If you're convinced that you still need anti-virus in your new Linux installation, or you know somebody who thinks that way, this article is for you.

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Created by 3rdalbum 15 years 40 weeks ago – Made popular 15 years 40 weeks ago
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15 years 40 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago


Interesting read but..

There is one reason why you would want an anti-virus installed and that is to scan anything you download to be run on a Windows pc. My family have 3 computers. Currently mine is the only linux pc.

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15 years 40 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago



Is that really necessary though? When you really think about it, viruses tend to be either obvious trojans that a Linux user wouldn't download anyway, or worms (which a Linux computer can't be a carrier for).

I didn't mention this in the article, but somebody with a Mac OS X computer asked me if that virus I downloaded would affect his Mac. He was worried because his Mac-based anti-virus program hadn't even recognised that there was a virus in it. So are we really sure that an anti-virus program for Linux will actually pick up Windows viruses?

I'm aware that that contradicts part of my article :-) But there are some inaccuracies in the article that I introduced to make things easier for a newbie to understand, so I don't consider it to be a threat to the credibility of the story.

By the way, please pass the link on to anyone who wants to install anti-virus programs on Linux.

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