Such things are typical Windows problems ... but not Linux problems. Linux does have its share of security problems (e.g. needlessly opened services, unsecure default passwords when running server software, etc.) but none of the typical Windows problems.Husse wrote: And mind you, the viruses/malware today wants your money, or your internet connection to send spam, or a bit of your hard drive to store child p0rn, that's the sad story.
I use Linux since 1996 and I have never used an AntiVirus ... totally unnecessary in my opinion. You better make sure you don't run any unneeded service ... or if you run any services: make sure your firewall is up! If you really insist on having Anti-Virus software, consider Avast: http://www.avast.com ... It is my understanding that their software can be had for free for private use. And they produce a Linux version too which can be found here:Husse wrote: Any suggestion for a good one?
To some degree and up to a certain part, yes. But there are many architectural differences too that make it way harder for any malware to infect a Linux machine in any way. Not that it is "impossible" ... I have read about people manipulating Linux kernels and installing key loggers ... but that's daft. Why? In order to install such a manipulated kernel you have to be root. To become root you have to hack your way into the machine. BUT: Once you're already root ... what's the point of installing a manipulated kernel which would spy on the other users when you are already blessed with God-like priviledges and can wreak havoc whatever way you wish and install backdoors galore, manipulate whatever you want whenever you want ... You see what I want to say? Under Linux you're rather at danger of getting your machine hacked by a knowledgable human with possibly (but not necessarily) evil intentions (there are "ethic" hackers too!) rather than some stupid VBscript a 15-year old bored teenager came up with because Windows has so many security flaws inherent to the way it was designed ...Husse wrote: OK, so you mean that (and specifically in Ubuntu based distros) you are safe because you don't run as root, unlike in Windows where everyone has administrator privileges.
Welcome to the clubHusse wrote: I'm a bit "paranoid"
If you're running services a firewall (not necessarily "Firestarter" ... there are many more options!) definitely helps. But it's just part of the process, a firewall is not the answer to all problems. A firewall doesn't help if you leave port 80 for HTTP traffic to your web server open and a knowledgable hacker finds ways to exploit stuff you have on your web page (that's a typical attack route! e.g. badly secured PHP or PERL / CGI scripts that are accessible from outside and can be manipulated to do things they were not meant to do ... !)Husse wrote: Your answer indicates to me that to get Firestarter up and running is essential
You could program a "cron" job ... Please Google this. There are some good tutorials and even GUI tools around for this. It's a UNIX "task planner", e.g. with "cron" you can force your system to do certain things in certain times and/or intervals ... e.g. scan for viruses if you feel you have to. Also I'd like to point your attention onto this article:Husse wrote:Well, I installed Avast antivir which is an On demand scanner only. This way I can check on my system at (ir)regular intervals.
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