user, not root user Open source - more eyes on the system source code Diverse system configurations Less malware actors overall focus on linux. However, proficient malware actors do target linux.
source for conclusion
I have learned about the existence of
packages from @KevinBerry's question, where he inquired what packages people use in 2021 beyond these; but then his question got closed as a duplicate of this question, so it couldn't garner any answers.
I don't have any experience with these packages, but I think it's important that they are being mentioned.
You can also get F-Prot for Linux, it is free to use for home users. Unfortunately it does not come with a GUI.
You can find out more here: Product Overview - F-PROT Antivirus Products
and download it from here: F-PROT Antivirus for Linux - home use - F-PROT Antivirus Downloads
The install is quite straight forward, as it comes with an install script. It is recommended that you use the folder /usr/local/f-prot/ for the installation.
Open a terminal and extract the downloaded archive with this command:
tar -zxvf /path/to/fp-Linux.x86.32-ws.tar.gz
and then run the install script inside the folder you extracted it to:
I use now again the old good Dr.Web well known in Russia since 1980th: https://www.drweb.com/
They have native clients for all the desktop OSs and Android. Android license was free if you buy a desktop license. They also offer trials for testing.