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Avast AV, AVG, Avira AV, Clam AV, F-Prot, Moon AV, Panda AV
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yorkiesnorkie


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PostPosted: Wed 30 Sep 2009, 10:48    Post subject:  Avast AV, AVG, Avira AV, Clam AV, F-Prot, Moon AV, Panda AV
Subject description: Information on Various Anti Virus Software Tools
 

Edit:

The scope of the discussion could be broader so I changed the title:

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There is a common perception that there are no viruses on the Linux platform - which to a large extent is true. But what happens when you get a mail attachment which you would like to forward to your windows machine so you can open it with your favorite proprietary software? And what if this attachment is infected by a virus? This is where the anti virus solutions for linux comes into the picture. - from the All About Linux Blog


Anti-Virus Tools:

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Avast AV, AVG, Avira AV, Clam AV, F-Prot, Xfprot GUI, Moon AV, Panda AV


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Hi,

I found this Avira AntiVir Personal - anti-virus software targeted for Linux which might prove useful for checking those, cough, Windows partitions. I have yet to actually try it.

Download installation kit for all languages
Linux / Solaris
Date: 2009-08-31, Version: 3.0.5-11

http://www.free-av.com/en/download/download_servers.php

http://dlpe.antivir.com/package/wks_avira/unix/en/pers/antivir_workstation-pers.tar.gz 36.4mb

http://dlce.antivir.com/down/windows/hbedv.key 1kb

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Colonel Schell


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PostPosted: Wed 30 Sep 2009, 10:56    Post subject:  

I've used it with Windows machines, and I have found it to be pretty tough.

I really like the Moon AV for Windows from Sourceforge. Not just freeware, it's under the GPL license.

It's my new favorite, and I won't put a link there, since if you're really interested, it's not that hard to find.
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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 13:41    Post subject:  

Thanks for the info. I hadn't tried Avira AV yet so any feedback is good.

There are a bunch of alternatives.

I've already downloaded Clam AV to run and I have some plans to install it and read through the directions when I get a moment.

Panda doesnt' run on Debian, just Redhat, Suse, and a couple of other distros I can't remember.

AVG, only for windows I believe. . .

Fprot appears to have been cancelled. . . Too bad you can't get virus defs for that, or can you?

Basically I just want a tool I can use in Puppy to run on Windows Partitions and check them. Essentially something I can fix up my daughters disasters with. I was using Fprot for that and handy it was so long as the defs were up to date.

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 13:51    Post subject: Clam AV  

The following link has some simple instructions on using Clam AV

http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com/2005/10/clamav-free-anti-virus-solution-for.html

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ClamAV is a free GPLed anti-virus solution which provides a lot of advantages when installed in Linux. Sticking to the philosophy of linux, it contains a set of command line tools which can be used to check if a file on your system is infected by a virus.
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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 14:05    Post subject: Klam AV for KDE  

GUI for Clam AV Available for a bunch of distros here:

http://klamav.sourceforge.net/klamavwiki/index.php/Main_Page main page

http://klamav.sourceforge.net/klamavwiki/index.php/Packages bunch of releases
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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 14:44    Post subject:  

Avira AV is crappy, its free but they have annoying fullpage popups about once a day that appear and aren't using a browser so you can't block them.
panada cloud antivirus is good for a free windows antivirus, I've been using it on my wife pc for about 2 months now
http://www.cloudantivirus.com/
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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 17:24    Post subject:  

With regards to Avira Anti-Virus:

The annoying pop-up ads appear every time you run an update, and they can be turned off by following these instructions. I have done that on all my Windows machines.

Hopefully it works in Puppy as well. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 18:48    Post subject:  

Yeah, and you can also change the frequency at which the updates happen in Avira's scheduler (it defaults to once every day).

Edit: Oops. I don't know if there's a way to disable the popup window under Linux (or even if it does still have a popup under Linux) - I've only done it under Windows. As most of those steps involve modifying Windows security settings, or the Windows registry, they probably won't be the same for Linux. Although, if the ad window is still handled by a separate binary, you could always try setting the permissions on it not to execute, or delete it and set a link there to... something. Smile

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 19:08    Post subject:  

Makoto wrote:
Edit: Oops. I don't know if there's a way to disable the popup window under Linux (or even if it does still have a popup under Linux) - I've only done it under Windows.


Me too. I plan to put an AV on my Puppy since it will be sharing files with my XP computers, but you're right that the methods from that link will not work in Puppy, they're Windows-only. But if anyone reads this and has a Windows machine with Avira, they now know how to kill the pesky, annoying, aggravating, irritating, obnox... ahem. Very Happy The pop-up.

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Oct 2009, 23:28    Post subject:  

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But what happens when you get a mail attachment which you would like to forward to your windows machine so you can open it with your favorite proprietary software?
a mail attachment such as? i am not aware of any common file extension that cannot be opened in linux.
further i don't consider myself responsible for the shortcoming of other computer users and so consider passed/forwarded viruses their problem not mine. advise your friends to install puppy to receive and open any mail attachment from you so that they can be sure that they get the real unadulterated thing.

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 00:29    Post subject:  

I used Ubuntu for three years when I was in college (graduated in '06 and haven't touched it since), and I scanned every single email attachment and file with Clam AV before forwarding it on, especially if the file was from someone else originally. Not because the people I sent it to were my friends, but because the Fortune 500 company that gave me an internship, wouldn't really have an understanding mindset towards the "I'm in Linux so I'm immune, and it's not my problem that your computers are not"-kind of reasoning.

By all means use an antivirus if you forward files to people who use Windows, especially if said people are a large company or campus network. Not just to keep yourself covered ("I scanned it! There was no virus on it when it left my computer! See, here's the log."), but as a basic courtesy to other computer users. There's no need for us to be jerks just because our operating system is less vulnerable than theirs.

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 01:21    Post subject:  

1 am not responsible for the shortcomings of fortune500 companies either.
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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 01:28    Post subject:  

aarf wrote:
1 am not responsible for the shortcomings of fortue500 companies either.


Neither am I. But that doesn't in any way change the fact that if there was a virus in a file I transferred to them, whether it infected them or not, they would be a lot less likely to employ me at the end of my internship.

There is no more reason to be stupid than there is to be a jerk about Windows being more vulnerable than Linux. Wink

I'm not saying you need to hold everyone's hand and shelter and baby them. I'm just saying that it doesn't hurt to have some courtesy.

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 01:36    Post subject:  

there is no amount of money of this planet that would entice me to be an employee of a fortune 500 company. this mindset belongs elsewhere however one has to be cautious/wary of crossing corporate whores as they tend to be extremely vindictively nasty else they wouldn't be corporate whores in the first place..
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PostPosted: Fri 02 Oct 2009, 02:02    Post subject:  

FREE Avast4workstation on-demand scanner is what I have installed.

I use it to scan chosen and listed single or group of partitions/folders.
Normally use it for scanning the Windows partition.
Works very well.
Doesn't scan in the background, or block infection.
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