bobpur wrote:Maybe your linux machine can't get a virus but that doesn't mean that it can't be a "carrier." The virus laden e-mail that you got, that didn't phase your machine, could wreck your friends new (Windows) quad core beauty. Imagine, wrecking your honey's computer.
For this reason alone should a good anti-malware program be used. You can still pass it on.
This is an extremely hypothetical situation, and I find the probability for this to occur ridiculously low:
1. You need to get an email containing a virus and forward it, meaning it has to contain something you find worth forwarding. How many virus infected emails would you have forwarded?
2. For a Windows machine to get infected, it either needs AV to be disabled (if so, you deserve to get infected), or the virus isn't in the AV database, meaning your own scanner probably won't find it either.