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 Anti-virus

Created 4 years ago, edited 4 years ago.
Status changed 4 years ago
Author:

Jymm
Status:
Selected
  Score:
 23
49 votes
Idea:

No one seems happy with the anti-virus program available (clam av). I used Avast on windows, and AVG and Avira. They are not open source, but are free for home use.

I have tried to install the Debian file for each and been unsuccesful. Avast installed but corrupted on updating.

Could the Mint developers work with one of these anti-virus developers to have a good package for Mint users to install?

Comments:

11 months ago

xchiltonx
Comodo have Antivirus for Linux https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/antivirus-for-linux.php

Unfortunately converting the RPM to DEV fails with "the package cannot be built on this system"

Not that I'm advertising, lol, but I've been using Comodo on m$ for years with no problems, I find it is low on resources and very good at protecting. Shame it didn't work eh...

 
2 years ago

Schatten
Better virus scanner software for linux-viruses will emerge when linux has achieved a greater marketshare.
Until then it seems reasonable to at least ensure well working av-software for windows-viruses. Collaboration with Avast/AVG/Avira or others might be a good step forward.
 
3 years ago

SMN4
An antivirus for LinuxMint is a good question. But it depends on what people wait for such a tool. Avast/Avira/AVG will only allow scans for Win-based problems, and prevents the contamination of WinOS when we share files on these systems. I think that is what Jymm waits for an antivirus. But some people commenting this idea seems to expect a protection of their Linux Mint system with a better antivirus integration. It is a legitimate waiting, but it won't be solved with a better Avast/AVG/avira integration.
So improving integration of such antivirus could have an adversive side-effect: it might give a biased idea that these antivirus will protect the Linux Mint systems. So I demoted this idea.
 
4 years ago

josefg
Why can't we just get the Clam AV scanner to work better?  
4 years ago

MAD-OVERLORD
I promote and i can't believe that People still believe they're safe anywhere on this goddamn Planet, man you can even be bitten from a Rat or a Black Widow in the Ass whilst your "securely" sit on your Toilet! :D
A bit off topic i know(I just try to increase todays Peoples very poor attention span ;D), but here the Point, im no longer an active "Securety" Specialist, because it's an Illusion i repeat an I-l-l-u-s-i-o-n even on Linux and no matter how good you are, there is ever one that cracks your System and the better you thought you are, the more it hurts;)! But i still use to watch a bit around because i know there are a lot little "Hacker" Kiddies(Thanks to Backtrack Assholes who made it so easy and popular) around in my Neighbourhood and im sorry to say, but i saw relative many Root gainer Scripts for the so secure Linux that worked because of Kernel flaws, and from there on to program a Virus is the simplest thing!!!
 
4 years ago

MiLeon
Promoted. Very importend this idea. The most linux maschines have no active antivirus. That is bad. I think a own part in the control center is good. This can with a notification if no anti virus is installed.

Can Mint ask some antivirus producer for more integration? Perhaps the user have a small available list with antivirus software

 
4 years ago

quake0
whats wrong with claim tk?  
4 years ago

LONNIEFUTURE
Preperation would be strong I agree but most virus programs still only protect Windows therefore we would be better off with our own program for such things.  
4 years ago

quake0
Whats wrong with claim tk? Its free, open source, and can instal from the mint software manager.  
4 years ago

sunewbie
I agree with @vinventv , @raywoods  and @Jymm . It is good if we are sending files to windows PC. I use Linux at home, but XP in Office.

Promoting :)
 
4 years ago

jose_manuel
This is not a good idea, as they say down there. This is not Windows. It is much better than that. I Demote this Idea !!  
4 years ago

raneern99
Edit to my comment below, disregard the part about the mint team not being right to do it. I thought that this idea said that they should make an antivirus, not work with companies to include one. I think that it could be good if, say, Ubuntu, since it has corporate backing, work with antivirus companies because they have a corporation and funds to work out this deal, but I'd be very happy if the mint team tried.  
4 years ago

raneern99
While I'm not sure if the mint team are the best people to do it, I agree with the sentiment that viruses will start appearing for linux, like they did with the mac, and we are unprepared. I also share files between linux and windows computers in my house, and I don't want any viruses. I also haven't been able to install AVG and avast (I think it was avast and AVG).  
4 years ago

RayWoods
When I pass on files to friends who run Windows systems (the majority) I would much prefer that I don't pass on any nasties so, I like to ensure I'm clear of infection, even if these viruses don't attack me directly (yet).  
4 years ago

Jymm
"Linux doesn't need Anti-virus. It's not Windows."
That is what was said about Mac too, now they have a virus. As more people use Linux more bad guys will design viruses. I just read about a nasty Linux virus that will encrypt all your personal files. I think it will come, it is a matter or time and popularity.
Rater be safe than sorry. I do back up to a add on hard drive.
 
4 years ago

roht
I also think this is a good idea.  
4 years ago

prjolivet
Linux doesn't need Anti-virus. It's not Windows  

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